- Christmas with Better Homes & Gardens
Is it starting to feel like Christmas in your home? The countdown is on with still so many jobs to do! Cards to send to friends and family, gifts to make and buy, pantries to stock, ham to order and the list goes on. Remember if you have children, give some of the easy jobs to them.
The December issues features a collection of easy-to-bake edible gifts. Find the metal cookie cutter and mix up some shortbread biscuit dough, roll out and cut into shapes and bake. Decorate with icing and join with jam. Cookie cutters can be found in lots of different shapes and sizes, and the kids can decorate the finished biccies with icing and sparkles.
If the Christmas wreath needs replacing this year, why not try using what nature has provided in your backyard. Soft eucalyptus stems can be secured on a circle of wire using florist wire, wind some tinsel, holly and berries in with the leaves to finish off your project, ready to hang on the front door.
This month’s bonus Christmas edition is your guide to doing Christmas Day your way! You’ll find instructions to make decorations for your home, ornaments for the tree, wreaths for your front door and recipes for festive food to grace your table for friends and family. Go all out and make your home beautiful with a live pine tree and hang your decorations ready for Christmas.
Borrow both editions from your nearest library branch or download the latest editions of your favourite magazines from RB Digital.Continue reading →
- What’s happening in December
Wednesday 11 December: Wandoan Kindy children visit for Storytime and craft with Karen and Chris for the last visit for 2019
Thursday 12 December: Wandoan Creative Sewers meet in the Clubroom from 9.30am–3pm. Bring along your projects, lunch and machine
Thursday 12 December: Final Bookclub for 2019. The next get-together is February 13, 2020.
Friday 13 December: Closing date for ‘Letters from Santa’
Friday 20 December: Wandoan Library and Customer Contact Centre will be closed from 5pm and will reopen as normal on Monday 6 January.
Saturday 21 December: Wandoan Apex Club presents ‘Carols in the Park’. Come down to O’Sullivan’s Windmill Park from 6–10pm and enjoy Carols in the Domain on the big screen, and a free sausage sizzle. BYO chairs and picnic blanket.Continue reading →
- Wandoan Bookclub
Love a good book and enjoy sharing your thoughts on the book?
Wandoan Library has our very own Bookclub and our next get together will be on Thursday 13 February at 3.30 pm.
Looking for a Bookclub closer to you? Click here for details of Bookclubs at our other branches.Continue reading →
- How to ‘Google My Business’
Online marketing and promotion is becoming essential for small businesses and community organisations, but it’s not all bad news. Online marketing can be quick, easy, and free. Let us show you how!
How to ‘Google My Business’ is a free workshop designed for small business owners and community organisations to improve their digital presence.
We’ll show you how to use free online tools to promote your business, how to fit online marketing into your busy schedule, and exactly what information your customers are searching for.
At a Glance:
How to ‘Google My Business’ is coming to a library near you in 2020! Stay tuned for more information.
Please bring a laptop or smartphone.
For more information, contact 1300 COUNCIL.
- November Better Homes and Gardens
The silly season is fast approaching and there can be so much to do to get your garden or outdoor area looking festive. Start by giving your outdoor area a good hose down to get rid of any dust or cobwebs. Replace shabby looking plants or re-pot into new planters. Spruce up your outdoor area with ideas from page 26–43. Try painting a wall or adding some wall art, try some new fabric on the cushions on a lounge, give cane chairs a new lease on life with some paint. Create a private sanctuary by screening off an area to enjoy. There are so many ideas and just trying a few will give your outdoor area a new life.
Water lilies come in a variety of colours including white, pink, blue, yellow and mauve. Check with your nursery about a suitable plant to purchase for your area. Good pond health is essential for the plant to reward you with colourful blooms and perfume. See page 46–49 for more information on growing and caring for your lily pond.
Home grown tomatoes… Nothing tastes better than something you have grown and cared for yourself. From cherry size to the beefsteak, they will complement every meal. Short on space? Grow your tomatoes in a pot, or place in a hanging basket for easy harvesting. Take a look at pages 56–59 for more varieties, growing and care instructions.
The moon guide on page 68 shows you how to use the calendar to find the best days for planting above ground and below ground vegetables, weeding, planting trees and taking cuttings.
This issue has plenty of ideas for quick meals using sheet pastry. Try taking a sheet of pastry and cover with grated cheese and sliced cherry tomato. Pop it in the oven until the cheese has melted and serve decorated with a sprinkling of salad leaves, sliced into finger size portions. For a quick meal baked in 30 minutes, line a small baking dish with a pastry sheet and fill with bacon, whisked eggs, shallots and rocket leaves and bake. For more ideas, check out pages 70–81.
Does your kitchen need a face lift? With just a little bit of tweaking you can achieve a new look. Strip cupboard doors and paint or lightly stain to give the room a lighter fresher feel. Change the blinds on the windows, and revamp tile splash back with a coat of paint, replace cupboard door nobs. Keep going until you have the look you want.
There’s too many great ideas to mention here, so check out this month’s Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. Grab a copy from your local library Western Downs Libraries branch or download a copy for free from RB Digital.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.
- Storytime for Kids with Karen and Chris
Come in and join the fun at our Storytime for Kids!
Karen or Chris will be singing, reading a fantastic story, and making some great craft to take home.
Our next Storytime is October 16 & 30, 2019
Storytime for Kids is best suited to ages 3–5 years, but everyone is welcome. Enquiries to 1300 COUNCIL or email@example.com
Looking for Storytime at a branch near you? Click here for other Storytime sessions.Continue reading →
- Storytime for Bubs
90% of your child’s brain development happens in their first 5 years! Give your bub the best start in life with Storytime for Bubs!
During our Storytime for Bubs sessions we sing lots of songs, share stories, and introduce learning games and sensory experiences. Storytime is a friendly and relaxed session with the aim of encouraging your baby’s development and supporting you in being your child’s first and most important teacher.
Sharing stories and rhymes, signs, talking and playing with your child from birth, builds a foundation for your child’s future development that can last a lifetime.
Here’s your excuse to get out of the house, make some new friends, and encourage your baby’s development.
Chinchilla Library – 9.30-10am every Thursday during term time
Wandoan Library – 10am-10.30am, first and third Thursday of every month
Tara Library – 11am -11.30am, every Tuesday, 18 June to 23 July
Storytime for Bubs is aimed at ages 0-12 months. Sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff.
It’s never too early to Read, Play, Sing and Talk.Continue reading →
- Story Box Library
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 →