- Storytime is for Everyone
Read, talk, play… Storytime is for everyone at Western Downs Libraries!
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 →
- Do you need a costume for Book Week?
Book Week began in 1946 when the Children’s Book Council of Australia wanted to celebrate children’s literature. However, this idea has expanded and many schools celebrate by having students dress-up as their favourite book character during Book Week, which is held in August.
Are you lacking inspiration? Don’t know what to make? We have all the answers on our shelves. Lots of children’s books that will provide you with ideas, plus books on how to make costumes. Why not try your hand at making a Charlie and Lola Costume or a Very Hungry Caterpillar costume?
Borrow your child’s favourite book and go searching in your local second hand shop for bits and pieces.
Alternatively, look at books such as Party! : the Ultimate Kids’ Birthday Party Book or The Complete Book of Dressing Up by Juliet Moxley, or Easy-to-make costumes by Kathryn Harrison and Valerie Kohn and try your hand at making a costume with your child.
Have fun this Book Week.
- Western Downs Libraries are Going Paperless!
That’s right – Western Downs Libraries are taking steps to be more environmentally sustainable and Earth conscious by reducing our paper-based communication. From 31 July, communication from your library will no longer be sent by mail. Instead, you will receive reminders in real-time via email – how great is that?
To make sure your correct email address is listed, log on to westerndowns.spydus.com and do the following:
- Login using your Borrower ID and Password
- From here, your My Account information will be displayed
- To check if your contact information is correct, read through the My Details section by clicking on the arrow on the left side of the screen.
- To update your email address click on the dropdown arrow under Summary on the main page and choose Personal Details
- Scroll down to Contact Details and change your email address.
- Click Update when you’re finished.
If you are visiting from a desktop, follow these steps:
- Login using your Borrower ID and Password
- On the right side of the page, under My Library, click on My Account
- To check if your contact information is correct, read through the My Details section on the left side of the screen.
- To update your email address, click on Personal Details at the top of the screen and scroll down to Contact Details.
- Click Update when you’re finished.
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- Mid year wrap for Moonie!
Well, can you believe we are half way through 2018 already? The End of Financial Year is upon us and we thought it was a timely reminder of just how much we have enjoyed at the Moonie Library this year so far!
Our programs and events have included:
Author visit from Karen Land of Dalby was very popular with over twenty Moonie and surrounding community members enjoying her casual and very informative morning with us.
Storytime programs with Sheridan and Moonie Playgroup Mums, toddlers and bubs have been well attended. These mornings are accompanied by visits from Goondiwindi’s Child Health Nurse which everyone appreciates.
Monthly adult Bookclub meetings are continuing throughout the year with a lot of chatter about general life and some mention of books!
Gulliver’s Travels Mobile Kindy has visited twice this year, once for their own Storytime session and again forNational Simultaneous Storytime. Moonie Prep students also joined us for National simultaneous Storytime.
Moonie State School has enjoyed a visit from Jacob for a Lego League workshop, all ages were involved and thoroughly enjoyed his demonstrations. The School is looking to purchase some technology and we very grateful Western Downs Libraries were able to let them ‘sample’ the Mindstorm’s capabilities.
Last school holidays saw two major workshops held at the Library with the Extreme Filmmaking and Illustrator events. Over thirty children (including teens) were involved and they were both well attended.
There is so much more happening throughout the remainder of the year! Keep your eyes and ears open, tell your friends, keep an eye on Facebook and we look forward to seeing you at any of our wonderful Western Downs Libraries branches again soon.
- 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 →
- Children are like cats – they both love boxes
What do you think this box is? A boat? A car? A train? A fire engine?
A recent discussion with a teacher friend concerned me greatly – apparently there are increasing numbers of children arriving at kindy with no idea how to use their imagination. They literally have to be taught to pretend.
In our effort to buy all the toys and do all the activities to make sure our children don’t miss out – they are missing out.
We need to give children the opportunity to use their own creativity and imagination. A colouring page of a train can only be a train. A play kitchen can only be a kitchen. And while there’s nothing wrong with those things, are we limiting our child’s response? Are we filling up our child’s lives with planned activities instead of letting them free play?
Next time, try giving your child a blank page or a cardboard box and see what happens. It may not be what you expect, but let your child take the lead and be surprised by the result!
(For the record, this box was a rocket!)
What will we do next Storytime?
Storytime sessions are held at:
These sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff!
It’s never to early to Read, Talk, Play, Sing!
- Moonie Bookclub’s Adventure
Our next meeting is set for Tuesday 7 August at 9.30am.
This month we are stepping out of our usual comfort zones and into the Adventure genre, one that we don’t usually visit. Come along in July to see our selection of titles, you might just surprise yourselves and find a new passion for Adventure novels!
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 →
- 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 →
- Be Smart, Be like Bella!
Have you visited your local Library recently?
No, well it’s never too late to rock on down and check out what your local library has to offer you.
Not only can you borrow books, DVD’s, music CD’s, audio books and magazines, you can also use the computers, connect to our WiFi, access technology assistance or maybe join a bookclub, multicultural group, attend a storytime session or an after school or holiday activity and much, much more!
So be smart, be like Bella and visit your local library today!
- Plan the Perfect Getaway
Using Lonely Planet books, you can plan the perfect get away.
What better way to see the world than on a bike?! We have just the book for you Epic Bike Rides of the World! This book provides information on 50 cycling routes in 30 countries, from Australia to Bhutan, and 200 ideas for bike rides, Lonely Planet’s Epic Bike Rides will inspire two-wheeled travel all over the world.
Lonely Planet’s Where to go When. This tells you where you should go next and provides more than 360 suggestions for destinations around the world. It also details the best time of year to experience these locations and helps you plan a lifetime of perfect trips.
The third great book we have is Around the World in 50 ways. Get ready for a trip like no other! Set off from London and travel the world, then try to make it back! In this globetrotting adventure, you choose where to go and how to get there. From tuk-tuks and sleds to boats and balloons, you’ll explore famous cities, tropical islands, winter wonderlands and loads more!
Lonely Planet has also produced a book titled 1000 Ultimate sights. This book guides you through iconic buildings, awesome canyons, weird monuments, vast animal migrations, spooky dungeons and romantic vistas. Make your own list using the book, hit the road, and start exploring the world’s most breathtaking sights.
Want something closer to home? Check out Sydney City Trails. This book allows you to follow 19 fantastic themed trails to reveal Sydney’s best kep secrets. Find out where to cuddle koalas, catch the world’s steepest passenger train, see the city through a sky-high glass floor and lots more! It’s Sydney like you’ve never seen it before.
Didn’t find what you wanted? Check out more books about travel on our shelves.Continue reading →