New books for young adults!

The characters in Young Adult literature might be in their teens, but they are far from immature. Here is a selection of YA novels with beautifully created worlds and well developed stories that range from Sci-fi to Fantasy and contemporary Australian fiction.

Being Black'n Chicken and Chips by Matt Okine Chain of Gold first installment of the Last Hours series by Cassandra Clare Hive by A J Betts Skyward clain the stars by Brandon Sanderson This is how we change the ending by Vikki Wakefield Yes no maybe so

 

 

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= cloudLibrary      = BorrowBox       = Overdrive

Click here to find out more about how to use cloudLibrary, BorrowBox and Overdrive.

Learn a new skill – touch typing with KAZ!

Touch typing is the ability to type quickly and accurately without having to look down at the keyboard – a valuable skill for anybody who uses a keyboard to study, work or play. Your library membership gives you free access to KAZ Online, a learning tool that helps you to train your brain so that touch typing becomes automatic. No more having to ‘hunt and peck’ for each letter!

KAZ uses a unique ‘accelerated learning’ teaching method, engaging sight, sound and touch simultaneously, to enhance memory retention and recall.

The course is presented in a structured but light-hearted manner in order to make learning fun and enjoyable.

The program offers both spoken and written instruction. Developed with guidance from the British Dyslexia Research Trust, KAZ is suitable for everyone, but also offers dyslexia-friendly functionalities, minimising visual stress by allowing each individual to set preferences for visibility comfort.

Users can choose between the Junior and Adult versions. Links to KAZ can be found on the library Lifelong Learning page, and also on the E-resources for parents and children page.

New Books on Feminism

Feminism is more than a movement for women’s right to work and vote.
It’s the teenage girl in the faraway country dreaming to walk freely, the elderly women sharing her wisdom without fear of being chastised, the young woman getting to work in whatever job she feels suited to and getting paid accordingly.
Learn a bit more about one of the most influential social movements of the twenty-first century with this week’s New Books. If you are visiting the library, our New Books Display is back on, with a bigger selection to chose from.

Feminine Genius It's not about the burqa Song Spiral , sharing women's wisdom of Country through songlines The guilty feminist The power of age The art of feminism. Images that shaped the fight for equality

If you would like to read more on the topic, here are some resources available online:

Feminism on BorrowBox

Feminism on OverDrive

Feminism on CloudLibrary

Click here to find out more about how to use cloudLibrary, BorrowBox and Overdrive.

 

New Australian novels

The secrets we keep by Shirley Patton Star crossed by Minnie Darke The rich man's house by Andrew McGahan    Desire Lines by Felicity Volk    From the wreck by Jane RawsonThe cedar tree by Nicole Alexnader

Australian novels are the feature of this week’s online new books.

If you are visiting the library we also have our New Books display back on, with a larger selection of books to chose from.

Click on the image to go straight to the catalogue and place your hold.

Look for these symbols which tell you if the item is also available as an e-book or e-audiobook:

= cloudLibrary      = BorrowBox        = Overdrive

Click here to find out more about how to use cloudLibrary, BorrowBox and Overdrive.

Preparing well ahead of that overseas holiday!

Overseas travel may seem far away, but in the meantime you can be working towards making that long-awaited holiday even better by learning the language of the locals – something that is generally appreciated wherever you may go. Encourage the whole family to learn with you, and perhaps have some theme dinners where you practise your new skill together!

Transparent Language Online (TLO) offers 24/7 access to personalised language courses, and is free with your library membership.

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 also 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.

 

New series: The Hunt for Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher is a mysterious loner who passes through strange towns, sketchy diners and dark back alleys.  On his travels, he frequently avenges the weak and rights wrongs. His adventures are always enthralling, and known to be popular even with people who don’t usually like to read!

You might already be a casual reader of Lee Child’s thrillers featuring Jack Reacher – or perhaps you are a fan of the series and have read all his adventures from the very first book (Killing Floor, published in 1997) right up to the 24th installment: Blue Moon.

The First Jack Reacher novel, Killing Floor by Lee Child.  

If you’re wondering whether this series is for you, or if you would like to revisit some of the stories, have a look at our Jack Reacher collection. You can find all 24 installments in print, with some titles also available in e-book and e-audiobook format:

We also have good news for those of you who have read them all – if you would like to look at Jack Reacher from a different angle, you can do so via Diane Capri’s series Hunt for Jack Reacher. The series was published with Lee Child’s permission, and is available on cloudLibrary.

Licensed to Thrill is a bundle featuring the first three books in a nine-books series. Click on the picture below to check it out:

Licensed to Thrill 1, Hunt for Jack Reacher by Diane Capri

Click here to find out more about how to use our e-book and e-audiobook platforms: cloudLibrary, BorrowBox and Overdrive.

If you are visiting the library we also have our New Books Display back on, with a bigger selection of books to chose from.

Celebrating Earth Day with Beamafilm

Earth Day is usually celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year, the date slipped by while many of the world’s people were in lockdown or suffering deep personal stress.

You can still access a wide range of films and documentaries about climate and the environment, and celebrate a belated Earth Day at home, with Beamafilm. Your library membership gives you free access to a vast range of titles with an ‘Earth’ theme. Here is a small sample of what’s available:

Selection of Earth Day Beamafilm titles

Have your membership number handy, and click here to go directly to Beamafilm.

Or click here to find out more about Beamafilm and Kanopy – our other movie-streaming service, which is also available free to library members.

 

Talk about race and resilience

We shouldn’t shy away in moments of great divide and confusion – instead we must be compassionate and try to understand the suffering of others in order to build resilience in our world!

 

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Look for these symbols which tell you if the item is also available as an e-book or e-audiobook:

= cloudLibrary      = BorrowBox       = Overdrive

Click here to find out more about how to use cloudLibrary, BorrowBox and Overdrive.

 

 

Learn how to use podcasting and blogging software – or just brush up your Office skills!

Hoonuit is free for all library members.

A video-based how-to training resource, Hoonuit opens up unlimited access to thousands of short videos covering more than 500 of today’s most popular software applications on both PCs and Macs.

  • All the latest software offerings – Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google, and more
  • Upskill and embark on a new career – learn how to use the software behind blogging and podcasting, including WordPress and Captivate
  • Mobile training – learn how to use mobile phones and ipads
  • Accessibility – all videos are closed captioned

Click here to view a list of the courses currently available.

Go to Hoonuit  and enter your library card number to create a free account.

Borrow a book right now, from home, using your mobile device!

Your library membership gives you instant access to tens of thousands of titles that can be downloaded and enjoyed from your mobile device.

Download an audiobook for that long drive, or just ensure that you always have an e-book handy to read while you wait in line (something we are all doing a bit more of at the moment!)

No need to fill a suitcase with books for that next (long-awaited) holiday. And you don’t need to purchase a special device for the task – your mobile phone or tablet will do the job nicely.

There are several platforms you can browse, each offering a different range of titles and authors.

We recommend you start with cloudLibrary. It’s very user-friendly and quick to set up. Click here to view a brief how-to video.

You can also explore e-books and e-audiobook titles with BorrowBox and Overdrive, and browse e-magazines at RBDigital Magazines.

Have your library card handy, and click here to explore these resources.

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Margaret River Library

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