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Albany Public Library eNewsletter

2 Aug 2017
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Winter is certainly making its presence felt of late and we’ve seen plenty of people hunkering down with a stack of books, audios and DVDs to see them through. One new item we’ve introduced is the ‘Binge Bundle’ a perfect way to pass some quality time at home.


Despite the cold we are heading into a busy period with a number of events this month. Remember this Saturday Paperbark Merchants are hosting the launch of The Wally Foreman Story at Centennial Stadium; next Thursday we have a double-header with author Ian Andrew visiting, as well as the Sleep Out in the Town Square. Join me to raise money and increase awareness about Homelessness in our community. Then next Friday check out the Great Southern Great Science Symposium. Later in the month is of course Children’s Book Week. A massive week in the library calendar so read on to see what we have in store this year.


Computer Services - Our full computer service should be back up and running within a week. Once again thank you for your understanding while we worked through restoring this service. We know how important these services are to you so we’re really looking forward to having them firing on all cylinders again.


To round out, I’d like to acknowledge the generosity of the Albany branch of Soroptimist International who donated $700 toward the purchase of a new chair for the upgraded junior library. This will be a welcome addition in the library and will be a well-used nursing chair as well as a Storytime reading chair. SI Albany were glad to be able to make this contribution as the Library is a safe place where families can come with their children to nurse and also enjoy sessions like Storytime and Rhyme-time. The Library would like to thank everyone involved in the raising of funds to make this generous donation. The chair will be purchased in time for completion of the Albany Tourism and Information Hub in early 2018.


Paul Nielsen



MON 9am - 6pm

TUE 9am - 8pm

WED 9am - 6pm

THU 9am - 8pm

FRI 9am - 6pm

SAT 9am - 1pm


MON to FRI 9am - 5pm

Sleep Out in the Town Square 2017

Date: 10th August 2017

Time: 5:00pm 

Location: Town Square, 227 York St, Albany WA 6330

Price: Please make a donation via this link

  • BYO Swag, blankets, sleeping bag and/or tent
  • Free evening meal for those who sleep out

This event is supported by Albany Youth Support Association and the City of Albany. Schools are encouraged to participate by promoting the event to parents and by teachers and students sleeping out. 



Author event - Ian Andrew

Author Ian AndrewDate: Thursday 10th August

Time: 5:30pm to 6:45pm

Location: Vancouver Arts Centre

Author Ian Andrew is able to offer advice to other would-be independent authors on how to harness the skills required for successful publish-on-demand technology. An accomplished speaker and facilitator, Ian has hosted talks, workshops and given keynote speeches throughout Australia and the United Kingdom.

More information about Ian can be found at http://ianandrewauthor.com/


Great Southern Great Science Symposium 2017

Great Southern Great Science Symposium in Albany showcases a range of projects, programs and collaborations that drive excellent regional science endeavours.  The GSGS Symposium promotes science to the Great Southern community, to other scientists, and to professionals with an interest in research or teaching science.

The GSGS Symposium features a full day of presentations, Q& A and posters from researchers and science professionals working in the great southern region of Western Australia.  Topics of featured presentations and posters are relevant to lifestyle, economics, environment and social aspects of regional community life.


Children's Book Week 2017

Book week is a great time to visit the Library.

The theme this year is Escape to Everywhere.

You can have a laugh and see your favourite Library staff dressed in costume while you peruse the books shortlisted by the Children's Book Council, these will be on display ready for your reservations.

The judges are pouring with delight over the entries received so far for the Post Card competition. Prize winners will be notified once judging has been finalised. Good luck to the children who entered. Click Here for Post Card Competition details.


Also please note due to Children's Book Week events there will be no Library Storytime or Rhymetime sessions Thursday 24th and Friday 25th August.

The good news is that regular Play in the Park Storytime and Wednesday Rhymetime will continue as usual.

Wally Foreman - Last chance to grab a ticket

Date: Saturday, 5th August.

Time: 7:00pm.

Location: Centennial Stadium.

Tickets available at Paperbark Merchants.

*Photo by Emma Van Dordrecht

Administrators and broadcasters come and go, but there was something different about Wally Foreman.

More than 3000 people filled a stadium in November, 2006, to farewell him after his passing from a heart attack, while his memorial service was broadcast on state-wide radio.

It was the largest service of its kind in WA. Wally Foreman grew up in a small country town named Bruce Rock – a place he made famous through regaling endless stories from The Rock.

He was a career journalist and broadcaster, recognised by name and image, and he fundamentally changed the sporting landscape as the inaugural director of the WA Institute of Sport. Yet, he was far more than all of that.

Written by his son to Charlotte, the granddaughter he never met, The Legend from Bruce Rock: The Wally Foreman Story details the remarkable, emotional and humorous life of a man who loved and impacted his home state, while always holding his home town in his heart.

