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.
Augusta Toddler Tales (ages 18 months – 3 years)
A special story time session held at Augusta Library on the second Thursday of the month at 10.30am. Toddler Tales is aimed at children 18 months to 3 years old.
Participants can enjoy a short story, rhymes, songs, music and craft that can be either taken away or competed at the library.
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 Stars Club (ages 8-11)
Book Stars Club is held in the Margaret River Library at 4pm on the third Monday of every month (excluding public and school holidays).
Each meeting we talk about the books we have read over the past month and give reviews and recommendations. There is also free afternoon tea, a craft or book related activity and a reading challenge each month. No bookings needed for Book Stars Club, come along whenever it suits.
Book Chat Club (ages 12-17)
Book Chat Club is held in the Margaret River Library at 4pm on the last Monday of every month (excluding public and school holidays).
The club is for teens who are enthusiastic about books and each meeting we chat about what we have read and give reviews. There is no ‘set’ book. We read different genres and formats, although each month there is a new challenge to try something new. Each meeting we also have an activity that relates to books, reading and stories. Free afternoon tea is provided and there is no need to book, simply head to the library to join in the fun.
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.