- Bookenders Bookclub
Chinchilla’s Bookenders Bookclub next meet will be Thursday 7 December. This month we will be discussing the novel “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga. This is Aracind’s debut novel, which won the 40th Man Booker Prize in 2008.
The novel provides a darkly humorous perspective of India’s class struggle in a globalized world as told through a retrospective narration from Balram Halwai, a village boy. In detailing Balram’s journey first to Delhi, where he works as a chauffeur to a rich landlord, and then to Bangalore, the place to which he flees after killing his master and stealing his money, the novel examines issues of religion, caste, loyalty, corruption and poverty in India. Ultimately, Balram transcends his sweet-maker caste and becomes a successful entrepreneur, establishing his own taxi service. In a nation proudly shedding a history of poverty and underdevelopment, he represents, as he himself says, “tomorrow.”
Do you love to talk about books at every opportunity? Been thinking about expanding your reading horizons? Want to meet some like-minded people or make some new friends? Join the Club!
Bookenders Bookclub is a great way to venture outside your reading comfort-zone.
The Bookenders Bookclub meets at the Chinchilla Library on the first Thursday of every month at 5.00pm, and new members are welcome to join us! Come along to our informal and friendly group where we’ll discuss life, the universe, and books over a great cup of coffee.
Need more info or want to get involved? 1300 COUNCIL or email@example.com
Looking for a Bookclub closer to you? Click here for details of Bookclubs at our other branches.
- Conversations in English Chinchilla
Conversations in English Classes (Chinchilla) are held every Wednesday from 1.30 – 3pm at the Chinchilla Library.
Conversations in English (CinE) is an award-winning, free friendship group for those who have English as a second language. Is English your second (or third, or fourth) language? Or are you a natural speaker wanting to help those new to our language? If so, please come along to our Conversations in English Classes. They are designed to help participants practice their English in a friendly and supportive environment with the help of community volunteers.
Below is the latest update from the group:
Zita Stark (Group Leader)
This project is a joint initiative by Chinchilla Library and the Chinchilla Family Support Centre. To join the conversation and meet new and interesting friends contact 1300 COUNCIL, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Chinchilla Family Support Centre on 4662 8528.
- Technology Support at Chinchilla Library
Don’t know the difference between a mouse and a monitor? Confused by social media like Facebook, Skype or Twitter? Can’t remember if your tablet is an Apple or an Android (and anyway, aren’t tablets something that you swallow)?
If you feel like it might be time to catch up with technology, or if your children gave you a new something-or-other for your birthday and left before they could show you how to use it, come along to one of the one-on-one tailored support sessions at the Chinchilla Library.
From beginners to those just needing to get over a technology road-bump you’ll get help at our support sessions held every Thursday at Chinchilla Library. They are free, half-hour, one-on-one support sessions we tailor to suit your needs. Spaces fill up so please book ahead.
Book now via email to email@example.com or phone 1300 COUNCIL.
- Chess Club at Chinchilla Library
Chess club is held weekly on a Monday, from 3.30pm. Feel free to drop by. Everyone is welcome to come along and sharpen their skills and minds through friendly rivalries.
Maybe you’re a chess master wanting to hone your skills. Or perhaps you don’t know the difference between a pawn and a king and … what’s that horsey one again?
Chess has many proven benefits including: raising your IQ, preventing Alzheimer’s, improving memory, increasing creativity, problem-solving skills and reading skills, and teaching planning and foresight.
There are no age limits or experience required, as chess has benefits for all!
- #STEAMSquad for kids!
Need something to do after school? Join Western Downs Libraries’ #STEAMSquad!
#STEAMSquad explores science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics through hands-on, FUN activities!
We are currently fully booked for 2017, but keep an eye out for more great STEAM fun during term-time in 2018.
#STEAMSquad runs every week during term-time, this program is FREE and suitable for children ages 7+.
Find your passion, have some fun, make new friends, and learn something along the way!
Activities may include: coding, robotics, computer programming, bookclub, board games, science experiments, arts and crafts, virtual and augmented reality, including using our brand new HTC Vive (the latest in virtual reality). Get some friends together and come check it out.
