- Capture the small things- Smartphone Photography
Say goodbye to bad images.
Do you have a smartphone? Are you taking full advantage of it’s camera capabilities?
Moonie local Lynelle Urquhart will be sharing her expertise in photography at this FREE workshop at Moonie Library. Join us to learn how to get the most out of your smartphone camera. Become more confident in taking and editing photos, and capturing the small things in life; one day they’ll be the big things. Start recording your family and community history today.
The workshop will be held on Wednesday 12 June, 10am–12pm at Moonie RTC.
Bookings are essential as spaces are limited – click here to book now.
A light morning tea will be provided. Please BYO smartphone.
- Let’s Talk Gardening workshop
Get ready for Spring!
Moonie Local Gale McKelvie will be sharing her knowledge at a FREE gardening workshop.
- Local soil types
- Which natives will flourish at your home
- Pruning different species
- What to plant and when, for your best garden yet
This workshop will be held at the Moonie RTC on Wednesday 26 June, 10am–12pm. Bookings are essential – please click here to book now.
A light morning tea will be provided.Continue reading →
- 1 million children reading all at once
Would you like to join them?
Every year on 22 May a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is simultaneously read in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. This year the wonderful book Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove has been chosen.
National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).
Branches across the Western Downs will be celebrating National Simultaneous Storytime with a bang. Special guest story readers will be attending selected events, plus, there will be craft activities and songs to sing.
Reserve your copy of Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove at your local branch.
Alpacas with Maracas NEAR YOU:
Wednesday 22 May
– 10am at Grevillea Park, Day Street, Tara
– 11.00am at Chinchilla Library, Dalby Library, Dogwood Crossing Miles, Jandowae Community & Cultural Centre, and Wandoan Community & Cultural Centre;
– 12.15pm at Bell Library
Tuesday 28 May – 10.30am at Meandarra Library
Wednesday 29 May – 10am at Moonie RTC
The story will be online and read by ABCTV favourite, Jimmy Giggle from Giggle & Hoot, in our Storybox Library closer to the date so watch out for it there as well. In the meantime, you can meet Maca and Al and watch their tomfoolery online.Continue reading →
- New Releases, New Stories
New books are flooding Western Downs Libraries! If you’re looking for that perfect book to curl up with this winter, check out these top new titles that are hitting the shelves:
The Buried Girl by Richard Montanari
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
Kill by Antony Good
The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar
To view more new release titles visit our catalogue and view our New Fiction & New Non-Fiction in the sidebar. Don’t forget, you can also access thousands of great books including new releases through BorrowBox.Continue reading →
- The Pearl Thief
The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh is a captivating historical drama with a story entwined around a unique piece of jewellery. This story is set in both London and Paris and refers back to WWII in Prague.
The Pearl Thief commences with the introduction of a wealthy Jewish family and follows them through the persecution and horrors of war with the impact of the war never really leaving their lives.
In the 1960’s Katerina (the main character) is an authority on historical art specialising in authenticating jewellery. She is shocked when faced with a unique piece that connects her with the past, it is a family heirloom that was stolen from her home during the war. The hated thief needs to be confronted, but it is difficult as many memories of the war years and abuse have shockingly come to the surface after being repressed.
- Quirky Mystery and Crime
Cinnamon Rolls, Naked Ladies, Bollywood Stars and witches oh my!
If your idea of Mystery and Crime novels is more grim thriller and psychological suspense then it’s time to investigate a little further.
Here’s some clues to get your search started.
For history lovers try:
For foodies we have the delectable Joanne Fluke books such as:
Or for something with more spice:
The Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall Smith, Killer on a Hot Tin Roof by Livia J. Washburn and The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies by Susan Wittig Albert.
We even have a couple for the cat lovers: The Cat Sitter’s Pajamas: a Dixie Hemingway Mystery by Blaize Clement and No Cooperation From the Cat: a Mystery by Marian Babson.Continue reading →
- Storytime is for Everyone!
Young children are active, cheeky, and constantly learning. With songs and rhymes, stories, movement and activities, our interactive and fun Storytime sessions are geared towards developing your child’s early literacy capabilities.
Storytime is held at all of our branches. Find one near you:
With funding through the State Government’s First Five Forever initiative, we’ve been able to put a concerted effort into the research and development of this early literacy program. Our Storytime sessions are carefully planned and delivered by specially trained staff to encourage your child’s development and early literacy skills. Combining strategies and exercises from leading and well proven early development practices, we’ve created a relaxed opportunity for parents and care-givers to embrace and become confident in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.
90 percent of brain development happens in the first five years of a child’s life, and language and development before age three is the single most important factor in school success. Sharing books, singing nursery rhymes and talking to your child from birth is the best way to support your child’s communication and pre-literacy development.
It’s never too early to read, talk, play!Continue reading →
- Kanopy – free movie streaming
We love movies so we’re pumped about 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!
- 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 →