Bell Library

    • Storytime for Kids at Bell

      Storytime for Kids is held at the Bell State School library, in conjunction with the eKindy and Prep classes. All storytime sessions are open to the public and members of the Bell Playgroup.

      The next session will be held on Wednesday 22 May 2019, at 12.15pm. Join us to celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime!

      If you have any questions about Storytime in Bell, please contact Pam at the Bell Library

      2019 sessions:

      • Wednesday 22 May, 12.15pm – National Simultaneous Storytime day
      • Tuesday 4 June, 9.30am – Special visit by children’s author Tania Cox
      • Wednesday 19 June, 12.15pm
      • Wednesday 17 July, 12.15pm
      • Wednesday 21 August, 12.15pm
      • Wednesday 18 September, 12.15pm
      • Wednesday 16 October, 12.15pm
      • Wednesday 20 November, 12.15pm
      • Wednesday 11 December, 12.15pm

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

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    • Birding with Bernice at Bell

      The Bell Birdwatching Group is back for 2019!

      If you’re thinking about joining the group, you can contact Bernice Seton (Life Member of Birds Queensland). The group meets on the 3rd Friday of the month.

      What a great way to learn more about native species, whilst touring the Western Downs region!

      Contact: Bernice (0427) 631 080, or Ruth

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    • Quirky Mystery and Crime

      Cinnamon Rolls, Naked Ladies, Bollywood Stars and witches oh my!

      If your idea of Mystery and Crime novels is more grim thriller and psychological suspense then it’s time to investigate a little further.

      Hidden throughout our shelves are titles to tingle your taste buds and arouse your curiosity such as Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke and The Siren’s Sting by Miranda Darling.

      Here’s some clues to get your search started.

      For history lovers try:

      Death in St Petersburg and others by Tasha Alexander.

      He Lover of Death by Boris Akunin.

      For foodies we have the delectable Joanne Fluke books such as:

      Double Fudge Brownie Murder, Blackberry Pie Murder and Cream Puff Murder: a Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes.

      Or for something with more spice:

      The Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall Smith, Killer on a Hot Tin Roof by Livia J. Washburn and The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies  by Susan Wittig Albert.

      There’s books for those bewitched by the occult: Where there’s a Witch by and by Madelyn Alt, Agatha Raisin and the Witches Tree by M.C. Beaton and All that She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher.

      And titles for those with an interest in Indian intrigue: The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star, Murder at the Grand Raj Hotel and more by Vaseem Khan.

      We even have a couple for the cat lovers: The Cat Sitter’s Pajamas: a Dixie Hemingway Mystery by Blaize Clement and No Cooperation From the Cat: a Mystery by Marian Babson.

      If you’d like to keep up with all the action and adventure at Western Downs Libraries connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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    • Tech Savvy for Seniors

      Tech Savvy for Seniors


       Western Downs Libraries is pleased to once again be running free Tech Savvy for Seniors sessions across all our branches.

      This year we are offering new topics, so there’s sure to be something helpful to everyone.

      ***Participants must have basic computer and mouse skills.***

      Bookings can be made through Eventbrite or by calling your local library.

      Morning sessions will have morning tea provided and afternoon sessions will have afternoon tea provided.

      Session times are as follows:



       Wednesday 10 April 2019

      10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

      1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

      Thursday 11 April 2019

      10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

      1pm – 3pm        Cyber Safety

      Register for Wandoan sessions  



      Tuesday 16 April 2019

      10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

      1pm – 3pm        Office 16 Word

      Wednesday 17 April 2019

      10am – 12pm     Office 16 Excel

      1pm – 3pm        Online Scrapbooking

      Register for Moonie sessions



      Tuesday 30 April 2019

      10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

      1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

      Wednesday 1 May 2019

      10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

      1pm – 3pm        Cyber Safety

      Register for Meandarra sessions


      Session Descriptions

       Intro to Windows 10: Learn how to use this Microsoft operating system so you can customise it, find files and folders, and do more.

       Office 2016 Word: Learn how to format text, save and share documents, modify line and paragraph spacing, use tables and columns, and do more with your documents.

       Office 2016 Excel: Learn how to create formulas and charts, use functions, format cells, and do more with your spreadsheets.

       Cyber Safety: Do you need to protect yourself? Do you know what threats you may face or what security software does? Learn more about choosing security software and keeping yourself safe.

