Thursday, 27 September 2012

Competition - Are we there yet?

Alison Lester's award-winning book Are We There Yet? tells the story of her family's exciting journey around Australia in a camper van.
It's your turn to tell us about your home town or a special place you have visited in Australia.  If you're under 12, just send us a short story or a letter or a drawing of your favourite place and you could win a fabulous prize.

The age categories are:
  • Pre-school (for under 5 year olds);
  • Early primary school (5 to 8 yrs);
  • Later primary school (8 to 12 yrs).
Entries for Western Australian residents:
  • open on 28th September and
  • close on 7th November.
 Prize announcement on 5th December.
More information about the competition here.
Read the competition entry rules here.
Submit your entry via the online entry form here.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Writers in the Library - Ian Reid

Ian Reid

"The end of longing"


"That untravelled world"

Thursday 27th September at 2pm
Mandurah Library
331 Pinjarra Road

Join us to hear Ian Reid talk about writing historical fiction and his two novels The end of longing and That untravelled world.

Ian Reid is a widely published author of literary and historical non-fiction whose writings have been translated into several languages.  Originally from New Zealand, Ian now lives in Perth, where he is a Winthrop Professor at The University of Western Australia and Emeritus Professor at Curtin University.

His second novel, That untravelled world, is set in iconic locales around early-twentieth century Perth and WA.

To book your seat Phone 9550 3650
or email

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Young adult book club

Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre is considering hosting a young adults book club for youths aged 12 and up.  We have a number of titles available with ten books in each collection.  You will have one month to read it and once a month you will meet up with the rest of the group to discuss the book and any others that you may be reading. 

We are asking for expressions of interest to decide which day and time will be most suitable.  To register your interest email your name, phone number, email address and preference for day and time to with Young Adult Book Club as the subject.

For more information phone Julie Larnach on 9550 3230.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Mums of Mandurah visit to the library

Photos: Kimberley Paton, Mums of Mandurah Incorporated
This week Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre hosted a visit from members of Mums of Mandurah Incorporated*.  This child-friendly visit was tailored to the needs of the group and included a tour of the library including the children's section and parenting collection, a storytime session and craft activity followed by a complimentary morning tea and chat with other parents.  Visitors were given an information pack about key services offered by the library.

Mandurah Libraries welcomes visits from community groups and we are happy to tailor the visit to the needs of your members.  To arrange a group visit please phone:
-  Mandurah Library on 9550 3650 or
-  Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre on 9550 3230.
The registration desk will be open during your visit and people who are not already library members are welcome to join the library during the visit.

*Mums of Mandurah Incorporated is a not-for-profit incorporated association. Their vision is "for all the mothers of the Mandurah region to CONNECT, SUPPORT, INFORM, INSPIRE and EMPOWER each other, their families, their friends and the wider community of Mandurah".  For more information about Mums of Mandurah visit their website here.


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

School Holidays at Mandurah Libraries

From craft activities, drawing and games to bookclubs, storytelling and group art projects, the Mandurah Libraries are a great place to spend your school holidays! So join us for some fun and games with your friends at the libraries.

The schedule of activities for the October 2012 school holidays are now available. Be sure to book your child's spot as places are limited. All activities are FREE!

See the October School Holiday program for:
-   Mandurah Library here,
-   Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre here.

Bookings can be made at the desk at each library or by phoning:
-   Mandurah Library on 9550 3650,
-   Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre on 9550 3230.

For more information, please contact any of our friendly library staff.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Artist's talk: Sally Richardson on Sonya Hartnett's The Ghost's Child

      Artist's talk    

Sally Richardson

Writer / Director / Producer


Sonya Hartnett's novel The Ghost's Child

and the process of adapting the book for the stage.

Winner of the 2008 Australian Young Adult Book of the Year Award, The Ghost's Child is an allegorical fable asking powerful questions about the worth of life and the power of love.

An exploration of independence and identity, Sally’s adaptation for stage invites consideration of how we live our lives, and reflects upon the nature of beauty, self, love, and the quality of happiness.

Friday 14th September at 6pm

INQB8 Centre for Contemporary Art
Ormsby Tce, Mandurah

To book your seat at this FREE TALK

phone 95503230  or email

This FREE TALK is co-presented by the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, National Year of Reading, INQB8 Centre for Contemporary Art and Mandurah Libraries.

The SHOW premieres at The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre from Friday 28th September – Friday 5th October.  Suitable age 10+. Full details here.

The BOOK is available to borrow from Mandurah Libraries.

Monday, 3 September 2012

First Wednesday Book Club - Wed 5th September

The next meeting of the First Wednesday Book Club is coming up on Wednesday 5th September, 7-9pm at Cafe Pronto.

Many thanks to Corona Books who have again given us some great new release books to give away at the next meeting.  All the books pictured above and below will be available for keen readers to take away this Wednesday evening.

At the First Wednesday Book Club we don't all read the same book as in a traditional book club, however this month a few of us read The Ghost's Child by Sonya Hartnett and we'll discuss it this Wednesday. 

We chose this book because it is going to be adapted for the stage for the first time ever and it will have its world premiere in Mandurah at The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre later this month.  This novel is classified as Young Adult - it was the winner of the 2008 Australian Young Adult Book of the Year Award - but like many YA books its appeal is not limited to that age group.  I found it an enchanting, beautiful and magical read and I look forward to discussing the book with others on Wednesday night and seeing Sally Richardson's adaptation of The Ghost's Child on stage in a few weeks time. 

Everyone is welcome at The First Wednesday Book Club.  For more information about this new informal book club visit this page or contact the National Year of Reading Project Officer, Deidre Robb, on 9550 3237 or