- Tech Savvy Seniors
After the incredible success of the Tech Savvy Seniors program in 2016, Western Downs Libraries are proud to announce they have once again received grant funding from State Library of Queensland and Telstra to run the program in 2017.
Our Libraries will be hosting free, fun and interactive training sessions that are a great way for seniors to take the first step in becoming tech savvy. Want to learn more about Cyber Safety? Social Media? Online banking? Tech Savvy Seniors is for you! Sessions will be held in 8 great locations: Bell, Chinchilla, Dalby, Jandowae, Meandarra, Miles, Tara and Wandoan throughout October and November.
Tech Savvy Seniors provides relaxed, well-paced sessions with plenty of time to ask questions, delve deeper, and socialise with other members of the community. Contact your local branch to book in to a session (or two, or three, or stay for them all!).
Wednesday 4 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Staying Safe Online
Wednesday 4 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Understanding the Internet (Intermediate)
Thursday 5 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Social Media
Thursday 5 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Sharing Photos and other Attachments Online
Wednesday 11 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Basic Computer Skills
Wednesday 11 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Understanding the Internet (Intermediate)
Thursday 12 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Using Email (Intermediate)
Thursday 12 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Sharing Photos and other Attachments Online
Friday 13 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Online Shopping (Intermediate)
Friday 13 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Introduction to Online Banking
Tuesday 17 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Basic Computer Skills
Tuesday 17 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Staying Safe Online
Thursday 19 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Sharing Photos and other Attachments Online
Thursday 19 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Using Email (Intermediate)
Tuesday 24 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Basic Computer Skills
Tuesday 24 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Introduction to the Internet
Thursday 26 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Staying Safe Online
Thursday 26 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Sharing Photos and other Attachments Online
Tuesday 31 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Social Media
Tuesday 31 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Staying Safe Online
Thursday 2 November, 10.00am–12.00pm: Sharing Photos and other Attachments Online
Thursday 2 November, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Using Email (Intermediate)
Wednesday 8 November, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Social Media
Wednesday 8 November, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Staying Safe Online
Thursday 9 November, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Smartphones
Thursday 9 November, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Sharing Photos and other Attachments Online
Wednesday 15 November, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Social Media
Wednesday 15 November, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Understanding Social Media (Intermediate)
Thursday 16 November, 10.00am–12.00pm: Sharing Photos and other Attachments Online
Thursday 16 November, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Introduction to Tablets
Wednesday 22 November, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Tablets
Wednesday 22 November, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Staying Safe Online
Thursday 23 November, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Smartphones
Thursday 23 November, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Introduction to Social Media
- Road to IELTS
Our libraries are passionate about supporting our communities with English as an Additional Language, to ensure they have the resources they need to develop English competencies in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
To help you on your journey, our libraries have added the Road to IELTS program to our eLibrary collection of online resources, which are FREE to use if you are a Western Downs Libraries member.
Simply select either the Road to IELTS Academic or Road to IELTS General course and type in your library card number to get started. From there, you can either make an account to track your progress or click ‘No Tracking’ to browse the modules independently.
Want to practice your English in a fun and friendly environment? Why not join one of our four fantastic Conversations in English groups in Dalby, Miles, Tara or Chinchilla. Conversations in English is a free friendship group for those wanting to meet new people and improve their language in a stress-free environment.
Join Conversations in English on Facebook to stay up to date with everything happening!
- The New RBdigital App
It’s official: people of the Western Downs love Audiobooks. Whether it’s farmers listening as they do endless hours of tractor work, people listening as they commute to work or students reading for school (or fun!), we are listening to our books more than ever.
To meet this demand, Western Downs Libraries have made accessing audible content easier than ever, thanks to the new RB Digital app, which launched on Wednesday 28 June. This app will take the place of two of your favourites – Zinio and OneClickDigital.
Now you can browse all of your eAudiobooks and eMagazines in one place! If you’re having trouble accessing the app, or finding it difficult to search or check out items, please visit any of our branches and our friendly library staff will help walk you through it.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register in the app?
To use the RBdigital app, you need to register on your library’s RBdigital website using any browser. In-app registration will be added to the RBdigital app in a future update.
How do I log into the new RBdigital app?
