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To do ‘when I come to be old’

Working at the library provides the opportunity to discover surprising gems, which we love to share with our community. One such treasure currently circulating is Lists of Note by Shaun Usher.

Flicking through this eclectic collection of historical lists, we found Jonathon Swift’s (author of Gulliver’s Travels) to-do list, for ‘When I come to be old’.

Written in 1699, the list outlines Swift’s advice to his older self, and includes such gems as (in the original spelling):

  • Not to marry a young woman
  • Not to keep young company unless they reely desire it
  • Not to be peevish, or morose, or suspicious
  • Not to tell the same Story over and over to the same People
  • Not to scorn present Ways, or Wits, or Fashion, or Men, or War, etc
  • Not to talk much, nor of my self
  • Not to boast of my former beauty, or strength, or favor with Ladyes, etc

Swift was 32 when he created the list, and lived to be nearly 80 – we wonder whether he followed his own advice!





Writing workshop with Annabel Smith

Saturday 16th February, 9:30am – 12:30pm

at Margaret River Library. RSVP by 14th Feb to secure your booking. or Ph: 9780 5600

Writers at any career stage who struggle with establishing and maintaining a regular writing practice will benefit from this free 3 hour workshop hosted by Annabel Smith
The workshop delves into the thoughts and feelings that hold us back from achieving our potential as writers such as self-doubt, fear of rejection and criticism, procrastination, perfectionism, lack of resilience/staying power.
• Understand the beliefs that hold you back from achieving your potential as a writer
• Become familiar with strategies and frameworks for overcoming self-limiting behaviours around writing
• Practice with tools that will empower you to continue to build confidence and proactivity on an ongoing basis


Britannica: all the information you need for your next school project

All library members have free access to Britannica Library, which can be searched according to the user’s age group, ensuring results are suitable for all stages of learning.

With Britannica, students can be confident that the information is up-to-date and reliable – and teachers are happy to see Britannica used as a reference.

To use our handy link to Britannica Library, have your library card handy and click here to go to our Online resources for parents and children page.

Alternatively, you can find the same link at our Lifelong Learning page.

Cocoon Gallery Launch for Beryl Anderson on Thursday 7th February

Austral Perceptions: Australiana and random creativity

Exhibition Launch Thursday 7th February, 6 – 7:30pm. All Welcome!

Light refreshments provided. Please RSVP to Beryl for catering purposes. Ph: 9757 2671  E:

Exhibition continues from February 6th – March 30th

“My style of painting is based on realism and represents Australian landscapes that have drawn me to them emotionally and challenged me to record their beauty.  All paintings are hand drawn by me from reference materials and photos. I work in acrylics and oils and enjoy mixing my own colour pallets to identify with nature and its moods.

I began painting after I retired and after completing several units at TAFE. I studied under well-known local artist Peter Scott for several years, whose style of painting I really admire. Some of the framed paintings are for children and represent Australian animals that are not easily seen, on backgrounds of where you might find them.”


Chinese New Year celebrations at the Library

Celebrate the Year of the Pig

Date: Tuesday 5th February  Time 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Please RSVP by 4th Feb to or Ph: 9780 5600

Introducing Chinese culture to the Margaret River community by sharing Chinese food, arts and history in a celebration of the Chinese New Year Tradition.  Fun for the whole family.

Bring a Chinese dish / per family to share

Chinese dumplings provided * Lantern activity for kids to create * Photo Booth, come dressed up if you like! * Chinese Spring Couplets to paint * Chinese Zodiac walls * Chinese instrumental music * Dragon dance and lots of good luck to share * Go home with a Chinese Lantern * All welcome to this FREE family friendly event

Chinese Year of the Pig Lantern making workshop

Date:  Tuesday 29th January  Time: 5 — 7 pm

Join us to make paper lanterns to use for decorations in the library on 5th February for Chinese New Year Celebrations. Fun for the whole family. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate how to fold the paper lanterns. Leave them with us and see the library transformed for Chinese New Year. This activity is suitable for children aged 5+ and parents must stay. All welcome to this FREE family friendly event.  Please RSVP by 26th January to or Ph: 9780 5600



Software training with Hoonuit

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 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.

2019 – Year of the Public Domain

Did you know that under previous Australian law, unpublished materials, including letters, diaries and shipping manifests,  remained in copyright in perpetuity?

This meant they were locked behind laws requiring you to seek permission from an often impossible to identify copyright owner before you could publish, adapt or even copy them.

Due to recent changes to that law, millions of items from our national collections – from Captain Cook’s carrot marmalade recipe and Henry Lawson’s letters to war posters – are now free to use.

To celebrate, Australia’s libraries and archives are declaring 2019 the Year of the Public Domain.

For more information about these changes to copyright law, click here to visit Australian Libraries Copyright Committee.

Image credit
Title: Women! help Australia’s sons win the war [picture] : buy war loan bonds
Created/Published: Sydney, John Sands, [1915-1918]
Copyright: Public Domain
From the collection of the National Library of Australia,

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Phone: (08) 9780 5600