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Jun, 2018

Children are like cats – they both love boxes

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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 […]

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Jun, 2018

Storytime for Kids at Bell

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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 […]

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Jun, 2018

Birding with Bernice at Bell

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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 bellbunyacommunitycentre@nullgmail.com. The latest Bell Birdwatching Group newsletter can be found here.

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Jun, 2018

Justice of the Peace services in Bell

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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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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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Jun, 2018

NEW REALITIES: July School Holiday Program

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Experiment with new technologies through film, animation, digital and interactive art with these fantastic school holiday programs. Try your hand at 360 Photography, create a story with stop motion animation or dive into a virtual world. Check out the People Like Us exhibition at Dogwood Crossing, Miles to continue your immersive experience and see what’s possible. Bookings are essential! Click on the links below or contact your library to secure your child’s place.   Bell Library (bookings essential) Part 1: Drawing Back to Basics, 10.00am–12.00pm Tuesday 3 July (6–10) Part 1: Drawing […]

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May, 2018

Be Smart, Be like Bella!

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Have you visited your local Library recently? No, well it’s never too late to rock on down and check out what your local library has to offer you. Not only can you borrow books, DVD’s, music CD’s, audio books and magazines, you can also use the computers, connect to our WiFi, access technology assistance or maybe join a bookclub, multicultural group, attend a storytime session or an after school or holiday activity and much, much more! So be smart, be like Bella and visit your local library today!  

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May, 2018

Plan the Perfect Getaway

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Using Lonely Planet books, you can plan the perfect get away. What better way to see the world than on a bike?! We have just the book for you Epic Bike Rides of the World! This book provides information on 50 cycling routes in 30 countries, from Australia to Bhutan, and 200 ideas for bike rides, Lonely Planet’s Epic Bike Rides will inspire two-wheeled travel all over the world. Lonely Planet’s Where to go When.  This tells you where you should go next and provides more than 360 suggestions for destinations around […]

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May, 2018

What the Hickory?! The importance of Nursery Rhymes

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Most of us sing nursery rhymes to our kids. But have you ever stopped to consider why? Singing nursery rhymes together is great fun, and can also boost language skills and enhance fine and gross motor development. Did you know that children who know just 6 nursery rhymes by heart at age 4 are more likely to be better readers?! When can you sing? ANYTIME! In the bath, during a nappy change, going for a drive (while they’re strapped in their car seat and can’t run away)… Kids don’t care […]

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