Online safety – for all ages

Shire’s libraries are working towards accreditation as an eSmart Library Service.

As part of this initiative we are providing easy access to a wide range of resources to assist you to:

  • Develop your online skills – including self-paced courses tailored for Senior citizens
  • Improve your online awareness of scams, cyber-attacks and other online threats
  • Improve online safety for your children and yourself
  • Have a better understanding of online bullying and how to report it (for all ages)
  • And heaps more, including issues around illegal behaviour, copyright issues and inappropriate content

Links to these resources can be found on your library website, in both the general and the youth Online Resources pages:

Click here to go to the E-resources for Parents and Children page

Click here to go to the general Online Resources page

Look for the eSmart logo 🙂


Learn a new language or practise your English online!

Did you know you can use your library membership to set up a free account with Transparent Language Online?

Prepare for an overseas holiday,  further your education, or just surprise your friends and family with your new-found language skills!

There are over 100 languages to choose from, with easy-to-follow lessons and exercises.

You can access Transparent Language Online using your PC or mobile device.

You can learn as little or as much as you need.

Click here to go to our Lifelong Learning page where you can find out more about Transparent Language Online.






E-book demonstrations at the Margaret River Library

We are very excited about the range of new titles now available on our cloudLibrary e-book service.

For the next couple of weeks, we are offering quick 3 minute Cloud Library installation demos on request.

Ask one of our friendly staff to show you just how easy it is to install cloudLibrary to a mobile phone or tablet. We will use our library device to give you a very brief demo that includes:

  • Installing the app
  • Borrowing an e-book
  • Changing the font size
  • Returning an e-book

We’ll also give you a printed guide to take home so that you can install the cloudLibrary app  to your own device (and explore the many features) at your leisure.

Did you know that your cloudLibrary e-books will sync across all your devices? That means you can log into cloudLibrary on your laptop, borrow an e-book – and then, when you log in from your mobile device, it will already be there waiting for you.


Keeping kids safe online


Parents who are concerned about cyber-safety for their children will be interested to know that we provide a direct link to the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner website. Click here to find the link (and a lot of other helpful e-resources!)

In the eSafety Commissioner website, you can explore the iParent section which includes information and resources to assist parents with online safety.



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.




Celebrating cyber safety & digital inclusion: National eSmart Week!

PC use

National eSmart Week starts today, aiming to raise awareness of online safety while encouraging everyone to participate in the digital community.

Check out these helpful resources now available online –

Click here to browse Telstra’s free training videos created especially to assist senior citizens in the use of the internet, home computers, social network sites and mobile phones

Click here to go to Telstra’s cyber safety tips for parents, kids and teens

Click here for factsheets with parent information about social network sites such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (and others!)