Bell Library

    • Gardening Workshops with ABC Radio’s Michael Wells! Gardening Workshops with ABC Radio's Michael Wells!

      Got plant problems? Not anymore.

      Gardening guru Michael Wells is coming to the Western Downs, and he is bringing his plant-whispering wisdom with him.

      When Michael isn’t teaching horticulture at TAFE Queensland, or working in his own garden, he writes a gardening column for the Toowoomba Chronicle and advises ABC Southern Queensland radio listeners on all things gardening.

      Michael will be hosting a series of gardening workshops at Western Downs Libraries branches in August and September. Discover how plant selection and the secrets of soil can make your garden the envy of your neighbours.

      At a glance…

      Bell: Friday 23 August 10am

      Jandowae: Friday 23 August 2pm

      Dalby: Friday 30 August 10am

      Tara: Friday 30 August 2.30pm

      Wandoan: Friday 6 September 10am

      Chinchilla: Friday 6 September 2.30pm

      Places are limited so bookings are essential. Register here, or contact 1300COUNCIL.

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    • Be Connected: There has never been a better time to get online Be Connected: There has never been a better time to get online

      Learning about computers may seem intimidating and complicated but it doesn’t have to be.

      In conjunction with Be Connected, Western Downs Libraries is striving to make digital literacy easy. Whether you are a job seeker striving to expand your skill set or someone who has never touched a computer before, be connected is perfect for you.


      With the assistance of our supportive staff and volunteers, taking the plunge has never been so easy. You can tailor your learning experience to your personal requirements and skill level with the huge range of available lessons.

      Not only does be connected teach you how to use a computer and its applications, it also provides you with the skills to stay safe online and even connect to people with similar interests and hobbies across the globe. Opening the doors to the endless possibilities of technology has never been easier or more accessible.

      Improve your confidence, abilities, and knowledge of technology. Find out how to sign up for Be connected at your local branch

      If you or someone you know is interested in these sessions, please email or by phoning your local branch on 1300 COUNCIL, to register your interest.




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    • Social Media Marketing Training at your fingertips Social Media Marketing Training at your fingertips

      Social media has dramatically altered the way businesses engage with their potential customers. In the modern business landscape, a healthy social media presence is a must for businesses large and small. Setting up and managing the perfect social media profiles can be a daunting task for small business owners, but never fear, you can find everything you need to know for free with your Western Downs Libraries Card.

      You can find more than 360 short courses and videos on the topic of Social Media Marketing on that show you how to market your business on social media.  Learn how to engage influencers, grow your personal brand, craft the perfect LinkedIn InMail message, boost your Facebook reach and engagement, get more Instagram followers, and more.

      Topics include:

      • Why invest in social media?
      • Developing a documented strategy
      • Defining your audience
      • Finding the right channels
      • Developing a content series
      • Publishing best practices
      • Competitive intelligence
      • Understanding paid advertising
      • Driving results with paid ads
      • Pairing metrics to goals

      If you’ve got your social media marketing down pat,  there are literally thousands of easy to follow, professionally developed online courses in everything from photography to security, from music lessons to 3D Printing and everything in between.

      All you need is your Western Downs Libraries membership card. If you have any questions or need any help starting one of the courses, just get in touch with us.

      You can create your free account with right here.



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    • Author Review – Jane Harper Author Review - Jane Harper

      Rugged outback scenery, intriguing characters, in-depth mysteries. You’ll find all this and more in Jane Harper’s bestselling novels The DryForce of Nature and The Lost Man. Follow Detective Aaron Falk as he confronts a series of outback murders, and comes to grip with the shadows of his small town past. Be transported to a vast and barren landscape with conditions ripe for the perfect murder. Jane Harper will transport you to the heart of the outback, and expose the secrets that hide in small towns and the vast Australian wilderness.

      Jane Harper was born in Manchester in the UK, and moved to Australia with her family at age eight. She spent six years in Boronia, Victoria, where she became an Australian citizen. Jane returned to the UK as a teenager and went on to study English and History, before becoming a trainee reporter in County Durham.

