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Book Bandicoots reading rewards for those 8 to 18 years old

Book Bandicoots is a new program for kids over 8 years old who love reading and visiting their local public library. Each time a child borrows a book they receive a stamp on their Book Bandicoots card and after 10 visits and completing a book review, the card can then be used as a voucher to the Margaret River Bookshop. Book Bandicoots is a perfect graduation for those who have completed Reading Rabbits or just want to be rewarded for reading for fun.

Book Bandicoots is a partnership between the Shire of Augusta Margaret River Libraries, Rotary Club of Margaret River and the Margaret River Bookshop.

Please see our friendly library staff to participate and answer any of your questions.

The Cocoon Gallery hosts Suzanna Hay

Emerging watercolour artist Suzanna Hay will exhibit a selection of her works in the Margaret River Library’s Cocoon Gallery from 5 June to 30 July 2019.
Titled ‘Tidbits’, the exhibition is a showcase of works that predominantly reflect the artist’s environmental surrounds including the trees outside her property in Nannup, treeless red plains and blinding blue skies seen when she travels to northern WA.
Suzanna’s watercolour paintings have attracted a variety of awards in exhibitions across the South West including the 2017 Faith Hemsley award for the most innovative work at Busselton’s annual Art in the Park exhibition.
“Anyone who has tried the medium will know that some days are filled with torture and frustration,” she said.
“However, when the moment is right, this wonderful, transparent medium sparkles into life.”
An active member of the Busselton Art Society, Suzanna has conducted watercolour workshops for beginners in Margaret River and Nannup.
She is a member of the selective Watercolour Society of Western Australia.
The pieces in the Cocoon Gallery are custom framed and being offered for sale.
To see more of her work visit:

Suzanna Hay paints in her studio near Nannup.

Get help with PC and software skills – free with your library membership!

Hoonuit is a video-based training resource, and is free for all library members.

Your library membership opens up unlimited access to thousands of short videos covering more than 500 of today’s most popular software applications on both PCs and Macs.

  • All the latest offerings — Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google, and more
  • Valuable job training — Improve job skills with in-depth training on Excel and Photoshop, or learn valuable social media techniques with tutorials on Twitter, blogging, and podcasting
  • Mobile training — Learn how to use mobile products such as the iPhone and iPad
  • ADA Accessibility — All videos are closed captioned

Go to Hoonuit  and enter your library card number to create a free account.

Author talk: Helen Henderson in conversation with Bill Bunbury

Thursday 6th June, 6 – 7:30pm. Light refreshments provided.

Augustus Oldfield trekked throughout Southern Australia from 1845 to 1862 amassing plant specimens that would be used to describe over 700 species new to science, including twenty-one that would ultimately bear his name. He  undertook botanical expeditions throughout Australia including South West WA.

On the lower Murchison River, Western Australia, he encountered and travelled extensively with an indigenous group, the Watchandie and his paper on these Australian Aborigines is the only ethnographic record of them at the onset of European settlement.

Never appropriately recognised in either Australia or his native Britain, this comprehensive biographical work, twenty years in the making, fills that gap and places Oldfield’s career within the context of his immediate family and the scientific, environmental and broader socio-cultural contexts of the time. Starting with his childhood, raised in the gambling dens of London, through his amazing journeys on the far flung shores of Britain’s Australian colonies, to his untimely death, this book finally tells the story of a man who, driven by his love of nature, turned his life over to the pursuit of a greater prize than gold.

Join Bill Bunbury and Helen Henderson as they talk about all things Augustus Oldfied, his travels and discoveries. All welcome. Please RSVP to or Ph: 9780 5600

Rebecca Hannan Book Launch ‘The 30 Day Momentum Maker Challenge’

Join Rebecca Hannan as she talks candidly about a time in her life when she wasn’t taking care of herself. Everyone around Rebecca saw a successful professional woman doing it all, but the things in life that were most important to her were being dismissed. It cost her dearly in many areas of her life, she knew something had to change. So she created a challenge to pull herself out of her funk and into her flow. Rebecca has shared this challenge with many of her clients and now it’s time to share it with the world.

Thursday 30th May, 6 – 7:30pm. Light refreshments provided.

RSVP to or Ph: 9780 5600

Writing workshop with Annabel Smith on Saturday 25th May

Who, What & Why? The Plotting Triangle writing workshop. Saturday 25th May, 9:30am – 12:30pm.

There are still a few places left for this writing workshop so get in touch with the library soon.
Summary: This hands-on interactive workshop will equip participants with the tools for plotting for fiction writing. It is suitable for people at any stage of a writing project.

  • Understand the three sides of the plot ‘triangle’: who? what? and why?
  • Understand the elements of a scene & how scenes push the plot forward
  • Understand the relationship between character & plot
  • Create a plot outline for your story using a six-point story arc structure

This 3 hour workshop is free but spaces are limited. RSVP’s essential to amrlibrary or ph: 9780 5600

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