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 to learn to read" was a short story competition for unpublished, new, emerging and established Australian writers to tell their own stories about adults learning to read.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

Monday, 15 October 2012

eBooks from Overdrive - Learn how!

Mandurah Library members are now able to use their membership cards to download up to five eBooks from Overdrive. The Western Australian Digital Media Collection contains thousands of fiction and non-fiction eBooks with new titles being added regularly.

Visit to access to collection.

Over the next few weeks, we will be running 4 workshops at each library, where you can learn how to download and borrow eBooks from Mandurah Libraries.  Bring along your device and join staff for an information session.

Mandurah Library
Tues 23rd October 11am & 6pm
Sun 4th November 11.30am
Tues 6th November 6pm
Thurs 8th November 9.30am

Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre
Thurs 25th October 11am & 6pm
Thurs 8th November 11am & 6pm

Bookings are required as there are limited spots available.  Bookings can be made at the desk at each library or by contacting:
-   Mandurah Library on 9550 3650 or
-   Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre on 9550 3230 or

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Writers in the Library - Adam Morris

Adam Morris

My dog gave me the clap.

Not a semi-autobiographical first novel.

Thursday 11th October at 5.30pm
Mandurah Library
331 Pinjarra Road

Adam Morris is a self-taught guitarist, songwriter and author who has been playing music and writing for the past ten years.

When Adam is not making music he spends most of his time brewing stout, jumping in rivers and reading books written by men.

Join us to hear Adam Morris talk about his novel My dog gave me the clap.

To book your seat Phone 9550 3650
or email