- Moonie Welcomes 2019
Now all the fun of Christmas and New Year is over it’s back to business for all our library families. This is a busy month for some children who will be starting school for the first time, and a new adventure for our older children heading off to their respective high and boarding schools. For some Mums, this month is probably not the time for sitting down for a quiet read but rather spending their precious time having fun with their children before school starts or enjoying heading away for holidays.
Come February our Book Club ladies will be out in force waiting to catch up with friends and enjoy that lovely, sugar free, light chocolate cake and a light, frothy-topped cappuccino to go with it. We at the library know just how much enjoyment these ladies bring to our centre while discussing their latest find from our online catalogue. Our next Book Club meeting will be Tuesday 5 February. All are welcome so come along, bring a friend and enjoy the company of like minded community members.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!
- Moonie Bookclub end of year finale
Our Moonie Bookclub members finished 2018 with a trip to Goondiwindi to watch “Ladies in Black” and enjoy a beautiful lunch. Some had already read the book, other’s had not, but we all had a wonderful day. It is something we’re sure to do again next year. Click here to reserve your copy of the book or DVD which will be coming soon.
Over Christmas and January members are choosing novels from our Chick Literature click here for Chick Lit novels or Romance click for Romance novels genres and we’ll meet up again in February to dissect, discuss and determind what was good, bad and downright ugly (not many I’m sure).
Thank you to our fabulous Bookclub members who have kept up the reading and reviewing all year, we look forward to 2019 with you.
Not a member yet, but want to be? New members are always welcome! Come along and we’ll set you up with our next great read.
Want to know more? Contact us on 1300 COUNCIL or email email@example.com
Like to find a Bookclub near you? Click here for details of other Bookclubs in the Western Downs.Continue reading →
- Combat loss of reading achievement
Experts call it the “summer slide,” where children lose up to two months of reading achievement over the Christmas holidays?
Your local Library has the solution. We have Emergent readers, Beginner readers and Early readers that are high interest and cover lots of topics. Ask your local librarian to advise about other Junior Fiction books that may be of interest such as Frog on a Log in a Bog by Andy Griffiths or go on adventures with Algy. This series are small chapter books with coloured illustrations which are great for those children transitioning from picture books. Why not borrow Algy’s Amazing Adventures in the Arctic or Algy’s Amazing Adventures in the Jungle or Algy’s Amazing Adventures in Space all written by Kaye Umansky. Other books you may like to try are the Sporty Kids series or the Aussie Nibbles series. There are lots of choices available.
Have fun over the holidays and we would love to see you and your little readers in the library soon.Continue reading →
- January School Holiday Activities
The curious comes to life these school holidays at your Library.
Bell Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)
Wednesday 16 January, 10am-12pm – Stop motion: Aliens and cupcakes come to life: Part 1 Prop-making (6+)
Wednesday 23 January, 10am-12pm – Stop motion: Aliens and cupcakes come to life: Part 2 Recording (6+)
Chinchilla Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)
Tuesday 8 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Cootie catchers animal chatterboxes (6+)
Thursday 10 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Dragon Eggs: make your own magical egg (6+)
Tuesday 15 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Tinker creature (6+)
Thursday 17 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Stop motion (8+)
Don’t forget our Toddler Storytime session will continue throughout the school holidays! Every Friday, 10.15am.
Dalby Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)
Wednesday 9 January, 10.30-11.30am – Dragon craft (6+)
Wednesday 16 January, 10.30-11.30am – Curious creature masks (6+)
Thursday 17 January, 10.30-11.30am – Sploder.com: make your own monster arcade game (7+)
Don’t forget our Toddler Storytime session will continue throughout the school holidays! Every Tuesday, 10.30am
Jandowae Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)
Wednesday 9 January, 10-11am – Stop motion (8+)
Wednesday 16 January, 10-11am – Alien name: turn your name into an alien (6+)
Miles Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)
Thursday 3 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)
Tuesday 8 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)
Thursday 17 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)
Tuesday 22 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)
Tara Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)
Tuesday 8 January, 10am-12pm – Curious Creatures craft table (no bookings required)
Tuesday 15 January, 10am-12pm – Sphero: painting with robotic balls (10+)
Meandarra and Wandoan Libraries (no need to book)
A Curious Creatures craft table will be available throughout the January holidays. Call in any time.Continue reading →
- Tic Toc stop the clock!
The wait is finally over!
Kate Morton’s latest novel “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” is on the shelves throughout Western Downs Libraries.
If it’s not available in your branch and you just can’t wait for it to be returned, reserve another copy here.
Or download it as an eAudio or an ebook through our Borrowbox. Three ways to enjoy her latest title. Which one suits you best?
Another favourite Aussie of ours in Moonie is Belinda Alexandra, her new book is due to hit shelves all over Australia in late October. Never read her before? Then borrow one of Belinda Alexandra’s titles. She’s a fantastic home grown author with a similar feel to Kate.Continue reading →
- Homegrown talent
Australia has an enormous amount of homegrown talent when it comes to the literary world.
The top 10 voted by Booktopia members for 2018 are:
Our favourites here in Moonie also include:
Jane Harper, author of The Dry and who will have a new novel out late October browse here ,
Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites browse here,
There are fabulous Australian authors galore and we stock them throughout Western Downs Libraries in spades so check on shelf or order through our catalogue.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 →
- 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 →