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Aug, 2019

Gardening Workshops with ABC Radio’s Michael Wells!

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Got plant problems? Not anymore. Gardening guru Michael Wells is coming to the Western Downs, and he is bringing his plant-whispering wisdom with him. When Michael isn’t teaching horticulture at TAFE Queensland, or working in his own garden, he writes a gardening column for the Toowoomba Chronicle and advises ABC Southern Queensland radio listeners on all things gardening. Michael will be hosting a series of gardening workshops at Western Downs Libraries branches in August and September. Discover how plant selection and the secrets of soil can make your garden the […]

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Aug, 2019

Get online with Be Connected!

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Learning about computers can seem intimidating and complicated but it doesn’t have to be. Western Downs Libraries is making digital literacy easy with Be Connected. Whether you are a job seeker looking to expand your skill set, or someone who has never touched a computer before, Be Connected is for you. Improve your skills with computers, apps and mobile devices with the assistance of our supportive staff and volunteers. Your learning experience is tailored to your personal requirements and skill level with the huge range of available lessons. Be Connected […]

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May, 2019

2019 Year of Indigenous Languages

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Keep indigenous languages alive. The Aboriginal language spoken in the Dalby area is the Barrunggam language. Barrunggam is also spelt as Barungam, Barrungama or Parrungoom as well as referred to as Murrumgama or Murrumningama – this may in fact refer to a dialect or regional variation as there are a couple of known dialects within Barunggam, including Bunyinni which was spoken on Jimbour Station. Would you like to know more? Reserve a copy of the following books from your local library – Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton or Languages […]

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Apr, 2019

How do you use the library?

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A lot goes on at the library, and there’s many different ways to use the resources on offer. When it comes to how you use the library, what creature are you? BEES – Bees wish to actively occupy their time in a useful way. They like to be in an environment that allows them to study and use the library’s free resources.  You can usually find Bees in study spaces and close to power points. BUTTERFLIES – Butterflies are strolling readers who wander the library without a particular activity in […]

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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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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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May, 2018

Photo Preservation

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Do you have treasured family photos that you want to preserve? Western Downs Libraries has a photo preservation station for tech savvy seniors to digitise photos, slides and negatives. You can digitise: Printed photographs (up to A4 size) Film negatives (35mm, medium format, 4 x 5 inch) Photo slides (35mm) Documents (up to A4 size) Factsheets are available to get you started, however if you are not confident with technology we recommend you bring someone along to help you out. Fact sheet Colour negatives and slides Black and White negatives […]

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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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