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Amherst Village Library is housed in the Amherst Village Community Centre.

LOCATION
Amherst Village Public Library, 2 Holmes Street Southern River WA 6110
CONTACT DETAILS
Telephone
9498 9498
Email Address
Library_queries@gosnells.wa.gov.au
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Opened in September 2009 this library has been a hit with the local community; in the first 12 months the library was visited by more than 75,000 people. Amherst Village Library is housed in the Amherst Village Community Centre.

The library boasts an outdoor reading area.  Come and enjoy the ambience - do some study, relax with the latest newspaper or just catch up with friends.

Amherst Village Library stocks books, magazines, DVDs, puppets, comics and much more. The Library offers various services and programs for adults, children and teens throughout the year. Free WiFi is available and two Wii gaming consoles can be played in the Library.

What's on @ Amherst Village Library

The Library coordinates numerous free activities and programs throughout the year for babies and children through to adults and seniors.

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FEATURES
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Universal access
  • Accessible parking bays
  • Accessible toilet
WHERE IS IT?

What's here+

Art Nook

This cosy area at the Amherst Village Library exhibits works by local artists. 

The Art Nook is open throughout the normal opening hours of the Amherst Village Library and entry is free. If you are an artist or craftsperson who wishes to exhibit in the Art Nook, please read more.

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Children's Area

Kids will have a great time in the children's collection.

There are all sorts of items available for loan as well as many programs your child is welcome to attend.

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E-Zone

This area includes free Internet and PC access for library members. Printing and photocopying  is also available for a small charge.

The E-zone also incorporates two Wii gaming consoles and lots of games to play within the library. Library members may book the Wii for an hour (conditions apply). Tournaments and contests are held throughout the year, details of the next session will be placed on the What’s on @ your library page.

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Meeting room

A small room is available at the Knowledge Centre, Amherst Village Library  and Thornlie Library for community groups to meet, free of charge (conditions apply). If your group doesn't meet these conditions, the rooms may also be hired for a small charge. 

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Outdoor reading area

Come and relax in the new outdoor reading area at Amherst Library.amherst library outdoor reading area

Do some study, relax with the latest newspaper or just catch up with friends!

Amherst Village Painter’s Circle

When: Second Saturday of every month, 10am to 1pm

An open invitation to all artists in the local community.

The group aims to support and encourage others to explore hidden talents and share knowledge, while painting in the comfort of Amherst Village Library.

Every second Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

Artists are required to supply their own water-based/non-toxic materials.

For details call Amherst Village Library on 9498 9498.


Suitable for: Adults, 

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Book Club at Amherst Village Library

Book Club at your library

Adults who love reading and like to chat about the latest book they’ve read will enjoy the monthly Book Club sessions held at each library. Books may be borrowed from the library or members can supply their own. 

Sessions run on the third Tuesday of each month, 6.30pm - 7.30pm. If this time doesn't suit you, there are alternative sessions available at our other libraries.

Fees: Free
Suitable for: Adults, 

CoderDojo

When: Fortnightly on Wednesdays, 3.30pm - 5.00pm

Want to become a coding ninja? Amherst Village Library is running a fortnightly coding club.

Coding Dojos are fun, interactive spaces that create opportunities to make new friends with similar interests. Participants are required to bring their own laptop or tablet device.

This is a free event, bookings are essential. Suitable for ages 7 - 17 years old.

Fees: This is a free event, bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Teenagers, Children, 

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Creative Space for Teens

When: Monthly on Wednesdays, 3.30pm to 5pm

Bring your friends and hang out at the Creative Space for some fun projects and activities.

Sessions run with a different theme each month and include workshops in cartooning, duct taping art, crazy and amazing craft, poetry and more.

Suitable for ages 12 - 17 years old.

Fees: This is a free event. Bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Teenagers, 

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English Conversation Classes at Amherst Village Library

When: Tuesdays, 11.30am - 1.30pm during school terms

English Conversation Classes are a free English ‘chat’ class for people wanting to improve their conversation skills. Sessions are guided by a qualified staff member. Although the format mainly caters for migrants, anyone is welcome to attend.

