Bell Library

    • Combat loss of reading achievement

      Did you know that children can lose up to two months of reading achievement over the Christmas holidays?

      Western Downs Libraries have some solutions to combat this problem. We have Emergent readers, Beginner readers and Early readers that cover lots of interesting topics that your little one may be interested in reading about. Staff at all of our branches will also be able to advise about other Junior Fiction books that may be of interest such as Frog on a Log in a Bog by Andy Griffiths or go on adventures with Algy. This series are small chapter books with coloured illustrations which are great for those children transitioning from picture books. Why not borrow Algy’s Amazing Adventures in the Arctic or Algy’s Amazing Adventures in the Jungle or Algy’s Amazing Adventures in Space all written by Kaye Umansky.   Other books you may like to try are the Sporty Kids series or the Aussie Nibbles series. There are lots of choices available.

      Everyone likes variety over the holidays so why not try watching a story read by a celebrity on Story Box Library or alternatively listen to a book from Borrowbox on your travels.

      Have fun over the holidays and we would love to see you and your little readers in the library soon.

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    • January School Holiday Activities

      The curious comes to life these school holidays at your Library.


      Bell Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

      Wednesday 16 January, 10am-12pm – Stop motion: Aliens and cupcakes come to life: Part 1 Prop-making (6+)

      Wednesday 23 January, 10am-12pm – Stop motion: Aliens and cupcakes come to life: Part 2 Recording (6+)


      Chinchilla Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

      Tuesday 8 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Cootie catchers animal chatterboxes (6+)

      Thursday 10 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Dragon Eggs: make your own magical egg (6+)

      Tuesday 15 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Tinker creature (6+)

      Thursday 17 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Stop motion (8+)

      Don’t forget our Toddler Storytime session will continue throughout the school holidays! Every Friday, 10.15am.


      Dalby Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

      Wednesday 9 January, 10.30-11.30am – Dragon craft (6+)

      Wednesday 16 January, 10.30-11.30am – Curious creature masks (6+)

      Thursday 17 January, 10.30-11.30am – make your own monster arcade game (7+)

      Don’t forget our Toddler Storytime session will continue throughout the school holidays! Every Tuesday, 10.30am


      Jandowae Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

      Wednesday 9 January, 10-11am – Stop motion (8+)

      Wednesday 16 January, 10-11am – Alien name: turn your name into an alien (6+)


      Miles Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

      Thursday 3 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)

      Tuesday 8 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)

      Thursday 17 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)

      Tuesday 22 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)


      Tara Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

      Tuesday 8 January, 10am-12pm – Curious Creatures craft table (no bookings required)

      Tuesday 15 January, 10am-12pm – Sphero: painting with robotic balls (10+)


      Meandarra and Wandoan Libraries (no need to book)

      A Curious Creatures craft table will be available throughout the January holidays. Call in any time.

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    • Birding with Bernice at Bell

      The Bell Birdwatching Group has finished up for the year, but they’ll be back again in 2019 so stay tuned for details.

      If you’re thinking about joining the group in 2019, you can contact Bernice Seton (Life Member of Birds Queensland). What a great way to learn more about native species, whilst touring the Western Downs region!

      Contact: Bernice (0427) 631 080, or Ruth

      If you want to get a head start on some birdwatching over the Christmas break, check out the library’s new book, Australia’s birdwatching megaspots: the 55 best birdwatching sites in Australia by Peter Rowland and Chris Farrell.

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    • 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:

      • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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