Library News

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

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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.

Chinese New Year Celebrations at the Library

Save the date for Wednesday 29th January, 3 – 6pm in the garden outside the library to celebrate the Year of the Rat

Bring: a Chinese inspired dish to share and a picnic rug to spread out. BYO water bottle and reusable plate if you have one

Provided: Paper craft activities to create including paper fans, decorate a lantern, rat mask to make and paper cut-outs, Chinese Spring Couplets to paint

Photo Booth (in the library), come dressed up for your family pic!

Dragon dance performance

Fortune cookie and lots of good luck to share

Learn: your Chinese Zodiac sign and New Year traditions

3pm Paper craft activities start

5pm Dinner is served

5:30pm Winners of the Rat Mask competition announced

5:45pm Dragon dance finale

All welcome to this FREE, inclusive, family friendly event

Please RSVP your dish so we don’t double up and so you can receive some guidelines on safe food preparation. RSVP by 28th January to:  amrlibrary@amrshire.wa.gov.au  Ph: 9780 5600

Please contact library staff if you have access requirements as this event is in the library and the lawn area outside

Water Corporation Showerhead Swap is still going

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The Water Corporation are offering Shire residents free water efficient showerheads and the Margaret River Library is excited to be a swap location. More hand held heads have been delivered so if you were waiting for stock, call in to do your swap. You can swap up to two shower heads for free. Terms and Conditions apply. More information about the swap program is available on the Water Corporation website.

Bring your old showerhead to the library and a water bill if you have one, register your details, read the terms and conditions and take your new showerhead home. The program continues until May 2020 or while stocks last.

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.

 

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Margaret River Library

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