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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

New Year, New You

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We are finally at the end of 2018, and it’s now we all start to think of the goals we may or may not have achieved, and what we hope to accomplish in the next year. Your resolution might be to  break bad habits, learn a new hobby, gain a new positive outlook, or just keep on doing what you’re doing. The library has many books on a range of self help topics, instructions on learning that new skill, and books to give you the motivation to make a change […]

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Nov, 2018

Silence can be deafening

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“Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins. Now the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you’re a woman. Almost overnight, bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and seventy million women lose their jobs. Even more terrifyingly, young girls are no longer taught to read or write.” Vox is the debut novel by Christina Dalcher and a great book to read […]

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Nov, 2018

Tic Toc stop the clock!

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The wait is finally over! Kate Morton’s latest novel “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” is on the shelves throughout Western Downs Libraries. If it’s not available in your branch and you just can’t wait for it to be returned, reserve another copy here. Or download it as an eAudio or an ebook through our Borrowbox.  Three ways to enjoy her latest title.  Which one suits you best? Another favourite Aussie of ours in Moonie is Belinda Alexandra, her new book is due to hit shelves all over Australia in late October.  Never read […]

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Aug, 2018

Solving problems through books: Bibliotherapy

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Reading can and often does serve as a tool for personal growth and adjustment. Reading frequently helps the reader to accept himself for what he is, to obtain insights into his own problems, and to evaluate his own strengths and weaknesses. Almost everyone has to face some personal problems. These range from the trivial distress caused by straight or unkept hair to the tragic loss of hearing or eyesight. There are a myriad of problems that may be an issue for your child. Perhaps through reading about problems that children […]

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Jul, 2018

Borrow from the comfort of your own home

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Did you know you can borrow and read our books without even visiting the library? Western Downs Libraries is subscribed a number of eLibrary apps so that all you need to get started is your library card! Simply download the BorrowBox app on any Android or Apple-made device, enter your library ID, and PIN and you’ll have access to a huge range of eBooks and eAudiobooks! If you love magazines and Audio-books sign up online to our RBdigital App and you’ll have access to eAudiobooks and eMagazines. For the children we have […]

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Jun, 2018

Dalby Bookclub is the place to be

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Dalby Bookclub is very popular and happens on the last Wednesday of every month. This month’s book is The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark. Join us on Wednesday 31 October 2018 for a lively chat about this wonderful book. A daughter’s quest to clear her parents’ names, it’s a thought provoking thriller “teeming with tantalizing twists”. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month 10.30–11.30am.   Bookings preferred. Contact Dalby Library on (07) 4679 4474 or email dalby.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au. We can’t wait to see you there! Looking for a Bookclub […]

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Jun, 2018

Peek inside US politics: what really goes on inside the White House

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Now that the dust has settled from that infamous 2016 US election campaign, the tell-all stories behind its biggest names have started to emerge. From Trump to Hillary, to unsecured emails, if you’re interested in knowing what goes on inside the White House, US politics, or what Trump and Clinton are really like, check out these new titles in our collection. Chasing Hillary : ten years, two presidential campaigns, and one intact glass ceiling  by Amy Chozek A thrilling tale by Chozek who spent many years on the inside of Hillary’s run for […]

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Feb, 2018

It is never to early to read to your baby

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In the first years of life, your child’s brain develops faster than at any other stage. During this time, the simple things you to together each day can have an enormous impact. Even though your baby isn’t reading yet, sharing books and reading stories is such a valuable way to develop your baby’s pre-literacy and language skills. It is important to familiarise your child with how a storybook works, the beginning, the end, and how text reads from left to right. Tips for reading to your baby Choose a book […]

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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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