The Happy Bowel – a book talk by Dr Michael Levitt

Saturday 31st August, 2 – 3pm at the Margaret River Library

Dr Levitt is a specialist colorectal surgeon with a particular interest in the management of functional bowel disorders such as constipation, incontinence and irritable bowel syndrome. He has recently been appointed as WA’s Chief Medical Officer.

This is Dr Levitt’s third book about bowel function but the first to gain a widespread readership. He has spoken about wanting to use a more accessible voice with this book and his writing style is clear, engaging and light-hearted.

Copies of his book: ‘The Happy Bowel: a user-friendly guide to bowel health for the whole family’ will be available for purchase on the day with the Margaret River Bookshop in attendance.

Light refreshments provided. RSVP to reserve your seat. Email: or Ph: 9780 5600


Children’s book author Frane Lessac visits our Shire libraries for an early Children’s Book Week celebration


Nearly 200 local primary students will meet award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Frané Lessac on Wednesday 7 August 2019 as part of Children’s Book Week celebrations.
The meetings will take place at the Shire libraries in Margaret River and Augusta with Frané to present to the students on a range of topics including where ideas come from, how authors do research, and the process of creating picture books.

Every year the Shire libraries participate in Children’s Book Week, during which Children’s Book of the Year awards are announced, by hosting author events for local school students to attend. Children’s Book Week celebrates all the fantastic children’s literature created in Australia, which includes author and illustrator Frané Lessac’s beautiful books.
Schools participating in the visits include Margaret River Primary School, St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Rapids Landing Primary School and Augusta Primary School.

The ‘Meet the Author/Illustrator’ event is grant-funded by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (WA branch), Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest and Healthway and the Go for 2 & 5 message.

More information about Frané Lessac’s work can be found at

Further details on Children’s Book Week and Book of the Year awards can be found at


Low Impact Living Session 1 – Waste Reduction and our New Bin Service

Thursday 4th July, 6 – 7:30pm at the Margaret River Library


Have you received your new bin? Want to find out more about waste reduction and our new three bin service? We kick start this year’s Low Impact Living Program with a two-part information session hosted by Jackie Dickson – Shire of Augusta Margaret River Waste Education and Projects Officer and sustainability, waste reduction wizard Nirala Hunt. In part one of this session Jackie will talk us through how to navigate our three-bin service including what to put where and why and where our stuff goes once we pop it in the bin. In the second half of this session, Shopping for the Planet, Nirala will look at shopping choices and how we can make changes to our consumption patterns that have benefits not only for our hip pocket, but also assist us as a society to reduce the amount of waste we create. If this sounds like your cup of tea, we would love to see you there.

Please RSVP on the Eventbrite link here

Alternatively, contact the library E: or P: 9780 5600.

Author talk: Helen Henderson in conversation with Bill Bunbury

Thursday 6th June, 6 – 7:30pm. Light refreshments provided.

Augustus Oldfield trekked throughout Southern Australia from 1845 to 1862 amassing plant specimens that would be used to describe over 700 species new to science, including twenty-one that would ultimately bear his name. He  undertook botanical expeditions throughout Australia including South West WA.

On the lower Murchison River, Western Australia, he encountered and travelled extensively with an indigenous group, the Watchandie and his paper on these Australian Aborigines is the only ethnographic record of them at the onset of European settlement.

Never appropriately recognised in either Australia or his native Britain, this comprehensive biographical work, twenty years in the making, fills that gap and places Oldfield’s career within the context of his immediate family and the scientific, environmental and broader socio-cultural contexts of the time. Starting with his childhood, raised in the gambling dens of London, through his amazing journeys on the far flung shores of Britain’s Australian colonies, to his untimely death, this book finally tells the story of a man who, driven by his love of nature, turned his life over to the pursuit of a greater prize than gold.

Join Bill Bunbury and Helen Henderson as they talk about all things Augustus Oldfied, his travels and discoveries. All welcome. Please RSVP to or Ph: 9780 5600

Rebecca Hannan Book Launch ‘The 30 Day Momentum Maker Challenge’

Join Rebecca Hannan as she talks candidly about a time in her life when she wasn’t taking care of herself. Everyone around Rebecca saw a successful professional woman doing it all, but the things in life that were most important to her were being dismissed. It cost her dearly in many areas of her life, she knew something had to change. So she created a challenge to pull herself out of her funk and into her flow. Rebecca has shared this challenge with many of her clients and now it’s time to share it with the world.

Thursday 30th May, 6 – 7:30pm. Light refreshments provided.

RSVP to or Ph: 9780 5600

One silver feather found at Margaret River Library!

Congratulations to Jessica, who found a silver feather amongst the junior fiction books at Margaret River Library recently.

Jessica has won a signed book from an author at the Scribblers Festival in Claremont, as part of the Golden Feather Hunt.

There are still some feathers left to be found, come to your local public library to join in the hunt!

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Margaret River Library

Fearn Avenue, Margaret River WA 6285
Phone: (08) 9780 5600