Bell Library

    • Did you know we have Lonely Planet books?

      Using Lonely Planet books you can plan the perfect get away.

      What better way to see the world than on a bike?! We have just the book for you Epic Bike Rides of the World! This book provides information on 50 cycling routes in 30 countries, from Australia to Bhutan, and 200 ideas for bike rides, Lonely Planet’s Epic Bike Rides will inspire two-wheeled travel all over the world.

      Lonely Planet’s Where to go When.  This tells you where you should go next and provides more than 360 suggestions for destinations around the world. It also details the best time of year to experience these locations and helps you plan a lifetime of perfect trips.

      The third great book we have is Around the World in 50 ways. Get ready for a trip like no other! Set off from London and travel the world, then try to make it back! In this globetrotting adventure, you choose where to go and how to get there. From tuk-tuks and sleds to boats and balloons, you’ll explore famous cities, tropical islands, winter wonderlands and loads more!

      Lonely Planet has also produced a book titled 1000 Ultimate sightsThis book guides you through iconic buildings, awesome canyons, weird monuments, vast animal migrations, spooky dungeons and romantic vistas. Make your own list using the book, hit the road, and start exploring the world’s most breathtaking sights.

      Want something closer to home? Check out Sydney City Trails. This book allows you to follow 19 fantastic themed trails to reveal Sydney’s best kep secrets. Find out where to cuddle koalas, catch the world’s steepest passenger train, see the city through a sky-high glass floor and lots more! It’s Sydney like you’ve never seen it before.

      Didn’t find what you wanted? Check out more books about travel on our shelves.







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    • What the Hickory?! The importance of Nursery Rhymes

      Most of us sing nursery rhymes to our kids. But have you ever stopped to consider why?

      Singing nursery rhymes together is great fun, and can also boost language skills and enhance fine and gross motor development. Did you know that children who know just 6 nursery rhymes by heart at age 4 are more likely to be better readers?!

      When can you sing? ANYTIME! In the bath, during a nappy change, going for a drive (while they’re strapped in their car seat and can’t run away)… Kids don’t care if you’re not the next Adele – sing anyway!

      Just remember:

      • Sing slowly and clearly
      • Little ones learn from looking at your face, so try not to multitask (unless your driving!)
      • Children learn from repetition. You might get bored, but kids love it
      • It’s never to early – or too late – to start.

      Brush up on old favourites and learn new nursery rhymes at one of our free Storytime sessions. Click here to find one near you.

      Need some inspiration to get started? Check out this post from First 5 Forever.

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    • Bell Art Group 3-day workshop in September

      Don Milner will be back in September 2018 for the 3-day art workshop, “Rugged landscape scenes: adding colour and light to your paintings”.

      Beginners to seasoned artists welcome!

      You can find more details on the Bell Community Centre website.

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    • Storytime for Kids at Bell

      Storytime for Kids at Bell has commenced for 2018, with changes to days, location, and time!

      Storytime for Kids will be held at the Bell State School library, in conjunction with the eKindy classes. Storytime sessions will alternate each month between Wednesdays and Fridays, to cover each eKindy class. The Wednesday sessions will be joined by the Prep class, and the Friday sessions are open to the public and members of the Bell Playgroup.

      So, if you’ve got a little one under 5, bring them along to the next session:

      • June – Wednesday 13th – 12.15pm
      • July – Friday 20th – 12.15pm
      • August – Wednesday 15th – 12.15pm
      • September – Friday 21st – 12.15pm
      • October – Wednesday 17th – 12.15pm
      • November – Friday 16th – 12.15pm
      • December – Wednesday 12th – 12.15pm

      If you have any questions or feedback on the changes, please contact Pam at the Bell Library

      Want to find a Storytime session closer to you? Click here to see what our other branches offer.

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    • Justice of the Peace services in Bell

      Got some paperwork you need signed and witnessed? A Justice of the Peace (J.P.) will be at the Bell Community Centre on the third Friday of the month.

      • When: 15 June 2018, 9.00am – 12.00pm
      • Where: Bell Bunya Community Centre, 71 Maxwell Street Bell 4408

      In a hurry? Contact the Bell Community Centre for other options.

