Sunday, 9 December 2012

First Wednesday Book Club in 2013

[Image: Book rest lamp from Suck UK]

The First Wednesday Book Club was started as one of the City of Mandurah's National Year of Reading 2012 initiatives.  Throughout 2012 the group's monthly meetings were co-ordinated by the City of Mandurah's National Year of Reading Project Officer.

This book club will continue to meet in 2013 and beyond under their own steam.  They have lots of exciting ideas about how to develop their activities including writing a blog with book reviews and recommendations, event listings and other information of interest to keen readers in and around Mandurah.

You can find their new blog at:

If you would like to join the group then come along to their first meeting for 2013

at Cafe Pronto
(corner Pinjarra Road & Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah)
Wednesday 6th February 2013
from 7-9pm.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Let's Read early literacy campaign

The 2013 Let's Read early literacy campaign, with $1million funding from the federal government, will raise awareness of the importance of reading with children and support the work of reading professionals. The campaign was initiated during the National Year of Reading and leveraged off the success of the year.

Find out more about the Let's Read campaign and how to get involved here.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Writers in the Library - Stephanie Roberts

You are invited to meet local Mandurah author Stephanie Roberts at the launch of her first book.

Stephanie Roberts

"On the Wings of Autumn"

Thursday 15th November at 2pm

Mandurah Library
331 Pinjarra Road

Unconditional love of a dog can teach humans the lessons of life.

"On the Wings of Autumn" is an unusual journey into relationships both human and animal, with Stephanie learning how those tie together.  It is sometimes fun, sometimes thoughtful and sometimes sad ... a look back at a full life, packed with all those emotions and more.

A must-read for anyone convinced their pets read their mind, offer comfort during trying times and would gladly give up their lives to save ours.

To book your seat Phone 9550 3650
or email

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Read Out Loud @ the Eastern Foreshore

You are invited to celebrate the National Year of Reading by attending
Read Out Loud @ the Eastern Foreshore
on Friday November 16th

between 10am and 4pm.

Join us for a special story-time session near the playground on Mandurah's Eastern Foreshore.  Look out for the Love2Read marquee.

Feel free to bring along your favourite read-aloud books, to turn up at any time between 10am and 4pm and to stay for as long as you like.

Class and childcare centre groups are welcome at this event.  To arrange a group visit, please contact Deidre Robb on 9550 3237 or email

Read Out Loud events will be happening across Western Australia on this day. 
For information about other Read Out Loud events in WA see

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Extended Opening Hours at Mandurah Libraries

The City of Mandurah is delighted to announce that the opening times at Mandurah Library and Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre have been extended. 

The new opening hours are as follows.

Mandurah Library
Pinjarra Road, Mandurah
9am - 8pm     Monday to Thursday
9am - 6pm     Friday
9am - 5pm     Saturday
10am - 4pm   Sunday

Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre
Cnr Flavia St & Cobblers Rd, Falcon
9am - 6pm     Monday to Wednesday
9am - 8pm     Thursday
9am - 6pm     Friday
9am - 5pm     Saturday

Sunday, 21 October 2012

It's never too late ... to learn to read - Short Story Competition

The National Year of Reading 2012, in partnership with the Tasmanian Writers Centre was given a grant by the Department of Industry, Innovation Science, Research and Tertiary Education, to run a writing competition as part of Adult Learners' Week 2012 (ALW).

"It's never too late ... to learn to read" was a short story competition for unpublished, new, emerging and established Australian writers to tell their own stories about adults learning to read. The aim was for the creation of exciting, inspiring and challenging stories to support and encourage adult learning, and to highlight the fact that "It's never too late ... to learn to read".

Readers around the country voted for their favourite story in the People's Choice award. Congratulations to Rebecca Raisin for winning this award for her story By teaching Thomas. This moving account of a single mother teaching her father to read under the guise of teaching her son won the hearts of an overwhelming number of voters in the Adult Learners’ Week short story competition.

Check out all the stories and download the podcasts at

Friday, 19 October 2012

Speech Pathology Australia 2012 Book of the Year Awards

Speech Pathology Australia
Book of the
 Year Awards
Best books for language and literacy development

Speech Pathology Australia's Book of the Year Awards aim to promote children's books as literacy tools, as well as raising awareness of the role speech pathologists play in helping children develop language and literacy skills. 

The winners of the Speech Pathology Australia 2012 Book of the Year Awards are as follows.

Young Children : Come Down, Cat! by Sonya Hartnett

Lower Primary: The Little Refugee by Anh & Suzanne Do

Upper Primary: The Invisible Hero by Elizabeth Fensham

Indigenous Children: The Snake and the Boy by Azmen Sebastian

For information about Speech Pathology Australia visit