The Reading Olympics

Are you up for a little competition? Compete against your family and friends while our Aussie athletes compete against the best in the world at the Olympics and the Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan.

All that you must do is:

  • Be a member of the library;
  • Open to all members of the library;
  • Enter the Reading Olympics from Tuesday 20 July;
  • Start reading from Friday 23 July. Day of the Olympics Opening Ceremony;
  • You can read material from the library, your home, your school library, via BorrowBox, Indyreads and Story Box Library;
  • The more you read the better chance of winning a prize pack. Prizes for different age groups;
  • Reading to complete on Sunday 5 September. Day of the Paralympics Closing Ceremony; and
  • Entries must be handed in to the Library by noon Saturday 11 September to ensure you are in the chance to win.

Registration Form is now available

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Library is reopening on Tuesday 3 August at 10.30am

Please note that the library will be opening only for the following hours from Tuesday 3 August

Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri 10.30 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 4.50

Closed all other times.

This will be reassessed at the end of two weeks.

Changes to events

Cinema – The August movie will now become the September movie on Saturday 11 September.

PJ Storytime – has been moved from Thursday 12 August to Thursday 19 August.

Junior Book Club – has been moved from Wednesday 11 August to Wednesday 18 August.

Times for these events have not changed.

Preschool Storytime set for Wednesday 11 August will go ahead as planned.

All other NSW Health restrictions will continue. Please ensure that you have your mask on correctly and that you sign in upon entry to the building. Look forward to seeing you all again next week.


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LIBRARY LINES for week beginning 26 July 2021

The Library is currently closed

As reported last week the Council services in the Community Hub such as the Visitor Information Centre, Grenfell Art Gallery, Grenfell Public Library and Grenfell Internet Centre are temporarily CLOSED for face-to-face customer service for two weeks. The evolving situation will be monitored and assessed in regard to reopening in August.

I will be contactable by telephone and email; however, the Library is now closed for over-the-counter assistance until further notice. This is a challenging time for us all, we apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we work together to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

As we did last year during April, and May I will be offering the Click and Collect/Delivery service. You must already be a library member to access either of these services. Please check the library website for further updates.

Are you up to the challenge? Registrations are now open

To celebrate the Olympics and Paralympics I will be running a Reading Olympics. This is a reading competition open to all ages. Prizes will be awarded for different age categories. Registrations have opened via, and the reading competition commenced on Friday 23 July which is the day of the Olympics opening ceremony in Tokyo. The competition will end on Monday 6 September which is the day of the Paralympics closing ceremony.

All reading options will be available. This means you can read books from the public library, school library, BorrowBox, indyreads, Story Box Library or your own home.

You have to be in it to win.

Free author talks continue in August

As these are online talks they are still going ahead.

Thursday 5 August at 6.30pm Kyle Perry will be in conversation with Catherine du Peloux Menage from Bad Sydney Crime Writers’ Festival. This event will be live streamed from Randwick City Library with the support of NSW Public Libraries Association.

Thursday 19 August at 6.30pm Larissa Behrendt will be in conversation with Kiesha Mealey-Haroa from City of Parramatta Libraries. This event will be delivered with the support of NSW Public Libraries Association.

Reminder that you need to prebook via Eventbrite for both sessions.

New eResources are now available

Thanks to the State Library of NSW we have new eResources available for you to use free of charge. These include access to full text newspapers, health and wellness, interactive science, business plan builder,  business entrepreneurship, literature resource, books and author (what to read next), environmental, biography, global issues, opposing viewpoints, science and world history plus a couple of great national geographic sites. The virtual library and national geographic kids. You can find these and many others at

Book Delivery Service

Are you aware that the library provides a delivery service to those who are physically unable to visit the library? If you live within the town limits and would love some reading materials on a regular basis delivered to you then please contact the library.

Library catalogue access

Reminder to everyone that you have 24/7 access to the library catalogue. Not only can you search for an item, but you can log into your account and renew your items. Access is via the library website Your User ID is your member number on your card B0….. and your password is your date of birth ddmmyy.

Story Box Library available 24/7

Story Box Library is a great streaming service for kids. This is an Australian product created for children to view stories by local authors and illustrators, being read aloud by fantastic, predominantly Australian and New Zealand, storytellers. Free access using your library card number. No password required. More information is available on the library website at

Upcoming events


Thurs 5 Free author talk: Kyle Perry at 6.30pm

Wed 11 Preschool Storytime at 10.30am

Wed 11 Junior Book Club at 5pm

Thurs 12 PJ Storytime at 7pm

Sat 14 Movie: Love, weddings & other disasters at 8pm

Thurs 19 Free author talk: Larissa Behrendt at 6.30pm

Fri 20 Book Week commences

Wed 25 Preschool Storytime at 10.30am

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Searching for new titles in the library catalogue

To be able to locate all the latest titles, even the ones that I am processing this week all you need to do is the following:

Select Catalogue at top of home page

Select from menu on the left New items search

Select material type eg Book

Limit by Collection eg Adult Fiction

Tick the sorted by date box

Click Display new items

This will then display the latest titles and as I process new items these will appear at the top of the list.

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