- Did you know we have Lonely Planet books?
Using Lonely Planet books you can plan the perfect get away.
What better way to see the world than on a bike?! We have just the book for you Epic Bike Rides of the World! This book provides information on 50 cycling routes in 30 countries, from Australia to Bhutan, and 200 ideas for bike rides, Lonely Planet’s Epic Bike Rides will inspire two-wheeled travel all over the world.
Lonely Planet’s Where to go When. This tells you where you should go next and provides more than 360 suggestions for destinations around the world. It also details the best time of year to experience these locations and helps you plan a lifetime of perfect trips.
The third great book we have is Around the World in 50 ways. Get ready for a trip like no other! Set off from London and travel the world, then try to make it back! In this globetrotting adventure, you choose where to go and how to get there. From tuk-tuks and sleds to boats and balloons, you’ll explore famous cities, tropical islands, winter wonderlands and loads more!
Lonely Planet has also produced a book titled 1000 Ultimate sights. This book guides you through iconic buildings, awesome canyons, weird monuments, vast animal migrations, spooky dungeons and romantic vistas. Make your own list using the book, hit the road, and start exploring the world’s most breathtaking sights.
Want something closer to home? Check out Sydney City Trails. This book allows you to follow 19 fantastic themed trails to reveal Sydney’s best kep secrets. Find out where to cuddle koalas, catch the world’s steepest passenger train, see the city through a sky-high glass floor and lots more! It’s Sydney like you’ve never seen it before.
Didn’t find what you wanted? Check out more books about travel on our shelves.
- What the Hickory?! The importance of Nursery Rhymes
Most of us sing nursery rhymes to our kids. But have you ever stopped to consider why?
Singing nursery rhymes together is great fun, and can also boost language skills and enhance fine and gross motor development. Did you know that children who know just 6 nursery rhymes by heart at age 4 are more likely to be better readers?!
When can you sing? ANYTIME! In the bath, during a nappy change, going for a drive (while they’re strapped in their car seat and can’t run away)… Kids don’t care if you’re not the next Adele – sing anyway!
- Sing slowly and clearly
- Little ones learn from looking at your face, so try not to multitask (unless your driving!)
- Children learn from repetition. You might get bored, but kids love it
- It’s never to early – or too late – to start.
Brush up on old favourites and learn new nursery rhymes at one of our free Storytime sessions. Click here to find one near you.Continue reading →
- Before you watch the movie, read the book!
2018 is set to be a reader’s dream with 32 book to movie adaptions set to be released this year! We are sure that you will find a book to suit everyone in your family.
Peter Rabbit based on The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Follow the mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr McGregor.
Love, Simon based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Alberalli
When an email falls into the wrong hands, sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly gay Simon is blackmailed into playing wingman for a classmate or risk having his sexual identity revealed and the privacy of the boy he’s been emailing compromised.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Burrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
It’s 1946, and as Juliet Ashton sits at her desk in her Chelsea flat, she is stumped. A writer of witty newspaper columns during the war, she can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she starts to receive letters from members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and as letters fly back and forth, Juliet comes to know the extraordinary personalities of the Society and their lives under German occupation. Entranced by their stories, Juliet decides to visit the island to meet them properly – and unwittingly turns her life upside down.
The girl in the spider’s web by David Lagercrantz
The girl with the dragon tattoo is back. More interesting to Mikael Blomkvist than Professor Balder’s world-leading advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection to a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters and a violent criminal conspiracy that will soon bring terror to the snowbound streets of Stockholm.
Be sure to check in next month for more adaptions!Continue reading →
- Shared Reading Tip #2
Set the scene
Read anywhere, anytime – outdoor, indoors, at home, away from home.
Try to let your child see your face.
Talk about the book during the day so your child has prior knowledge before reading together.
Read when your child wants to – not just when it suits you.
You don’t have to finish the book
Looking for a Storytime session close to you? Click here for details of Storytime in our branches.Continue reading →
- Come and have a laugh at the Jandowae Library for Storytime
The storytime theme for May is Fun & Laughter!! Come in and have a good old belly laugh with Maree during storytime. We’ll be using books, songs and puppets to guide children through play, helping them use their imagination and fostering thinking, language development and social skills. Come along and find out all about it!
Storytime at Jandowae Library is on Wednesday 9 May 2018 and 30 May 2018 at 10.00am. Come in and join the fun, no bookings are needed!Continue reading →
- Attention Homeschool Families
We have so many resources to offer you, and all of it is FREE!
- Wi-Fi, public access computers, scanner
- Printer and photocopier (small charge applies)
- Tables, chairs and booths
- Charging stations
- Air conditioning
- A large collection of beginner reader books
- Non-Fiction covering a range of topics
- Fiction for all levels and tastes – we are happy to help you find something you’ll enjoy
- If there is a particular book or topic that we don’t have in stock, we will gladly try to get it for you (reservation fee may apply)
- Magazines, e-magazines, audio books, e-books and e-audiobooks, DVDs and CDs and online music for download.
- Queensland Museum send us resource kits each semester
- Kits can be reserved and loaned just like books
- Use the kits at home for 2 weeks
- Suitable for a range of ages
- Click here for more information, or to reserve a kit
- Reliable, up-to-date information from magazine articles, magazines and scholarly journals
- Suitable for a range of ages and subjects
- Databases include: Encyclopedia Britannica, Access Science, Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre, and Gale Virtual Reference Library
- Bibliography and citation guide
- Click here to get started.
- Thousands of online courses and tutorials.
- Full access to the website for Library members.
- Training materials for students, professionals and hobbyists.
- Click here to make your free account.
If there is anything that we can do to help you along this journey, please let us know.Continue reading →
- Possum Magic is 35 years old!!!
Mem Fox’s famous children’s book Possum Magic is celebrating its 35th birthday this year. Mem wrote the first version of the book in 1978 for a university assignment, however, it was not published until 1983 after many changes were made that were suggested by the publisher. Possum Magic is the best selling picture book in Australia and over one million copies were sold in the first ten years. Mem Fox has gone onto write favourites such as The Magic Hat, Where is Green Sheep and Ducks Away.
Come into our libraries and check out the wonderful collection and remember everyone is welcome at our Storytime sessions.
These sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff!
It’s never to early to Read, Talk, Play, Sing!Continue reading →
- Now you see me…
Now you don’t.
How do I get a WiFi pass now?
Some of you may have noticed that our OPAC machines have changed. Now, you can do all of your catalogue searching on these machines. To make things easier for you, the WiFi passes and computer bookings can now be found on our iPad kiosks.
If you are are unable to find your Libraries iPad kiosk, please ask your local Librarian for help.
- Do you or someone you know suffer from Anxiety?
The library has heaps of books on anxiety that are easy to read and understand. Have a look at the list below and reserve the books you would like to read.
Reading self help books allows you to expand your knowledge on the subject as well as believe that you can be more, do more and experience more.
First, we make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson is a new book to our collection. The book is described as being practical and poetic, wise and funny.
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne.
Overcoming Worry and Anxiety by Jerry Kennard.
Happy reading!Continue reading →
- Back to School – Libraries can help
Need help with your homework? Check out the Library’s easy-to-use Research Databases.
Can’t find the information you need from a book?
Getting million of hits on Google and can’t decide what source to use?
Just log in with your library card to find reliable and current information from magazine articles, newspapers and scholarly journals.
Come and visit us and see what other services Western Downs Libraries have to offer you.