      Jane has won numerous top awards including the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year and the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year.

      Jane’s books are published in more than 35 countries world-wide, but you can find them right here at your local Western Downs Libraries branch.

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    • Storytime for Kids at Bell 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.

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

      2019 sessions:

      • Wednesday 21 August, 12.15pm – grandparents welcome!
      • 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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    • Drone Coding: Search and Rescue Drone Coding: Search and Rescue

      National Science Week is coming up and STEM Punks are on their way to Western Downs Libraries.

      STEM Punks will be holding a series of FREE drone coding workshops at libraries and schools around the region in August. Kids will learn about block based coding and how to program a drone to complete a search and rescue mission!

      Special guest Dr Serena Lee will also be visiting Dalby Library on Saturday 10 August. Dr Lee is a Physical Oceanographer who uses drones in her research. Dr Lee will be presenting in between drone coding workshops, and you won’t want to miss her visit.

      Parents and guardians; coding is more fun with friends! We’d encourage you to join in with your child on all the search and rescue coding fun! Introduce your kids to the wonders of STEAM and watch them soar.

      At a glance…

      Dalby Library: Saturday 10 August

      9am, 10.45am and 12.30pm

      Chinchilla Library: Saturday 17 August

      9am, 10.45am and 12.30pm

      Places are limited so bookings are essential. Please register here.

      Everywhere else: STEM Punks will also be touring  schools in Bell, Jandowae, Wandoan, Miles, Tara and Meandarra during National Science Week.


      Suitable for kids aged 9 – 12. Please contact your local branch, or 1300 COUNCIL for more information.


      This program is made possible through the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants Program in partnership with Western Downs Regional Council.

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    • Your Photography Journey starts here! Your Photography Journey starts here!

      You can live your best life with a little help from your library! We’re happy to offer our library members access to the entire library of training videos and courses.

      For photography enthusiasts, has 876 Courses and 32,554 Video Tutorials relating to photography!

      Photography courses and tutorials cover the following subjects:

      • Visual Effects (154)
      • Cameras + Gear (150)
      • Raw Processing (122)
      • Lighting (103)
      • Masking + Compositing (91)
      • Portraits (84)
      • Compositing (70)
      • Photo Management (70)
      • Color Correction (54)
      • iPhone, iPod, iPad (54)
      • Retouching (50)
      • Sharing Photos (38)
      • Photography Foundations (32)
      • DSLR Video (29)
      • Black and White (27)
      • HDR (18)
      • Night + Low Light (17)
      • Plugin (16)
      • Restoration (16)
      • Flash Photography (7)
      • Scanning (6)
      • Sharpening (3)

      We hope that by providing access to these great courses and video tutorials, you’ll have the resources to start your photography journey.

      Other than photography, there are literally thousands of easy to follow, professionally developed online courses in everything from marketing to car repairs, from python coding to Microsoft Excel and everything in between.

      All you need is your Western Downs Libraries membership card. If you have any questions or need any help starting one of the courses, just get in touch with us.

      You can create your free account with right here.

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    • Brrrr, it’s cold in here… Brrrr, it's cold in here...

      When you come inside out of the cold during these chilly winter days, it helps to have a cosy, inviting room to hibernate in.  If you do not have a fireplace, light some candles. They instantly make the room feel warm and inviting. Have woolen blankets and throws draped over arm chairs and thick rugs on the floor to trap the warmth.  A cup of hot chocolate and a good book, huddled up on the lounge in front of a fire is a great way to finish the day.

      Not sure what hobby to try this winter? New on the market is “Air-drying Clay”, it’s very manageable and soft.  Creating objects by hand is very satisfying.  Turn to page 184 and follow instructions to make a Totem Hanging.  Roll out and cut shapes, and form balls from different coloured clay to make a very charming hanging. Use colourful acrylic paint to finish your project.  Don’t stop there, make a pendent light shade, bowls for tea lights, a caddie for your kitchen utensils or stamped tiles for kitchen bench. You are only limited by your imagination.

