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Dec, 2018

Start a Christmas Tradition

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Are you looking for a Christmas tradition that the whole family can enjoy? Visit your local library branch and borrow some Christmas books. Each branch has lots to choose from like The Night Before Christmas by Kes Gray or Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey. You may also have titles of your own you can add to the collection. Wrap each book to add an element of surprise to the selection process and each night gather round the Christmas tree and read one from your pile. Little ones will love […]

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Dec, 2018

Storytime for Kids at Bell

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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. There’s no storytime session in January. Stay tuned for 2019’s dates! If you have any questions about Storytime in Bell, please contact Pam at the Bell Library bell.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au. Want to find a Storytime session closer to you? Click here to see what our other branches offer.

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Dec, 2018

Combat loss of reading achievement

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Experts call it the “summer slide,” where children lose up to two months of reading achievement over the Christmas holidays? Your local Library has the solution. We have Emergent readers, Beginner readers and Early readers that are high interest and cover lots of topics. Ask your local librarian 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 […]

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Dec, 2018

January School Holiday Activities

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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 […]

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Nov, 2018

Birding with Bernice at Bell

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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 bellbunyacommunitycentre@nullgmail.com. 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 […]

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Oct, 2018

Photo Preservation

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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 […]

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Oct, 2018

Bell Library hours have changed

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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 […]

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Jul, 2018

Storytime is for Everyone

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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 […]

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Jun, 2018

Story Box Library

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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, […]

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Mar, 2018

Sunday Bookclub in Bell

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

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