Transparent Language Online – planned maintenance

tloOur online language-learning resource, Transparent Language Online, will be temporarily unavailable from 7pm – 8pm on Wednesday 26th October while the service is being updated.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

If you are interested in learning a new language (or learning English as a second language) you can find out more about Transparent Language Online at our Lifelong Learning webpage here.

There is a huge selection of languages available, from Afrikaans to Zulu – and everything in between.

The service is available 24/7 and is free for library members.




Exhibition launch in the Cocoon…gallery for emerging artists

Thursday 27th October, 6 – 7:30pm with light refreshments provided

Situated in the foyer of the Margaret River Library, the Cocoon gallery is showing Annie Bowerman’s stunning photographic images of the South West, combined with Al Purdon’s unique West Australian timber frames. The exhibition will run to the end of November.


Annie Bowerman

After a move from managing WA Pol’s Forensic Crime Scene Photographic Unit and then administering the Geographe Catchment Council, Annie finally followed her dream of capturing all the moods of the South West through the lens of her camera. Nature based photography is her passion and her catalogue of images featuring the South West’s celebrated biodiversity, land and seascapes is extensive.

Al Purdon

Coming from a machinery maintenance background, Al developed his interest in woodwork and framing attaining further skills with each of Annie’s images that needed hanging. Sharing a passion for conservation, Al and Annie pursued alternative materials to enhance the images – using face cuts, mill ends and general “waste” from the WA timber industry. The aim became to find a unique way to turn a discarded product into a valuable one-off piece of art.

All artworks will be for sale and prints of the images can be requested. If you can’t make it to the launch, come in over the next few weeks to view their unique way of presenting the South West.

Jazz performance and author talk by Mike Nelson

Listen to Mike’s jazz music and hear about his novel in the relaxed surroundings of the Margaret River Library. All welcome! Light refreshments will be provided. Mike Nelson is known as a superb jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer and educator. Now, he is the first time author of the fiction novel ‘Muso’.

Thursday 20th October, 6 pm to 7:30pmmusolrRSVP by 19th October for catering purposes.

‘Muso’ is much more than the career and activities of a pianist. It is also a gripping and gritty thriller, an engaging love story and fascinating look behind the scenes of nightclub entertainment in 1970’s and 80’s Perth and London.

Mike Nelson (music) and Jenny Wrenn (vocals)

Augusta Library opening times will change from 3 October 2016


The Augusta Library opening times are changing.

Starting from Monday 3 October 2016, the library will be closing at 4pm (and not 5pm) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

This means that the library will close at the same time the Augusta Shire office closes on those days. 

The new opening times will be:

Monday : 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm
Tuesday : 10.00am-1.00pm
Wednesday : 1.00pm-4.00pm
Thursday : 10.00am-1.00pm
Friday : 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm


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An afternoon with Julie Kinney “Garden Wanderer”

Join us for a presentation by the author of ‘The garden wanderer’. Margaret River local Julie Kinney will share her passion for exploring gardens, show the wonderful images from her book and talk about the publishing process. Devonshire tea will follow the talk and copies of the book will be available to purchase. Please rsvp by 7th October for catering. Phone: 9780 5600 or Email:

Saturday 8th October, 1:30pm – 3pm at the Margaret River Library


This talk was originally set for September 22 and due to Josh Byrne visiting Margaret River that night, we have rescheduled to Saturday October 8th, hoping to reach all keen gardeners. Come along for some Spring garden inspiration. All welcome!

Libraries closed for public holiday Monday 26th September

gamesJust a quick reminder that the Augusta and Margaret River Libraries will be closed for the Queen’s Birthday on Monday 26th September.

However, our online services will continue to be available 24/7.  Click here to discover a huge range of resources that will entertain and educate – and all are free with your library membership.

E-books, e-audio, e-magazines, language courses, movie-streaming, online crosswords and Sudoku…. there is so much of your library that is accessible from home!

If you prefer your entertainment to be screen-free, don’t forget we also have a great range of games and jigsaws for you to take home and enjoy with friends and family.


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