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Library is a buzz with activity during Children’s Book Week

Media Release  August 15, 2014

Bathurst Library will recognise local children readers with its Annual Booklink Reading Awards and host various children storytime sessions with beloved character 'Olivia the Pig' during next week's national Children's Book Week activities.

Bathurst Library's Booklink program, now in its twelfth year, has attracted 103 participants this year who have read a total of 13,210 books, that's on average 128 books per participant!

The Booklink Reading Awards will be present by Bathurst Mayor, Cr. Gary Rush with each participant receiving a medal and other prizes awarded to various category winners.

The Booklink program is a children's reading initiative designed to encourage children and their families to enjoy and read books. The program is open to children aged 0 -17 years. The program runs from December - July with participants recording books read in a Booklink log book which is returned after every 20 books read to the library. Books can be read from Bathurst library or other high school, school, preschool or daycare libraries.

Event: Booklink Reading Awards

Date: Monday August 18 at 5:15pm

Location: Bathurst Library

Awards presented: participation, age group winner, encouragement, runner-up & best reader

Bathurst Library and Books Plus will bring the much loved children's book character Olivia the Pig to special 'Book Week' storytime sessions. Described by author Ian Falconer as "a rambunctious and creative little pig', Olivia will meet kids and celebrate books with them. Books Plus will have Olivia books, merchandise and other Children's Book Council of Australia short listed books available to purchase.

Event: Bathurst Library 'Olivia the Pig' Storytime sessions

Date & Time: Wednesday August 20 at 3:45pm

Thursday August 21 at 11am & 3:45pm

Friday August 22 at 11am & 3:45pm

Location: Bathurst Library

For more information on Bathurst Library's Book Week activities please go to BRC website:

or Bathurst Library Facebook page:

About Book Week and Booklink

The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) theme for this year's Children's Book Week is 'Connecting to Reading'. Booklink is proudly sponsored by Books Plus, The Bathurst CWA and MDM Books, Penrith.


More information: Victoria Erskine Media & PR Officer

Notes: images supplied: Olivia the Pig and Booklink poster

 OliviaThePig   BOOKLINK cover





History recognised at Mount Panorama with fans

MEDIA RELEASE                                                 13 August 2014

Mount Panorama's history and tourism value shifts up a gear prior to this year's Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with the naming of 22 internal roads within Bathurst's iconic racing circuit.

As voted by over 550 racing fans locally and around the world (via Bathurst Regional Council's official survey late last year) the most popular 22 names will now be permanently part of Mount Panorama's history and visitor experience as a campsite area for officials and volunteers during major events at the circuit.


Bathurst Youth Council's 'Babes and Bogans' Dance Party

MEDIA ALERT 5 August 2014

What: Bathurst Youth Council's 'Babes and Bogans' Dance Party

Where: BMEC, 105 William Street

When: Saturday, 9 August

Time: 7pm – 10pm

Cost: $5 at the door

Bathurst Youth Council will host a 'Babes and Bogans' Dance Party at BMEC this Saturday August 9 from 7pm – 10pm. High school students are invited to attend and bring along their friends. The event provides a safe, supervised and drug and alcohol free venue for young people to enjoy a night of entertainment, music, and dance.

Youth Mayor Jayne Dwyer said the Bathurst Youth Council had all been having fun working on their latest event of the year.

"It's time to bring out your inner Babe or Bogan!" said Jayne Dwyer.

"Bring your friends and come along for a memorable night. We're all very excited about the event and look forward to seeing you all there," she added.

"The night is guaranteed to provide lots of laughs and icebreaking moments with students encouraged to dress up to the theme 'Babes and Bogans' and get into the spirit of the event," said Deputy Youth Mayor, Gerard O'Shea.

"Bogan inspired outfits could include the classic flannelette or oil rag shirts and blue singlets!" added Gerard O'Shea.

Local youth organisation headspace will support the event with an alcohol education area providing teenagers with information and the opportunity to try on 'hazard goggles' to see first-hand the effects of alcohol.

Snacks will also be available to purchase on the night. A free photo booth will also be there for dance goers to get a memento from the night.

For more information you can check out the Youth Council's website or contact Megan Bargwanna

More information: Victoria Erskine Media & PR Officer