- Keep children reading over the holidays and reap the rewards
By keeping your children reading over the holidays you will ensure they maintain their reading level or increase it ready for the new school year in January. Some helpful hints include making reading fun by finding humorous books in our collection. You may like to let your children choose their own books as we have loads to choose from and there is something that will appeal to everyone.
Another tip is to download BorrowBox as your child may enjoy reading eBooks on their tablet or smartphone. Visit the library often.
We love helping children and encouraging them to use our facilities, furthermore, children can obtain their own library card from any of our branches. Don’t forget the importance of reading with your children. Children love it when you take an interest and laugh with them. Some great books to read with your children are books written by Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, Enid Blyton or Emily Rodda or laugh together to books written by Paul Jennings or Andy Griffiths. We look forward to seeing you soon.
- January School Holidays: Game on!
It’s GAME ON at the Library during January. Supercharge your summer by making your own board games, getting hands-on and messy with a maker space, or compete with your friends in a Rocket League competition.
Bookings are essential! Contact your library to find out more.
Bell (bookings essential)
Tuesday 9 January, 10.00am–12.00pm: Junior Art Workshop (6–9)
Wednesday 10 January, 1.30pm–4.30pm: Board games (all ages, no need to book)
Friday 12 January, 10.00am–12.00pm: Junior Art Workshop (10+)
Tuesday 16 January 10.00am–12.00pm: Junior Art Workshop (6–9)
Wednesday 17 January, 1.30pm–4.30pm: Board games (all ages, no need to book)
Friday 19th January 10.00am–12.00pm: Junior Art Workshop (10+)
Chinchilla (bookings essential)
Monday 8 January, 10.00am–5.30pm: Game Day (all ages, no need to book)
Wednesday 12 January, 2.30pm–3.30pm: Maker Space (7+)
Thursday 13 January, 2.30pm–3.30pm: Maker Space (7+)
Monday 15 January, 10.00am–5.30pm: Game Day (all ages, no need to book)
Wednesday 17 January, 2.30pm–3.30pm: Maker Space (7+)
Thursday 18 January, 2.30pm–3.30pm: Maker Space (7+)
Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!
- Toddlers (1–3 years) – Friday, 10.15am
Dalby (bookings essential)
Thursday 11 January, 3.30pm–4.30pm: Maker Space (5+)
Wednesday 17 January, 3.30pm–4.30pm: Robot Wars! Battle it out with Battle Bots (7+)
Thursday 18 January 3.30pm–4.30pm: Game on: Rocket League Competition (8+)
Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!
- Toddlers (1–3 years) – Tuesday, 10.30am
Jandowae (bookings essential)
Wednesday 10 January, 10.00am–11.00am: Paddle-Pop Catapults (7+)
Wednesday 17 January, 10.00am–11.00am: Tower Tycoons: Build the Best Tower! (7+)
Miles (bookings essential)
Thursday 4 January, 10.00am–11.00am: Create a Kooky Name Skeleton (7+)
Tuesday 9 January, 10.00am–12.00pm: Dive into a Virtual World with HTC Vive (6+)
Thursday 18 January, 10.00am–11.00am: Wacky Races: Build it, Race it, Repeat! (7+)
Tara (No bookings required)
Monday 8 January, 10.30am–12.00pm: Game On: Make your own Board Games (6+)
Wednesday 10 January, 10.30am–12.00pm: Game On: Make your own Board Games (6+)
Meandarra and Wandoan (no need to book)
A Game On craft table will be available throughout the January holidays. Call in any time.
- Storytime for Kids at Bell Library
Storytime for Kids is held at Bell Library on the 3rd Friday of the month.
Bring your 3 to 5 year old along to Storytime for Kids at Bell Library at 9.30am Friday 15 December 2017.
Download your 2017 Bell Storytime Calendar here.
Want to find a Storytime session closer to you? Click here to see what our other branches offer.
- Birding with Bernice
The Bell Birdwatching Group had their final meet for 2017 this morning.
The group celebrated the end of a successful year with a bird walk/drive around the Bell district followed by a lively lunch at the Bell Community Centre.
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!
- When: 3rd Friday of the month
- Where: Bell Community Centre
- Contact: Bernice (0427) 631 080
- Sunday Bookclub in Bell
Do you love discussing the books you read? Are your potplants wilting under the pressure of all your reading rants? You need the Sunday Bookclub!
The Sunday Bookclub meets on the last Sunday of the month in the morning for coffee and discussion, at Pips n Cherries café in Bell. If you love reading and talking about books, you are welcome to join this friendly bunch.
Contact: Alexis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for a Bookclub closer to you? Click here for details of Bookclubs at our other branches.
- The New RBdigital App
It’s official: people of the Western Downs love Audiobooks. Whether it’s farmers listening as they do endless hours of tractor work, people listening as they commute to work or students reading for school (or fun!), we are listening to our books more than ever.
