Three Capes Track Tasmania: a travel talk by Dr Pam Lynch

Thursday 14th November, 6 – 7:30pm

Four days, three nights, stunning coastline with spectacular dolomite pillars rising in their architectural magnificence from the ocean floor. Autumn colours dripping in the misty rain, silence, a climb to the top of Mt Fortescue, a Lord of the Rings type magical forest, green and mossy and dark and dank and then an unrivaled view as we stood looking down into the abyss where the Southern Ocean meets the Tasman Sea. Where are we?

We’re at the South East corner of Tasmania and we’ve just completed the Three Capes Track walk and we’ve loved every minute. Come and listen as Dr Pam Lynch takes you on a trip along this track in a beautiful part of the country and see what this area of Tasmania has to offer.

Light refreshments provided. The Library is an easily accessible venue. All welcome. RSVP by 13th November to or Ph: 9780 5600

Photo of Pam Lynch in Tasmania
Pam Lynch travelling in Tasmania

It’s Get Online Week!

It’s Get Online Week, and libraries all over Australia are holding events to promote the benefits of getting online, especially for over-50s. These activities are supported by grants from the Federal Government Be Connected initiative, which is administered by the Good Things Foundation.

To celebrate Get Online Week, we’re holding a community lunch at the Margaret River Library (see the previous blog post for details). Unfortunately, the lunch is now fully booked. However, you can still get online or help a friend to get online.

Click on the links below to discover some online resources you may not have realised were available to you:

The Absolute Basics
Be Connected provides answers to basic questions including: What is a computer? What is the Internet?

Avoiding Scams & Tricks
Be Connected helps you to stay safe online!

Be Connected Topic Library
Explore the full range of topics that Be Connected can help you with

Video Tutorials for Library Services
Find out how to use a range of online library resources, including e-books and e-audiobooks.

Stay safe and have fun!

Community lunch @ the Margaret River Library

Image of older adult being assisted with technology

We are celebrating Get Online Week with a free community lunch at the Margaret River Library at 12 noon on Thursday 17 October. Places are limited so BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.

The lunch is supported by a grant from the Federal Government Be Connected program. Be Connected is administered by the Good Things Foundation, and aims to encourage over-50s to build on their digital skills.

All the community is welcome, but over-50s are especially invited to attend the lunch.

We’ll be available to answer your questions about getting online, and to demonstrate online resources. All the booked attendees will be given a take-home gift of a USB storage device, pre-loaded with helpful links to encourage them to get online.

To book your place, RSVP to with your name and phone number, or call 9780 5600, or drop into your local library branch.

The Margaret River Library is an accessible venue.

Low Impact Living Session 4: an introduction to Beekeeping

Tuesday 1st October, 6 – 7:30pm at the Margaret River Library

An introduction to beekeeping will allow you to familiarise yourself with the craft and practice of beekeeping. In this session, presenter Luke Fulton, will explain:

  • Getting set up
  • Keeping it lawful
  • How to harvest your honey

There will also be plenty of time for questions and honey tasting. RSVP using Eventbrite HERE or contact the Library. Ph: 9780 5600 E:

Low Impact Living Session 3 – Make Your Own Green Cleaning Products

Monday 9 September, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Margaret River Library

There are many ways that individuals and households can reduce their impact on this earth. By making your own cleaning products, you can greatly reduce your plastic consumption and also rid toxins from your household. ‘Make Your Own Green Cleaning Products’ covers: reading labels; discussing cleaning miles; green-washing; gadgets and packaging in addition to a demonstration on making the citrus ferment and the “not-jif”. Participants will be able to take a sample home together with full notes that also cover washing powder and glass cleaner. If this sounds like your cup of tea, we would love to see you there. Special guest presenter, Nirala Hunt will share her wisdom and life experience in living with low impact.

FREE event and the Margaret River Library is an easily accessible venue. RSVP to Eventbrite HERE or contact the Library. Ph: 9780 5600 Email:

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.

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Margaret River Library

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