WestLit Libraries is a partnership between WestWords and Western Sydney Zone libraries. The aim of the collaboration is to:
- expanding reach to new audiences (WS library zone has a reach of over 2 million, and to give an example, in 2014-15 Blacktown sees 1.4 million visitors a year, Children’s programs – 1,107 a year with 50,642 attending (includes carers), Young adult programs – 80 a year with 1,114 attending,
- engaging new participants to our programs,
- increasing opportunities and visibility for writers, and WS writers in particular alone will promote, develop and strengthen the sector.
Activities undertaken will include, but not be limited to:
- Coordinating travelling exhibitions of illustrators’ work, author talks and skills development workshops across the region.
- Evaluating/benchmarking literature programs, resources and services in Western Sydney.
- Developing Writers Groups/Resident Authors for Library Services.
- Increasing the presence of local authors on Library shelves and in Library catalogues in Western Sydney.
Importantly with WestWords in a co-ordination role it will create cohesion and address key issues faced by writers and publishers when working independently with the library sector. In addition by co-ordinating efforts the libraries won’t replicate internal processes across multiple libraries, resulting in cost reduction and additional opportunities for writers and their work. Importantly this partnership bridges gaps between the publishing, writers and library sectors.
Please see below for activities run by each participating library:
Liverpool City Library
As Sydney’s third CBD, Liverpool City Library provides resources, services and events to a diverse community. Rich in its multicultural tapestry, we engage with and provide for a wealth of stories. We aim to maintain impact on the community dialogue and create opportunities to facilitate lifelong learning across 6 library locations. Casula, Carnes Hill, Green Valley, Liverpool, Miller and Moorebank Libraries provide gathering spaces for everyone.
Blacktown City Libraries
Blacktown City Libraries have 5 community libraries that are the busiest in New South Wales. We now also have a mobile library reaching out to our customers in our growing city. Our 5 libraries are located at Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Stanhope Gardens, Lalor Park and Riverstone.
We run events that reflect the needs of our growing community including:
- Children’s events: Baby Rhyme Times, Storytimes,
- Technology classes ranging from basic internet skill classes to more advanced business classes, as well and one-on-one technology training instruction
- Multicultural services such as English conversation classes and resources in 30 languages
- Home Library Service
Please note that all our libraries are currently closed due to restrictions surrounding Covid-19. However, the following service are still operating:
- Baby Rhyme Time online available at: https://www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/Services/Libraries/Childrens/Baby-Rhyme-Time
- Facebook Live Stream Story Time at 10.30 am on Thursdays and Fridays
- Home Library Service: for those over 65 years of age (please note this service is always available to those with an ongoing chronic health condition).
- Reservations delivery
For further information on any of our events and programs, please contact us:
Phone: 9839 6677
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Due to the Covid19 Pandemic the Blacktown City Libraries is closed. Hoever during this time we are offering two services for Blacktown City residents:
- Extending Home Library Service to those 65 years and over
- Delivering reservations to people living in the Blacktown local government area only
- Please ring the library Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 5.00 pm only on 9839 6677 for more information on these services.