Bell Library

    • Storytime is for Everyone

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


      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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    • Need a shopping tote ASAP? DIY it!

      Uh-Oh! Didn’t get around to organising your shopping bags before the single-use ban came into effect this month? Don’t stress, we’ve got all the resources you need to learn how to make your own re-usable shopping bags and totes. It’s a great way to use up your fabric scraps and leftover sewing notions.

      Check out our tote bag and sewing resources today, and get your DIY done!

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    • Do you need a costume for Book Week?

      Book Week began in 1946 when the Children’s Book Council of Australia wanted to celebrate children’s literature. However, this idea has expanded and many schools celebrate by having students dress-up as their favourite book character during Book Week, which is held in August.

      Are you lacking inspiration? Don’t know what to make? We have all the answers on our shelves. Lots of children’s books that will provide you with ideas, plus books on how to make costumes. Why not try your hand at making a Charlie and Lola Costume or a  Very Hungry Caterpillar costume?

      Borrow your child’s favourite book and go searching in your local second hand shop for bits and pieces.

      Alternatively, look at books such as Party! : the Ultimate Kids’ Birthday Party Book or The Complete Book of Dressing Up by Juliet Moxley, or Easy-to-make costumes by Kathryn Harrison and Valerie Kohn and try your hand at making a costume with your child.

      Have fun this Book Week.



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    • Be Connected during Seniors Month

      There’s never been a better time to get online.

      August is Seniors Month in the Western Downs. Our Libraries are celebrating our seniors by providing digital technology lessons across the regions. Choose from the following great sessions:

      • Getting started online
      • Advanced online skills
      • Connecting with others

      Places are limited. Contact 1300 COUNCIL or email to reserve your place today!


      Bell Library

      Getting Started Online: Friday 3 August, 10am – 3pm.

      Chinchilla Library

      Getting Started Online: Wednesday 15 August, 10am – 3pm.

      Dalby Library 

      Getting Started Online: Part 1, Monday 27 August, 10am – 12pm. Part 2, Monday 3 September, 1pm – 3pm.

      Jandowae Library

      Advanced Online Skills: Thursday 23 August, 10am – 3pm.

      Connecting with Others: Friday 24 August, 10am – 3pm.

      Meandarra Library

      Advanced Online Skills: Monday 6 August, 10am – 3pm.

      Connecting with Others: Tuesday 7 August, 10am – 3pm.

      Miles Library

      Getting Started Online: Wednesday 8 August, 10am – 3pm.

      Wandoan Library

      Getting Started Online: Monday 13 August, 10am – 3pm.

      Advanced Online Skills: Tuesday 14 August, 10am – 3pm.


      You can also visit the Be Connected website to view a range of go-at-your-own-pace video tutorials.


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    • Western Downs Libraries are Going Paperless!

      That’s right – Western Downs Libraries are taking steps to be more environmentally sustainable and Earth conscious by reducing our paper-based communication. From 31 July, communication from your library will no longer be sent by mail. Instead, you will receive reminders in real-time via email – how great is that?

      To make sure your correct email address is listed, log on to and do the following:

      1. Login using your Borrower ID and Password
      2. From here, your My Account information will be displayed
      3.  To check if your contact information is correct, read through the My Details section by clicking on the arrow on the left side of the screen.
      4. To update your email address click on the dropdown arrow under Summary on the main page and choose Personal Details
      5. Scroll down to Contact Details and change your email address.
      6. Click Update when you’re finished.

      If you are visiting from a desktop, follow these steps:

      1. Login using your Borrower ID and Password
      2. On the right side of the page, under My Library, click on My Account
      3.  To check if your contact information is correct, read through the My Details section on the left side of the screen.
      4. To update your email address, click on Personal Details at the top of the screen and scroll down to Contact Details.
      5. Click Update when you’re finished.

      Having trouble? Feel free to get in touch with your local library by phone or email, or drop by and see us in person!

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    • Children are like cats – they both love boxes

      What do you think this box is? A boat? A car? A train? A fire engine?

      A recent discussion with a teacher friend concerned me greatly – apparently there are increasing numbers of children arriving at kindy with no idea how to use their imagination. They literally have to be taught to pretend.

      In our effort to buy all the toys and do all the activities to make sure our children don’t miss out – they are missing out.

      We need to give children the opportunity to use their own creativity and imagination. A colouring page of a train can only be a train. A play kitchen can only be a kitchen. And while there’s nothing wrong with those things, are we limiting our child’s response? Are we filling up our child’s lives with planned activities instead of letting them free play?

      Next time, try giving your child a blank page or a cardboard box and see what happens. It may not be what you expect, but let your child take the lead and be surprised by the result!

      (For the record, this box was a rocket!)

      What will we do next Storytime?

      Storytime sessions are held at:

      Dalby Library – Tuesdays, 10.30am

      Chinchilla Library – Fridays, 10.15am

      These sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff!

      It’s never to early to Read, Talk, Play, Sing!



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    • Storytime for Kids at Bell

      Storytime for Kids at Bell has commenced for 2018, with changes to days, location, and time!

      Storytime for Kids will be held at the Bell State School library, in conjunction with the eKindy classes. Storytime sessions will alternate each month between Wednesdays and Fridays, to cover each eKindy class. The Wednesday sessions will be joined by the Prep class, and the Friday 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:

      • July – Friday 20th – 12.15pm
      • August – Wednesday 15th – 12.15pm
      • September – Friday 21st – 12.15pm
      • October – Wednesday 17th – 12.15pm
      • November – Friday 16th – 12.15pm
      • December – Wednesday 12th – 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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    • Birding with Bernice at Bell

      The Bell Birdwatching Group will be meeting on 20 July 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

      The latest Bell Birdwatching Group newsletter can be found here.

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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: 20 July 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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    • 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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