Library News

Learn to touch-type – free with your library membership!

Typing is a valuable skill for anybody who uses a keyboard to study, work or play.

KAZ is now available free for all library patrons. It uses a unique and proven ‘accelerated learning’ teaching method. Incorporating both ‘muscle memory’ and ‘brain balance’, KAZ engages the major senses of sight, sound and touch simultaneously, enhancing memory retention and recall.

The course is presented in a structured but light-hearted manner in order to make learning enjoyable. It solely focuses on teaching typing and does not include gaming.

The program offers both spoken and written instruction. Developed with guidance from the British Dyslexia Research Trust, KAZ is suitable for everyone, but also offers dyslexia-friendly functionalities, minimising visual stress by allowing each individual to set preferences for visibility comfort.

Users can choose between the Junior and Adult versions. Links to KAZ can be found on the library Lifelong Learning page, and also on the E-resources for parents and children page.

Thousands of titles available to download now

Even when the libraries are closed, you can still browse and download thousands of titles, using cloudLibrary – our user-friendly e-book platform for library members. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to e-books and e-audiobooks, because it’s so simple to set up.

To get started, have your library card handy and click here to go to our e-books page. There you will find links to the cloudLibrary site, step-by-step instructions and tutorial videos.

Happy reading!

 

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.

The water connection display

Visitors to the Margaret River Library have the opportunity to learn about how to save water around the home and take away a flyer that lists easy ways we can all help to conserve and sustain our water. ‘The Water Connection’ is a project of Transition Margaret River and supported by Nature Conservation Margaret River and the Shire. If you can’t make it in, some of the tips include: take shorter showers; install water efficient shower head; use dual flush toilet system; use a glass of water to brush your teeth instead of running the tap; fix leaking appliances; plant a water wise garden. The library also has a great range of books to guide you in learning about sustainable living.

The Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists Welcomes Margaret Auld

The Little Weaving Studio: A fusion of abstract art and off loom weaving by Margaret Auld

1 April – 31 May 2019

“Inspired by the strong vibrant sensual landscapes of New Mexico and the art of the Native Americans my childhood passion for nature and colour was reignited and my love of weaving began. Weaving is a symbol for my life, the experiences of the past form the twisted strong warp threads, my present and dreams for the future intertwined in the weft. Bright Bold Colourful. The colours of my weavings instructively chosen, easily transitioned into the form and style of my abstract painting. Using recycled threads and tea bags, I am endeavouring to find artistic expression by combining weaving and painting, to open myself to new threads and colours connecting me to the spiritual world.”

The Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists is situated in the entrance to the Margaret River Library and is easily accessible. All works on display are for sale.

Temporary interruptions to some online services

Due to scheduled maintenance, the following services may be temporarily unavailable at the following times:

Thursday 4 April 5pm – Friday 5 April  – SLWA catalogue and online services (including inter-library loans requests) will be unavailable overnight, with services expected to resume by noon on Friday 5 April.

Sunday 7 April 12 noon – 3.30pm – Shire’s library service catalogue and online services may be temporarily unavailable during this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Today is World Autism Awareness Day!

Today we celebrate neurodiversity, and aim to increase awareness of autism in our community.

The world has come a long way in its understanding of autism, and a large part of this has been due to the shared insights of adults living with autism.

Your library service has a wide range of resources relating to autism, including books by Temple Grandin and John Elder Robison, who write of their own adventures and experiences of living with autism. You can click here to start searching the catalogue, or ask one of our friendly staff to help you get started.

Click here to visit the SWAN (South West Autism Network) Autism Awareness page.

Click here to view the UN statement for World Autism Day observance.

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Margaret River Library

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