The easy way to access e-books!

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We are pleased to let our community know that we now offer hundreds of popular e-books through the cloudLibrary digital lending platform. Offered at no cost to library patrons, all that’s needed to get started is an active library card.

We add new titles to our digital collection regularly, and welcome suggestions from our patrons. Add a comment to this blog post if you’d like to register your suggestions with us.

For more information, including links to easy set up instructions, click here.

Need study assistance?

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What is YourTutor?

It’s online, one-to-one help for students in years 3-12 with homework and study questions, a free service offered by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River libraries.

Students can get help with questions in maths, writing, English, science and more, by connecting to a network of qualified subject experts on-demand, or by uploading a written file any time for feedback within 24 hours.

The YourTutor ‘online classroom’ includes a typed chat with a live tutor, an interactive whiteboard where you can draw with the tutor, and expert assistance from a real person to help you get unstuck.

When and how?

Log in here or follow the links from amrlibraries.com and log in by using your Shire library card number, for free.

Live tutors are available Sunday – Friday, 3pm – 10pm or you can upload your writing draft 24/7 any time you like, and your file will be returned to you with helpful feedback in less than 24 hours.

The top 100 books chosen by Australians in 2016

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In 2016, Better Reading once again asked Australians from all walks of life, from all around the country, to vote for their favourite books.

The result is a list of new releases, classics, thrillers, fantasy and historical fiction novels that have been loved by many.

Click here to visit the Better Reading Top 100 Books website – you may discover a new title or author you haven’t read yet!

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Scholarships available to attend 2017 Emergence Creative Festival

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Local artists, photographers, film makers, writers, creative thinkers and innovators are invited to apply for two scholarships available to attend this year’s Emergence Creative Festival.

The scholarship winners will be entitled to participate in all sessions and workshops during the festival.

Those interested in applying for the scholarship need to complete an application form including a blurb of 100 words of why they want to attend, along with three work samples.

Applications can be sent to csmith@amrshire.wa.gov.au by 5pm Monday 20 February 2017.

Click here for more information.

Regular children’s activities are back at your libraries

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Baby Rhyme Time, Storytime and Toddler Tales sessions resume again this week for term one.

Baby Rhyme Time @ Margaret River Library: Mondays at 2.30pm (expect public holidays) 

Baby Rhyme Time is aimed at parents and caregivers for children under 2 years old and involves sharing rhymes, music, songs and board books. Refreshments are provided after the session and no bookings are required.

Storytime @ Margaret River Library: Tuesdays at 10.30am

Storytime is great for children aged 2 – 5 years old and their caregivers. This session includes stories, rhymes, songs, music and craft. For your convenience no bookings are required, just turn up.

Toddler Tales @ Augusta Library: On the second Thursday of the month at 10.30am

The next Toddler Tales session is Thursday 9th February and is aimed at toddlers aged 18 to 36 months old and their caregivers. The session includes stories, songs, rhymes, craft and a little morning tea. Bookings are preferred as places are limited. Phone 9780 5602 to book your child’s place for Toddler Tales at Augusta Library.

We hope to see you at the library soon!

Register now for Coderdojo!

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We are very excited to announce the launch of the Margaret River Coderdojo!

CoderDojo is a global volunteer-led community of free programming clubs for children (‘Ninjas’) aged between 7 & 17.   The clubs provide a fun, free and social learning environment in which to learn coding for computer programming, game creation and app development.

The club is being hosted by the Margaret River Library on Fridays during school term, with the sessions running from 4pm – 5.30pm. The first session will be held on Friday 10th February. Ninjas who are attending straight after school are welcome to come to the library from 3.30pm onwards.

Places are strictly limited, so if your child wishes to become a member of the club, click here to go to the MR Coderdojo booking page. Please ensure you read all the information carefully before booking a place.

If you need some assistance,  click here to find guidelines to help with the booking process. Please note that Library staff cannot make the booking for you as each Ninja needs to be registered with Coderdojo WA.

Looking forward to meeting all our Ninjas next week!

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Assistance with adult literacy, numeracy and computing skills with the Reading Writing Hotline

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What is the Reading Writing Hotline?

The Hotline is a free anonymous referral service for adults wishing to improve their literacy, numeracy and computing skills. It was established in 1994 and since then has responded to approximately 150,000 calls. The Hotline is funded by the federal government and is managed by TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute.

The Reading Writing Hotline has a national database of course providers, including TAFE colleges, private RTO’s, libraries, community colleges, neighbourhood centres, and private tutors.

The Hotline is operated by trained teachers who are able to listen to the needs of the caller and refer them to the most appropriate help. The Hotline provides:

• Direct referral for callers with literacy and numeracy needs to training providers, adult literacy tutors and other relevant community organisations
• Advice about appropriate support to assist the caller with their needs
• Information about training providers, employers and government service providers such as Jobactive and SEE providers

Click here to find out more!