Children’s Book of the Year award – check out the titles shortlisted for older readers!

Children’s Book Week 2020 is almost upon us, so here is an opportunity to get familiar with some of Australia’s best writers for young readers, and understand why they have been shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Today we are featuring the shortlisted titles for older readers (13 to 18 years of age). Please click on the image to place a hold on the item.

How it feels to float

when the ground is hard This is how we chang ethe ending Boy who steal houses


New books on Parenting

Navigating life as a parent is as challenging as it is rewarding. Sometimes you meet these challenges spot on, but sometimes you could do with a little help from friends or family.

And other times you will look for answers or a bit of motivation from experts who have extensive knowledge of pregnancy, babies, raising kids, sleeping patterns and so on. 

This week, we are featuring a few of those books,  but we would also like you to know that we have many more resources to borrow here on the Parent Shelf at the Augusta and Margaret River libraries.

CloudLibrary online resource Titles with this symbol are also available as e-Books or e-Audiobooks

CloudLibrary online resource    Confident parents confident kids : raising emotional itelligence in ourselves and ur kids from toddlers to teenagers  The no-cry sleep solution : gentle ways to help your baby sleep through the night CloudLibrary online resource How to raise kind kids, and get respect, gratitute, and a happier family in the bargain by Thomas Lickona       Cribsheet : a data-driven guide to better, more relaxed parenting, from birth to preschool       How to stop losing your sh*t with your kids : effective strategies for stressed out parents


Lonely Planet on CloudLibrary

Some countries (like France and Italy!) are starting to re-open for tourism; however, here in Australia we are still waiting for the day we can hit the skies again.

That doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to dream and plan your next trip. With that in mind, we’ve got you covered with an array of new Lonely Planet guides available to borrow online with CloudLibrary.

From Austria to Azerbaijan, or from Madagascar to Mauritius – wherever your intended destination, click on the image below to explore the collection.

Lonley planet on cloudLibrary Lonely Planet on cloudLibraryLonely Planet on Cloud Library

Need help accessing CloudLibrary or any of our other Online Resources? No problem, click here to find some short video tutorials as well as written guidelines, that will explain it all to you.


Dementia Friendly Margaret River

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The libraries are friendly, easily accessible and comfortable places to spend some time when out and about in the community.

As well as being dementia friendly places to visit, the Margaret River and Augusta Libraries provide resources that can assist people living with dementia, inform their family and friends and their carers. Pop in to say hello and just ask if you need a hand to find what you are looking for.

The Dementia Friendly Town project, an initiative of Alzheimer’s WA, empowers rural communities to support people living with dementia to live as well as possible for as long as possible. With support from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and the local Rotary and Lions Clubs, Alzheimer’s WA has worked with the local community, including businesses, in a whole of town approach to becoming dementia friendly.

Videos made during the project highlight how we can all help to enhance the quality of life for people living with dementia in our town. Alzheimer’s WA has kindly given permission to use the Margaret River videos available online at “Copyright to Alzheimer’s WA 2020” 


Books on climate

“Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low carbon world? Should we frack?”… “Does it all come down to population?”… “What on earth can any of us do?”  – There is no planet B by Mike Berners-Lee

Expand your knowledge and find possible solutions for some of the most pressing issues of our times with our latest selection of New Books.

A better planet. 40 big ideas for a sustainable future       the fate of the food, what we'll eat in a bigger, hotter, smarter world

Still waiting for that item to become available?

Some titles are so popular that you can have quite a few people ahead of you while you wait for your turn, even after you’ve placed a Hold.

You can practise patience, knowing that the item will eventually get to you… or you might like to get access more quickly via one of our e-book and e-audio platforms.

The items listed below are in-demand titles that are also available in digital formats. You may find your long-awaited book is ready to be downloaded to your tablet or phone right now! But even if there is a wait, you may well find that the digital copy becomes available before the physical copy.

Look for these symbols which tell you which platforms are offering the titles:

= cloudLibrary        = BorrowBox          = Overdrive

If you are new to e-books and e-audio, click here to discover more information about cloudLibrary, BorrowBox and Overdrive, including links to instructions for first-time users.

In-demand Fiction Titles:

Bruny. By Heather Rose

Available as e-book               

Girl, woman, other. By Bernadine Evariston

Available as e-book               

Available as e-audiobook             

Mirror and the light. By HIlary Mantel

Available as e-book               

Available as e-audiobook           

The weekend. By Charlotte Wood

Available as e-book               

The yield. By Tara June Winch

Available as e-book               

Available as e-audiobook               

Where the crawdads sing. By Delia Owens

Available as e-book     

Available as e-audiobook   

In-demand Non-Fiction Titles:

Activate your vagus nerve: unleash your body’s natural ability to overcome gut sensitivities, inflammation, brain fog, autoimmunity, anxiety, depression. By Habib Navas.

Available as e-audiobook  

Educated. By Tara Westover.

Available as e-book               

Available as e-audiobook               

First we make the beast beautiful: a new story about anxiety. by Sarah Wilson

Available as e-book               

Available as e-audiobook       

Sand talk: how indigenous thinking can save the world. By Tyson Yunkaporta

Available as e-book               

The longevity paradox: how to die young at a ripe old age. By Steven Gundry

Available as e-book               

Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race. By Reni Eddo-Lodge

Available as e-book               





Holidaying in WA? E-audiobooks for road trips!

Road trips are so much more fun when you’re listening to something entertaining along the way.

Our library members have free access to tens of thousands of downloadable audiobook titles via cloudLibrary, BorrowBox and Overdrive.

No need to fill your suitcase with discs – simply download the titles to your phone or tablet before you hit the road.

If you’re new to downloadable e-resources, you can click here to view videos and guidelines to assist with the set up. It’s very easy; just have your library card number handy and make sure you’re connected to wifi for the download.

Below is a tiny sample of titles available at cloudLibrary (just to tempt you!)

Happy travels!



Crystals and natural magic

Rose Quartz is for love, Moonstone is associated with yin energies,  Red Jasper is believed to help boost strength and courage, and what about the healing power of plants?

You might be a beginner witch or a crystal aficionado. Whichever way your energy flows, there is a lot to discover in this week’s New Books.

The crystal workshop  Plant magic for the beginner witch The practice of Enochian magick The crystal goddesses 888 Mama moon's book of magic : a life changing guide to spells, crystals, manifestations, and living a magical experience A scheme of healing

Explore our digital collection for more titles on Crystals:

Crystals on CloudLibrary

Crystals on OverDrive



Geralt of Rivia is The Witcher

If a world full of monsters, brooding anti-heroes and damsels-not-in-distress takes your fancy, we have two words for you, The Witcher!

You may have played the videogames, or watched the TV adaptation (which by the way, received conflicting reviews). Did you know they were based on a series of books?

Written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, the series mainly follows Geralt of Rivia on his assignments to rid the world of terrible monsters. However, this is not a straight-forward story – the series has a complicated plot-line spanning seven books, told from several points of view.

If you have been meaning to start this series, we are here to give you a push!

We suggest starting with Sword of Destiny, a selection of short-stories from Geralt of Rivia’s point-of-view, and start the main story with Blood of Elves.

Happy reading!

Blood of elves by Andrzej Sapkowski        

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