Issue 29 - May 2016

Learn at the Library
29 May 2016

Armadale Young Writers' Awards - Writing Workshops

Meg McKinlay is a Western Australian children’s writer and poet. She has published 12 books for young readers ranging from picture books through to novels for young adults.

Meg will provide writing tips and encouragement to our young writers at these free workshops at Armadale Library. These are open to students in years 3 - 12 who reside or attend school in the City of Armadale.

Year 3 & 4
Saturday 14 May 1 - 2pm

Year 5 & 6
Saturday 14 May 2.30 - 3.30pm

Year 7, 8 & 9
Saturday 21 May 1 - 2pm

Year 10, 11 & 12
Saturday 21 May 2.30 - 3.30pm

You will have the chance to work with an award winning author! Meg’s works have been shortlisted for, and won several awards. Meg’s latest novel, A Single Stone has just been announced winner of the Best Children’s Fiction category of the 2015 Aurealis Awards, for the best Science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia.

Bookings are essential.

Call Armadale Library on 9394 5125 to book your place.

Volunteer Workshops

Are you interested in volunteering but aren't sure how to get started?

Come along to one of our free sessions. They are a great way to find out about the hundreds of positions available for volunteers.

Monday 16 May, 10 - 11am at Seville Grove Library
Thursday 19 May, 5.30 - 6.30pm at Armadale Library
Friday 20 May, 10 - 11am at Kelmscott Library

Please RSVP by Monday 16 May on 9394 5642 or email

Brain Boxes

Brain boxes are a fun way for children to build and develop essential skills.

Each box has a different theme including; reading and writing, basic equations, fractions, money and measurement, shapes and patterns, and time.

These kits contain books, educational toys and suggested activities that suit a range of skill levels among primary school aged children.

Brain boxes may be borrowed by all library members, and are available from all three branches.

Get Reading with Rebecca

Thursday 19 May, 9.30 - 10.30am at Armadale Library

Rebecca Laffar-Smith is a children’s author and publisher. During this session Rebecca will provide advice to parents who have children that find reading difficult or unenjoyable.

Rebecca will talk about the journey that led her to establish Aulexic; a small publishing house specialising in books for children with language and literacy difficulties. She launched her P.I. Penguin series in 2015 under the name Bec J. Smith.

Copies of Rebecca’s books will be available for purchase at this session.

Bookings are essential. Click here or call 9394 5125.

King of the Racecourse

Friday 20 May, 10.30 - 11.30am at Armadale Library

The Hon. Robyn McSweeney MLC, was determined that her great grandfather have his rightful place in Australian History. So she researched his life and wrote his biography - Albert Edmund Cockram: King of the racecourse 1870 to 1943.

This book explores Albert’s life and achievements, including his involvement in the racing, mining, agriculture and exploration industries.

You are invited to learn more about this remarkable man when Robyn visits the Armadale Library to promote her book and recall this interesting time in history.

Copies of this book can be purchased for $55 at this session.

Bookings are essential. Click here or all 9394 5125.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Wednesday 25 May, 11am at Seville Grove Library

I got this hat in China. I got this hat from a miner. I got this hat from a deep-sea diver. I got this hat from a racing-car driver...Hats.

Only the headless dislike them. Everyone else loves wearing them!

Join us, along with thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across Australia reading I Got This Hat written by Jol and Kate Temple and illustrated by Jon Foye. There will be songs and craft activities at this celebration of storytime. We encourage you all to wear your favourite hat!

This session is suitable for pre school children. Bookings are not required. Just come and enjoy the fun!

Armadale Young Writers' Awards 2016

Calling young authors to enter the Armadale Young Writers' Awards!

This creative writing competition is open to students in years 3 to 12 who reside or attend school in the City of Armadale.

Works must be prose only and stories should be 2000 words or less. Poetry, scripts and graphic novels will not be accepted.

This competition is open from 1 - 30 June 2016, and entries will only be accepted during this time.

Entry forms are available from City of Armadale libraries and on our website. They contain full details of categories, prizes, terms and conditions, entry guidelines, and important dates.

Coeliac Disease

Wednesday 1 June, 1.30 - 2.30pm at Armadale Library

A representative from Coeliac WA will discuss:

  • How to recognise the signs of Coeliac disease and gluten intolerance.
  • Managing the disease.
  • The importance of a gluten free diet for people with Coeliac disease.
  • Gluten free foods.

This is a Positive Ageing Session.

Bookings are essential. Click here or call 9394 5125.

Pet Care

Wednesday 1 June, 3 - 4pm at Armadale Library

A representative from Roleystone Animal Hospital will discuss and answer questions on:

  • Keeping your animals healthy.
  • Looking after older pets and common conditions that develop as pets age.
  • What to consider when looking for a new pet.

This is a Positive Ageing Session.

Bookings are essential. Click here or call 9394 5125.

Kelmscott Crafters

Are you working on a craft project?

Do you want to share new ideas and meet other like-minded crafters?

Join us on the first Saturday of every month, 9.30 - 11.30am at Kelmscott Library for our Kelmscott Crafters.

The first session will be on 4 June 2016.

It doesn’t matter what your craft interests are, cross stitch, knitting, scrapbooking, or sewing; all crafts are welcome as long as they are portable.

Bookings are not required. Just bring your craft project and join in the fun!

For further information call 9394 5810.

Better Beginnings: Sing With Me!

Monday 20 June, 10 - 11am at Seville Grove Library

Is your child two years of age, or turning two this year? Then come along to our Better Beginnings Sing With Me launch and your little one will receive a fantastic rhyme backpack containing:

  • A beautiful Australian themed children's picture book
  • A nursery rhyme booklet with activities
  • A CD of nursery rhymes
  • A nursery rhyme puzzle magnet and more!

Join fairy Rebecca Flanagan for a fun, interactive session of action songs!

The Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program recognises that sharing books, songs and rhymes with children from birth, builds early language skills and improves future literacy outcomes.

Bookings are essential. Click here or call 9394 5800.

Mr. Car Man

Saturday 25 June, 10.30 - 11.30am at Kelmscott Library

Mr. Car Man Paul Rutley, will answer your questions and provide simple, practical advice on car repairs and maintenance.

Learn how to save money and time by avoiding unnecessary trips to the mechanic.

Paul will also demonstrate how to change windscreen wipers in a D.I.Y. tutorial.

Copies of the Step-by-Step Guide will be available for purchase.

Bookings are essential. Click here or call 9394 5810.

Country Fiction Author: Jennie Jones

Monday 27 June, 10.30 - 11.30am at Armadale Library

From an early age Jennie Jones has loved everything with a romantic element. As well as becoming a bestselling author of small-town country fiction novels, Jennie was also an actress, having performed at a number of the UK’s grand old theatres.

Join us as Jennie talks about her love of romance, her journey into writing, and what inspires her.

Bookings are essential. Click here or call 9394 5125.

Technology Buddies

Need help with technology?

Students from the Dale Christian and Kelmscott Senior High Schools 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.

Mondays, 3.30 - 4.15pm at Kelmscott Library - 9394 5810
16 May, 23 May, 30 May and 13 June.

Wednesdays, 1.30 - 2.30pm at Armadale Library - 9394 5125
18 May, 25 May, 8 June and 15 June.

Bookings are essential. Call the relevant Library.