Sessions are run weekly during school terms on Tuesdays, 11.30am - 1.30pm. Contact  Amherst Village Library for more information or to reserve a place.

The City's libraries have resources that may also assist you, see the links below.

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Fees: Free
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 

Family Rhyme Time at Amherst Village Library

When: Tuesdays, 10am - 11am during school term

Family Rhyme Time (Ages 1 - 3 years)

The Family Rhyme Time Program uses rhymes, songs and stories to foster positive communication, enjoyable interaction and fun times between parents and children. Parents register to attend the program which runs during the school term to learn the pleasure and magic of storytelling, nursery rhymes, lullabies and songs which are shared at the group sessions with their baby or toddler.

Sessions are free, and run weekly during school term only.

Bookings are essential. For more information about this program and to make a booking contact Amherst Village Library on 9498 9498.

Parents please note that under the Children and Community Services Act, children under 6 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.

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Fees: Free. Bookings are essential, please call 9498 9498.
Suitable for: Families, Infants, Children, 

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Learning English Through Storytime (LETS) at Amherst Library

When: Fridays, 9.30am - 10.30am

Children can practice their English through stories, rhymes, songs and play through this interactive session.

Suitable for children aged 3 – 5, parents are encouraged to bring their children to this free event.

Morning tea is provided and bookings are essential by contacting the Library.

Fees: Free, but bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Children, 

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Mahjong Club at Amherst Village Library

Mahjong at Amherst Village Library

Whether you’re an experienced player, or have never played before, you’ll be welcome to join in the challenge of the Western classical style of Mah-jong.

Sessions run every Friday 12.30pm - 3.30pm. For more information contact the Amherst Village Library.

Fees: Free
Suitable for: Adults, 

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Sit and Knit at Amherst Village Library

When: Every second Tuesday, 2pm - 4.30pm

Bring in your latest knitting or crochet project and join in the fun.

Join this friendly group and get to know others with the same interests. Free help is available, but the main focus is on fun and socialising.

Sit and Knit is held every second Tuesday from 2pm to 4.30pm.

Bring your own needles, wool and half-finished projects to complete in company. Refreshments will be provided.


Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 

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Star readers book club

When: Second Friday of every month, 4pm - 5pm.

Star readers book club (ages 8-13)

For children aged eight to 13 years who love reading and want to explore the library, share their love of reading with other children and find new inspiration with fun activities. 

Each session includes discussions about books and authors. Children will receive guidance and encouragement to explore new authors and genres and can also bring along their favourite books to discuss with other like-minded children.

Children can improve their literacy skills with puzzles and fun activities and feel free to fully embrace their love of literature.

The Star Readers Book Club meets at Amherst Village Library on the second Friday of every month February through to December at 4 - 5pm.

For more information call Amherst Village Library on 9498 9498.

Please note under the Children and Community Services Act, children under six must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Children between six and 12 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling (over 13).


Suitable for: Children, 

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Storytime at Amherst Village Library (Friday session)

When: Fridays from 10.30am – 11am

Storytime at your library

And they all lived happily ever after....

Enjoy songs, stories, nursery rhymes and craft activities. These fantastic story time sessions for pre-school children are a special treat for mums, dads and grandparents as well.

Sessions are free, and run weekly on Fridays from 10.30am – 11am (except during school holidays).

No bookings necessary.
 
For more information about this program contact Amherst Village Library.

Parents please note that under the Children and Community Services Act, children under 6 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.

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Fees: Free – no bookings necessary
Suitable for: Infants, Children, 

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Storytime at Amherst Village Library (Wednesday, early session)

When: Wednesdays from 9.30am-10am

Storytime at your library

And they all lived happily ever after....

Enjoy songs, stories, nursery rhymes and craft activities. These fantastic story time sessions for pre-school children are a special treat for mums, dads and grandparents as well.

Sessions are free, and run weekly on Wednesdays from 9.30am-10am (except during school holidays).  No bookings necessary

For more information about this program contact Amherst Village Library.

