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Mar, 2019

Book Sale at Dalby Library

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Friends of Western Downs Libraries is all set to hold its much anticipated annual book sale. Come on down to Dalby Library at MyALL 107 to pick up a stack of great reading material to keep the whole family entertained over the Easter holidays. Books, magazines, CDs and DVDs are all up for grabs so gather your bags and boxes to bag some bargains and support your local library. Details at a Glance: What: Friends of Western Downs Libraries book sale When: Friday 5 April 9am – 5pm and Saturday 6 […]

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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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Feb, 2019

The Pearl Thief

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The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh is a captivating historical drama with a story entwined around a unique piece of jewellery.  This story is set in both London and Paris and refers back to WWII in Prague. The Pearl Thief commences with the introduction of a wealthy Jewish family and follows them through the persecution and horrors of war with the impact of the war never really leaving their lives. In the 1960’s Katerina (the main character) is an authority on historical art specialising in authenticating jewellery. She is shocked when faced […]

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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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