Educational entertainment @ home: Coding Games

Swopbots and Rainforest coding are 2 e-resources that teach kids how to code in a fun and entertaining way.

Access is free for library members.

Have your card handy and click here to go to our Online resources for parents and children page, where you’ll find more information and handy links to the sites.

…and if they love coding, they’ll probably enjoy CoderDojo, a coding club for Ninjas aged 7-17 years, hosted at the Margaret River Library on Fridays after school. Click here for more details about how to join the Margaret River CoderDojo.

C-Pen: Assistive technology for dyslexia and learners of English

Picture of C-Pen

We are pleased to announce that we now have a C-Pen available for our library community. The C-Pen is a totally portable, pocket-sized device that reads text out aloud with an English human-like digital voice. It can assist anyone learning English or living with reading difficulties such as dyslexia.

Patrons who would like to try the technology before committing to purchasing one of their own are welcome to borrow the library C-Pen and take it home to explore the functionalities. It is user-friendly and comes with instructions for use.

The C-Pen is currently located at the Margaret River Library but is also available for Augusta patrons to borrow – just ask your friendly library staff to assist if you would like to borrow it.





Educational entertainment @ home: Busy Things!

Busy Things is a great learning resource with over 100 fun activities that teach key skills for young children.

Great for school-readiness and younger ones starting out with online learning.

Access is free for library members. Have your library card handy and click here  to start the fun!

…or click here to browse the full range of library e-resources available for our Junior community.

Learn a language in 2020 – free online courses for adults and children



Your library membership gives you free access to 2 language-learning e-resources: Muzzy (for kids) & Transparent Language Online (for all ages). Learn at your own pace, in your own time.

Transparent Language Online (TLO) offers 24/7 access to personalised language courses.

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 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.

BBC’s MUZZY helps young children to learn Italian, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese or German.

Have your library card handy and click here to go to our Online resources for parents and children page, where you will find more information and a handy link to the site.

Free holiday entertainment – stream movies @ home

Enjoy World cinema, Australian films, new and classic movies, family entertainment and documentaries with Beamafilm and Kanopy.

Your library membership gives you free access to a huge range of entertainment, available to stream 24/7.

Have your library card handy and click here to explore Beamafilm and Kanopy. 

Only interested in (unlimited) children’s entertainment? Go to Kanopy and look for this button:

E-books, e-audiobooks & e-magazines are available to download 24/7

The libraries are closed for Christmas and New Year, but our e-resources don’t take breaks!

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

Download an audiobook for that long drive, or just ensure you always have a digital version of your favourite magazine handy. No need to fill a suitcase with books for that next holiday – you can store them all on your mobile device!

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

Explore e-books and e-audiobooks with cloudLibrary, BorrowBox and Overdrive.

Browse e-magazines at RBDigital Magazines.

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


Educational entertainment @ home: Tumblebook Library

Tumblebook Library is an easy-to-use e-resource to teach and entertain children.

It includes e-books, read along, graphic novels and more.

Have your library card handy and click here to start the fun. There is also an app available for use with mobile devices.

…or click here to browse the full range of library e-resources for our Junior community.

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!

New books at the Library

When you next visit the library take a few minutes to look at our New Books Display. You might come across something you’ve been looking for, or a book you did not even know you wanted.

If you are a fiction reader, some of the current highlights include: “A boy and his dog at the end of the world” by C. A. Fletcher. With well thought lines, Fletcher evokes a world where not many of us are left. A phenomenally crafted tale of survival, kindness and a very empty planet.

“The beekeeper of Aleppo” by Christy Lefteri, is not the story of one single refugee, but many stories blended into one to draw a deep picture of the real struggles lived by those who try to escape a war torn country in order to survive. At times heart breaking and others heart-warming, this a tale of contemporary significance.

You will also find new books by Ben Elton, Chloe Benjamin and Sally Rooney.

Take a journey with “Great Western Railway Gallery” book, get adventurous but not too reckless in the kitchen with “Healthy Greek Cooking”, or toss the diet out the window with Pamela Clark’s” Cake & Co”.
Penny Olsen and Lynette Russell shed a light on the importance indigenous Australians had in helping European settlers find and catalogue our unique fauna in “Australia’s first naturalists”.

This New Books edition is an eclectic sample of our collection, and we hope you find something special for you. Just remember to place a hold on the item you would like to read, or ask one of our staff if you need help.

Happy reading!

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Margaret River Library

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