Parents please note that under the Children and Community Services Act, children under 6 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.

See the links below to discover what else the libraries offer young people. If you would like to receive information about library events and services by email, you can sign up for the e-newsletter.

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Fees: Free - no bookings necessary
Suitable for: Infants, Children, 

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Storytime at Amherst Village Library (Wednesdays, late session)

When: Wednesdays from 11.30am - Noon

Storytime at your library

And they all lived happily ever after....

Enjoy songs, stories, nursery rhymes and craft activities. These fantastic story time sessions for pre-school children are a special treat for mums, dads and grandparents as well.

Sessions are free, and run weekly on Wednesdays from 11.30am - Noon (except during school holidays). 

No bookings necessary.

For more information about this program contact Amherst Village Library.

Parents please note that under the Children and Community Services Act, children under 6 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.

Fees: Free - no booking necessary.
Suitable for: Infants, Children, 

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Tech Thursdays

When: Fortnightly on Thursdays, 2pm to 3pm

Technology got you baffled? Tech Thursdays could provide the answer.

Not sure how to download, upload or surf the Web? Want to scan and email a document but don't know how? Library staff can help.

Register your questions with library staff and come along to our Tech Thursdays for help with simple computing queries.

Fees: Free
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, All community, 

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Screen Printing Workshops - Sat 25 Feb 2017
When: Saturday 25 February, 9.00AM - 12.00PM

Add your style to a community art piece for the Homegrown Festival. You can also print your own design onto a calico bag to take home.

Fees: This is a free event, refreshments will be provided and bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Teenagers, Adults, Seniors, 
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Make and Take workshops - Create a mosaic artwork - Thu 2 Mar 2017
When: Thursday 2 March, 1.00PM - 3.00PM

Embrace your creativity, and design your own unique art piece to take away.

Fees: Sorry, this event is fully booked.
Suitable for: Teenagers, Adults, Seniors, 
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Creative Collaborations presents Didj Dreaming - Thu 16 Mar 2017
When: Thursday 16 March, 4.00PM - 5.00PM

Creative Collaborations presenter Curley Bonney will entertain the kids with his yarns, boomerang skills and expertise on the Didgeridoo. Curley will explain the significance of the Didgeridoo and Boomerang to Noongar culture.

Fees: This is a free event for ages 4 to 10 years old. Bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Teenagers, Children, 
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WA Youth Poetry Slam workshop - Wed 22 Mar 2017
When: Wednesday 22 March, 4.00PM - 5.00PM

Take part in a poetry slam workshop lead by Said Poets Society Matt Norman and his dynamic team. Youth get the opportunity to create, write and perform their own poetry works.

Fees: This is a free event for ages 12 to 18 years old. Bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Teenagers, 
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WA Youth Poetry Slam heat - Thu 23 Mar 2017
When: Thursday 23 March, 6.00PM - 7.30PM

Said Poets present the youth poetry slam heat. Showcasing the creative effort from those who participated in the slam workshop.

Fees: This is a free event for ages 12 to 18 years old. Bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Teenagers, 
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Junior aromatherapy workshop - Sat 25 Mar 2017
When: Saturday 25 March, 10.00AM - 11.00AM

At this aromatherapy workshop kids will love the hands on, colourful experience which stimulates all senses.

Fees: This is a free event for ages 8 to 12 years old. Bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Children, 
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Jewellery and watercolours at the Art Nook - Mon 27 Mar 2017
When: Monday 27 March, 9.00AM - 5.30PM
Tuesday 28 March, 9.00AM - 5.30PM
Wednesday 29 March, 9.00AM - 5.30PM
Thursday 30 March, 9.00AM - 5.30PM
Friday 31 March, 9.00AM - 5.30PM
Monday 3 April, 9.00AM - 5.30PM

Artist Dorothy Netherway will show off her unique jewellery pieces in a combined exhibition with water colour painter Carol Fleming. The exhibition will be held at the Amherst Village Library from Monday 27th March until Friday 28th April 2017.

Fees: Free
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, All community, 
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