Glen Foreman is joined by special guests Kim Hughes and Ian Brayshaw - both long-time friends and colleges of Wally to launch this biographical insight into one of Western Australia's most loved broadcasters.


New Puppets and Resources for your Library

Our children’s librarians have a range of fabulous new Story Time and Rhyme Time goodies thanks to the Better Beginnings team at the State Library of WA!

We recently participated in a Social Return on Investment evaluation and went in the draw to win $1000 for our library. With the funds we were able to purchase new puppets, books, instruments and Duplo and have all loved using them at our sessions already.

It is really important to make sure that babies and children are engaged in rhymes and stories from birth as 75% of brain development occurs in the first three years of life. We want to make sure our programs are engaging, exciting, provide a great start and a love of learning.

Children's Book Week Competition

Theme: Escape to Everywhere.

Dates: Entries close Friday 4th August 2017.

Design: Design a Postcard with an "Escape to Everywhere" theme. Illustrate your favourite place to escape or somewhere special you have been on the front of your postcard.

Divisions: Lower Primary (Yrs 1-3) & Upper Primary (Yrs 4-6).

Judging: All entries will be appraised by independent judges. Prize winners will be notified once a decision is finalised.

Prizes: The major prize Samsung Tablet will be awarded to the most innovative entry embracing the "Escape to Everywhere" theme. Prizes and vouchers will also be awarded for each division (at the judges' discretion)

All entries must be submitted to the Albany Public Library by no later than 4pm Friday the 4th August, 2017.

Post your entries to: ALBANY PUBLIC LIBRARY, PO BOX 484, ALBANY, WA, 6330

OR Drop them into our special Letter Box at the Library counter.

Please include Name, Age, Class year, Phone number and School name on the back of your entry.

Phone 6820 3600 for further information.

Great Southern Speaker Series - Richard Goyder AO

After the resounding success of its launch event featuring Professor Barry Marshall, the Great Southern Speaker Series is pleased to host Richard Goyder AO, AFL Chairman and Managing Director Wesfarmers for its next event. Tickets cost $10 and are available from Paperbark Merchants in store or online at www.paperbarks.com.au. Richard will be ‘in conversation’ discussing a range of topics from growing up in the Great Southern, football, and the remarkable story of Wesfarmers.

Tickets are limited so be sure to act quickly if you would like to attend. Richard will be at the Albany Entertainment Centre’s Kalyneup Studio.

Book Launch - Fiona Palmer

Join us for the release of Fiona Palmer's highly anticipated new release "Secrets Between Friends". Set in the stunning Middleton Beach area it will surely be another best seller.

This will be an awesome evening, get the girls together for a night of fun and laughter - best hurry as tickets are limited.

Date: Saturday, 9 September.

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

Location: Three Anchors - 2 Flinders Parade, Albany.

Cost: $10 - $35. Ticket price includes a drink on arrival and nibbles, with the option to book a meal afterward.

Tickets available from Paperbark Merchants.

Regular Library Events

Lego Club

An hour of LEGO fun! LEGO Club will provide challenging builds for participants individually, in groups and teams.

Challenging your design and thinking skills while working under pressure. It promises to be an hour full of fun learning and experiences. Suitable for children 6 - 12. Next session is available on the 15th August.


Passport / Visa application assitance

Albany Public Library offers free assistance to those unable to process their passport or visa applications online on their own. We can help you apply for, or renew, an Australian or British passport online, or apply for a visa. Next sessions are available on the 5th & 17th August.


Creative Writing Group

Are you one of those people who feel that you have a book inside you but you just need some help to get it out?  Do you yearn to put pen to paper but are not quite sure where to begin?  Or perhaps you have already begun your ‘opus magnum’ but have come to a halt and are not too sure where to go from here. A Creative Writing Group has been established at the Library and meets on alternate Tuesdays from 11.00am to 1.00pm. The forum allows you to discuss all aspects of creative writing as well as receive support from your fellow writers.  August meeting dates are Tuesdays 8th & 22nd in the upstairs meeting room. New members are very welcome so maybe we will see you there. 


BYO Device sessions

Do you want to learn how to access the Library's free eBook, eAudiobook or eMagazine collection online? Would you like to learn how to access your Library account online and manage your loans?

Bring along your W.A. Library card and mobile/tablet/laptop and we will show you how to use one of these popular resources in a one-on-one training session.

Next sessions are available on the 10th & 26th August.


Book Chat

Have you read a book that you just loved and would like other people to try?  Do you have a favourite writer you are sure others would enjoy? Albany Public Library is hosting a regular group get-together where the focus is on books and authors that other people have found enjoyable. 

All you have to do is come along - you can just listen or feel free to contribute - no pressure, just a bit of fun!  You may well discover something wonderful. Tea, coffee and a light snack provided. Next sessions are the 10th & 31st August.



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