Bell Library

     
    • Storytime for Bubs

      Learning starts from birth, but how can I help my baby learn? How do I read books with a baby? And how do I find the time?

      Storytime for Bubs aims to help parents and carers embrace and become confident in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.

       

      Storytime for Bubs is an interactive session between parent (or caregiver) and baby:

      Chinchilla Library – Tuesdays, 9.00am

      Dalby Library – Tuesdays, 9.00am

      All other libraries – Register your interest at your local branch. With enough participants we can hold Storytime at any Library!

       

      With funding through the State Government’s First Five Forever initiative, we’ve been able to put a concerted effort into research and development of this early literacy program. Combining strategies and exercises from leading and well-proven early development practices, we’ve created a relaxed opportunity to develop the bond between infant and carer while enhancing developmental potential through that relationship.

      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 baby’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.

      Did you know we also offer Storytime for Toddlers, Kids and Yoga Storytime? Click here for details of Storytime sessions at our other branches.

    • June/July School Holiday Activities

      Our upcoming school holidays are packed full of exciting activities! The Big Tech Roadshow is making its way through our Libraries with brand new technology just waiting to be tested, along with many other fun activities, including a fantastic show from beloved children’s author Andy Jones.

      Bring out your inner engineer and design a renewable energy wacky racer, blast into space with balloon rockets or make and fly your own wind-powered kite! We love renewable energy at Western Downs Libraries.

       

      Bookings are essential! Contact your library, email library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au or visit our Facebook page to find out more!

       

      Bell (bookings essential)

      Wednesday 28 June, 2.00–4.00pm                The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

       

       

      Chinchilla (bookings essential)

      Monday 26 June, 10.00am–5.30pm              3D Colouring (all ages, no need to book)

      Wednesday 28 June, 10.30am–11.30am      Gone with the Wind: kites, wind chimes & pinwheels (5+)

      Thursday 29 June, 2.30pm–3.30pm              Wacky Racers: design a wind-powered car (8+)

      Monday 3 July, 10.00am–5.30pm                  3D Colouring (all ages, no need to book)

      Tuesday 4 July, 2.30pm–3.30pm                   Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

      Wednesday 5 July, 10.30am–11.30am          Techno dancing: choreograph a Sphero dance (8+)

      Thursday 6 July, 2.30pm–3.30pm                  The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

       

      Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!

      • Bubs (0–12 months) – Tuesday, 9.00am
      • Toddlers (1–3 years) – Friday 10.15am

       

      Dalby (bookings essential)

      Monday 26 June, 10.30–11.30am                  Blast into Space with Balloon Rockets (3+)

      Thursday 29 June, 10.30–11.30am                Build a Pringle Can Windsock (7+)

      Monday 3 July, 2.30–3.30pm                         Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

      Wednesday 5 July, 10.30–11.30am               Make and Fly your own Wind-powered Kite (7+)

      Thursday 6 July, 10.30–11.30am                   Renewable Energy Wind-powered Cars (7+)

       

      Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!

      • Bubs (0–12 months) – Tuesday, 9.00am
      • Toddlers (1–3 years) – Tuesday, 10.30am

       

      Jandowae (bookings essential)

      Wednesday 28 June, 10.00–11.00am            The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

      Monday 3 July, 10.00–11.00am                     Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

      A Renewable Energy craft table will be available all holidays during opening hours. Call in any time.

       

      Moonie and Meandarra (no need to book)

      A Renewable Energy craft table will be available all holidays during opening hours. Call in any time.

       

      Miles (bookings essential)

      Tuesday 27 June, 10.00–11.00am                 The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

      Wednesday 5 July, 2.30–3.30pm                   Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

      Thursday 6 July, 10.00–11.00am                   The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

       

      Tara (bookings essential)

      Tuesday 27 June, 10.00am–12.00pm            Gone with the Wind: wind spinners, pinwheels and parachutes (5+, no need to book)

      Thursday 29 June, 10.00am–12.00pm          The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech!  (8+)

      Tuesday 4 July, 10.30am–11.30pm               Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

      Thursday 6 July, 10.00am–12.00pm              Blow Painting and Kite-Making (5+, no need to book)

       

      Wandoan (bookings essential)

      Tuesday 27 June, 2.00–3.00pm                     The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

      Wednesday 5 July, 10.00am–11.00am          Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

      A Renewable Energy craft table will be available all holidays during opening hours. Call in any time.

    • Storytime for Kids at Bell Library

      Storytime for Kids is held at Bell Library on the 3rd Friday of the month.

      Bring your 3 to 5 year old along to Storytime for Kids at Bell Library at 9.30am Friday 21 July 2017.

      Download your 2017 Bell Storytime Calendar here.

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

    • Birding with Bernice

      Take advantage of the winter sunshine, join the Bell Birdwatching Group this Friday for an ornithological treasure hunt around the district.

      As always, local bird enthusiast and Life Member of Birds Queensland, Bernice Seton, will be along to facilitate discussion and lead the tour.

      Birding beginners welcome!

      Want to read the Bell Birdwatching Group’s latest newsletter? It’s available now on the Bell Community Centre website!

    • Introducing… Adobe Creative Cloud!

      Yes, you read that correctly. Western Downs Libraries are proud to announce they have partnered with Adobe to bring the Creative Cloud to you. Now you can borrow Adobe Creative Cloud in the same way that you would borrow a book! Join over 2.3 million users and let your creativity flow.

      Adobe Creative Cloud comes with the following programs:
      Photoshop Programs

      If you are a photographer, videographer, graphic designer, or animator, then you will definitely want to get your hands on this fantastic suite of programs.

      But Adobe Creative Cloud isn’t just for professionals.

      Do you have a whole stack of family vacation photos that you’ve been meaning to sort through?

      Are you a student at high school or university trying to complete a project?

      Maybe you’re a small business owner looking to create or update your company website?

      Or are you someone simply wanting to get their hands on a new program and learn some new skills?

      Whatever you may need, Adobe can help you to create a finished product you can be proud of. With loans spanning either two or four weeks, you will have the perfect opportunity to complete any project or assignment you may have.

      Have we caught your attention? Sign up to Adobe Creative Cloud by following these few simple steps, and you will be creating something wonderful before you know it!

      Want to learn more about how to use a particular program in the suite? Why not check out Lynda.com and take a look at the thousands of online training videos they have on offer. Signing up is easy, and with your Western Downs library card, you have unlimited access to the entire website.

      Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with everything happening at the library!

    • 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 bellbunyacommunitycentre@nullgmail.com.

    • Ancestry.com at Your Library

      Did you know Western Downs Libraries has free access to Ancestry.com?

      Trace your family story with a family tree – Ancestry.com 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.

    • 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 bellbunyacommunitycentre@nullgmail.com.

    • 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 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 jracgreen@nullgmail.com

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

    • Seniors Fitness Classes with Tracy

      Get trim, taut, and terrific!

      These happy, fun, low-impact fitness classes are designed specially for seniors. All seniors are welcome to join our group on Monday and Thursday mornings. Get active and social at the same time; join with friends or take the opportunity to meet new people.

      When: Monday and Thursday mornings

      Where: Bluebelles Art Gallery, Bell Bunya Community Centre, 71 Maxwell Street Bell 4408

      To find out more about fees or the sessions, contact Ruth at bellbunyacommunitycentre@nullgmail.com.