Children’s Book Week to Boost Literacy

Children’s Book Week to Boost Literacy

The City of Rockingham’s libraries will come to life with activity throughout August, with a wide range of exciting events planned to celebrate Children’s Book Week 2019.

Children’s Book Week is a national initiative that will be held from Saturday 17 – Friday 23 August. It is designed to boost literacy in young Australians and the theme for 2019 is “Reading is My Secret Power.”

To celebrate Children’s Book Week locally, the City will be running a series of activities at all four of its libraries throughout August.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged families to head into their local library and join in the fun during Children’s Book Week 2019.

“Each year Children’s Book Week is one of the premier events on our library calendars and it represents a terrific opportunity for kids to celebrate the joy of reading,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Reading is a powerful tool that plays a vital role in boosting literacy skills for children so it is important for the City to celebrate Children’s Book Week.

“We are thrilled to be hosting a variety of events and activities for young readers of all ages, so I encourage residents to pop into their local library and get involved in this terrific initiative.”

Full information regarding the activities scheduled across the City’s libraries for Children’s Book Week 2019 is as follows:

Meet Aśka

Aśka is a passionate children’s book illustrator and science communicator with a background in both arts and quantum physics. She has illustrations being published in seven books in 2019, including the Eco Rangers series by Candice Lemon-Scott. You can meet Aśka at the following times and locations:

Tuesday 6th August 2019
3.30pm – 4.30pm at the Safety Bay Library’s Bookstars Club (Ages 6 – 12).
5.30pm – 6.30pm at the Warnbro Community Library’s Wicked session (Ages 12 – 17).

Saturday 24th August 2019
9am – 10am at Rockingham Central Library (Ages 6 – 10).
11am – 12pm at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre (Ages 8+).

Book Week Bonanza (Mary Davies Library and Community, Saturday 17 August 2019, 10am – 12pm)

Celebrate Children’s Book Week at the library and discover your secret power as you learn how to do circus tricks with Ricochet Circus, listen to some wonderful stories and craft your own creations to take home. This is a community event open to all ages.

Sabrina Dudgeon – Author Talk (Monday 19 August 2019)

Sabrina Dudgeon-Swift is descended from the Bardi people from north of Broome, and the Gija people in the East Kimberley. Sabrina grew up in Darwin, but now lives in Perth and works for the School of Indigenous Studies at The University of Western Australia. Her story Lilli and Shadow in Trouble is part of the Waarda series for young readers and was inspired by her nanna and the stories she shared. These sessions are for school groups and homeschoolers aged 7 – 11.

9.30am – 10.30am at Warnbro Community Library.
11.30am -12.30pm at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre.
1.30pm – 2.30pm at Rockingham Central Library.

Tamara Moss – Author Talk (Thursday 22 August 2019)

Author of Lintang and the Pirate Queen (which was a notable book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards in 2018), Tamara Moss is an engaging and passionate speaker with a background in Asian studies.

She has written two more books in the Lintang series, which have received rave reviews for their sense of adventure, charming characters and vivid fantasy world. These sessions are for school groups and homeschoolers aged 7 – 11.

Sessions running 9.30am – 10.30am at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre and from 11.30am – 12.30pm at Safety Bay Library.


Mary Davies Library and Community Centre Turns Five

Mary Davies Library and Community Centre Turns Five

The Mary Davies Library and Community Centre played host to a special celebration on Friday 5 July 2019, as the City of Rockingham formally marked the fifth anniversary since the much loved community facility opened its doors.

Located on Settlers Avenue in the heart of Baldivis, the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre officially opened in mid-2014.

The facility is a contemporary, cutting-edge library service that also offers community spaces for hire. It is named after the late Mary Davies (1926 – 2014), who was a passionate and committed member of the Rockingham community.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre had quickly evolved to become an integral part of the community.

“In only five years the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre has welcomed 864,000 visits, which is about 172,800 per year,” Mayor Sammels said.