       Handy Apps: How to evaluate apps and download them.

      • Must have an email address
      • Bring your own device (tablet or smart phone)

      Downloading the library’s e-Resources: Learn how to download e-books, e-audio, and e-magazines to your own device.

      • Bring your own device (tablet or smart phone)
      • Must have email address
      • Must have Library membership

      Online scrapbooking: Learn how to import photos, use layouts, add text, and manipulate photos to create your own personalised photobook.

      • Must have an email address
      • Bring photos on a USB
      • Photos must be in .jpg format
      • For best print quality, photos should be at least 4MB at 300dpi Learn how to trace your family tree.

      • Must have an email address.



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    • Storytime is for Everyone!

      Young children are active, cheeky, and constantly learning. With songs and rhymes, stories, movement and activities, our interactive and fun Storytime sessions are geared towards developing your child’s early literacy capabilities.

      Storytime is held at all of our branches. Find one near you:

      Bell Storytime

      Chinchilla Storytime for Bubs

      Chinchilla Storytime for Toddlers

      Chinchilla Yoga Storytime

      Dalby Storytime for Bubs

      Dalby Storytime for Toddlers

      Dalby Yoga Storytime

      Jandowae Storytime

      Meandarra Storytime

      Miles Storytime

      Moonie Storytime

      Tara Storytime

      Wandoan Storytime for Bubs

      Wandoan Storytime for Toddlers

      With funding through the State Government’s First Five Forever initiative, we’ve been able to put a concerted effort into the research and development of this early literacy program. Our Storytime sessions are carefully planned and delivered by specially trained staff to encourage your child’s development and early literacy skills. Combining strategies and exercises from leading and well proven early development practices, we’ve created a relaxed opportunity for parents and care-givers to embrace and become confident in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.

      90 percent of brain development happens in the first five years of a child’s life, and language and development before age three is the single most important factor in school success. Sharing books, singing nursery rhymes and talking to your child from birth is the best way to support your child’s communication and pre-literacy development.

      It’s never too early to read, talk, play!

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

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    • Kanopy – free movie streaming

      We love movies so we’re pumped about our free movie streaming service, Kanopy.

      Kanopy lets you stream up to 10 movies per month, absolutely free. All you need is your library card.

      1. Visit
      2. Create an account
      3. Enter your library card number and PIN (last 4 digits of card number)
      4. Enjoy 10 movies per month, absolutely free!

      Don’t forget we have a whole eLibrary for you to enjoy! Check out BorrowBox, RB Digital, and StoryBox Library to access books, audiobooks, magazines and kids stories online and absolutely free!

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    • Bell Library hours have changed

      Local library users might have noticed that our staffed hours have changed at the Bell Library. You can still access the library Monday – Saturday, however if you’d like to speak with our Library Services Officer, you’ll need to visit on Wednesday or Thursday!


      The Library will now be staffed on:

      Wednesday: 1.30pm – 4.30pm

      Thursday: 9am – 12pm


      You can still access the library as usual on:

      Monday: 9am – 3pm

      Tuesday: 9am – 3pm

      Wednesday: 9am – 4.30pm

      Thursday: 9am – 3pm

      Friday: 9am – 3pm

      Saturday: 9am – 12pm

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    • Story Box Library

      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, Eddie Perfect, Katie Ritchie, Andrew Hansen, Missy Higgins, Shane Jacobson and many more.

      What is Story Box Library?

      The best place to watch celebrated stories read aloud by your favourite storytellers.

      How does Story Box Library work?

      Story Box Library steams ad-free content directly into the library and homes of library patrons on any device with Internet connection.

      Are stories added regularly?

      Yes! 30–40 carefully curated, thought-provoking and engaging stories are added each year.

      Who are the storytellers?

      A range of actors, comedians, sports people, musicians, authors, illustrators, TV presenters, performers, students, grandparents, activist and educators – each sharing their unique voice.

      Who is Story Box Library recommended for?

      Story Box Library is a fantastic resource for pre-school through to upper primary years.

      To access these great resources, visit and:

      1. Select Western Downs Regional Council
      2. Enter your library barcode
      3. Enjoy stories, short films and at-home activities

      Got Questions? Ask your librarian about Story Box Library today!

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    • 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

      Looking for a Bookclub closer to you? Click here for details of Bookclubs at our other branches.

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    • The 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. 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.

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