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Jan, 2019

Gardening Australia January 2019

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2019 is upon us and January’s time in the garden is very important.  The hot weather will dry the garden out as well as your pot plants no matter how much love and care you give them.  Mulch, mulch and more mulch is my message. Recycling is on everyone’s mind- have a look at pages 29 – 35 for your guide to using an assortment of items that where on the way to the bin to plant various seeds, succulents ferns or cuttings. Plants can then be transplanted into the […]

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Dec, 2018

New Year, New You

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We are finally at the end of 2018, and it’s now we all start to think of the goals we may or may not have achieved, and what we hope to accomplish in the next year. Your resolution might be to  break bad habits, learn a new hobby, gain a new positive outlook, or just keep on doing what you’re doing. The library has many books on a range of self help topics, instructions on learning that new skill, and books to give you the motivation to make a change […]

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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

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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Nov, 2018

Tic Toc stop the clock!

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The wait is finally over! Kate Morton’s latest novel “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” is on the shelves throughout Western Downs Libraries. If it’s not available in your branch and you just can’t wait for it to be returned, reserve another copy here. Or download it as an eAudio or an ebook through our Borrowbox.  Three ways to enjoy her latest title.  Which one suits you best? Another favourite Aussie of ours in Moonie is Belinda Alexandra, her new book is due to hit shelves all over Australia in late October.  Never read […]

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Oct, 2018

Homegrown talent

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Australia has an enormous amount of homegrown talent when it comes to the literary world. The top 10 voted by Booktopia members for 2018 are: 1.  Matthew Reilly  2. Liane Moriarty  3.  Mem Fox  4.  Anh Do  5.  Tim Winton  6.  Bryce Courtenay  7.   John Marsden 8. Monica McInerney  9.  Andy Griffiths  10. Di Morrissey Our favourites here in Moonie also include: Jane Harper, author of The Dry and who will have a new novel out late October browse here , Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites browse here, Kirsty Manning, author of The Jade […]

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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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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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Aug, 2018

What is Geocaching?

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Have you ever heard of Geocaching? Geocaching is a real world scavenger hunt for all ages, and all you need is a smartphone. Hidden all around the world are small treasure boxes in your everyday life,  Geocaches can be anywhere – In your local park, on a beach, under a park bench or even up a tree. Simply download the Geocaching.com App to your phone and you can view all the geocaches in your surrounding area which have been marked online using GPS co-ordinates. Geocaching is great fun for the whole […]

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Aug, 2018

Extra computer lessons have been added

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August is Seniors Month in the Western Downs. Our Libraries are celebrating our seniors by providing digital technology lessons across the regions. Due to popular demand Dalby Library has added extra computer lessons next week. They will be held Tuesday 28 August 2018 and Wednesday 29 August 2018 at 10.00am to 12.00pm. Morning tea will be supplied.  There’s never been a better time to get online. Getting started online   Part A and Part B Places are limited. Contact 1300 COUNCIL (1300268624)or email library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.auor drop into Dalby Library to reserve your place today!

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