If you currently use OneClickdigital and/or Zinio for Libraries you can login using either your OneClickdigital username and password OR Zinio for Libraries email address and password.
If you have never used OneClickdigital or Zinio for Libraries, please go to RBdigital and register for RBdigital eMagazines or eAudibooks using any online browser.
I am trying to login but keep getting an error message
Have you tried resetting your password?
If not, please click the “forgot password” link, reset your password and try to login again.
If you still can’t login, please let us know the name of your library authority, your name, email address and library card number so we can look into this for you.
Can I view ALL of my checked out magazines in the app?
At launch you will be able to see up to 30 checked out magazines in the app. These are arranged in issue date order – newest to oldest.
The ability to see all checked out items will be available in a future update.
Do we now have to return magazines?
No, the word “return” is used to be consistent with the rest of the app’s media types. It’s just a simple way to quickly delete from your checked out titles.
Can I manage my account in the app?
No, you will still need to go to the library website via your browser to do this.
What will happen to the old OneClickdigital app if I don’t update it?
The old app will function as normal for only eAudiobook/eBook access. When you “search” for titles, you will be taken to the new look RBdigital eAudiobook/eBook website (which replaces the old OneClickdigital website).
The app will continue to be available in this way until further notice.
How long can I continue to use the Zinio for Libraries app?
The in-app countdown will begin on 10th July and exist for 60 days. At the end of the 60 days you will no longer be able to checkout and read newly checked out magazines from the app. To do this, you must download and use the RBdigital app.
Is the RBdigital app available for all devices?
The RBdigital app is available for Apple, Android and Kindle Fire/Fire HD/X but not the Windows phone. Library members would need to download titles manually through the website onto a Windows phone or stream online via the website.
- Storytime for Toddlers
Your toddlers are active, cheeky, and constantly learning. With songs and rhymes, stories, movement and activities, Storytime for Toddlers is an interactive session geared towards developing your child’s early literacy capabilities.
This is an interactive session between parent (or caregiver) and toddlers best suited to ages 1-3 years, but all are welcome:
Dalby Library – Tuesdays, 10.30am
Chinchilla Library – Fridays, 10.15am
All sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!
With funding through the State Government’s First Five Forever initiative, we’ve been able to put a concerted effort into research and development of this early literacy program. Our Storytime for Toddlers sessions are carefully planned and delivered by specially trained staff to encourage your child’s development and early literacy skills. Combining strategies and exercises from leading and well proven early development practices, we’ve created a relaxed opportunity for parents and care-givers to embrace and become confident in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.
90 percent of brain development happens in the first five years of a child’s life, and language and development before age three is the single most important factor in school success. Sharing books, singing nursery rhymes and talking to your child from birth is the best way to support your baby’s communication and pre-literacy development.
It’s never too early to read, talk, play!
Did you know we also offer Storytime for Bubs, Kids and Yoga Storytime? Click here for details of Storytime sessions at our other branches.
- Introducing… Adobe Creative Cloud!
Yes, you read that correctly. Western Downs Libraries are proud to announce they have partnered with Adobe to bring the Creative Cloud to you. Now you can borrow Adobe Creative Cloud in the same way that you would borrow a book! Join over 2.3 million users and let your creativity flow.
If you are a photographer, videographer, graphic designer, or animator, then you will definitely want to get your hands on this fantastic suite of programs.
But Adobe Creative Cloud isn’t just for professionals.
Do you have a whole stack of family vacation photos that you’ve been meaning to sort through?
Are you a student at high school or university trying to complete a project?
Maybe you’re a small business owner looking to create or update your company website?
Or are you someone simply wanting to get their hands on a new program and learn some new skills?
Whatever you may need, Adobe can help you to create a finished product you can be proud of. With loans spanning either two or four weeks, you will have the perfect opportunity to complete any project or assignment you may have.
Have we caught your attention? Sign up to Adobe Creative Cloud by following these few simple steps, and you will be creating something wonderful before you know it!
Want to learn more about how to use a particular program in the suite? Why not check out Lynda.com and take a look at the thousands of online training videos they have on offer. Signing up is easy, and with your Western Downs library card, you have unlimited access to the entire website.
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