      If you are a JP yourself, and might be interested in volunteering some time, please come down and introduce yourself!

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    • Before you watch the movie, read the book!

      2018 is set to be a reader’s dream with 32 book to movie adaptions set to be released this year! We are sure that you will find a book to suit everyone in your family.


      Peter Rabbit based on The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

      Follow the mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr McGregor.


      Love, Simon based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Alberalli

      When an email falls into the wrong hands, sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly gay Simon is blackmailed into playing wingman for a classmate or risk having his sexual identity revealed and the privacy of the boy he’s been emailing compromised.


      The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Burrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

      It’s 1946, and as Juliet Ashton sits at her desk in her Chelsea flat, she is stumped. A writer of witty newspaper columns during the war, she can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she starts to receive letters from members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and as letters fly back and forth, Juliet comes to know the extraordinary personalities of the Society and their lives under German occupation. Entranced by their stories, Juliet decides to visit the island to meet them properly – and unwittingly turns her life upside down.


      The girl in the spider’s web by David Lagercrantz

      The girl with the dragon tattoo is back. More interesting to Mikael Blomkvist than Professor Balder’s world-leading advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection to a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters and a violent criminal conspiracy that will soon bring terror to the snowbound streets of Stockholm.



      Be sure to check in next month for more adaptions!

      For more information, contact 1300 COUNCIL, send us an email, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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    • Birding with Bernice at Bell

      The Bell Birdwatching Group will be meeting on 18 May 2018, 8.00am at the Bell Bunya Community Centre. They will be travelling to Warmga Park and heading back to the Community Centre for lunch.

      If you’re interested in seeing more of the Western Downs, while learning about our native birds, contact Bernice about joining the group in 2018. Birding beginners welcome!

      Contact: Bernice (0427) 631 080, or Ruth

      The latest Bell Birdwatching Group newsletter can be found here.

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    • Shared Reading Tip #2

      Set the scene

      Read anywhere, anytime – outdoor, indoors, at home, away from home.

      Try to let your child see your face.

      Talk about the book during the day so your child has prior knowledge before reading together.

      Read when your child wants to – not just when it suits you.

      You don’t have to finish the book


      Looking for a Storytime session close to you? Click here for details of Storytime in our branches.

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    • Attention Homeschool Families

      We have so many resources to offer you, and all of it is FREE!

      Study Environment

      Printed Material

      • A large collection of beginner reader books
      • Non-Fiction covering a range of topics
      • Fiction for all levels and tastes – we are happy to help you find something you’ll enjoy
      • If there is a particular book or topic that we don’t have in stock, we will gladly try to get it for you (reservation fee may apply)
      • Magazines, e-magazines, audio books, e-books and e-audiobooks, DVDs and CDs and online music for download.

      Museum Kits

      • Queensland Museum send us resource kits each semester
      • Kits can be reserved and loaned just like books
      • Use the kits at home for 2 weeks
      • Suitable for a range of ages
      • Click here for more information, or to reserve a kit

      Research Databases

      • Reliable, up-to-date information from magazine articles, magazines and scholarly journals
      • Suitable for a range of ages and subjects
      • Databases include: Encyclopedia Britannica, Access Science, Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre, and Gale Virtual Reference Library
      • Bibliography and citation guide
      • Click here to get started.

      • Thousands of online courses and tutorials.
      • Full access to the website for Library members.
      • Training materials for students, professionals and hobbyists.
      • Click here to make your free account.


      Come along to any of our regular programs – Storytime, #STEAMSquad, School holiday activities, Bookclub.

      If there is anything that we can do to help you along this journey, please let us know.

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    • Possum Magic is 35 years old!!!

      Mem Fox’s famous children’s book Possum Magic is celebrating its 35th birthday this year. Mem wrote the first version of the book in 1978 for a university assignment, however, it was not published until 1983 after many changes were made that were suggested by the publisher. Possum Magic is the best selling picture book in Australia and over one million copies were sold in the first ten years. Mem Fox has gone onto write favourites such as The Magic Hat, Where is Green Sheep and Ducks Away.


      Come into our libraries and check out the wonderful collection and remember everyone is welcome at our Storytime sessions.

      These sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff!

      It’s never to early to Read, Talk, Play, Sing!

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