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.

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

      • October – Thursday 18th – 12.15pm
      • November – Thursday 15th – 12.15pm
      • December – Thursday 13th – 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: 21 September 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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    • Scribble – how climbing trees impacts writing

      Like anything, learning to control a pencil – and eventually, write – is a developmental process.

      You may notice that your toddler or preschooler is holding their pencil in strange ways, but DON’T WORRY! It is usually completely normal development (but always see a health care professional, such as an occupational therapist,  if you are concerned). Holding their pencil in a fist, across their palm or in a 5-finger grasp is a perfectly mature grasp for children under school age.

      Each stage of pencil grasp is dependent on how steady the shoulder and arm muscles are. As your child develops physically, the shoulder and arm muscles will get stronger and steadier, and you should notice the pencil grasp change and mature as well.

      Here are a couple of tips:

      • Build core muscles by encouraging your child to move their body in a variety of fun ways.
      • Build hand strength by playing with playdough and pegs
      • Give plenty of opportunities to scribble and draw
      • Don’t force your child to hold a pencil “correctly” before they are developmentally ready. You will do more harm than good!


      Our Storytime sessions are always full of fun learning, singing and movement activities. Click here to find details of a Storytime near you.


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    • Birding with Bernice at Bell

      The Bell Birdwatching Group will be meeting on 21 September 2018, 8.00am at the Bell Bunya 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!

      Contact: Bernice (0427) 631 080, or Ruth

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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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    • Photo Preservation
      Do you have treasured family photos that you want to preserve?

      Western Downs Libraries has a photo preservation station for tech savvy seniors to digitise photos, slides and negatives.

      You can digitise:

      • Printed photographs (up to A4 size)
      • Film negatives (35mm, medium format, 4 x 5 inch)
      • Photo slides (35mm)
      • Documents (up to A4 size)

      Factsheets are available to get you started, however if you are not confident with technology we recommend you bring someone along to help you out.

      Fact sheet

      Colour negatives and slides

      Black and White negatives and slides

      Photos and Documents

      Chinchilla LibraryMonday 6 August – Friday 24 August 2018
      Dalby LibraryMonday 10 September – Friday 28 September 2018
      Bell LibraryMonday 15 October – Friday 2 November 2018
      Jandowae LibraryMonday 19 November – Friday 14 December 2018
      Miles LibraryMonday 7 January – Friday 25 January 2019
      Wandoan LibraryMonday 11 February – Friday 1 March 2019
      Tara LibraryMonday 18 March – Friday 5 April 2019
      Meandarra LibraryMonday 22 April – Friday 10 May 2019
      Moonie LibraryMonday 28 May – Friday 14 June 2019

      *Available Monday – Friday only.

      The station can be booked for a 2 hour session. Bookings are essential.

      If you would like more information please contact 1300 COUNCIL or your local branch.

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    • Storytime is for Everyone

      Read, talk, play… Storytime is for everyone at Western Downs Libraries!


      Storytime for Bubs (0–12 months)

      Storytime for Toddlers (1–3 years)

      Storytime for Kids (3–5 years)

      Yoga Storytime (all ages)


      All of our Storytime sessions are carefully planned and delivered by trained staff. They include stories, songs and movement, as well as strategic discussions, key messages and learning outcomes. Plus, it’s FUN and FREE!

      Research shows us that up to 90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first 5 years. Through Storytime sessions, now we can better encourage your child’s development and early literacy skills in ways that best suit them.

      Meet some new friends, connect with your community and support your child’s early literacy development, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

      We can also bring Storytime to you! Please contact your local branch if you are interested in having us visit your Daycare Centre, Playgroup, Kindy or School.

      These programs have been made possible by the funding and support of State Library of Queensland’s First Five Forever initiative.

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

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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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