- Finding the Dry disheartening?
Are you finding the continuous dry weather disheartening? Is your garden (not to mention winter crops) suffering from lack of rain? It can be a depressing time for everyone in the family but make the most of the continuing sunny days by getting into the garden. Maybe you need to rethink your design and plant choices to better suit the current climate?
We have a massive range of books to help you. Check out the wonderful selection of Gardening resources on our catalogue. There are many plant guides as well as more specific topics such as creating an organic garden or self-sufficient gardens. You can also borrow magazines such as Gardening Australia and Earth Garden which are full of helpful hints.
Children love veggie patches, it a wonderful way to spend time with them and teach them about horticulture. To inspire your little ones check out A Patch from Scratch by Megan Forward.
It may rain one day and you’ll see your creation come to life!Continue reading →
- Moonie Bookclub
Our next meeting is set for Tuesday 11th September at 9.30am.
This month we are reviewing “Ghost Moth” by Michele Forbes and making a selection of titles from our wonderful Adult fiction genre. We have some Staff and reader’s favourites plus we’re hoping to find some hidden gems to share with other members so hope to see you at our casual morning meeting!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Like to find a Bookclub near you? Click here for details of other Bookclubs in the Western Downs.Continue reading →
- Spring into Spring – school holiday activities
It’s too beautiful to stay inside these School Holidays… Get out and about at your Library!
Get back to nature with OUTDOOR Storytimes, learn basic photography and navigation skills, or simply bring a little bit of nature to you.
Bookings are essential for all sessions. Please contact your local branch.
Bell Library – click here to book online
Beginners photography for kids (7+ years) – Friday 5 October, 10.30 – 11.30am. *Please bring your own smartphone or tablet. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Chinchilla Library – click here to book online
Beginners photography for kids (7+ years) – Wednesday 26 September, 2.30 – 3.30pm. *Please bring your own smartphone or tablet. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Beginners photography for kids (7+ years) – Thursday 27 September, 2.30 – 3.30pm. *Please bring your own smartphone or tablet. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Fairies and Elves garden (6+ years) – Wednesday 3 October, 2.30 – 3.30pm
Hunt for hidden treasure (8+ years) – Thursday 4 October, 2.30 – 3.30pm. *Please bring your own smartphone which is GPS enables and has been loaded with the ‘Geocaching’ app. You will also need to have created a free Geocaching account. Contact Library staff before the event id you require assistance. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Chinchilla Storytime sessions – Storytime will continue throughout the school holidays and be held outside! Follow us on Facebook for location details.
- Yoga storytime (all ages) – Tuesdays at 10.15am
- Toddler storytime (1-3 years) – Fridays at 10.15am
Dalby Library – click here to book online
Hunt for hidden treasure (8+ years) – Wednesday 26 September, 10.30-11.30am *We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Flower pot making (6+ years) – Wednesday 3 October, 10.30-11.30am
Dalby Storytime sessions – Storytime will continue throughout the school holidays and be held outside! Follow us on Facebook for location details.
- Toddler storytime (1-3 years) – Tuesdays at 10.30am
Miles Library – Contact the Library for bookings
Make a bouquet of flowers (5+ years) – Tuesday 25 September, 10.00-11.00am
Grass trees (5+ years) – Thursday 4 October, 10.00-11.00am
Tara Library – Contact the Library for bookings
Birds, bees & butterfly feeders (5+ years) – Wednesday 26 September, 10.30am-12.00pm
Beautiful Gardens – Colourful pot plants & garden markers (5+ years) – Wednesay 3 October, 10.30am-12.00pm
Wandoan Library – Contact the Library for bookings
Paint a skateboard deck (8+ years) – Thursday 27 September, 10.30-11.30am
Jandowae, Meandarra and Moonie Libraries
A craft table will be available during the school holidays. Call in any time, no need to book.
- Scribble – how climbing trees impacts writing
Like anything, learning to control a pencil – and eventually, write – is a developmental process.
You may notice that your toddler or preschooler is holding their pencil in strange ways, but DON’T WORRY! It is usually completely normal development (but always see a health care professional, such as an occupational therapist, if you are concerned). Holding their pencil in a fist, across their palm or in a 5-finger grasp is a perfectly mature grasp for children under school age.
Each stage of pencil grasp is dependent on how steady the shoulder and arm muscles are. As your child develops physically, the shoulder and arm muscles will get stronger and steadier, and you should notice the pencil grasp change and mature as well.
Here are a couple of tips:
- Build core muscles by encouraging your child to move their body in a variety of fun ways.
- Build hand strength by playing with playdough and pegs
- Give plenty of opportunities to scribble and draw
- Don’t force your child to hold a pencil “correctly” before they are developmentally ready. You will do more harm than good!
Our Storytime sessions are always full of fun learning, singing and movement activities. Click here to find details of a Storytime near you.
- Photo Preservation Continue reading →
Western Downs Libraries has a photo preservation station for tech savvy seniors to digitise photos, slides and negatives.
You can digitise:
- Printed photographs (up to A4 size)
- Film negatives (35mm, medium format, 4 x 5 inch)
- Photo slides (35mm)
- Documents (up to A4 size)
Factsheets are available to get you started, however if you are not confident with technology we recommend you bring someone along to help you out.
Chinchilla Library Monday 6 August – Friday 24 August 2018 Dalby Library Monday 10 September – Friday 28 September 2018 Bell Library Monday 15 October – Friday 2 November 2018 Jandowae Library Monday 19 November – Friday 14 December 2018 Miles Library Monday 7 January – Friday 25 January 2019 Wandoan Library Monday 11 February – Friday 1 March 2019 Tara Library Monday 18 March – Friday 5 April 2019 Meandarra Library Monday 22 April – Friday 10 May 2019 Moonie Library Monday 28 May – Friday 14 June 2019
*Available Monday – Friday only.
The station can be booked for a 2 hour session. Bookings are essential.
If you would like more information please contact 1300 COUNCIL or your local branch.
- Storytime is for Everyone
Read, talk, play… Storytime is for everyone at Western Downs Libraries!
Storytime for Bubs (0–12 months)
Storytime for Toddlers (1–3 years)
Storytime for Kids (3–5 years)
Yoga Storytime (all ages)
All of our Storytime sessions are carefully planned and delivered by trained staff. They include stories, songs and movement, as well as strategic discussions, key messages and learning outcomes. Plus, it’s FUN and FREE!
Research shows us that up to 90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first 5 years. Through Storytime sessions, now we can better encourage your child’s development and early literacy skills in ways that best suit them.
Meet some new friends, connect with your community and support your child’s early literacy development, in a relaxed and friendly environment.
We can also bring Storytime to you! Please contact your local branch if you are interested in having us visit your Daycare Centre, Playgroup, Kindy or School.
These programs have been made possible by the funding and support of State Library of Queensland’s First Five Forever initiative.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 →
- 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 →