Toowoomba Regional Council encourages children and their families to enjoy a range of activities around the region's libraries for Book Week.
Book Week is a very important time in Toowoomba Regional Libraries and activities range from displays of books to storytelling sessions with pre-school and school age groups.
It is a chance to share our love of books and showcase the extraordinary talent of Australian authors and illustrators.
All fun sessions are designed to help primary school children develop vital literacy and numeracy skills in a social atmosphere. This links closely with the 2014 Book Week theme, Connect to reading – Reading to connect.
Learning language and other skills at a young age can give children the ability to cope and connect with more formal lessons and the building blocks for success at school.
Other regular library activities use LEGO for a variety of games to create words and rhymes, learn new vocabulary and build letters and numbers. Pyjama Storytime is on every Wednesday, 6.30 pm at Toowoomba City Library, 618 Ruthven Street.
Libraries offer much more than reading materials and are a great place for families to take advantage of a range of resources. For a list of activities, please visit www.toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au/library
The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) celebrates Book Week every year during the third week of August. Book Week is a culmination of the year's activities in children's literature. Each year the theme changes, this year it is Connect to reading – Reading to connect.
One of the main aims of the CBCA is to bring quality literature to children across Australia. One of the many ways this volunteer organisation does this is through their annual children's literary awards, the Book of the Year Awards.
During the calendar year of 2013, 416 books were entered into the awards across five categories. Categories range from books for babies to 18-year-olds, fiction and non-fiction.
A notables list and then a short list of six exceptional books in each of the five categories are judged by eight children's literature professionals. The winners are announced this week.
Did you attend the 2014 Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival? For a glimpse of this year's event, please click on the link below.
DON'T want to miss you favourite show?
It may be time to retune as your free-to-air TV channels in Toowoomba as they change frequencies.
Most Toowoomba residents, in suburbs including Wilsonton, Harlaxton, Redwood, Rangeville, Kearneys Spring and Darling Heights, are advised to retune after 3.30pm today (Wednesday, Aug 13).
Viewers in Top Camp, Withcott, Helidon Spa, Kearney Springs and Hodgson Vale will need to retune on Thursday, August 14.
Retuning is done using the remote. For most systems, viewers should press the 'menu' button on the remote, look for settings such as 'channels' or 'auto-tuning', then follow the prompts to retune.
Viewers might want to write down their favourite channel, program recordings or parental lock settings before they retune.
Once the channels have moved, viewers will need to retune their digital TV, set-top box or digital TV recorder to get them back.
Viewers will not need to retune again - the TV services will reappear once the work at the transmission site has been completed.
Outages could occur over the next two days.
It is recommended residents check the retune website to see if their location is affected: http://retune.digitalready.gov.au/
For help retuning and information on temporary outages visit the retune website or call the digital ready information line on 1800 20 10 13, 8am -- 10pm, seven days.
These moves will free up broadcasting spectrum so it can be used for new services such as mobile broadband.
The countdown is on to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and one of the many highlights is the Spring Bluff train rides.
Starting on Sunday September 21, a diesel-hauled train will be travelling to and from the Toowoomba Railway Station and Spring Bluff twice a day at 9am and again at 1pm.
Tickets are now on sale at the Toowoomba Railway Station ticket office.
Click on the video below to watch 'acting' station master Ralph Hickey's smooth moves.
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