Library News

Book-making or writing – a competition for the under 18’s!

Did you know there are two WA competitions for youth who like writing and creating stories?

The Golden Pen Award, hosted by Scribblers Festival, is a short story competition for those aged 10 – 17 with up to $500 to win! Entries close 10th May, have a look at the website for all the details and virtual Scribblers Festival fun!


Make Your Own Storybook competition is organised by the Children’s Book Council of Australia WA branch and is open to all WA students in pre-primary to year 8. Entries close 5th June, check out the website for more information and handy hints.




This week’s New Books

We have a selection of new books ready to borrow now!

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

And 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.


School holiday Lego Club Challenge


We have a new challenge for Lego Club over the school holidays: Send Rachael a photo of a scene from your favourite book, built with Lego!

Email your photos to and we will display them on our library website

Thank you to our first contributor Nic, who has made a scene with Kai and a dragon hunter, from his favourite book series; Ninjago.

Also well done to Hugh, who has made “a Stormtrooper (star wars) has defected from the Imperial Forces and has built himself a cottage complete with telescope and fireplace”.

Ella has created a fantastic scene inspired by her favourite series Wings of Fire by Tui Sutherland.

and then Ella created a fantastic scene from another favourite book; The Enchanted wood by Enid Blyton.

Arturo is also a Ninjago series fan and has created an action packed scene. Arturo says his first photo is ” the bad guy on motorbike and the second photo is the bad guy has been captured and locked in Kai’s vehicle”.

Thanks again Nic, Hugh, Ella and Arturo.

We hope to see some more Lego scenes soon, as the library staff miss our Lego Club sessions!




A day at the library

Thank you to our community for your kind messages of support, and also for your patience as we work through the enormous number of Click & Collect requests we are receiving. Please keep requesting – we are very happy to be supporting our community. We don’t want anybody to be stuck at home without entertainment and/or inspiration during these times.

We thought you’d enjoy a peek at what’s happening behind closed doors at the libraries at the moment…

The Click & Collect ‘Takeaway Library’ initiative has been a huge success. Prior to the closure, on an average day the library staff would receive up to 25 requests for items via the catalogue per day, across both branches. In the 2 weeks since we began Click & Collect, staff at Margaret River and Augusta have received over 1,000 requests via the catalogue! And that’s not counting the requests that are coming in via phone calls and emails from people who don’t have internet access or are otherwise unable to place holds themselves. So far, we’ve had over 200 individual pick-up visits to our Click & Collect door – a figure that increases by the hour.

We are desperately missing our wonderful shelving volunteers, who would normally save us several hours of shelving each day, but are not allowed to join us during the closure. They already know how much we appreciate them, but here’s another shout-out: our volunteers are awesome (and we miss you)!

We’re working with fewer staff than usual. Some of our older staff fall into the ‘at risk’ category and are keeping safe at home, while others have taken time off to look after their families.

Those of us who remain are grateful to contribute in a meaningful way to our community. You’ll see us through the windows, and if you’re wondering what we’re up to, here’s a typical day in the life of library staff during the time of Covid closure:

  • Gloves on! Empty the after-hours chute. All returned items are stacked on a table and the date noted. These items are quarantined for 10 days and won’t be touched again until that period is over. Then, gloves discarded and…
  • Time to check in all the items that were returned 10 days ago. This means putting each one through the Sorter, shelving them all (a BIG job, all hands on deck!), and identifying those with Holds. This process takes around 3 hours. Once that’s done, it’s time to…
  • Start retrieving all the items that have been requested overnight. Each item is checked out to the relevant patron, then…
  • We call every patron with items ready to collect. We send an email if we can’t reach you by phone. And while this is happening…
  • Click & Collect pick-ups are happening throughout the day, between 10am and 3pm. Staff are greeting patrons through the window, and placing their items on a table outside for a contact-free service. At the same time…..
  • Other members of the team are answering the phones and giving tutorials on-demand: how to search the catalogue, how to log in and place a hold, how to download an e-audiobook. These are all services we would once have demonstrated in person at the libraries. We’d like to congratulate the many patrons who have left their comfort zones while we teach them how to use the online library resources. However, for some patrons this simply isn’t an option and in those cases we are discussing their needs and placing the requests for them. Then suddenly…
  • The day is over and it’s time to go home – whew!

