- Create colourful cartoons with Mark Guthrie!
Create your own colourful cartoons these school holidays with Australian illustrator, author and cartoonist Mark Guthrie.
Mark’s creations have come to life through his work with Scholastic, The Disney Channel and Walt Disney Animation Australia. Now you can learn to create cartoons and illustrations just like Mark with a workshop at Western Downs Libraries. Mark will be touring the region in July, bringing his art, jokes and cartoon fun with him!
At a glance:
Dalby Library: Monday 8 July – 10am
Jandowae Library: Monday 8 July – 2.30pm
Wandoan Library: Tuesday 9 July – 10am
Miles Library: Tuesday 9 July – 2.30pm
Chinchilla Library: Wednesday 10 July – 10am
Tara Library: Wednesday 10 July – 2.30pm
Moonie Library: Thursday 11 July – 10am
Meandarra Library: Thursday 11 July – 2.30pm
Workshops are suitable for kids aged 6+. Stay tuned, bookings open soon and you won’t want to miss out!
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- Call Out to Western Downs Artist’s
2019 Western Downs Regional Artist’ Exhibition | Inside Out
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery
21 October – 10 December 2019
The John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery is proudly sponsored by Murilla Hardware Supplies
Artists who live and/or work in the Western Downs Regional Council area are invited to submit work in any media to the 2019 Western Downs Artists’ Exhibition in response to the exhibition theme.
Inside Out invites artists to reflect on their personal arts practice by looking ‘in’, to connect with their essence of creativity, and bringing ‘out’ to demonstrate through inspired work. The theme invites playful and divergent thinking and could bring forth something unexpected.
Click on Entry Form for more details
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Cindy Grimes | Shades of Brigalow 2018 | Acrylic on canvas | 50.5cm x 76cm
- Meandarra Museum Volunteers Wanted
Do you have a passion for research or perhaps a flair for arranging and displaying artefacts?
The Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum volunteer group is always looking for new members. Our dedicated volunteers devise and construct our new exhibitions, ensure the museum is open for visitors on weekends, and assist with cleaning and maintenance of our precious artefacts. There is no minimum time commitment – we welcome anyone with an interest in our museum!Continue reading →
- Our Meandarra Librarian is listening to…
I am a self-confessed audiobook addict. There, I’ve said it! I spend 90 minutes a day in my car commuting to and from work, so rather than wasting that precious time in my day, I listen to the latest releases and the time just flies as I become absorbed in the world of my favourite characters.
So, what am I listening to now? One of my absolute favourite authors, Kate Morton.
The Clockmaker’s Daughter featuring a rambling old house, Birchwood Manor, as the central charater, is told by multiple voices across time. Beautifully written in the author’s trademark style, Kate Morton knows how to draw in the reader with her complex characters, lyrical turns of phrase and sumptuous descriptions. The book is an epic piece of historical fiction with plenty of twists and turns, and narrated by Joanne Froggatt (of Downton Abbey fame).
Reserve your copy of The Clockmaker’s Daughter.
Prefer eAudiobooks? Reserve an eAudio copy of The Clockmaker’s Daughter.Continue reading →
- What’s on in Meandarra?
Are you looking for something to do at Meandarra Library? Check out the list below to find out what is happening in our wonderful space.
June 24 – Storytime for Kids at Meandarra Library happens at 10.30am – Suitable for children up to 5 years. Everyone welcome.
Other events happening in our district:
June 18 – Grant Writing Workshop at the Meandarra Hall from 6.00pm. Book your free spot by emailing email@example.com or call 1300 COUNCIL
June 20 – Meandarra Craft Group meets at the library at 10.30am. Visitors welcome.
June 29 – Hannaford Open Gymkhana & Fete. 8.30am start and free entry. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Storytime for Kids at Meandarra Library
Our next Storytime for Kids session will be held on Monday 24 June 2019 at 10.30 am.
Our Storytime for Kids sessions are carefully planned to enhance early literacy skills, and feature stories, songs, and fun craft activities based around a monthly theme.
Storytime for Kids is best suited to children aged 3–5, but everyone is welcome.
For more info, call us at 1300 COUNCIL or email us at email@example.com
Looking for a Storytime session closer to you? Click here for details of Storytime sessions in our other branches.Continue reading →
- The Library – More than books!
The public library has come a long way from your traditional warehouse of rows of books sitting on shelves. Libraries have adopted to the needs of their audience in the 21st century as we move through the age of information technology, 24/7 access, and on demand services.
Western Downs Libraries has a range of services and collections that you may not know about, please check these out on your next visit, or in some cases, from the comfort of your own home!
At your local library
Public PCs & Wi-Fi: Available for booking for one hour a day, with printing, scanning and faxing facilities.
Music Studio: Available for booking with a library card and a short 5 min induction, the music studio has garage band mixing software with 2 x microphones, and a keyboard. (Dalby Library)
VR Cube: Virtual Reality Cube, experience virtual reality on our HTC VIVE, available for 30 minute session with a library card for ages 10 + with a parent. (Dalby Library)
Media Room: Available for an hour booking with a library card, come play Xbox one, PS4, Wii, or just watch a movie.
Public Programs: Storytimes, yoga, STEAMSquad, bookclubs, lifestyle workshops, technology sessions, Dungeons & Dragons – see our ‘What’s On’ section of this website for more information.
Your library at home:
All these online services are available to you free with your Western Downs Libraries card from the comfort of your own home.
Kanopy: Your free online streaming service, watch up to 10 movies per month – a range of old, new, and quirky films for everyone.
BorrowBox: Download borrowbox onto any smartphone or tablet and select from our wide range of ebooks & eaudiobooks
RB Digital: Visit RBDigital website and create an account, then download the app onto any smartphone or tablet to select from our wide range of e-audiobooks & e-magazines
Storybox Library: Online videos of popular picture book stories read by local known Australians.
Lynda.com: Want to learn to play the Guitar? Use Adobe Photoshop? Lynda has 1000’s free online courses to improve your current skillset.
Research Databases: Doing an assignment? we subscribe to a number of educational research databases with reliable information, available at your fingertips,
Reserving Items: If you prefer a paper book, search our online catalogue for the item you wish to reserve and we’ll send it to your local library branch available for pickup. This service attracts a 50 cent fee per item.
- Have you heard about Kanopy?
Come in and see us to hear all about the Western Downs Libraries new award-winning video streaming service- Kanopy.
Kanopy is an on-demand film streaming service showcasing more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, film festival favourites and indie and classic films. Popular movies streaming now include A Ghost Story, Swiss Army Man and Life After Beth and Colossal, just to name a few.
Looking for some kids entertainment? On Kanopy Kids you’ll find tonnes of great movies, TV shows, educational videos, your ABC kids favourites and much more!
The best part? You can start streaming now for free with your library card. Just head on over to Kanopy and get streaming!
- 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
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- 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 →