Find out about programs and activities for children and youth, including reading programs and school holiday programs.
Better Beginnings is a West Australian family literacy program that aims to encourage reading, singing, playing and writing and talking together at home through free reading packs.
As part of the Better Beginning program every baby born in the Shire receives a free yellow pack, two year olds are given an orange pack and every child receives a green bag as they enter kindergarten. All packs come with a library bag, an age appropriate book, and fun literacy related activities to enjoy at home.
The Shire contributes funds towards Better Beginnings each year and a Librarian visits all the schools to promote the program. The libraries’ role in this program highlights the Shire’s commitment to encouraging children to enjoy sharing stories while simultaneously improving their listening and language skills.
Better Beginnings is sponsored by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, State Library of Western Australia and Rio Tinto’s Future Fund.
Baby Rhyme Time (ages 0 – 2 years)
Join us every Monday at 2.00pm (except public and school holidays) at Margaret River Library to learn new rhymes and songs to share with your little one.
Baby Rhyme Time runs for about 20 minutes and there is no need to book a place.
Storytime (ages 2 – 5 years)
Join us every Tuesday 10.15am for a 10.30am start (except school holidays) at the Margaret River Library to enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. All are welcome to participate, however the program is aimed at 2 – 5 year olds.
Storytime encourages children to discover a love of books, stories and reading and rhymes and promotes family literacy skills.
Storytime is about 30 minutes in length and does not require bookings.
Toddler Tales at Augusta Library (ages 18 months – 3 years)
A special Storytime session is held at Augusta Library on the second Thursday of the month at 10.30 am. Toddler Tales is aimed at children 1.5 to 3 years old and participants can enjoy a short story, rhymes, songs, music, morning tea and a craft that can either be taken away or completed in the library.
Bookings are required for Toddler Tales at Augusta Library for catering and programming purposes. Please email Librarian: Youth and Children, Rachael at [email protected] or call (08) 9780 5602 to express your interest in coming to this session.
Reading Rabbits (Year 1)
The Rotary Club of Margaret River have kindly provided funding for a program aimed at encouraging Year One students to use their local public library.
Each Year One student in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River is given a Reading Rabbits pack that includes general library information, colouring in and a special reading rewards card. Every time the student borrows from the library, they will be given a stamp on their card.
Prizes such as stationery, stickers and book vouchers from the Margaret River Bookshop are awarded as incentives. Reading Rabbits is sponsored by Rotary Club of Margaret River, The Margaret River Bookshop and shire libraries.
Book Bandicoots (ages 7-17)
Book Bandicoots is a program for kids over seven years old who love reading and visiting their local public library. Each time a child borrows a book they receive a stamp on their Book Bandicoots card. After 10 visits and completing a book review, the card can then be used as a gift voucher at the Margaret River Bookshop.
Book Bandicoots is a perfect graduation for those who have completed Reading Rabbits or just want to be rewarded for reading for fun.
Book Bandicoots is a partnership between the Shire of Augusta Margaret River Libraries, Rotary Club of Margaret River and the Margaret River Bookshop. Please see our friendly library staff to participate and answer any of your questions.
Book Chat Club (ages 10-14)
Book Chat Club is held in the Margaret River Library at 4.15pm on the last Monday of every month (excluding public and school holidays).
The club is for those aged between ten and fourteen who are enthusiastic about books. Each meeting we chat about what we have read and give reviews for other members of the club. There is no ‘set’ book – we agree on a genre or theme, and you pick a book that appeals to you.
School holiday activities
The Shire Library Service offers free school holiday activities for all school aged children at both Augusta and Margaret River libraries.
Activities may include craft sessions, games afternoons, Lego Club, scavenger hunts, storytelling, illustration workshops and many other fun activities.
The school holiday program will be posted on the Shire's events calendar.