- Tech Savvy Seniors: Reloaded!
Tech Savvy Seniors is back in 2018 and we’re full of exciting, fun programs to help you learn about all things technology-related! Book in for one session or stay for them all. Our instructor-led classes are well-paced and tailored to your individual skill level.
We make it easy; grab a coffee, make some friends and learn using our devices in air-conditioned comfort. Contact your local library branch to book a spot at one of these FREE session – hurry, places are limited!
27 Feb, 10am – 12pm: Protect Yourself Online
27 Feb, 1pm – 3pm: Become a Social Media Whiz
1 March, 10am – 12pm: Advanced Internet Skills
1 March, 1pm – 3pm: Tablets for Beginners
6 March, 10am – 12pm: Keeping Connected through Social Media
6 March, 1pm – 3pm: Become a Social Media Whiz
8 March, 10am – 12pm: Learning about Smartphones
8 March, 1pm – 3pm: Tablets for Beginners
13 March, 10am – 12pm: Intermediate Internet Skills
13 March, 1pm – 3pm: Advanced Internet Skills
15 March, 10am – 12pm: Introduction to Email
15 March, 1pm – 3pm: Keeping Connected through Social Media
21 March, 10am – 12pm: Learning about Smartphones
21 March, 1pm – 3pm: Email Master Class
22 March, 10am – 12pm: All about Online Banking
22 March, 1pm – 3pm: Become a Social Media Whiz
27 March, 10am – 12pm: Become a Social Media Whiz
27 March, 1pm – 3pm: All about Online Banking
29 March, 10am – 12pm: Tablets for Beginners
29 March, 1pm – 3pm: Step into the World of Online Shopping
10 April, 10am – 12pm: All about Online Banking
10 April, 1pm – 3pm: Protect Yourself Online
12 April, 10am – 12pm: Step into the World of Online Shopping
12 April, 1pm – 3pm: Shop Til you Drop: Online Shopping Intermediate
- Storytime for Kids at Tara
Start 2018 off with some fun by bringing your children to your local library to listen to a story, make some music, dance and do some fun craft activities.
The next Storytime session at the Tara Library is on Friday 2 February 2018 at 10:00 am.
Children love reading stories, the more you read, talk and play with your child, the more lights you’re turning on in their brain. The experience of those first five years stay with them forever.
Help your child develop a love of reading by simply taking them to a Storytime session at your local Library. All of our Storytime sessions are carefully planned to enhance early literacy skills. They feature stories, songs and fun craft activities based on a monthly theme.
Storytime for Kids is best suited to children aged 3–5, but everyone is welcome.
For more info, call us at 1300 COUNCIL or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for a Storytime session closer to you? Click here for details of Storytime in our other branches.
- Tara Bookclub
Tara Bookclub aspires to encourage reading and enlightenment, create discussion and provide an opportunity to meet new people in the community. We try to remind members that they may not like every book chosen for discussion, but on the other hand, might find a new author or genre to enjoy reading.
If you would like to read more books in 2018, come and join Tara’s friendly Bookclub. New members are always welcome, so come along and share your love of reading, discuss your views and enjoy morning tea – all at the same time. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at 10.30am.
Looking for a Bookclub closer to you? Click here for details of Bookclubs at our other branches.
- Do you or someone you know suffer from Anxiety?
The library has heaps of books on anxiety that are easy to read and understand. Have a look at the list below and reserve the books you would like to read.
Reading self help books allows you to expand your knowledge on the subject as well as believe that you can be more, do more and experience more.
First, we make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson is a new book to our collection. The book is described as being practical and poetic, wise and funny.
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne.
Overcoming Worry and Anxiety by Jerry Kennard.
- Things to do in and around Tara in January 2018
Lots of events are happening in our region so checkout the list below to find something to do this January.
5 January: Storytime and craft at Tara Library at 10.00am.
6 January: Tara Men’s Group Market, Grevillia Park, 30 Day Street (opp Medical Centre), from 9.00am.
6 January: Wambo Cup at Bell Races. Click here for further information.
7 January: WDOP Markets 8.00am – 1.00pm. Dalby Railway Station, 2 Hunter Street, Dalby. Click here for further information.
