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Jan, 2019

Yoga Storytime in Chinchilla

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Yoga Storytime will be re-starting on Tuesday 5 February, from 10am. All ages are welcome.   Calm hearts and calm minds lead to calm kids and calm families.    Yoga Storytime is a relaxed and fun session which incorporates breathing, stretching, singing, dancing and mindfulness. This is an interactive session between parent (or caregiver) and children, held at Chinchilla Library every Tuesday from 10am during term-time.   Yoga Instructor, Lisa, will make you feel welcome! Lisa is a yoga teacher with a gentle nature and a calming soul, who brings […]

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Jun, 2018

Let Lynda be Your New Favourite Teacher

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As a member of Western Downs Libraries, you have unlimited access to thousands of online video courses on Lynda.com! Not sure what Lynda is? Then you’ve come to the right place! Lynda is home to one of the largest databases of online training videos and courses. On this magical website, you can learn everything including business, software and creative skills. If you’re studying in school, Lynda has an entire library dedicated to primary, senior and tertiary educated students. Click here to explore everything Lynda has to offer for students (as well as […]

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Jun, 2018

Story Box Library

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Story Box Library is an engaging educational resource that inspires reading in kids of all ages, improving language and literacy skills along the way. Story Box Library was created to: Engage children with stories and voices to make personal connections develop vital language and literacy skills combat endless online searching for quality literacy resources; and get kids excited about reading and let imaginations fly! Best of all, it’s free for families via participating public libraries (that’s us)! See and hear your favourite stories come to life, read by Nick Cave, Justine Clarke, […]

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Jan, 2018

Conference Program

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Day 1 – Saturday 19 May 8.00am Registration & Trade Exhibition 9.30am Introduction & Welcome to Country 9.45am  Miracles and Mirth: Why Reading to Young Children Changes their Lives This presentation is full of stories that will both sadden and gladden hearts.  Mem will be exploring and explaining the urgent reasons for reading to young children— what happens when we do it regularly; and why children fail at school when we don’t. Many books will be read to show the difference between dullness and vivacity, and why we should be […]

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Jan, 2018

Keynote Presenters

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Mem Fox Mem is a retired Associate Professor of Literacy Studies from Flinders University, South Australia, where she taught teachers for 24 years. She has received many civic honours and awards, and three honorary doctorates. There’s nothing that Mem Fox enjoys more than watching the joy on children’s faces as she fills their hearts and imaginations with her stories. One of Australia’s most loved writers of children’s fiction, Mem has written over 40 books for children and several non-fiction books for grown-ups, including her renowned book for parents Reading Magic. […]

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Jan, 2018

Accommodation & Transport

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Looking to stay in Dalby for the Western Downs Language to Literacy Conference? Here are some options for your travel and accommodation to help you plan your visit. Accommodation   Drovers Motor Inn Drovers Motor Inn is a 4-star modern luxury country motel offering stylish accommodation nestled in the heart of Dalby. All rooms are Wifi-enabled. The motel is a short walk from local shops, restaurants and recreational facilities, and only a 3-minute walk to the conference location. Please note: Drovers Motor Inn are fully booked for Saturday 19 May, […]

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Jan, 2018

Conference Presenters

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  Kylie Webb Kylie Webb is a Paediatric Speech Pathologist with over 20 years experience working directly with children and their families. She has worked in libraries, health, education and disability settings both throughout Australia and internationally. Kylie has conducted and published clinical research in early childhood educator training and has extensive experience running professional development workshops in language and emergent literacy. Kylie has been working with the State Library of Queensland within the First 5 Forever team for over 3 years providing training for libraries and key early childhood […]

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Jan, 2018

Sponsors

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  Sliver Sponsor   Sound Text Media commenced trading in 1999 as a specialist library supplier for children’s backlist, adult literacy resources and audio resources. Since its commencement, Sound Text Media has continued to specialise but has expanded to become a well-known mainstream library supplier for children’s and young people’s resources (book and non-book), adult non-fiction, literacy resources for children and adults, indigenous resources and DVDs and audiobooks. Sound Text Media is passionate about early literacy and delighted to support the First 5 Forever programme. STM has an extensive range […]

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Aug, 2017

eSafety: Staying Safe Online

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At Western Downs Libraries, we are committed to helping our communities stay safe (and have fun) online. We know that sometimes it can be difficult to know where to find information about online safety, so we have provided you with several useful links. If you have any questions, concerns or would like to chat about your online safety further, please visit your local branch and chat with a librarian, email library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au or call 1300 COUNCIL.   Protecting your computer (staysmartonline.gov.au) An Australian government site that looks at hoaxes, hackers, spyware, […]

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