To meet this demand, Western Downs Libraries have made accessing audible content easier than ever, thanks to the new RB Digital app, which launched on Wednesday 28 June. This app will take the place of two of your favourites – Zinio and OneClickDigital.
Now you can browse all of your eAudiobooks and eMagazines in one place! If you’re having trouble accessing the app, or finding it difficult to search or check out items, please visit any of our branches and our friendly library staff will help walk you through it.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register in the app?
To use the RBdigital app, you need to register on your library’s RBdigital website using any browser. In-app registration will be added to the RBdigital app in a future update.
How do I log into the new RBdigital app?
If you currently use OneClickdigital and/or Zinio for Libraries you can login using either your OneClickdigital username and password OR Zinio for Libraries email address and password.
If you have never used OneClickdigital or Zinio for Libraries, please go to RBdigital and register for RBdigital eMagazines or eAudibooks using any online browser.
I am trying to login but keep getting an error message
Have you tried resetting your password?
If not, please click the “forgot password” link, reset your password and try to login again.
If you still can’t login, please let us know the name of your library authority, your name, email address and library card number so we can look into this for you.
Can I view ALL of my checked out magazines in the app?
At launch you will be able to see up to 30 checked out magazines in the app. These are arranged in issue date order – newest to oldest.
The ability to see all checked out items will be available in a future update.
Do we now have to return magazines?
No, the word “return” is used to be consistent with the rest of the app’s media types. It’s just a simple way to quickly delete from your checked out titles.
Can I manage my account in the app?
No, you will still need to go to the library website via your browser to do this.
What will happen to the old OneClickdigital app if I don’t update it?
The old app will function as normal for only eAudiobook/eBook access. When you “search” for titles, you will be taken to the new look RBdigital eAudiobook/eBook website (which replaces the old OneClickdigital website).
The app will continue to be available in this way until further notice.
How long can I continue to use the Zinio for Libraries app?
The in-app countdown will begin on 10th July and exist for 60 days. At the end of the 60 days you will no longer be able to checkout and read newly checked out magazines from the app. To do this, you must download and use the RBdigital app.
Is the RBdigital app available for all devices?
The RBdigital app is available for Apple, Android and Kindle Fire/Fire HD/X but not the Windows phone. Library members would need to download titles manually through the website onto a Windows phone or stream online via the website.
- Seniors Fitness Classes with Tracy
Get trim, taut, and terrific!
These happy, fun, low-impact fitness classes are designed specially for seniors. All seniors are welcome to join our group on Monday and Thursday mornings. Get active and social at the same time; join with friends or take the opportunity to meet new people.
When: Monday and Thursday mornings
Where: Bluebelles Art Gallery, Bell Bunya Community Centre, 71 Maxwell Street Bell 4408
To find out more about fees or the sessions, contact Ruth at email@example.com.
- Introducing… Adobe Creative Cloud!
Yes, you read that correctly. Western Downs Libraries are proud to announce they have partnered with Adobe to bring the Creative Cloud to you. Now you can borrow Adobe Creative Cloud in the same way that you would borrow a book! Join over 2.3 million users and let your creativity flow.
If you are a photographer, videographer, graphic designer, or animator, then you will definitely want to get your hands on this fantastic suite of programs.
But Adobe Creative Cloud isn’t just for professionals.
Do you have a whole stack of family vacation photos that you’ve been meaning to sort through?
Are you a student at high school or university trying to complete a project?
Maybe you’re a small business owner looking to create or update your company website?
Or are you someone simply wanting to get their hands on a new program and learn some new skills?
Whatever you may need, Adobe can help you to create a finished product you can be proud of. With loans spanning either two or four weeks, you will have the perfect opportunity to complete any project or assignment you may have.
Have we caught your attention? Sign up to Adobe Creative Cloud by following these few simple steps, and you will be creating something wonderful before you know it!
Want to learn more about how to use a particular program in the suite? Why not check out Lynda.com and take a look at the thousands of online training videos they have on offer. Signing up is easy, and with your Western Downs library card, you have unlimited access to the entire website.
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- Broadband for Seniors at Bell
Looking to learn how to catch up with technology?
The Bell Bunya Community Centre hosts a Broadband for Seniors Kiosk. Broadband for Seniors helps senior Australians get the skills they need to use computers and access the Internet. BFS kiosks are located all around Australia. They are available to anyone 50 years or over who wants to learn how to use a computer and surf the Internet for free. Free online training is available through the Broadband for Seniors website.
Computer classes are offered at Bell Community Centre on a regular basis. The classes take place on the first Monday and Tuesday of every month from 9am-12pm. New students are welcome and encouraged to attend.
For more information, contact the Centre on (07) 4663 1087 or email Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ancestry.com at Your Library
Did you know Western Downs Libraries has free access to Ancestry.com?
Trace your family story with a family tree – Ancestry.com make it easy. If you visit one of our nine library branches, you can access this great resource on any of our public computers for FREE. Discover your family today.
Click here to access the website while you’re at the library to begin tracing your family history! You might be surprised at what you will find.