8 January: School Holidays Activities, Tara Library 10.30am – 12.00pm.
10 January: School Holidays Activities, Tara Library 10.30am – 12.00pm.
11 January: Tara Bookclub, Tara Library, 12.00pm. Click here for more information.
20 January: The all new Multicultural Dance Group, preliminary meeting at the Tara Library, 11.00am.
20 January: Dalby Markets, Dalby Showgrounds 6.00am – 2.00pm. For further information, phone 0429696775 or click here.
21 January: Chinchilla Markets, Chinchilla Information Centre, Warrego Highway. Check out their facebook page here.
26 January: Australia Day Celebrations around the Western Downs. Click here for further information.
- Inspirational 2018
Making a New Year’s resolution is easy; keeping it is a different story.
Resolving to visit, and become active, in your local public library programs would be a pretty good start to the year.
Here are some inspirational titles you will find in your public library to help you start 2018 in a positive way:
Willpower: Rediscovering our greatest strength by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney
Craft for the soul: how to get the most out of your creativity by Pip Lincolne.
Better than before: mastering the habits of our everyday lives by Gretchen Rubin.
Your guide to a happier family by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.
For more information contact your local library on 1300 COUNCIL, or visit the webpage here.
- 2018 Tara Technology Support
Start the New Year with one-on-one basic technology support sessions at Tara Library from 9–9.30am each Tuesday and Thursday.
We tailor each session for your personal needs. For example, we can teach you how to use your iPad or tablet. You can also bring along your own device and we will teach you how achieve the outcomes you want. Alternatively, you can use our free WiFi to get started. The best part? It is completely FREE.
Bookings are essential, so please phone 1300 COUNCIL or email us at email@example.com to get started on boosting your mastery of the tech world now.
Can’t make it into a branch in person? Try out online eLearning resources. Self-paced, free and accessible 24/7.
- Road to IELTS
Our libraries are passionate about supporting our communities with English as an Additional Language, to ensure they have the resources they need to develop English competencies in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
To help you on your journey, our libraries have added the Road to IELTS program to our eLibrary collection of online resources, which are FREE to use if you are a Western Downs Libraries member.
Simply select either the Road to IELTS Academic or Road to IELTS General course and type in your library card number to get started. From there, you can either make an account to track your progress or click ‘No Tracking’ to browse the modules independently.
Want to practice your English in a fun and friendly environment? Why not join one of our four fantastic Conversations in English groups in Dalby, Miles, Tara or Chinchilla. Conversations in English is a free friendship group for those wanting to meet new people and improve their language in a stress-free environment.
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- The New 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, which launched on Wednesday 28 June. This app will take the place of two of your favourites – Zinio and OneClickDigital.
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.
- Introducing… Adobe Creative Cloud!
Yes, you read that correctly. Western Downs Libraries are proud to announce they have partnered with Adobe to bring the Creative Cloud to you. Now you can borrow Adobe Creative Cloud in the same way that you would borrow a book! Join over 2.3 million users and let your creativity flow.
If you are a photographer, videographer, graphic designer, or animator, then you will definitely want to get your hands on this fantastic suite of programs.
But Adobe Creative Cloud isn’t just for professionals.
Do you have a whole stack of family vacation photos that you’ve been meaning to sort through?
Are you a student at high school or university trying to complete a project?
Maybe you’re a small business owner looking to create or update your company website?
Or are you someone simply wanting to get their hands on a new program and learn some new skills?
Whatever you may need, Adobe can help you to create a finished product you can be proud of. With loans spanning either two or four weeks, you will have the perfect opportunity to complete any project or assignment you may have.
Have we caught your attention? Sign up to Adobe Creative Cloud by following these few simple steps, and you will be creating something wonderful before you know it!
Want to learn more about how to use a particular program in the suite? Why not check out Lynda.com and take a look at the thousands of online training videos they have on offer. Signing up is easy, and with your Western Downs library card, you have unlimited access to the entire website.
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