While patron assistance and Click & Collect take priority over all else, when time permits we are also:

  • Continuing to receive and process new items. This means unpacking, covering, stamping, and adding the record to the catalogue so you can find and request it.
  • Responding to the many emails and queries that continue to come in – and the several-per-day knocks and queries at the windows!
  • Selecting and packing up ‘mystery’ bundles for those who would usually browse the shelves in person and are unsure of what they’d like.
  • And of course, writing up posts like this to keep you all informed about the services that are available to you!

Please let all your friends, family and wider circle know about the library services that are available during the closure.

Stay safe (and sane) and let us know if you need assistance with any library services.








New (free!) online resources to entertain and educate

In response to these challenging times, some of our suppliers are providing extra online library resources – free of charge!

You don’t need to use your library card to access these resources.

Escape the every day and indulge in some online romance! Free access until 31 August. Click here to explore the range of titles.

Oodles of audiobooks to explore online! Free access until 31 August.  Click here to try one.

Freely available until 30 June, GALE Health and Wellness is automatically updated with the latest daily content from News Articles, Academic Journals, Reference, Magazines, Videos & Audio – and the Coronavirus topic is linked from the homepage. Click here to browse the articles.


Don’t forget, there are many more online resources available for our library community – click here to explore the full range.

Virtual Library Lego Club this school holidays

These school holidays are a little different to others but we are still hosting Lego Club at our libraries, only in a virtual format.

Our Lego Challenge for the holidays is…

Create a scene with Lego from your favourite book!

This could be based on the characters from the story, the world in which the story is based, or you can even change the ending to the story.

Use your bricks at home to build the challenge, then take a photo and email it to Rachael and she will put your photo on this library website for all to view.

If you have any questions or need help accessing children’s items from the library over the school holidays, feel free to call  9780 5600 and we will help anyway we can.

Happy building!


New books to keep you on your toes!

This week we have a selection of mystery, thriller and crime novels with twists and turns to keep you guessing until the last page!

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

And 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 cloudLibrary, BorrowBox and OverDrive.



Magazines galore – from gossip to cooking to science to cars… available to download now!

Like to read magazines? Have a favourite one in mind….?

Your library membership gives you free access to RBDigital e-magazines.  Pictured here is a tiny fraction of the enormous range that is available for you to download.

Have your library card handy and click here to start.

Or click here to browse our full range of online resources.





School holiday activities from our favourite authors

We all know this school holidays is very different to any other so far. To help keep the kids entertained, have a look at what some award winning authors and publishers have been up to and you will find some FREE activities to try.

The World of David Walliams has some great resources for fans.

Walker Books Kids Corner contains activities from series such as Maisy, Where’s Wally, Judy Moody and Stink, Guess how much I love you and more.

Penguin books have some great book related activities from brilliant authors.

Children’s book author and illustrator Rob Biddulph has a fantastic online drawing tutorial.

Bedtime stories with R.A. Spratt are is a weekly podcast with funny stories for kids from a best selling author.

Learn how to draw a monster, write a short story and launch a book with author and illustrator Matt Stanton.

Matt Cosgrove author of Macca the Alpaca has some great Easter colouring in activities.

Author and illustrator James Foley has fantastic things to try including worksheets, illustrating tips, interviews and fun videos

Lucinda Grifford, author and illustrator of many children’s titles, has created some Easter activity goodies for you to try.

WA publisher Fremantle press have created fun stuff for your book loving kids to do, from some of the best children’s authors and illustrators in our state.

Happy holidays everyone!

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Margaret River Library

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Phone: (08) 9780 5600