- Get your town on the tourist map
Ever wondered what your customers really think about your business? Interested in building your online profile, or using free tools to connect with both locals and visitors?
Get your town on the tourist map is a free 2 hour workshop covering a range of free, online tools for business owners to engage with customers, including the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, as well as Google Maps and Google reviews.
This workshop is ideal for businesses and community groups providing services such as:
- Activities or attractions
- Services catering to travellers & campers
Retail, trade and service providers can also benefit from understanding and utilising their online presence.
Workshops will be held throughout February and March at Tara, Chinchilla, Miles, Wandoan, Jandowae and Dalby. Places are limited, register below.
Details at a glance:
Dalby: Monday 18 February, 2019.
9am – 11am at the Dalby Library
Chinchilla: Thursday 7 March, 2019
10am – 12pm at the Chinchilla Customer Service Centre
Miles: Wednesday 13 March, 2019
10am – 12pm at Dogwood Crossing, Miles.
Tara: Thursday 28 February, 2019
1pm – 3pm at the Tara Customer Service Centre
or call the Tara Library on 4678 7881
Wandoan: Tuesday 12 March, 2019
5pm – 7pm at the Wandoan Cultural Centre
Tuesday 12 March, 2019
2pm – 3pm at the Jandowae Community and Cultural CentreContinue reading →
- Storytime at Jandowae Library
Exciting news for our Jandowae families… Storytime will now be held on the 2nd and 5th Wednesday of the month at the Jandowae Library!
Storytime will kick off on Wednesday 30 January from 10- 11am with music, dancing, craft and stories. The theme for January is Dinosaurs, and the story this month is I’m a dirty dinosaur by Janeen Brian and Ann James.
Storytime is best suited to children aged 5 & under.
So come along and join Mrs Taylor for storytime at the Jandowae Library!Continue reading →
- Back to School
As we all know the school holidays have gone too quickly and it is nearly time to go back to school. Here are our top tips for going back to school-
#1- Review school material and information…
Make sure you know the where and when of drop offs, bus timetables and new classrooms to ensure a smooth transition into the school year. Review the book list & uniform list and shop for school supplies. A new school year can mean new technology- if you need a helping hand with the tech that your kids use for school, drop into your library for a quick tech-support session.
#2- Re-establish school routines and sleep schedules…
Late nights watching movies and long days playing with friends are terrific ways to spend the school holidays, but school is coming so start getting back into a regular school routine early. Re-introduce school night bed times and turn off electronics an hour before bed to ensure that ensure your kids go back to school bright-eyed and bushy tailed!
#3 Complete annual checkups & appointments…
Schedule any medical appointments and get teeth and eyes checked ready for the year ahead. Start the year with a fresh haircut ready for school ID photos and catching up with friends and classmates.
#4- Set up a homework station…
A homework station is simply a distraction free area where kids can complete their homework. This area might include stationary like pens, pencils, rubbers and scrap paper, or be near a computer or power point to make computer-based work a breeze. For research projects, don’t forget that you and the kids can access Encyclopedia Britannica free with your Western Downs Libraries Card.
#5- Make an after-school game plan…
School terms can be busy for both parents and students. Help keep track of it all by preparing a diary or calendar of homework, assignments and before and after-school activities. If you’re looking for activities to keep your kids busy after school, check out #STEAMSquad, our Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math program, or drop into your local library for video games, books, movies and magazines.Continue reading →
- Kanopy- free movie streaming
We love movies so we’re pumped to introduce our free movie streaming service, Kanopy.
Kanopy lets you stream up to 10 movies per month, absolutely free. All you need is your library card.
- visit www.wdrc.kanopy.com/
- Create an account
- Enter your library card number and pin (last 4 digits of card number)
- Enjoy 10 movies per month, absolutely free!
- Author Review – Chelsea Cain
Chelsea Cain lived the first few years of her life on an Iowa commune, then grew up in Bellingham, Washington, where the infamous Green River Killer was the boogeyman of her youth. She started writing Heartsick to kill time while she was pregnant. Also the author of Confessions of a Teen Slueth, a parody based on the life of Nancy Drew, several nonfiction titles, an a weekly column in the Oregonian. Chelsea Cain lives in Portland with her husband and daughter.
Come into your library or check out our catalogue to read a Chelsea Cain book today.
Some of Chelsea’s titles include Heartsick, Sweetheart & Evil at Heart.Continue reading →
- 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 →
- Trying to get your “Juniors” to read?
Trying to get your juniors to read more?
These are just a few of the timeless children’s titles that you can choose from.
Come and visit your local library and see what ‘classics’ you can find on the shelves today, or visit our website to browse the whole collection!
- 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
Did you know Western Downs Libraries has free access to Ancestry.com?
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 →