Library News

Good news, everyone!

We are very pleased to announce that the Margaret River Library has opened its doors to the community!

These are our opening hours for the time being:

Tuesdays:         10am – 3pm

Wednesdays:   10am – 12pm is for over-60s only

Wednesdays:   12pm – 3pm all are welcome

Thursdays:        10am – 3pm

Fridays:             10am – 3pm

Saturdays:        10am – 3pm

We are really looking forward to seeing you all!  When you visit, please be prepared for the following:

  • Only 20 permitted in the library at one time (as per State and Federal government directives), so you may have to queue
  • Please keep your visit brief to allow others the opportunity to come in
  • There will be a maximum of 1 hour permitted on PCs
  • You will be reminded to practise social distancing and asked to take note of barriers, signs and floor markings
  • On Wednesdays 10am – 12pm we are only open to those aged over 60 – our more at-risk community members 😊 If you are not over 60, please choose another time to visit.
  • If you are not feeling 100% well – please stay home!

These are the services that are available:

  • In-person browsing and borrowing
  • Returning items through the Sorter
  • Public PC use (limit of 1 hour)
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning
  • Use of study booths (limit of 1 hour) – no more than 2 people per booth, sitting 1.5m apart
  • Please note that shared newspapers are not currently available

We are continuing our Click & Collect service from both Augusta and Margaret River Libraries. Margaret River Library pick up times are now aligned with the new opening times: Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 3pm.

Augusta Library pick-up times remain unchanged, Monday and Tuesday 10am -12pm. Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm.

The following services remain available from both the Augusta and Margaret River Libraries:

  • The libraries continue to provide the Click & Collect service, allowing the community access to print materials and DVDs. Find out more about how to use this service here: https://amrlibraries.com/2020/03/30/your-takeaway-library-has-arrived-click-collect-is-here-at-last/
  • Wifi is freely available from the library car parks and verandahs. The password is currently: authorevents.
  • The after-hours chutes remain open 24/7.
  • E-resources including e-books, e-audiobooks and movie-streaming are freely available to all library members.
  • You can still join the library over the phone!
  • Staff are onsite and ready to assist via phone or email if you have any difficulties or queries with the above services: amrlibrary@amrshire.wa.gov.au / 9780 5600

 

 

 

Learn how to use podcasting and blogging software – or just brush up your Office skills!

Hoonuit is free for all library members.

A video-based how-to training resource, Hoonuit 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 software offerings – Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google, and more
  • Upskill and embark on a new career – learn how to use the software behind blogging and podcasting, including WordPress and Captivate
  • Mobile training – learn how to use mobile phones and ipads
  • Accessibility – all videos are closed captioned

Click here to view a list of the courses currently available.

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

Tumblebook Library: a fun and educational e-resource for kids

Tumblebook Library is an easy-to-use e-resource to teach and entertain children.

It includes e-books, read along, graphic novels and more.

Have your library card handy and click here to start the fun. There is also an app available for use with mobile devices.

…or click here to browse the full range of library e-resources for our Junior community.

Borrow a book right now, from home, using your mobile device!

Your library membership gives you instant access to tens of thousands of titles that can be downloaded and enjoyed from your mobile device.

Download an audiobook for that long drive, or just ensure that you always have an e-book handy to read while you wait in line (something we are all doing a bit more of at the moment!)

No need to fill a suitcase with books for that next (long-awaited) holiday. And you don’t need to purchase a special device for the task – your mobile phone or tablet will do the job nicely.

There are several platforms you can browse, each offering a different range of titles and authors.

We recommend you start with cloudLibrary. It’s very user-friendly and quick to set up. Click here to view a brief how-to video.

You can also explore e-books and e-audiobook titles with BorrowBox and Overdrive, and browse e-magazines at RBDigital Magazines.

Have your library card handy, and click here to explore these resources.

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 – virtually!

To celebrate Library and Information week, Storybox Library has a special online presentation of Emma from the Wiggles reading Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford for National Simultaneous Storytime!

Have your library barcode ready to click here and log in to Storybox at 11am today for a storytime that is shared by thousands of other children across Australia simultaneously.

You can also find activity sheets and colouring in at the Australian Library and Information Association’s website: www.alia.org.au/nss. 

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual event now in it’s 20th year and hosted by the Australian Library and Information Association. Each year a picture book written and illustrated by an Australian artist is read all around the country at the same time in schools, libraries, child care centres and homes everywhere.

We hope you enjoy the story with your child and the opportunity to celebrate fantastic Australian children’s literature.

 

 

Educational entertainment for young children: 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.

 

Books for parents

This week, we selected a few special books for parents out there looking for a bit of support, encouragement and inspiration to help you along the most important job of your life!

 

 

    

 

    

Click on the image to go straight to the catalogue and place your hold.

Look for these symbols which tell you if the item is also available as an e-book or e-audiobook:

= cloudLibrary      = BorrowBox       = Overdrive!

Click here to find out more about how to use cloudLibrary, BorrowBox and Overdrive.

 

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Contact the Libraries

Margaret River Library

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