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Tumblebook Library – e-books, read-along, graphic novels & more!

Tumblebook Library is an easy-to-use online resource to educate and entertain children.

The read-along functionality can also be useful for adults who are learning to read English.

Click here to visit our E-resources for Parents and Children page, where you will find more information and links to Tumblebook Library.


Author talk by Faye Bohling


Faye will be speaking at the Margaret River Library on Thursday 25th October, 6 – 7:30pm

Light refreshments provided. Please RSVP by 24th October to: or Ph: 9780 5600

Set in Perth, Western Australia, during the closing stages of World War II, first-time author Faye Bohling has written an autobiography of her life that is full of passion. Faye tells her story of a ten-year-old child, given up by her mother to a Catholic home for wayward women and about-to-be unmarried mothers. But there is a marked difference between schoolgirl Faye and the other wards. She should never have been there, as she was a child in an adult environment and where she received no schooling and was put to work in the institutions laundry. After meeting her soul mate, and being happily married for seven years, tragedy struck in 1964, when her husband drowned in a fishing accident at Ledge Point, north of Perth. They were expecting their fourth child. When her children were older Faye accepted a challenge; stepped a long way from her comfort zone and spent the next ten years as a promoter and fund raiser of prestigious Miss Australia Quest, which was at that time, the main fund-raising initiative for the support of people with cerebral palsy. The story continues against a vividly described backdrop of “Perth back then” – Perth of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Streets such as Newcastle, Aberdeen, and stores like Re Store, Eziwalkin Shoes, Boans, Bairds, Charles Moore and Co. The Capitol Theatre and other Perth icons.

Get Online Week community (free!) lunch at the Margaret River Library

We’re celebrating Get Online Week with a free community lunch at the Margaret River Library this week.

Everybody is welcome, but places are limited so RSVP is essential.

Come and enjoy some delicious finger-food (catering by The Larder) and find out more about the libraries’ online resources: 12 noon – 1pm Thursday 18th October (this week!).

If you would like to come along, please contact the Margaret River Library on 9780 5600 and book your place.


Sensory Storytime is coming to Margaret River Library Wednesday 17th October




Margaret River Library is very excited to offer families in the Shire the opportunity to experience Sensorium Theatre’s Sensory Storytime, when the company visits the area in October 2018.

Sensorium Theatre’s mission is to spark the imaginations of children with disability by creating needs-tailored multi-sensory theatre and storytelling experiences. Since 2010, Sensorium has toured extensively, state-wide and nationally, delighting thousands of children. In 2015, Sensorium creatives delivered a heralded season at the Sydney Opera House and in 2018 they hit the international stage with tours to the Lincoln Centre, New York and the Artground, Singapore.

Inspired by the State Library of WA’s Better Beginnings Initiative, the program is for children aged 3-7 and focuses on putting narrative to music and connecting themes to a range of sensory experiences. Sensorium’s unique approach gives children plenty of time to absorb content and can increase understanding and enjoyment. Story being presented is “Wombat Stew” by Marcia K. Vaughan & Pamela Lofts.

Registration essential as places are limited. Priority of place to families with a child with disability. Siblings welcome.

To register go to:

When:  3:30-4:30pm, Wednesday 17 October. Where: Margaret River Library, 16 Fearn Avenue, Margaret River

cloudLibrary Advanced Search feature – have you discovered it yet?

The cloudLibrary app was recently updated to improve the Advanced Search capability.

To explore the new functionality within the app, tap on the magnifying glass icon to search by keyword. You can also easily see previous searches.

Tap advanced search to search by title, author, series or ISBN.

Filter results by Format, Availability, Language, Date Published or Subject.

If you haven’t discovered cloudLibrary yet, click here to find out more.

Happy reading/listening!

Term 4 has started for regular children’s activities at your library

During school term our regular weekly sessions of Baby Rhyme Time, Storytime and monthly Toddler Tales programs resume again.

Baby Rhyme Time at Margaret River Library : Mondays at 2.00pm, perfect for children under 2 years old and their caregivers to enjoy rhymes, songs, music and afternoon tea. No bookings needed, just turn up when it suits you.

Storytime at Margaret River Library: Tuesdays at 10.15 for a 10.30 start and best suited to children 2 – 5 years old and their caregivers. Each session includes stories, rhymes, songs, craft and there are no bookings required for storytime.

Toddler Tales at Margaret River Library * : Second Thursday of each month (next session Thursday 11th October), Toddler Tales is aimed at children 18 to 36 months and their caregivers. Toddler Tales incorporates rhymes, stories, songs, craft and morning tea and bookings are required, phone 9780 5602 to reserve a place.

* It is anticipated that Toddler Tales will resume at the usual venue of Augusta Library once renovations are completed in November.

We hope to see you at the library soon!


Kaleidoscope: an exhibition by Bethany Treanor

Join us in the Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists for the launch of an exhibition of early works by local artist Bethany Treanor

LAUNCH: Thursday October 11th, 6 – 7pm, all welcome!

The exhibition is on display in the Cocoon Gallery at the Margaret River Library from October 3rd – November 30th.

‘These works have been completed over the past 20 years. I used my drawing time as a meditative process as I raised my three children over the years. Using Sennelier oil sticks and Mont Martre oil pastels I found the fine details and gentle blending of the medium to be a time of quiet contemplation. Representing themes of water, life, sun, moon and stars, I use colour and detail to capture the emotion of the moment when I engaged with an item or land / sea / moonscape. Currently I am enrolled at South West TAFE in Margaret River completing my Visual Arts Diploma with an eye to attend ECU next year to complete my Bachelor of Visual Arts. Thank you for your support and interest in my works both now and in the future.’ Bethany Treanor

Get Online and #Try1Thing to win $100 gift voucher to a local restaurant

Thanks to the Federal Government Be Connected program, we are celebrating Get Online Week with a great competition and a free lunch at the Margaret River Library.

If you’re over 50, you could win one of several $100 vouchers to local restaurants.

If you’re under 50, you could help a Senior friend to enter (and possibly be invited out to dinner if they win!)

To enter:

  1. Get Online and register with Be Connected, selecting the Margaret River Library as your centre, and
  2. #Try1Thing – complete any one of these 5-minute online tasks:
    • Finish an exercise from the Topic List in the Be Connected website, or
    • Visit the library catalogue and place a Hold on an item, or
    • Download an e-book or e-audiobook from cloudLibrary.

To be eligible to win, you must be a library member, register with Be Connected, and be over 50. One entry per person.

Click here for instructions to help you enter.

Once you’ve registered with Be Connected and completed one online task, there are several ways you can enter:

  • Complete and submit an entry form at the Margaret River or Augusta Library, or
  • Email your name, phone number, and the task you completed to, or
  • Comment (or reply to) on this blog post with your name, phone number, and the task you completed.

Entries close at  6pm Wednesday 17th October.

All winners will be drawn at a celebratory lunch at the Margaret River Library. Winners will be notified directly afterwards (and do not have to attend the lunch).

The Get Online Week celebratory lunch at the Margaret River Library will be held from 12 – 1pm on Thursday 18th October. The whole community is invited to attend, but places are limited so RSVP is essential. Call 9780 5600 to book your place.

The Margaret River Library is an easily accessible and inclusive venue.

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Margaret River Library

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