Wandoan Library

  • Did you know we have Lonely Planet books?

    Using Lonely Planet books you can plan the perfect get away.

    What better way to see the world than on a bike?! We have just the book for you Epic Bike Rides of the World! This book provides information on 50 cycling routes in 30 countries, from Australia to Bhutan, and 200 ideas for bike rides, Lonely Planet’s Epic Bike Rides will inspire two-wheeled travel all over the world.

    Lonely Planet’s Where to go When.  This tells you where you should go next and provides more than 360 suggestions for destinations around the world. It also details the best time of year to experience these locations and helps you plan a lifetime of perfect trips.

    The third great book we have is Around the World in 50 ways. Get ready for a trip like no other! Set off from London and travel the world, then try to make it back! In this globetrotting adventure, you choose where to go and how to get there. From tuk-tuks and sleds to boats and balloons, you’ll explore famous cities, tropical islands, winter wonderlands and loads more!

    Lonely Planet has also produced a book titled 1000 Ultimate sightsThis book guides you through iconic buildings, awesome canyons, weird monuments, vast animal migrations, spooky dungeons and romantic vistas. Make your own list using the book, hit the road, and start exploring the world’s most breathtaking sights.

    Want something closer to home? Check out Sydney City Trails. This book allows you to follow 19 fantastic themed trails to reveal Sydney’s best kep secrets. Find out where to cuddle koalas, catch the world’s steepest passenger train, see the city through a sky-high glass floor and lots more! It’s Sydney like you’ve never seen it before.

    Didn’t find what you wanted? Check out more books about travel on our shelves.







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  • What the Hickory?! The importance of Nursery Rhymes

    Most of us sing nursery rhymes to our kids. But have you ever stopped to consider why?

    Singing nursery rhymes together is great fun, and can also boost language skills and enhance fine and gross motor development. Did you know that children who know just 6 nursery rhymes by heart at age 4 are more likely to be better readers?!

    When can you sing? ANYTIME! In the bath, during a nappy change, going for a drive (while they’re strapped in their car seat and can’t run away)… Kids don’t care if you’re not the next Adele – sing anyway!

    Just remember:

    • Sing slowly and clearly
    • Little ones learn from looking at your face, so try not to multitask (unless your driving!)
    • Children learn from repetition. You might get bored, but kids love it
    • It’s never to early – or too late – to start.

    Brush up on old favourites and learn new nursery rhymes at one of our free Storytime sessions. Click here to find one near you.

    Need some inspiration to get started? Check out this post from First 5 Forever.

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  • Before you watch the movie, read the book!

    2018 is set to be a reader’s dream with 32 book to movie adaptions set to be released this year! We are sure that you will find a book to suit everyone in your family.


    Peter Rabbit based on The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

    Follow the mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr McGregor.


    Love, Simon based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Alberalli

    When an email falls into the wrong hands, sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly gay Simon is blackmailed into playing wingman for a classmate or risk having his sexual identity revealed and the privacy of the boy he’s been emailing compromised.


    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Burrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

    It’s 1946, and as Juliet Ashton sits at her desk in her Chelsea flat, she is stumped. A writer of witty newspaper columns during the war, she can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she starts to receive letters from members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and as letters fly back and forth, Juliet comes to know the extraordinary personalities of the Society and their lives under German occupation. Entranced by their stories, Juliet decides to visit the island to meet them properly – and unwittingly turns her life upside down.


    The girl in the spider’s web by David Lagercrantz

    The girl with the dragon tattoo is back. More interesting to Mikael Blomkvist than Professor Balder’s world-leading advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection to a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters and a violent criminal conspiracy that will soon bring terror to the snowbound streets of Stockholm.



    Be sure to check in next month for more adaptions!

    For more information, contact 1300 COUNCIL, send us an email, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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  • Shared Reading Tip #2

    Set the scene

    Read anywhere, anytime – outdoor, indoors, at home, away from home.

    Try to let your child see your face.

    Talk about the book during the day so your child has prior knowledge before reading together.

    Read when your child wants to – not just when it suits you.

    You don’t have to finish the book


    Looking for a Storytime session close to you? Click here for details of Storytime in our branches.

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  • What’s on in Wandoan in May

    Looking for something to do in Wandoan?

    May 7  —  Labour Day Holiday

    May 9 —  Wandoan Kindergarten children visit the library from 9.30 am for  story time and craft.

    May 10 — Book club ladies meet at the Wandoan Library at 3.30 pm to discuss a vintage classic novel,  ” To kill a Mockingbird”

    May 10 — Wandoan Creative Sewers meet in the club room for a day of sewing  and companionship at 9.30 am.  Bring along your current project  and some lunch,sit and sew with the ladies.

    May 13  — Mothers Day  Three course Luncheon at the Bushlander Motel,  12 noon – 2.00 pm.  Phone 46275500 to book your table.

