Issue 27 - February 2016

Fun sessions to start the year
19 February 2016

New Kelmscott Library

Kelmscott Library has re-opened in its new location. This exciting state-of-the-art facility was designed to promote exploration and discovery, with all the aspects expected of a modern-day library, yet at its heart lays the core of what a traditional library should be – a trusted space, open to all, where people come to explore and share the joys of reading, information, knowledge and culture.

Kelmscott Library
Stargate Shopping Centre
2784 Albany Highway, Kelmscott

We are Upgrading

The library computer system will be offline from Tuesday 23 February for a few days whilst we migrate to a new system.

You will still be able to borrow and return books.

We plan to be back online on Thursday 25 February.

FOCUS Photographic Competition: Armadale's Changing Face

We are encouraging all amateur photographers to get out into the community with their camera and capture history.  Your photos of our City's places and people in 2016 could be valuable historical documents in decades to come.  Show people in the future how the City of Armadale looks today!
The FOCUS photography competition runs from 1 - 31 March 2016.

We have two categories, and great prizes.

                                                          Youth                     Adult
                                         1st            $250                       $500
                                         2nd           $150                       $250
                                         3rd            $100                       $200

We can't wait to see your entries!

Click this link for full competition details, Terms and Conditions, Hints and Tips, and guidelines, or call Birtwistle Local Studies Library on 9394 5641 for further details.

Technology Buddies

Need help with technology?

Students from Kelmscott Senior High School will be available to assist you with your technology troubles.

Any questions about your laptop, iPad, tablet, mobile phone or digital camera can be solved by these technology savvy youngsters.

Monday, 3.30 - 4.15pm at Kelmscott Library

Term 1 dates: 22 February, 29 February,14 March and 21 March.

Bookings are essential. Contact Kelmscott Library on 9394 5810.


Have you read a good book lately?  We have three amazing book clubs with a difference.  

Join other book lovers, and share what you have read. Then be tempted to read new or different authors, explore non-fiction, try another genre or perhaps rediscover some old forgotten favourites.

The next sessions are:

NovelNibbles - Kelmscott
Tuesday 23 February, 10.30 - 11.30am
at Kelmscott Library

NovelNibbles - Nights
Wednesday 17 March, 6.30 - 7.30pm
at Armadale Library

NovelNibbles - Days
Thursday 18 March, 10.30 - 11.30am
at Armadale Library

Refreshments are provided. Click the club names above for full details of all upcoming sessions.

The New Ancestry - Like it, or loath it?

Thursday 25 February, 10am - 12 noon at Armadale Library

Ancestry is the world's largest online collection of family history records.  They have recently made some changes to the way Ancestry works. The Birtwistle Local Studies Library, Family Tree Group will be discussing some of these changes and how it has impacted on their searches and the storage of their data.

Enquiries to or call 9394 5641.

Living with Parkinson's

Wednesday 2 March, 1.30 - 2.30pm at Armadale Library

A Parkinson’s WA representative will discuss:

  • What Parkinson’s Disease is and who it can affect.
  • Treatments and the importance of exercise.
  • Services available to people living with Parkinson’s.
  • The Armadale Parkinson’s Support Group.

Bookings are essential. Click here or call 9394 5125.

Food Sensations

Wednesday 2 March, 3 - 4pm at Armadale Library

Good nutrition is essential to us all for a long and healthy life.  At this presentation, the Juniper Outreach Dietician will discuss:

  • The importance of good nutrition.
  • The healthy eating Pyramid.
  • Food budgeting - The 10 Plan.
  • How to read food labels.

Bookings are essential. Click here or call 9394 5125.

Baby Bliss

Friday 4 March, 10 - 11am at Kelmscott Library

Following the birth of her baby daughter, Rebecca realised there was a vast number of new parents actively looking for ways to enhance their baby’s play and learning, with music.  Nursery rhymes and lullabies have always been recognised as crucial for early language development, not to mention the loving bond that is supported through singing to your baby.

This special workshop will provide parents and caregivers with the tools and confidence to explore music with their little ones.  This session is suitable for babies 0 - 12 months of age.  As space is limited, please leave prams at home where possible. 

Bookings are essential. Click here or call 9394 5810.

The AFL Doping Scandal: The Essendon Affair

Thursday 10 March, 6.30 - 7.30pm at Armadale Library

Tony Buti, MLA, Member for Armadale, will present this session.

This scandal has ruined careers, reputations and long held friendships.

The lecture will provide a commentary of the chronology of events that make up the Essendon Affair and an analysis of the Court of Arbitration for Sport decision, that overturned the ‘not guilty' verdicts of the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal.

Bookings are essential. Click here or call 9394 5125.

FOCUS: Improve your photography skills

Saturday 12 March, 2 - 4pm at Armadale Library

During this workshop, photographer Adele Miles will provide tips and advice that will ensure your social media snaps receive more attention. This session will cover photo composition basics to help you take more exciting and professional looking photos.

Feel free to bring along your camera for some practice exercises. All types of cameras are welcome, from a smart phone to a DSLR.

You will also hear about our FOCUS photographic competition which starts in March.

This workshop is open to teens and adults.

Bookings are essential. Click here or call 9394 5125.

A Different Drum: An Evening with Chris Brady

Thursday 17 March, 6.30 – 7.30 pm at History House Museum

Chris Brady has been handcrafting drums from Australian hardwoods since 1980, and has revolutionised the drum industry.  Hear why famous musicians, including artists from Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, U2 and the Rolling Stones, have purchased bespoke Brady Drums.  

Bookings are essential. Click here or call 9394 5670.

A Brady Drum is on display at History House Museum as part of the Made in Armadale exhibition until the 20 April 2016.

Green Cleaning: Cleaning with Chemistry

Friday 1 April, 10.30 - 11.30am at Armadale Library

Cut through the advertising spin of the home hygiene industry with the help of elbow grease and bi-carb soda. Cleaning with chemistry will arm you with a basic understanding of household science and a spray bottle full of natural alternatives to toxic and expensive cleaners.

This workshop is perfect for parents or carers of young children who are looking for environmentally friendly, allergy free, non-toxic alternatives to traditional household cleaners that are also budget friendly.

Bookings are essential. Click here or call 9394 5125.