- Extended Loan Periods
For a limited time, your local branch is offering extended loan periods and limits.
Enjoy a NEW loan limit of 40 items per card and an increased loan time of 56 days.
If you’re looking for a sign, here’s the perfect excuse to get stuck into a new series or binge-watch your favourite TV and movies. Discover all ten books of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s Treehouse series! Borrow entire seasons of Grey’s Anatomy! Listen to Stig Wemyss narrate Trent Dalton’s bestseller Boy Swallows Universe… 79 times!
Think of the possibilities! Search our catalogue to see all we have to offer!Continue reading →
- The benefits of listening to audiobooks are extensive…
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 Year 12 population are auditory learners
- Students can listen and comprehend two grade levels above their reading level when regularly listening to audiobooks; and
- Combining print and audio increases recall by 40% over print alone.
Listening is the first language skill that we acquire and 85% of what we learn, we learn by listening. For those young learners who have difficulty reading, listening to Audiobooks can make learning a much easier process. It also makes it inclusive and fun!
There are endless reasons why audiobooks are an essential part of learning – time to get the kids listening anywhere and everywhere!If you need help to download and access our audiobook please come in to any Western Downs Libraries branch and our staff would be happy to help.Continue reading →
- Encyclopedia Britannica free and online
A one-stop, concise, authoritative, user-friendly source of reference materials is now at your personal disposal – all you need is your Western Downs Libraries membership card. Watch the video to get started.Continue reading →
- Your Words Out West Reading List!
We’ve just wrapped up our very first Words Out West Readers & Writers Fest, and we had so much fun hearing from some of our favourite authors!
If you’re having Words Out West Withdrawals like us, or you just love a good read, we can’t get enough of these books by our Words Out West authors!
The art of growing up by John Marsden
Things a killer would know by Paula Doneman
White Horses by Rachael Treasure
Starting from now by Fleur McDonald
Has our luck run out? by David Fagan
Ghosts of the past by Tony Park
The Juliet code by Christine Wells
- Story Central is the place to be!
Story Central has been postponed. Please follow us on Facebook for updates and to be notified when Story Central resumes.
Story Central has returned to support your reading addiction.
Story Central is an afternoon of discussion, reading, writing and exploring. We share our favourite books, discover new authors, write alternative (better) endings, and generally just have fun with like-minded young people. The 6 week program is assisted by a professional teacher, but will never feel like homework. It is a chance to extend yourself and take a new path and be surprised where you journey to.
Story Central is held every Thursday during Term 1 at 3.30-4.30pm.
It’s not to late to become involved, Register here for Story Central!
Story Central is ideally suited to kids aged 9–15 with a love of reading and writing. For more information see the team at Tara Library or call 1300COUNCIL.
- School Holiday Activities
Each school holidays Western Downs Libraries offer a range of activities for kids to enjoy at each of our branches.
Unfortunately we will be unable to offer activities these school holidays, but our library branches remain open for the community to enjoy.
Please follow us on Facebook for updates and to be notified when programming resumes at your Library.Continue reading →
- New Hot Speed Reads Collection
Now at Western Downs Libraries is our new Hot Speed Reads collection. Get the latest titles from popular authors without delay with these ten-day loan items.
Our current Hot Speed Reads are…
The Institute by Stephen King
Starting From Now by Fleur McDonald
The Guardians by John Grisham
Khaki Town by Judy Nunn
The Dark Side by Danielle Steele
Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb
The Last Paradise by Di Morrissey
A Better Man by Louise Penny
The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
Westwind by Ian Rankin
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci
The Model Wife by Tricia Stringer
Postscript by Cecelia Ahern
Matters of the Heart by Fiona Palmer
Blue Moon by Lee Child
The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh
White Horses by Rachel Treasure.
What you need to know…
Q: Where can I find these books?
A: On the shelf at Dalby, Tara or Chinchilla Library.
Q: How do I know if a book is a ‘Hot Speed Read’?
A: All our Hot Speed Reads have a yellow ‘Ten Day Loan’ sticker on the cover.
Q: What if I don’t usually borrow from Dalby, Chinchilla or Tara Library?
A: Never fear, if your local Library doesn’t carry the Hot Speed Reads, or if there is no copy available at your branch you can reserve one.
- Story Box Library
Storytime at Home Free and Online
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 →
- The RBdigital App
It’s official: people of the Western Downs love Audiobooks. Whether it’s farmers listening as they do endless hours of tractor work, people listening as they commute to work or students reading for school (or fun!), we are listening to our books more than ever.
To meet this demand, Western Downs Libraries have made accessing audible content easier than ever, thanks to the new RB Digital app. Now you can browse all of your eAudiobooks and eMagazines in one place! If you’re having trouble accessing the app, or finding it difficult to search or check out items, please visit any of our branches and our friendly library staff will help walk you through it.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register in the app?
To use the RBdigital app, you need to register on your library’s RBdigital website using any browser. In-app registration will be added to the RBdigital app in a future update.
How do I log into the new RBdigital app?
If you currently use OneClickdigital and/or Zinio for Libraries you can login using either your OneClickdigital username and password OR Zinio for Libraries email address and password.
If you have never used OneClickdigital or Zinio for Libraries, please go to RBdigital and register for RBdigital eMagazines or eAudibooks using any online browser.
I am trying to login but keep getting an error message
Have you tried resetting your password?
If not, please click the “forgot password” link, reset your password and try to login again.
If you still can’t login, please let us know the name of your library authority, your name, email address and library card number so we can look into this for you.
Can I view ALL of my checked out magazines in the app?
At launch you will be able to see up to 30 checked out magazines in the app. These are arranged in issue date order – newest to oldest.
The ability to see all checked out items will be available in a future update.
Do we now have to return magazines?
No, the word “return” is used to be consistent with the rest of the app’s media types. It’s just a simple way to quickly delete from your checked out titles.
Can I manage my account in the app?
No, you will still need to go to the library website via your browser to do this.
What will happen to the old OneClickdigital app if I don’t update it?
The old app will function as normal for only eAudiobook/eBook access. When you “search” for titles, you will be taken to the new look RBdigital eAudiobook/eBook website (which replaces the old OneClickdigital website).
The app will continue to be available in this way until further notice.
How long can I continue to use the Zinio for Libraries app?
The in-app countdown will begin on 10th July and exist for 60 days. At the end of the 60 days you will no longer be able to checkout and read newly checked out magazines from the app. To do this, you must download and use the RBdigital app.
Is the RBdigital app available for all devices?
The RBdigital app is available for Apple, Android and Kindle Fire/Fire HD/X but not the Windows phone. Library members would need to download titles manually through the website onto a Windows phone or stream online via the website.Continue reading →
- Ancestry.com at Your Library
Get free access to Ancestry.com at your local Library branch?
Trace your family story with a family tree – Ancestry.com make it easy. If you visit one of our nine library branches, you can access this great resource on any of our public computers for FREE. Discover your family today.
Click here to access the website while you’re at the library to begin tracing your family history! You might be surprised at what you will find.Continue reading →