“During this time the library has grown to have about 15,000 registered borrowers, with 657,911 book loans taking place.

“Figures like this indicate just how popular the facility has become in such a short space of time. As the community of Baldivis and the City in general continues to grow, we can expect to see more residents enjoying all that the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre has to offer.”

Students from Baldivis Secondary College at Mary Davies Library

For more information about the programs and events on offer at the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre email or contact 9591 0800.


City to Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019

City to Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019

The City of Rockingham will proudly host a number of community events to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019, with residents across the City invited to attend.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July and give people the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

The theme of NAIDOC Week in 2019 is Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future. This theme acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have always wanted an enhanced role in decision making in Australia’s democracy.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was delighted to be participating in a series of events that focused on bringing the community closer together.

“The City of Rockingham recognises the deep, ongoing connection that Nyoongar people have to this region, and the links of people living here today, with a long line of ancestors,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Rockingham is a wonderful, diverse community and NAIDOC Week represents a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

“While NAIDOC Week will officially be held from 7 – 14 July, the City will be hosting multiple events throughout June, July and August so residents have the best possible chance to participate in a series of exciting activities.”


NAIDOC Week events

City of Rockingham events celebrating NAIDOC Week include:


Rockingham NAIDOC Celebration Event

When: Thursday 4 July 2019
Where: Gary Holland Community Centre
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Come along and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and community. Cultural performances, fun activities and food available.


Cultural Walking Tour – Point Peron

When: Friday 12 July 2019
Where: Point Peron, Rockingham
Time: 4.30pm – 6pm
Suitable for all ages, this guided tour will give an in-depth perspective of Point Peron. Participants will receive a spiritual introduction to the land and sea while enjoying Nyoongar language and traditional dream time stories. Free event. Bookings essential.


Art Exhibition “Danjoo-Interwoven”

When: Wednesday 10 July – Sunday 28 July 2019
Where: Rockingham Arts Centre
Time: 10am – 3pm daily
Danjoo – Interwoven celebrates local Aboriginal culture, country, language and visual arts practice in WA. Artworks by 18 Aboriginal artists will be on display. Free event.


Native Herbs and Spices Workshop

When: Thursday 25 July 2019
Where: Mary Davies Library and Community Centre
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Join Marissa Verma from Bindi Bindi to learn about native herbs and spices and their uses in food and medicine. Free event. Bookings essential.


Film Screening – “Jasper Jones”

When: Thursday 1 August 2019
Where: Safety Bay Library
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Come celebrate the 2019 NAIDOC theme – ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’ with a special screening of a landmark award winning feature film Jasper Jones. Free event. Refreshments provided.


Act-Belong-Commit Cooking Workshop

When: Thursday 1 August 2019
Where: Autumn Centre, Rockingham
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Join Dale Tilbrook from Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery as she shares a wealth of knowledge about native foods and Aboriginal land management, while cooking an easy and nutritional meal to enjoy. Free event. Bookings essential.


Weaving Workshop

When: Sunday 4 August 2019
Where: Warnbro Community Library
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Learn the art of contemporary Aboriginal weaving using natural and hand dyed raffia with award winning Aboriginal Artist Lea Taylor. Bookings essential. Cost $5.50 pp. Suitable for 18+.

For more information about these events or to book your place contact 9528 0333.


Get Involved in Plastic Free July

Get Involved in Plastic Free July

The City of Rockingham is excited to be participating in Plastic Free July, with residents encouraged to take part in a wide range of events the City is hosting to tackle issues surrounding single use plastics.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that focuses on getting people to reduce their consumption of single use plastic waste in all facets of life. Whether it’s at home, work, school or even a local café or shop, participants are encouraged to use compostable or reusable alternatives.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said Plastic Free July offered residents the opportunity to make important lifestyle changes that would benefit the environment.

