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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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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
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, hired for $5.00, 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, 

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CoderDojo

When:
Fortnightly on Wednesdays, 3.30pm - 5.00pm
Monthly on Saturdays, 10.00am - 12.00pm

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 Thursdays, 4pm to 5.30pm

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 - 10.30am 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.

For more information about this program please 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
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, 

Mah Jong at Amherst Village Library
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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Tax help at Amherst Village Library

When: Every Friday from 28 July to 27 October, 9.00am - 5.00pm.

Need some help completing your tax return?

Eligible taxpayers on incomes of $60,000 or less are able to meet with a taxation expert who can assist with completing an individual tax return.

Times by appointment only and booking are essential. Call 9498 9498 to secure your booking.

Fees: Free. Bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 

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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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Discover Ancestry.com - Thu 24 Aug 2017
When: Thursday 24 August, 5.30PM - 7.30PM

At these sessions discover your family history with an introduction to Ancestry.com

Fees: This is a free event and bookings are essential.
Suitable for: All community, 
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Awesome, rawsome snacks - Fri 25 Aug 2017
When: Friday 25 August, 11.30AM - 1.00PM

At this informative workshop of delicious raw snacks you'll get to sample from a selection of bliss balls, nut bars, Chai or Hot Chocolate.

Fees: This is a free event, refreshments will be provided and bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Adults, 
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Amherst Village Library Quiz Night - Wed 30 Aug 2017
When: Wednesday 30 August, 5.30PM - 8.30PM

Get your thinking caps on at Amherst Village Library quiz night. A fun night for the whole family.

Fees: This is a free event, refreshments will be provided and bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Families, 
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Feral Fergus Book Launch - Sat 2 Sep 2017
When: Saturday 2 September, 10.00AM - 11.00AM

For fans of funny (and disgusting) stories, this new children’s book is just for you!

Fees: This is a free event, refreshments will be provided and bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Families, Children, 
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Students' artwork on display at the Art Nook - Wed 6 Sep 2017
When: Wednesday 6 September, 9.00AM - 5.30PM
Thursday 7 September, 9.00AM - 5.30PM
Friday 8 September, 9.00AM - 5.30PM
Monday 11 September, 9.00AM - 5.30PM
Tuesday 12 September, 9.00AM - 5.30PM
Wednesday 13 September, 9.00AM - 5.30PM

Students from Daniella Pretorius' art classes for children will display their acrylic paintings and drawings at the Amherst Village Library Art Nook in September. The children are aged between 8 and 13 years, and the exhibition will run from Wednesday 6 September until Friday 15 September.

Fees: Free
Suitable for: Teenagers, Families, Adults, Children, All community, 
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Learn to borrow eBooks - Wed 6 Sep 2017
When: Wednesday 6 September, 2.00PM - 4.00PM
Thursday 14 September, 5.30PM - 7.30PM

Learn how to access our digital collection.
Use your tablet or smartphone to access ebooks and eaudiobooks. Borrow at your convenience and no late fees!

Fees: This is a free event and bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Teenagers, Adults, Seniors, 
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Oil Painting for Beginners - Drewfus Gates - Sat 16 Sep 2017
When: Saturday 16 September, 9.00AM - 1.00PM

The City of Gosnells offers a series of workshops for people to explore and develop their skills in different creative mediums. Book into one or all four sessions and then submit an art work to display in one of the showcase exhibitions in November.

Fees: $20.50. Places are limited, bookings are essential and refreshments and art materials are provided.
Suitable for: Adults, 
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Organic gardening in small spaces - Sat 23 Sep 2017
When: Saturday 23 September, 9.00AM - 10.30AM

At this workshop families will learn how to set up an edible garden cheaply with recycled materials.

Fees: This is a free event and bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Families, 
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Birthday celebrations at Amherst Village Library - Fri 29 Sep 2017
When: Friday 29 September, 10.00AM - 4.00PM

It's our eighth birthday. Come along and help us celebrate Amherst style.

Fees: This is a free event, refreshments will be provided and bookings are essential.
Suitable for: All community, 
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Watercolour - Daniela Dlugocz - Sat 14 Oct 2017
When: Saturday 14 October, 9.00AM - 1.00PM

The City of Gosnells offers a series of workshops for people to explore and develop their skills in different creative mediums. Book into one or all four sessions and then submit an art work to display in one of the showcase exhibitions in November.

Fees: $20.50. Places are limited, bookings are essential and refreshments and art materials are provided.
Suitable for: Adults, 
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Exhibition at the Art Nook - Fri 20 Oct 2017
When: Friday 20 October, 9.00AM - 5.30PM
Monday 23 October, 9.00AM - 5.30PM
Tuesday 24 October, 9.00AM - 5.30PM
Wednesday 25 October, 9.00AM - 5.30PM
Thursday 26 October, 9.00AM - 5.30PM
Friday 27 October, 9.00AM - 5.30PM

The City of Gosnells offers a series of workshops for people to explore and develop their skills in different creative mediums.

Fees: Free
Suitable for: Families, Adults, All community, 
Community Art Exhibition