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May, 2019

Now Showing ~ In a Certain Light by Peta Crane

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Join us for the Official Exhibition Opening of In a Certain Light by Peta Crane John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery In a certain light shares Peta Crane’s view of her rural surrounds, a constant source of creative inspiration throughout her life.  Living and raising her family on a cattle property on the Southern Central Highlands of Queensland, the intimate connection Crane has developed with her environment has brought forth paintings and drawings expressing daydreams, stories and memories of rural life. Crane especially celebrates the beauty of the plants, animals and […]

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Mar, 2019

Things to do in Autumn

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Autumn is officially here and with its warm days and cool nights it’s one of our favourite times of the year! Here’s what our librarians love to do in autumn: Go camping! Autumn is an excellent time to camp out. Make the most of balmy days and cooler nights, and roast marshmallows over the campfire. Head off on an Easter Egg Hunt. Take advantage of the cooler weather and curl up with a book. Need inspiration? Visit our catalogue! Have a picnic and soak up the sunshine. Plant something and […]

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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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Oct, 2018

Children love books and laughter!

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Who doesn’t love hearing their child’s laughter? Reading a book with your child is the best experience you can have – the world stops and it is just you and them enjoying a moment.  So my advice to parents is to make reading fun and the perfect solution is to find books that you like to read and are funny. This will ensure that your enthusiasm and laughter will pass down to your children.  Look for books that make you laugh such as This Book just ate my Dog by […]

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Jul, 2018

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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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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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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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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