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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


Spring school holidays at your local libraries

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 Tuesday 29 September

  • First session 10 -10.45am
  • Second session 11.15-12 noon

Phone 9780 5600 for bookings

Lego Club at Augusta Library

Join our hour long Lego club session to take on new challenges with all the Lego provided. Best suited to children over 5 years and bookings are essential.

Phone the library now to reserve your child’s place.

 Augusta Library

  • Thursday 1 October | 10.30-11.30am

Phone 9780 5600 for bookings



Undalup Storytime – Songlines of Boodja

Join Tamara from the Undalup Association on the yarning mat for a special storytime; Songlines of Boodja (country) with activities and craft.

Suitable for ages 4-12 years old and bookings are essential to reserve your child’s place.

Margaret River Library

  • Tuesday 6 October | 10-11am

Phone 9780 5600 for bookings

Fuelling Creativity workbooks available at your library

Grab your FREE Scribblers Festival Fuelling Creativity Workbook brimming with inspiration and tips on how a healthy body can support your most creative mind! Hear from a line up of creative stars that take you behind the scenes of their creative process in the corresponding Fuelling Creativity Video Series found on the  Scribblers Festival Fuelling Creativity website.

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 12 October.

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.

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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.


Celebrating eSmart week with some timely tips

It’s eSmart week, that time of the year when we pause for a moment to reflect on our online interactions. We want all our community to be enjoying the digital world in safe and respectful ways, especially now that so many events are taking place online.

Here are some handy little reminders, to help maintain everyone’s online security and dignity. Have fun, stay safe and play nice!


Toddler Tales at Augusta Library Thursday 10th September

Toddler Tales starts again this Thursday 10th September, 10.30am at Augusta Library and continues on the second Thursday of each month during school term.

Toddler Tales is aimed at children 18 to 36 months old and involves a story, rhymes, songs, craft and morning tea.

Bookings are appreciated, phone 9780 5602 to reserve your child’s place.

The Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists Welcomes Margaret Affleck

Treasures of nature: an exhibition by Margaret Affleck

1 September – 31 October 2020

Emerging artist Margaret Affleck studied art at high school and used her drawing skills to illustrate her science projects and field studies in Year 12 Biology. However, in her career she followed her love of music, studying in London and Adelaide to become a music teacher.
Now in her retirement, Margaret has resumed her interest in painting and has studied with art teachers in Perth and attended many workshops with interstate and international artists. Margaret has a multi-purpose studio for both art and music.
This selection of watercolour paintings developed from the artist’s love of the native flora of Western Australia reflecting the artist’s desire to establish a connection with her new bush block home in Margaret River.
She has recorded the species of trees and bushes around her home and is currently working on the wildflowers that grow among the Jarrah and Marri vegetation. All works are for sale through the artist.

The Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists is located at the entrance to the Margaret River Library and is easily accessible. For the latest open times visit the library blog  here.

Book Chat Club is back!

Held on the last Monday of each month, Book Chat Club is a place for ten to fourteen year olds to chat about their favourite books and reading.

The next Book Chat Club Meeting is Monday 31st August at the new time of 4.15pm 


Bookings are required, please contact Rachael on 9780 5602 or email as spaces are limited.

Happy Reading!

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” 


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Margaret River Library

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