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Apr, 2020

Our branches are closed but we’re still here!

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Following direction from the Federal Government, all Western Downs Libraries are now closed, until further notice. This closure affects all multipurpose centres including Jandowae Community and Cultural Centre, Moonie Regional Transaction Centre, and Wandoan Cultural Centre. Jandowae Community and Cultural Centre will be closed and QGAP and Visitor Information services will be unavailable. Council rates payments can be paid at Australia Post Offices. For other payments please visit wdrc.qld.gov.au, call 1300 COUNCIL or email info@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au. Moonie Regional Transaction Centre will be closed however mail will still be sorted on Tuesdays and Fridays […]

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Mar, 2020

Story Box Library

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Storytime at Home Free and Online 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, […]

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Mar, 2020

Let Lynda be Your New Favourite Teacher

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As a member of Western Downs Libraries, you have unlimited access to thousands of online video courses on Lynda.com! Not sure what Lynda is? Then you’ve come to the right place! Lynda is home to one of the largest databases of online training videos and courses. On this magical website, you can learn new skills from business to photography, software programs to design and creative skills. If you’re studying in school, Lynda has an entire library dedicated to primary, senior and tertiary educated students. Click here to explore everything Lynda has […]

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Mar, 2020

The benefits of listening to audiobooks are extensive…

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Available online for free through BorrowBox or RB Digital Audiobooks are immersive, educational, instructional, entertaining and they’re perfect for the time rich and the time poor.  Audiobooks can also change the way we listen, read and learn, improving the literacy of young readers and those for whom English is a second language.  There are plenty of benefits to regularly listening to audiobooks, including:    Increasing reading accuracy by 52% Increasing reading speed, expanding vocabulary and improving fluency Teaching pronunciation Improving comprehension by 76%; and Increasing test scores by 21% when engaged in multi-modal learning. […]

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Dec, 2019

How to ‘Google My Business’ eBook

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So you’ve been to the workshop and you’re keen to delve into the world of free online marketing… Great! If you need a helping hand, the How to ‘Google My Business’ eBook is for you! You’ll find comprehensive, step-by-step instructions on using Google My Business and TripAdvisor, eSafety tips, and even a bonus section on adding and reviewing local businesses via Campermate! Download the eBook now, or contact your local library for more information on using these free and easy online marketing tools.    

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Feb, 2019

Let’s talk about Conversational Reading

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Children are actively involved in conversation reading. Conversational reading goes back-and-forth. The child does not always have to talk in the “conversation”. He can take part by looking and by pointing. Ask your child to respond on three levels – See, Show and Say. Step 1: See – watch your baby’s eyes. Does she look where you point? Name anything your child sees or touches in the book. Say the key word first. Then, point to and name pictures or words your child is not looking at.  Point to lots […]

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Aug, 2017

What is marginalia?

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For centuries, readers have inscribed books with handwritten marginal notes, or marginalia.   These annotations can serve as ownership indicators, inscriptions, study notes, summaries, or they can facilitate what has been described as social reading in which two or more readers discuss the book’s contents in a margin-based conversation.   Samuel Taylor Coleridge coined the term marginalia to encompass all such annotations, but the practice is as old as the printed book and even older: marginalia have been found in scrolls painstakingly copied down by medieval monks.  Marginalia can serve […]

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Apr, 2017

How do you choose a book?

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Why do some books fly off the shelves while others sit and gather dust? It’s all about the cover. The book cover plays a prominent role in our decision to borrow a book.   A cover or jacket’s ability to catch our eye and draw us in can often make or break a book’s success.  We use book covers to determine the worth of a book, the kind of story that might be told within, and whether or not we should take it seriously and borrow the book from the […]

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Mar, 2017

Storytime

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Your young kids are active, cheeky, and constantly learning. With songs and rhymes, stories, movement and activities, Storytime is an interactive session geared towards developing your child’s early literacy capabilities. Our Storytime sessions are currently postponed, but there are lots of ways that you can continue Storytime at home, including  Reading books together Watching your favourite stories narrated on Story Box Library  Singing and dancing to your favourite nursery rhymes or songs together   Storytimes are interactive sessions between parent (or caregiver) and Western Downs Libaries offer several unique Storytime […]

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