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Jun, 2019

Attention Bookclubers!

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Moonie Bookclub members enjoyed the fabulous novels The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion so much that we have bought a set of The Rosie Result to donate to Western Downs Libraries. If you’d like the bookclub set, you can loan it here. It has the same fantastic characters and easy reability of the previous novels so we hope you enjoy it as much as we did! For those that have not already visited this triology we highly recommend you start at the beginning with The Rosie […]

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Jun, 2019

Borrow from the comfort of your own home

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Did you know you can borrow and read our books without even visiting the library? Western Downs Libraries is subscribed a number of eLibrary apps so that all you need to get started is your library card! Simply download the BorrowBox app on any Android or Apple-made device, enter your library ID, and PIN and you’ll have access to a huge range of eBooks and eAudiobooks! If you love magazines and Audio-books sign up online to our RBdigital App and you’ll have access to eAudiobooks and eMagazines. For the children we have […]

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Feb, 2019

Rosie and Don are back

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Lovers of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect will be happy to see that Graeme Simsion has released a third book The Rosie Result featuring the unlikely couple of Rosie and Don Tillman. Rosie and Don have moved back to Melbourne after a decade in New York and their son Hudson is now 11 years old. Hudson is struggling at school: he’s socially awkward, not fitting in and his parents suspect he has Autism. Don, having spent a lifetime trying to fit in and manage his own idiosyncrasies, embarks on The Hudson Project in […]

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Dec, 2018

The benefits of listening to audiobooks are extensive…

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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.   Not to mention:   27% of the Kindergarten to […]

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Aug, 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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Jul, 2018

Love cooking …

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Do you love to cook? Our shelves are full of beautiful recipe books that will truly inspire you to cook like a Masterchef contestant. If you are looking for healthy recipes, you may enjoy 500 Ketogenic Recipes by Dana Carpender or Eat Well, Be Well by local author Karen Land. Do you love cooking sweets? Try The Vintage Sweets Book by Angel Adoree or Dessert Bar by Pamela Clark. These cold nights you may like to use your slow cooker. Your family will never be bored at dinner time when […]

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Jun, 2018

Top Tips for Staying Safe Online

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Are you concerned about whether you can trust the internet? Too scared to use internet banking? You’re not alone. Here are some helpful tips from our Librarians: Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date. You might not need an expensive internet security suite, but you do need anti-virus software. AVG Free is a commonly used one. Use a strong password – I know, I know, it’s so hard to remember all those passwords! The Australian Government’s Stay Smart Online website has some great tips for understanding how to create […]

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Feb, 2018

It is never to early to read to your baby

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In the first years of life, your child’s brain develops faster than at any other stage. During this time, the simple things you to together each day can have an enormous impact. Even though your baby isn’t reading yet, sharing books and reading stories is such a valuable way to develop your baby’s pre-literacy and language skills. It is important to familiarise your child with how a storybook works, the beginning, the end, and how text reads from left to right. Tips for reading to your baby Choose a book […]

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Jan, 2018

Audiobooks at Western Downs Libraries

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Audio books have become the fastest growing format in publishing today. Smartphones, tablets and the need for multitasking have made them ideal for the 21st century. But, did you know that they started when Edison recorded Mary Had a Little Lamb on a tinfoil phonograph in 1877? The first novel-length talking book was made for blinded World War I veterans and today it is a billion-dollar industry. You can listen to them on long drives, on walks or even in the bath. Audio books are great if your sight is […]

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Jan, 2018

Conference Program

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Day 1 – Saturday 19 May 8.00am Registration & Trade Exhibition 9.30am Introduction & Welcome to Country 9.45am  Miracles and Mirth: Why Reading to Young Children Changes their Lives This presentation is full of stories that will both sadden and gladden hearts.  Mem will be exploring and explaining the urgent reasons for reading to young children— what happens when we do it regularly; and why children fail at school when we don’t. Many books will be read to show the difference between dullness and vivacity, and why we should be […]

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