Bell Library

    • Meet Karen Land Meet Karen Land

      Local Naturopath and author Karen Land is touring the Western Downs in 2020 and she has all the tip and tricks you need to improve your health naturally.

      Master the art of reading food labels, expand your health awareness, and learn how to make informed choices about what is going into your body.

      Refreshments are provided at this FREE event.


      Moonie Library

      Monday 10 February 10–11.30am

      Reserve your spot here.


      Meandarra Library

      Monday 10 February 1.30–3pm

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      Wandoan Library

      Monday 17 February 1.30–3pm

      Reserve your spot here.


      Miles Library

      Monday 17 February 6–7.30pm

      Reserve your spot here.


      Jandowae Library

      Monday 24 February 6–7.30pm

      Reserve your spot here.


      Chinchilla Library

      Monday 2 March 6–7.30pm

      Reserve your spot here.


      Tara Library

      Monday 9 March 6–7.30pm

      Reserve your spot here.


      Bell Library

      Monday 16 March 1–2.30pm

      Reserve your spot here.


      Dalby Library

      Monday 16 March 6–7.30pm

      Reserve your spot here.


      Bookings are essential as spaces are limited. For more information call 1300 COUNCIL or visit your local library.

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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.

      The final session for 2019 will be on Wednesday 11 December, 12.15pm

      Storytime will recommence in 2020 on Wednesday 19 February.

      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 Birding with Bernice at Bell

      The Bell Birdwatching Group have enjoyable and educational excursions each month, spotting wildlife all around the district.

      If you’d like to join 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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    • New Hot Speed Reads Collection New Hot Speed Reads Collection

      Now at Western Downs Libraries is our new Hot Speed Reads collection. Get the latest titles from popular authors without delay with these ten-day loan items.


      Our current Hot Speed Reads are…

      The Institute by Stephen King

      Starting From Now by Fleur McDonald

      The Guardians by John Grisham

      Khaki Town by Judy Nunn

      The Dark Side by Danielle Steele

      Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb

      The Last Paradise by Di Morrissey

      A Better Man by Louise Penny

      The Night Fire by Michael Connelly

      Westwind by Ian Rankin

      The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

      A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci

      The Model Wife by Tricia Stringer

      Postscript by Cecelia Ahern

      Matters of the Heart by Fiona Palmer

      Blue Moon by Lee Child

      The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh

      White Horses by Rachel Treasure.


      What you need to know…

      Q: Where can I find these books?

      A: On the shelf at Dalby, Tara or Chinchilla Library.

      Q: How do I know if a book is a ‘Hot Speed Read’?

      A: All our Hot Speed Reads have a yellow ‘Ten Day Loan’ sticker on the cover.

      Q: What if I don’t usually borrow from Dalby, Chinchilla or Tara Library? 

      A: Never fear, if your local Library doesn’t carry the Hot Speed Reads, or if there is no copy available at your branch you can reserve one.




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    • Sunday Bookclub in Bell 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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    • Story Box Library 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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    • The RBdigital App 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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    • Broadband for Seniors at Bell 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

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    • at Your Library at Your Library

      Get free access to at your local Library branch?

      Trace your family story with a family tree – 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.

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    • Are you a ‘Crafty Cat’? Are you a 'Crafty Cat'?

      Thursdays are Making Days at Bell Community Centre!

      The Bell Art Group has Painting Days on Thursdays, and the studio is open to arty people of all persuasions. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced crafter, you’re welcome to join in. Bring your own craft projects or just come for a ‘yarn’.

      When: Each Thursday from 9.00am

      Where: The studio, Bell Bunya Community Centre, 71 Maxwell Street Bell 4408

      For more details, contact Ruth at

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