      Roses, roses and more roses, don’t stop at one, create a dramatic red flower garden bed. There are so many varieties and colours of red roses to choose from.  If red’s not your favorite color, choose pink, yellow, apricot , white or mauve.  Page 49 has a column on how to prune your roses, and how to plant bare rooted roses.

      It’s a proven fact that adding greenery to your workplace has positive effects.  Pages 60-65 gives you ideas and tips on using plants to decorate your desk and home, introducing a variety of odd shaped containers in color and texture, and making use of the large windows in your home to make a garden window.  Check to see if you already have some of these plants in your greenhouse, and propagate a few to bring inside before you hit the plant nursery.

      Looking in your backyard and something is missing?  Maybe you have room for a fire pit. Pages 72-75 covers everything you need to know about getting one in your backyard.  Install one and you will have an outdoor entertaining area all year round. Speak to your local council to see if you need to meet any regulations.

      Take the time to read this months edition, you will find a copy at your local Western Downs Libraries Branch, or get it online free with your library card.

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    • The Library – More than books! The Library - More than books!

      The public library has come a long way from your traditional warehouse of rows of books sitting on shelves. Libraries have adopted to the needs of their audience in the 21st century as we move through the age of information technology, 24/7 access, and on demand services.

      Western Downs Libraries has a range of services and collections that you may not know about, please check these out on your next visit, or in some cases, from the comfort of your own home!

      At your local library

      Public PCs & Wi-Fi: Available for booking for one hour a day, with printing, scanning and faxing facilities.

      Music Studio: Available for booking with a library card and a short 5 min induction, the music studio has garage band mixing software with 2 x microphones, and a keyboard. (Dalby Library)

      VR Cube: Virtual Reality Cube, experience virtual reality on our HTC VIVE, available for 30 minute session with a library card for ages 10 + with a parent. (Dalby Library)

      Media Room: Available for an hour booking with a library card, come play Xbox one, PS4, Wii, or just watch a movie.

      Public Programs: Storytimes, yoga, STEAMSquad, bookclubs, lifestyle workshops, technology sessions, Dungeons & Dragons – see our ‘What’s On’ section of this website for more information.

      Your library at home:

      All these online services are available to you free with your Western Downs Libraries card from the comfort of your own home.

      Kanopy: Your free online streaming service, watch up to 10 movies per month – a range of old, new, and quirky films for everyone.

      BorrowBox: Download borrowbox onto any smartphone or tablet and select from our wide range of ebooks & eaudiobooks

      RB Digital: Visit RBDigital website and create an account, then download the app onto any smartphone or tablet to select from our wide range of e-audiobooks & e-magazines

      Storybox Library: Online videos of popular picture book stories read by local known Australians.  Want to learn to play the Guitar? Use Adobe Photoshop? Lynda has 1000’s free online courses to improve your current skillset.

      Research Databases: Doing an assignment? we subscribe to a number of educational research databases with reliable information, available at your fingertips,

      Reserving Items: If you prefer a paper book, search our online catalogue for the item you wish to reserve and we’ll send it to your local library branch available for pickup. This service attracts a 50 cent fee per item.



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    • Have you heard about Kanopy? Have you heard about Kanopy?

      Come in and see us to hear all about the Western Downs Libraries new award-winning video streaming service- Kanopy.

      Kanopy is an on-demand film streaming service showcasing more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, film festival favourites and indie and classic films. Popular movies streaming now include A Ghost Story, Swiss Army Man and Life After Beth and Colossal, just to name a few.

      Looking for some kids entertainment? On Kanopy Kids you’ll find tonnes of great movies, TV shows, educational videos, your ABC kids favourites and much more!

      The best part? You can start streaming now for free with your library card. Just head on over to Kanopy and get streaming!





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