Educational entertainment @ home: Coding Games

Swopbots and Rainforest coding are 2 e-resources that teach kids how to code in a fun and entertaining way.

Access is free for library members.

Have your card handy and click here to go to our Online resources for parents and children page, where you’ll find more information and handy links to the sites.

…and if they love coding, they’ll probably enjoy CoderDojo, a coding club for Ninjas aged 7-17 years, hosted at the Margaret River Library on Fridays after school. Click here for more details about how to join the Margaret River CoderDojo.

Educational entertainment @ home: Busy Things!

Busy Things is a great learning resource with over 100 fun activities that teach key skills for young children.

Great for school-readiness and younger ones starting out with online learning.

Access is free for library members. Have your library card handy and click here  to start the fun!

…or click here to browse the full range of library e-resources available for our Junior community.

Chinese New Year Celebrations at the Library

Save the date for Wednesday 29th January, 3 – 6pm in the garden outside the library to celebrate the Year of the Rat

Bring: a Chinese inspired dish to share and a picnic rug to spread out. BYO water bottle and reusable plate if you have one

Provided: Paper craft activities to create including paper fans, decorate a lantern, rat mask to make and paper cut-outs, Chinese Spring Couplets to paint

Photo Booth (in the library), come dressed up for your family pic!

Dragon dance performance

Fortune cookie and lots of good luck to share

Learn: your Chinese Zodiac sign and New Year traditions

3pm Paper craft activities start

5pm Dinner is served

5:30pm Winners of the Rat Mask competition announced

5:45pm Dragon dance finale

All welcome to this FREE, inclusive, family friendly event

Please RSVP your dish so we don’t double up and so you can receive some guidelines on safe food preparation. RSVP by 28th January to:  amrlibrary@amrshire.wa.gov.au  Ph: 9780 5600

Please contact library staff if you have access requirements as this event is in the library and the lawn area outside

Learn a language in 2020 – free online courses for adults and children

 

 

Your library membership gives you free access to 2 language-learning e-resources: Muzzy (for kids) & Transparent Language Online (for all ages). Learn at your own pace, in your own time.

Transparent Language Online (TLO) offers 24/7 access to personalised language courses.

There are too many languages to list here – from French to Swahili, we’re certain you’ll find exactly the language you’re looking for. Learn on your PC or download the app to your mobile device.

If English isn’t your first language, you can tailor an English course to meet your specific needs.

Have your library card handy and click here to go to our Lifelong Learning page, where you’ll find more information about TLO, and a link to the site.

BBC’s MUZZY helps young children to learn Italian, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese or German.

Have your library card handy and click here to go to our Online resources for parents and children page, where you will find more information and a handy link to the site.

Educational entertainment @ home: Tumblebook Library

Tumblebook Library is an easy-to-use e-resource to teach and entertain children.

It includes e-books, read along, graphic novels and more.

Have your library card handy and click here to start the fun. There is also an app available for use with mobile devices.

…or click here to browse the full range of library e-resources for our Junior community.

Year of the Rat Mask Decorating Activity

In preparation for Chinese New Year celebrations at the library, we have started the ‘Decorate a Rat Mask’ craft activity. This is how to join in:

  • Collect your mask from Margaret River or Augusta Library
  • Decorate your mask and return it to the Margaret River Library for display in the foyer by Monday 20th January
  • The Chinese New Year committee will pick 3 favourite masks and these will be announced at the Chinese New Year Celebration on Wednesday 29th January at 5.30pm
  • For more information contact the Library Ph: 9780 5600

Summer School holidays at your shire libraries

All school holiday activities are FREE at the Shire Libraries, however bookings are essential and children must be accompanied by an adult for each session.

Lego Club!

Join our hour long Lego club session to take on new challenges with all the Lego provided. Best suited to children over 5 years and bookings are essential. 

Phone the library now to reserve your child’s place.

Margaret River Library session 1 : Wednesday 8th January 2-3pm

Margaret River Library session 2 : Monday 13th January 2-3pm

            Phone Margaret River Library 9780 5600 for bookings

Augusta Library : Wednesday 15th January 2-3pm

Please note Augusta session also includes additional craft activities        

Phone Augusta Library 9780 5670 for bookings

Wild Woven Tales with Cynamon Aeria

Come along to this workshop of stories  and woven artwork by a local storyteller and artist. Children will listen to stories brought to life with woven characters .They will then be able to help create a woven sculpture for the library garden and make simple woven artwork for themselves.

This workshop is suited for participants aged 6 years and over. Adults accompanying children are very welcome to participate in the workshop.

Margaret River Library: Tuesday 14th January 2020 at 10.30am . Phone 9780 5600 for bookings

Teddy Bear’s picnic storytime and Library sleepover for teddies

Bring in your Teddy bears for a special Teddy Bears picnic storytime, then the teddies can have a sleepover and we will take photos of their adventures overnight in the library. Storytime is aimed at children under 6 years old however any child can bring in their teddy for the sleepover.

 Margaret River Library: Picnic on Tuesday 21st January 10.30am Phone 9780 5600 for bookings

Teddy pick ups on Wednesday 22nd January after 12 noon.

Summer Reading Rabbits

If you are in year one at school, the summer holidays is the perfect time to visit the library, choose some books and get some Reading Rabbit stamps on your card. Over the summer holidays, bonus prizes will be given for a book review, based on a book you have read recently.

Summer Book Bandicoots

For all those aged in year two at school and over, Book Bandicoots rewards kids for reading, especially over the summer holidays! As a summer holiday treat we are giving away bonus prizes for extra book reviews completed, just see library staff for more details.

Reading Rabbits and Book Bandicoots are an initiative of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River Libraries and kindly supported by Rotary Club of Margaret River and the Margaret River Bookshop

Regular Baby Rhyme Time, Storytime and Toddler Tales sessions are having a break over the school holidays.  Sessions are resuming for term 1,  the week starting  Monday 3rd February 2020.

 

Woven basket by Cynamon Aeria is delivered to the library

Cynamon conducted a twine weaving demonstration at the library in September and the participants learned the weaving technique and how to recycle fabric into lengths of cord for weaving. The cords from the workshop have been upcycled into the basket that has been presented to the library to hold the Hand Puppet collection.

Photo of Cynamon presenting the basket to library staff
Cynamon presents the basket to Rachael and Kerry from the Margaret River Library
Photo of the twine woven basket
Interior of the basket is woven with a double base for durability
Photo of the basket filled already with hand puppets
Hand puppets ready for children to select from the new basket

 

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Contact the Libraries

Margaret River Library

Fearn Avenue, Margaret River WA 6285
Phone: (08) 9780 5600
Email: amrlibrary@amrshire.wa.gov.au