    May 12 & 13  —  Silver Spur Campdraft at the Wandoan Showgrounds, Roche Creek Road Wandoan

    May 16 — Wandoan Seniors meet in the Club room for monthly meeting from 10.30 am

    May 23 — Wandoan Kindergarten children visit the library from 9.30 am for story time and craft.


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  • Gardening Australia

    From blueberries to bush foods, roses to perennials, the May issue has you covered, whatever your gardening passion. And if you are really a passionate gardener, think about entering the Gardener of the Year competition, which kicks off this month.

    How to buy a rose
    Bare-rooted and dormant, or in full leaf and flower? Grafted or growing on its own roots? Roses come in different guises, but what does it mean and does it change how you care for them?

    Plump blueberries
    They’re healthy and delicious, but expensive to buy, so why not plant some bushes at home? They thrive in cold areas and many warm coastal areas, too, thanks to low-chill varieties. Check out five of the best varieties for home gardens, and tips for a top crop.

    Home-grown kale
    This leafy vegie should be on every gardener’s hit list. It’s dead easy to grow, and can be used in everything from juices to stir-fries to pies or quiches. One cup of chopped kale has more vitamin C than a medium orange. Eat up!

    Too many things to mention so borrow your Gardening Australia magazine from Western Downs Libraries or online using our RB Digital App.




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  • Better Homes & Gardens May Edition

    May’s edition of Better Homes and Gardens magazine is full of yummy recipes for families to create for Mother’s Day.  There are also ideas for making your garden special by adding silver leaf velvety and felt leaves for texture. Go to pages 46 -53 to get an idea what would suit your garden best or check with your local nursery to see what will grow in your area.

    Don’t forget Mother’s Day is on Sunday 13 May 2018. Look through the magazine to see the gift ideas that may suite your Mum. Why not try sewing by making her an apron, eye masks, patch work cushions, simple pillow cases or her very own clutch bag.

    Creating your own fairy garden in a pot, wine barrel or bucket, using a selection of ornaments for decorations, plants like succulents, moss, trailing herb, cacti, finish with white pebbles for  pathways.  Remember to keep your fairy garden in a spot that best suits the type of plants you used in the garden.  Look on pages 78 – 85 for additional ideas for your own fairy garden.

    Too many things to mention so borrow your Better Homes and Gardens magazine from Western Downs Libraries or online using our RB Digital App.

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  • Attention Homeschool Families

    We have so many resources to offer you, and all of it is FREE!

    Study Environment

    Printed Material

    • A large collection of beginner reader books
    • Non-Fiction covering a range of topics
    • Fiction for all levels and tastes – we are happy to help you find something you’ll enjoy
    • If there is a particular book or topic that we don’t have in stock, we will gladly try to get it for you (reservation fee may apply)
    • Magazines, e-magazines, audio books, e-books and e-audiobooks, DVDs and CDs and online music for download.

    Museum Kits

    • Queensland Museum send us resource kits each semester
    • Kits can be reserved and loaned just like books
    • Use the kits at home for 2 weeks
    • Suitable for a range of ages
    • Click here for more information, or to reserve a kit

    Research Databases

    • Reliable, up-to-date information from magazine articles, magazines and scholarly journals
    • Suitable for a range of ages and subjects
    • Databases include: Encyclopedia Britannica, Access Science, Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre, and Gale Virtual Reference Library
    • Bibliography and citation guide
    • Click here to get started.


    • Thousands of online courses and tutorials.
    • Full access to the website for Library members.
    • Training materials for students, professionals and hobbyists.
    • Click here to make your free account.


    Come along to any of our regular programs – Storytime, #STEAMSquad, School holiday activities, Bookclub.

    If there is anything that we can do to help you along this journey, please let us know.

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  • Storytime is for Everyone

    Read, talk, play… Storytime is for everyone at Western Downs Libraries!


    Storytime for Toddlers (1–3 years)

    Storytime for Kids (3–5 years)


    All of our Storytime sessions are carefully planned and delivered by trained staff. They include stories, songs and movement, as well as strategic discussions, key messages and learning outcomes. Plus, it’s FUN and FREE!

    Research shows us that up to 90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first 5 years. Through Storytime sessions, now we can better encourage your child’s development and early literacy skills in ways that best suit them.

    Meet some new friends, connect with your community and support your child’s early literacy development, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

    We can also bring Storytime to you! Please contact your local branch if you are interested in having us visit your Daycare Centre, Playgroup, Kindy or School.

    These programs have been made possible by the funding and support of State Library of Queensland’s First Five Forever initiative.

    For more information, contact 1300 COUNCIL, send us an email, or follow us on Facebook.

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  • 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 toolkit: Strategies for Managing your Anxiety so you can get on with your Life by Dr Alice Boyles.

    The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne.

    Kissing the Black dog: Creative Solutions for Depression, Anxiety, Worry and Other Stress Related Conditions by Wayne Ellis.

    Overcoming Worry and Anxiety by Jerry Kennard.


    Happy reading!

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