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Nov, 2019

Storytime for Kids at Bell

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Storytime for Kids is held at the Bell State School library, in conjunction with the eKindy and Prep classes. All storytime sessions are open to the public and members of the Bell Playgroup. If you have any questions about Storytime in Bell, please contact Pam at the Bell Library. The final session for 2019 will be on Wednesday 11 December, 12.15pm Storytime will recommence in 2020 on Wednesday 19 February. Want to find a Storytime session closer to you? Click here to see what our other branches offer.

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Nov, 2019

Birding with Bernice at Bell

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The Bell Birdwatching Group have enjoyable and educational excursions each month, spotting wildlife all around the district. If you’d like to join the group, you can contact Bernice Seton (Life Member of Birds Queensland). The group meets on the 3rd Friday of the month. What a great way to learn more about native species, whilst touring the Western Downs region! Contact: Bernice (0427) 631 080, or Ruth bellbunyacommunitycentre@nullgmail.com.

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Jan, 2019

Bookclub – Where Great Minds Think Alike

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It doesn’t matter if you’re into Shakespeare or Sci-fi, Christian Grey or Dorian Gray you’re certain to find something new to read at one of our popular Bookclubs. Bookclubs meet all over our region and provide a welcoming, chatty and fun escape for those of us looking to get excited teasing out the finer points of our latest read. For some it’s a monthly dose of sanity, for others it’s a chance to expand into genres they would not normally tackle – but everyone agrees it’s the best way to meet new […]

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Dec, 2018

The benefits of listening to audiobooks are extensive…

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Audiobooks are immersive, educational, instructional, entertaining and they’re perfect for the time rich and the time poor.  Audiobooks can also change the way we listen, read and learn, improving the literacy of young readers and those for whom English is a second language.  There are plenty of benefits to regularly listening to audiobooks, including:    Increasing reading accuracy by 52% Increasing reading speed, expanding vocabulary and improving fluency Teaching pronunciation Improving comprehension by 76%; and Increasing test scores by 21% when engaged in multi-modal learning.   Not to mention:   27% of the Kindergarten to […]

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Jul, 2018

Love cooking …

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Do you love to cook? Our shelves are full of beautiful recipe books that will truly inspire you to cook like a Masterchef contestant. If you are looking for healthy recipes, you may enjoy 500 Ketogenic Recipes by Dana Carpender or Eat Well, Be Well by local author Karen Land. Do you love cooking sweets? Try The Vintage Sweets Book by Angel Adoree or Dessert Bar by Pamela Clark. These cold nights you may like to use your slow cooker. Your family will never be bored at dinner time when […]

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Jan, 2018

Audiobooks at Western Downs Libraries

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Audio books have become the fastest growing format in publishing today. Smartphones, tablets and the need for multitasking have made them ideal for the 21st century. But, did you know that they started when Edison recorded Mary Had a Little Lamb on a tinfoil phonograph in 1877? The first novel-length talking book was made for blinded World War I veterans and today it is a billion-dollar industry. You can listen to them on long drives, on walks or even in the bath. Audio books are great if your sight is […]

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Aug, 2017

What is marginalia?

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For centuries, readers have inscribed books with handwritten marginal notes, or marginalia.   These annotations can serve as ownership indicators, inscriptions, study notes, summaries, or they can facilitate what has been described as social reading in which two or more readers discuss the book’s contents in a margin-based conversation.   Samuel Taylor Coleridge coined the term marginalia to encompass all such annotations, but the practice is as old as the printed book and even older: marginalia have been found in scrolls painstakingly copied down by medieval monks.  Marginalia can serve […]

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