Rainforest Coding – having fun while learning to code

Rainforest Coding is our new e-resource that takes you on an adventure while teaching you how to code.

The action takes place on the beautiful Echo Island, part of the Crystal Rainforest. Things suddenly turn very ugly for the scientists living on the island when it is attacked by hundreds of evil robots. Can the children help Doctor Han find her way around the old temples, removing the robots in her way? Can they discover what is going on and who is behind the attacks? 

Suitable for five years and up. For more information, click here to go to our E-resources for parents and children page.

Learn to touch-type in 90 minutes with KAZ!

Typing is a valuable skill for anybody who uses a keyboard to study, work or play.

KAZ is now available free for all library patrons. It uses a unique and proven ‘accelerated learning’ teaching method. Incorporating both ‘muscle memory’ and ‘brain balance’, it engages the major senses of sight, sound and touch simultaneously, radically enhancing memory retention and recall.

The course is presented in a structured but light hearted manner in order to make learning fun and enjoyable. It solely focuses on teaching typing and does not include gaming, to avoid overloading the ‘working memory’.

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.

Search Diversity WA online tool available

Search Diversity WA is an online tool that allows users to search and download data on demographic, cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of people living across the State, including profiles of Local Government Areas and selected birthplace, ancestry, gender, language and religious groups from the 2011 and 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census information.

Click here to visit the website, or for further information please email the Office of Multicultural Interests at: harmony@omi.wa.gov.au

 

 

 

 

Romance e-book trial – we’d like your feedback

If you love reading romance, we think you’ll enjoy Romance BookCloud – with over 1800 titles and unlimited simultaneous usage 24/7.

There are romance titles for all tastes, including contemporary, historical, suspense, paranormal and LBGTQ.

Our library service has been given a free 4 month trial of this e-resource.

We invite all our romance-lovers to try the service and let us know what you think. Please note that you do need an active internet connection to access the books. (Don’t forget your membership gives you free access to our wifi if you would like to settle into a comfy chair at the library to read.)

Click here to go to Romance BookCloud.

Please send all feedback to: jporter@amrshire.wa.gov.au

 

Zinio e-magazines app end-of-life… but the magazines are still available to download!

The Zinio for Libraries app will be discontinued in the near future – but the e-magazines will continue to be available to our patrons via the RBdigital app.

If you have been using the Zinio app, we encourage you to download the RBdigital app to your mobile device to access magazines. Your username and password will remain the same, and you won’t lose any of your previously checkout out content. Remember to select the State Library of WA as your library when setting up the app.

If you haven’t yet explored the huge range of e-magazines that are available to our patrons, click here and look for the RBdigital magazines tab.

 

Learn how to use your library e-resources with quick and easy video tutorials

The Augusta Margaret River Libraries Academy offers our patrons a range of short videos that explain how to use library e-resources.

Click here to go directly to the Augusta Margaret River Libraries Academy

Included are videos that explain how these resources work with different devices.

Videos include:

BorrowBox, cloudLibrary & Overdrive e-books and e-audiobooks

Movie-streaming with Kanopy

Online courses with Universal Class and Transparent Language Online

How to use Ancestry Library Edition

Plus some non-library resources – How to use Instagram, Gmail & Facebook

Click here to find further how-to guides on our Online Resources FAQs page.

 

Free with your library membership – stream movies and documentaries with Kanopy

 

Our patrons now have access to more than 30,000 movies and documentaries, free with their membership.

Kanopy showcases great films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favourites, indie and classic films, and world cinema.

Click here to go to our Entertainment page, where you will find links to Kanopy and user guidelines.

Languages other than English

Did you know that many of our online resources can be set to operate in the language of your choice?

For example, if you’re navigating your way around cloudLibrary and prefer to do so in a language other than English, there’s a handy drop-down menu at the top of the page, where you can make your selection:

Or if you’re using our online catalogue, there are language options near the bottom of the page:

Even websites that don’t offer in-site language options can be translated by Google. Simply paste a website URL into the Google Translate page, and select the language of your choice:

…et voila!

We hope these tips will help you expand your language skills, make information more accessible for your family, or provide a different way of doing things – just for fun!

Which format is best for you?

Our aim is to assist all of our community to connect to the information, stories, education and entertainment of their choosing. We are a community of diverse needs and preferences – and this is reflected in the broad range of formats your library service offers. Did you know that we have:

Audio-books

Great for those who may have difficulty holding a book or reading a page, and also perfect for those long drives when your eyes are busy doing other things! Try cloudLibrary, BorrowBox, Overdrive or rbDigital for downloadable audio-books, or visit the library (or our online catalogue) to browse our range of audio-books on disc.

E-books

Ever wish you could increase the font size at the touch of a button? Don’t feel comfortable holding a heavy book, or want instant access to a huge range of books at any time of night or day? Then e-books are for you! Try cloudLibrary, BorrowBox and Overdrive – or rbDigital Magazines for downloadable magazines.

Braille books

We also have a small collection of Junior Braille titles available to borrow, with more titles potentially available via Inter-library loan.

Your Online Resources are available 24/7 – click here to explore the range of services that are available for our library members.

 

Improve your software and career skills – free for all members!

Library patrons have unlimited access to thousands of easy-to-understand online training videos on the newest software and gadgets.

Tutorials include Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google… and much more!

There are career-skills tutorials:

… software-specific tutorials:

… or maybe you need some help getting to know your new mobile device and its features:

To browse the videos, have your library card handy, and click here to go to our Lifelong Learning page, where you will find more information and links to the Hoonuit site.

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Contact the Libraries

Margaret River Library

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