“As a City that is home to an abundance of amazing natural assets including 37 km of breathtaking coastline and stunning wildlife, it’s vital we take every step we can to preserve the environment that we are fortunate to call home,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City recently adopted a strong policy on single use plastics and balloons, so taking part in Plastic Free July is another positive step in the right direction.

“There will be a range of exciting events and workshops taking place across the City throughout July and I encourage all residents to get involved and learn about the great alternatives that can become new habits forever.”

What’s On

Activities to be held throughout the City during Plastic Free July include:

Low Waste Kitchen and Pantry

When: Tuesday 2 July 2019
Where: Carnaby Room, Mary Davies Library and Community Centre
Time: 1pm – 2.30pm
The award-winning Wasteless Pantry team will host an interactive workshop on reducing household waste. This free event is suitable for ages 18 and over.


‘How I live a Plastic Free Life’ with Lyndsay Miles

When: Thursday 4 July 2019
Where: Warnbro Community Library
Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
Zero-waste blogger of Treading My Own Path and author, Lindsay Miles, will share how she lives a plastic free life.


STRAWS – Documentary Screening

When: Thursday 11 July 2019
Where: Gary Holland Community Centre
Time: 6pm – 7pm
STRAWS is a short documentary that outlines the impact of straw litter. Viewers will learn about the impact posed by plastic pollution and how they can make changes one step at a time. Light refreshments will be provided.


Sustainable Saturday

When: Saturday 20 July 2019
Where: Rockingham Central Library
Time: 10am – 1pm
This event will include a special gathering of local community groups and organisations to answer queries about living a more sustainable lifestyle. Craft activities, live demonstrations and special guest speakers will be available. No bookings required.


DIY Plastic Free Beauty Product Workshop

When: Wednesday 31 July 2019
Where: Safety Bay Library
Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
This workshop will demonstrate how to make simple beauty products at home. Participants will take home a range of goods from the workshop. This event is suitable for participants aged 16 years and above. The cost is $5 to cover materials.

Please note all activities require bookings unless otherwise specified. For more information about the events the City is hosting or to book your place call 9528 0333.

For other great Plastic Free July events that are being run by community groups in the City visit the What’s On Calendar.


Library and Information Week

Library and Information Week

Families across the City of Rockingham will have the opportunity to participate in a range of fun activities during Library and Information Week 2019.

Library and Information Week will be held from 20–26 May 2019 and is an initiative from the Australian Library and Information Association that aims to showcase the range of services on offer at libraries.


National Simultaneous Story Time

The City will be hosting three major events as part of Library and Information Week.  The first, National Simultaneous Story Time, will be held at Rockingham Centre in the Kids Zone near ANZ Bank on Wednesday 22 May from 9am–10am.

National Simultaneous Story Time will feature members of the public, a school class from Bungaree Primary School and the Paint Rockingham REaD mascot WiDi, all reading the same book as other groups from across the country at the same time.

Mary Davies Library and Community Centre

Meanwhile, on 22 May the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre in Baldivis will be hosting its own National Simultaneous Story Time event that will include craft, rhymes and great stories.

Rockingham Central Library

On Thursday 23 May 2019 the City will host Pyjama Story Time at Rockingham Central Library from 4pm–6pm. Running for the fourth year in a row, Pyjama Story Time will feature a cuddly animal farm, scavenger hunt, tech displays and a group reading activity.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged the community to embrace the activities taking place during Library and Information Week.

“The City of Rockingham’s four libraries are filled with valuable information, entertainment and activities for residents of all ages to enjoy,” Mayor Sammels said.

“During Library and Information Week 2019 the City will be hosting two events that highlight the significant role both reading and libraries play in our community. I encourage residents of all ages to get involved with these activities and celebrate the importance libraries have in our City.”

The theme for Library and Information Week 2019 is Truth, Integrity, Knowledge (TIK). This theme recognises the ways that librarians and libraries support and further these ideals.

For more information on these events or the City’s libraries in general, please contact the City on 9528 0333

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