- Age-proof your Brain
Do you worry that every passing year brings you closer to an inevitable brain fade? If so, you’re probably worrying about nothing! According to Tony Buzan, author of Age-Proof your Brain, it’s a complete misconception that your brain automatically deteriorates with age. Just like any other part of your body, you need to look after and exercise your brain to keep it performing well. Age-Proof your Brain explores the science behind brains, and how to keep yours in peak condition.
Tony Buzan has devised a revolutionary program to keep your mind razor sharp and ahead of every challenge. In 7 days your mind should be noticeably sharper; in 7 weeks you should be as quick as someone 10 years younger. Boost your IQ with brain stretching exercises, sharpen problem-solving skills with Mind Maps, improve lateral thinking with 2 minute boosters and maximise your memory with special ‘chunking’ techniques.
Age-proof your brain! Drop into your local Western Downs Libraries branch or reserve a copy now!Continue reading →
- New Hot Speed Reads Collection
Now at Western Downs Libraries is our new Hot Speed Reads collection. Get the latest titles from popular authors without delay with these ten-day loan items.
Our current Hot Speed Reads are…
The Institute by Stephen King
Starting From Now by Fleur McDonald
The Guardians by John Grisham
Khaki Town by Judy Nunn
The Dark Side by Danielle Steele
Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb
The Last Paradise by Di Morrissey
A Better Man by Louise Penny
The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
Westwind by Ian Rankin
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci
The Model Wife by Tricia Stringer
Postscript by Cecelia Ahern
Matters of the Heart by Fiona Palmer
Blue Moon by Lee Child
The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh
White Horses by Rachel Treasure.
What you need to know…
Q: Where can I find these books?
A: On the shelf at Dalby, Tara or Chinchilla Library.
Q: How do I know if a book is a ‘Hot Speed Read’?
A: All our Hot Speed Reads have a yellow ‘Ten Day Loan’ sticker on the cover.
Q: What if I don’t usually borrow from Dalby, Chinchilla or Tara Library?
A: Never fear, if your local Library doesn’t carry the Hot Speed Reads, or if there is no copy available at your branch you can reserve one.
- Sing along at Jandowae’s Storytime
Come along to Storytime at Jandowae Library this October to enjoy I am the Music Man.
This is a fun picture book that compliments the introduction of six different musical instruments. We’ll be reading this book in a simple tune, encouraging children to sing along as our very talented Violy plays the guitar.
Come along to our Storytime sessions on Wednesday 2 October and Wednesday 9 October from 10–11am at Jandowae Library.
- High Scores, High Tea
Relax, unwind, and enjoy high tea, board games and good company.
Grab your friends and get your game face on, High Scores, High Tea is not to be missed.
There’ll be cards, board games and colouring in on offer for both the young, and young at heart to enjoy! Come for the games and stay for high tea with good company! You are bound to roll, deal and play your way to fun.
At a glance…
Join us for High Scores, High Tea at Jandowae library on Tuesday 15 October at 9.30–11.30am.
Places are limited so bookings are essential. Register here or contact 1300COUNCIL.Continue reading →
- Get online with Be Connected!
Learning about computers can seem intimidating and complicated but it doesn’t have to be. Western Downs Libraries is making digital literacy easy with Be Connected.
Whether you are a job seeker looking to expand your skill set, or someone who has never touched a computer before, Be Connected is for you.
Improve your skills with computers, apps and mobile devices with the assistance of our supportive staff and volunteers. Your learning experience is tailored to your personal requirements and skill level with the huge range of available lessons.
Be Connected is not just about computers. Learn how to stay safe online, play games, use a digital camera and connect with people around the globe with social networks. Technology has never been more accessible, and you can get on board too!
Improve your confidence, abilities, and knowledge of technology. Sign up for a Be Connected session at your nearest Western Downs Libraries branch.
To register for a session, or for more information, email email@example.com, call 1300 COUNCIL or visit your local Western Downs Libraries branch.
- Story Box Library
Story Box Library is an engaging educational resource that inspires reading in kids of all ages, improving language and literacy skills along the way.
Story Box Library was created to:
- Engage children with stories and voices to make personal connections
- develop vital language and literacy skills
- combat endless online searching for quality literacy resources; and
- get kids excited about reading and let imaginations fly!
Best of all, it’s free for families via participating public libraries (that’s us)!
See and hear your favourite stories come to life, read by Nick Cave, Justine Clarke, Eddie Perfect, Katie Ritchie, Andrew Hansen, Missy Higgins, Shane Jacobson and many more.
What is Story Box Library?
The best place to watch celebrated stories read aloud by your favourite storytellers.
How does Story Box Library work?
Story Box Library steams ad-free content directly into the library and homes of library patrons on any device with Internet connection.
Are stories added regularly?
Yes! 30–40 carefully curated, thought-provoking and engaging stories are added each year.
Who are the storytellers?
A range of actors, comedians, sports people, musicians, authors, illustrators, TV presenters, performers, students, grandparents, activist and educators – each sharing their unique voice.
Who is Story Box Library recommended for?
Story Box Library is a fantastic resource for pre-school through to upper primary years.
To access these great resources, visit storyboxlibrary.com/libraries and:
- Select Western Downs Regional Council
- Enter your library barcode
- Enjoy stories, short films and at-home activities
Got Questions? Ask your librarian about Story Box Library today!Continue reading →
- The 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. 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.Continue reading →
- Ancestry.com at Your Library
Get free access to Ancestry.com at your local Library branch?
Trace your family story with a family tree – Ancestry.com make it easy. If you visit one of our nine library branches, you can access this great resource on any of our public computers for FREE. Discover your family today.
Click here to access the website while you’re at the library to begin tracing your family history! You might be surprised at what you will find.Continue reading →
- Lynda.com for Job Hunters!
Are you a recent graduate from secondary or tertiary education? Perhaps you’re a person who is looking to transition into a new role, industry or organisation? It’s a new year, and the perfect time to gain some new skills.
Lynda.com is free for all Queensland public library members, with over 5,000 online courses including business, technology and creative skills. Lynda.com has new courses added every week but many earlier courses remain popular. Some of the most popular include ‘Foundations of programming fundamentals’ (viewed over 8.8 million times), ‘Excel 2013 essential training’ (viewed 7.1 million times), ‘Foundations of photography: exposure’ (viewed 6 million times), ‘Photoshop CS6 essential training’ (viewed over 4.2 million times), ‘Illustrator CS6 essential training’ (viewed 3.1 million times).
To help users get all the skills they need to land their next job, Lynda.com now features learning paths with curated course lists. The number of courses varies based on each profession such as ‘Become a small business owner’ (10 courses); ‘Become a project manager’ (13 courses) and ‘Become a successful job hunter’ (11 courses). Try a learning path or popular Lynda.com course today.Continue reading →
- Jandowae Technology Support
Get one-to-one basic technology lessons at Jandowae Library each Tuesday, by appointment.
We tailor each session for you personal needs. If you would like help wrangling your iPad or tablet computer, we can do that too.
You can also bring along your own laptop computer if you would like to learn how to use it – or that one little thing you can never quite get the hang of. Use our Free WiFi to get started.
The best part? It’s completely FREE.
Bookings are essential, so please phone 1300 COUNCIL or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started on boosting your mastery of the tech world now!
Can’t make it into a branch in person? Try our Online Learning resources. Self-paced, free and accessible 24/7.Continue reading →