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Dec, 2018

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. There’s no storytime session in January. Stay tuned for 2019’s dates! If you have any questions about Storytime in Bell, please contact Pam at the Bell Library bell.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au. Want to find a Storytime session closer to you? Click here to see what our other branches offer.

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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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Nov, 2018

Birding with Bernice at Bell

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The Bell Birdwatching Group has finished up for the year, but they’ll be back again in 2019 so stay tuned for details. If you’re thinking about joining the group in 2019, you can contact Bernice Seton (Life Member of Birds Queensland). 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. If you want to get a head start on some birdwatching over the Christmas break, check out the library’s new book, Australia’s birdwatching megaspots: the 55 best birdwatching […]

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Aug, 2018

Extra computer lessons have been added

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August is Seniors Month in the Western Downs. Our Libraries are celebrating our seniors by providing digital technology lessons across the regions. Due to popular demand Dalby Library has added extra computer lessons next week. They will be held Tuesday 28 August 2018 and Wednesday 29 August 2018 at 10.00am to 12.00pm. Morning tea will be supplied.  There’s never been a better time to get online. Getting started online   Part A and Part B Places are limited. Contact 1300 COUNCIL (1300268624)or email library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.auor drop into Dalby Library to reserve your place today!

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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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Jan, 2018

Is your child starting school soon?

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Western Downs Libraries have lots of books about starting school. Books are a wonderful tool that can help to reassure children about starting school or going to a new school. Books also open discussions on problems that happen to the characters in the books which you may be able to apply to how your child is feeling There are also books that help children understand what happens when they start daycare, preschool or kindergarten. Some of the titles available at the library are Starting School by Jane Godwin. Ming Goes to […]

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Jan, 2018

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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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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