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Read magazines online for free – in many languages!

Newsstand read magazines on demand

When was the last time you sat down and read a magazine? Maybe you don’t have the time, or maybe you can’t spend the money. We still haven’t found a way to lend free time to our patrons, but we can certainly lend magazines for free!

With cloudLibrary NewsStand you can read thousands of magazines from Australia and around the world on your browser, or on your tablet or phone with the NewsStand app.

NewsStand also offers a huge range of LOTE (Languages Other Than English) magazines.

Click here to get started!

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The Tribute Tree presents: Free October educational/craft workshop for kids

On Saturday 23 October, Phil Schenberg from SW Reptile Rescues and Education will be talking to kids about our native reptiles, their behaviours and their habitats – and he’ll be bringing along some of those reptiles to display and for hands-on experience.

The team at SW Reptile Rescues and Education do important work to rehabilitate sick and injured reptiles, conduct canine reptile avoidance training, run educational programs, and provide public displays at shows and events. At this workshop, Phil is offering kids the opportunity to lean more about our native reptiles, and to experience them up close.

The presentation will be followed by a craft activity. The workshop is suitable for children aged 7 and up.

Venue: Chapel Gallery

When: 9.30am – 11.30am on Saturday 23 October

Cost: Free! But donations are very welcome.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. Contact Georgina at to book your spot.

Free digital confidence workshops

In a new initiative, Shire of Augusta Margaret River Libraries has partnered with NBN™ Community Ambassador Ashley Merrett to deliver a series of workshops to help improve the digital skills of our community. There are six sessions that will cover a range of topics:

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October 22, 10am to 11:30am – NBN 101, understand the role NBN is playing in keeping us connected

November 3, 10 – 11.30am – What is ‘the Cloud’?

November 18, 2 – 3.30pm – Staying safe online – Augusta Library

November 19, 10 – 11.30am – Staying safe online

December 1, 10 – 11.30am – Android or Apple, what is what?

December 17, 10 – 11.30am – Get face-to-face online. How to contact loved ones and friends through video calls

The sessions are free and everyone is welcome, but RSVP is essential. Contact the library on 9780 5600 or email:

We encourage people to bring their own devices to the session, however, it’s not essential. Please let staff know if you don’t have a device when you RSVP. Sessions are at Margaret River Library unless otherwise noted.

Augusta and Margaret River Libraries are easily accessible venues



Romano-British burials: a history talk by Dr Pam Lynch

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Dr Pam Lynch has a fascination for all eras of UK history and archaeology, has taken part in an archaeological dig on a Roman Palace site in the south of England and for her PhD thesis she undertook a study of Romano-British burials. She is intrigued by the light that can be shed on an ancient civilization through an examination of its burial practices.

Come along and be captivated by the archaeological discoveries, their interpretation and the extent to which this ancient population can be understood.

Thursday 21st October, 5.30 – 6.30pm at the Margaret River Library

Followed by light refreshments after the presentation and the chance to chat and mingle. The library is an easily accessible venue. Please RSVP to reserve a seat. Email: or Ph: 9780 5600

C-Pen: assistance for dyslexia and learners of English

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We 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 members to borrow – just ask your friendly library staff to assist if you would like to borrow it.





Comics online, any time, any place!

Comic Plus, read all the comics. Comic plus children's library

ComicsPlus offers unlimited access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels and manga. Every title is available 24/7 on your computer, tablet or phone – no wait lists or holds required – and it’s free with your library membership!

Click here to find out more about our kid-friendly ComicsPlus Children’s Library, in which the adult content has been removed.

Or if you prefer to browse the full ComicsPlus collection (inclusive of kids’ and adult content)click here to get started.

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Spring School Holiday activities at the Shire libraries

Lego Club

Join our one hour long Lego Club session to take on new challenges. Best suited to children over 5 years and bookings are essential. Lego provided.

Margaret River Library

  • Wednesday 29 September | 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 5 October | 10.00am – 11.00am

To book call 9780 5600 or visit


Augusta Library

  • Thursday 30 September | 10.00am – 11.00am

To book call 9780 5600 or

The Augusta Library Lego Club also features craft activities for all ages.

Please book only one session per child to allow as many people as possible the chance to attend.

Snake Safety and Reptile Myth Busting Presentation

Join us at the local Margaret River Library to hear Becca Bolton from Discover Deadly – our local Reptile Centre, speak about her work and give participants the chance to interact with reptiles that live at Discover Deadly.

Becca is also a qualified snake catcher and she will give advice on staying safe around snakes, along with some interesting facts about these fascinating creatures.

This activity is best suited to children over 5 years old and bookings are essential as there are limited spaces.

Margaret River Library

Thursday 7 October

  • First session 10.30am – 11.15am
  • Second session 11.30am – 12.15pm

To book call 9780 5600 or visit

Please book only one session per child to allow as many people as possible the chance to attend.

All school holiday activities are FREE at the Shire Libraries; however bookings are essential, and children must be accompanied by an adult for each session.

Regular Baby Rhyme Time, Storytime and Toddler Tales sessions take a break over school holidays. Sessions resume during school term, commencing Monday 11 October.

Stay Golden at The Cocoon Gallery

Until 31st of October, the Cocoon Gallery for emerging artists presents Bethany Collins in her first solo exhibition Stay Golden.

Bethany grew up on a farm around a resourceful and creative family, which taught her not to be afraid to improvise and use imagination to entertain and express herself. This resourcefulness encouraged Bethany to paint without formal training and experiment with different styles and mediums.

Her paintings which often feature feminine and natural subjects are heavily textured with acrylics mixed with modeling paste and offer a restrained but modern color palette of mostly pinks, golds, and browns.

The artist’s recent works are influenced by life’s simple pleasures such as swimming in the ocean, eating delicious fresh fruit, and dreaming of idyllic holiday places.

“I started using just acrylics and slowly began to experiment with a 3D texture as I wanted something that was not only eye-catching but also intriguing to the hand.” She says.

Creating has always been her passion but in 2020, has taken painting more seriously. At the beginning of the mandatory COVID lockdown in WA, Bethany stocked up on art supplies and started to find inspiration in the new slow living phase of life.

The emerging artist has been part of The Hive Margaret River Art Collective for over a year, collaborating in their two group exhibitions. Her art has also been showcased at Fibonacci Art Gallery in Fremantle.

All artworks on display in The Cocoon Gallery are for sale through the artist.


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Margaret River Library

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