Library Lover’s Day – 14 February 2019

Writing Competition

Library Lovers’ Day, 14 February 2019, is an opportunity for libraries and library users to celebrate all the ways that love can be found in the library. Organised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), this annual event involves hundreds of libraries and thousands of library users.

This year, ALIA is running a 200-word flash fiction story competition. The story can be about anything it just has to use the writing prompt ‘there was love to be found in the library’.

Submissions should be sent through in a word or basic text document in a standard font and size and are open to everyone. Submissions are due by 5:00pm AEDT on 21 February 2019.

Please email entries toor post to 9-11 Napier Close Deakin 2600.


There are also some fun activities in the Burdekin Library

Share the love

Recommend a book you have “fallen in love with” to other library members – and check out what other members have enjoyed.

Love a book

We have a display of books that haven’t left our fiction shelves for some time. Please show them some love by borrowing them! You might fall in love with a new author.

Match the quote

We have a fun quiz where you can match a “love” quote with where it comes from- movies, books, songs – or just a person who was good with words!

Share a story

ALIA has provided the templates for shadow puppets and you can use our puppet theatre to make up your own “love” story.


Australia Day closure

The Burdekin Library in Ayr will be open on Saturday 26 January. Both the Burdekin Library and Home Hill Branch Library will be closed on Monday 28 January for the Australia Day public holiday. The Burdekin Library will reopen at 9.00 am on Tuesday 29 January and the Home Hill Branch will reopen on Tuesday 29 January at 1.00pm.

January School Holiday Program

Check out what’s on at Burdekin Library in January 2019.

Free activities for all ages.

Bookings are essential for all School Holiday Activities (excl. Makerspace) and can be made by contacting Burdekin Library on 4783 9970.

January program poster - featured image

January program poster – featured image


Summer Reading Club is here!

Kids, get ready to join the Burdekin Library’s Summer Reading Club program.
The national Summer Reading Club will return to Burdekin Library; online at summer reading club and in more than a thousand public libraries across the country for another fun-filled season.

The 2018 theme, Curious Creatures, encourages you to discover new worlds as you explore and connect with a curiosity of creatures through a range of activities available in the library and online.

Over 43,000 children registered with the Summer Reading Club in 2017, reading over 360,000 books between them over summer, and organisers are hoping participants will crack half a million books in 2018.

Come into the Burdekin Library and register for the program to receive your activity pack, including a reading log. If you are not a library member bring in a parent and their ID to join the library for FREE!!

You can also register online to participate in a range of activities – blog with children’s authors, Dr. Cameron Stelzer and Emma Middleton, search for answers to Encylopedia Britannica’s sponsored quiz, craft a What Happens Next story ending to Dave Lowe’s story starter, share your book raves, artwork, and lots more.

Summer Reading Club members can also meet 21 new Australian authors and illustrators online, read their helpful creative hints and tips and preview exclusives of their up and coming work.

Summer Reading Club will run from 1 December 2018 to 31 January 2019.


Created for children and young people pre-school age to 17, the Summer Reading Club is a free program led by the State Library of Queensland that inspires imaginations and instils a love of libraries and reading. The Summer Reading Club is delivered in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) the Australian Public Library Allianxe (APLA) and public libraries across Australia.

Library holiday hours

Burdekin Library and Home Hill Branch Library will have some different operating hours as we approach the festive season.


Friday 14 December – Both libraries will close at 3.00 pm instead of 5.00 pm.

Friday 21 December – Both libraries will close at 4.00 pm instead of 5.00pm.



Home Hill Branch will close at 4.00 pm on Friday 21 December 2018 and reopen at 10.00am on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Burdekin Library will close at 1.00 pm on Saturday 22 December 2018 and reopen at 9.00am on Wednesday 2 January 2019.


We wish everyone a happy holiday season and look forward to seeing you in 2019.

Get Online Week morning tea and information session

Burdekin Library is inviting people to come along and learn more about the library’s electronic resources.  Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin says the event, taking place at the Burdekin Library on Monday 15 October at 10:30am, gives everyone the opportunity to make the most of the internet.

“During the Get Online morning tea, Council’s Library staff will host a short information session regarding the various online services offered by the Burdekin Libraries, such as our movie streaming, eBook and eAudiobook platforms,” Cr McLaughlin said.  “Staff will also go through step-by-step how to use the Library’s online catalogue, which allows members to reserve physical books at any time. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own tablet and library membership card to allow staff to help in setting up member’s online accounts.”

Running from October 15-21, Get Online Week will see hundreds of community events take place across the country.  It is the first time the campaign has been held in Australia, after 11 successful years in the UK where hundreds of thousands of people have been supported. The campaign aims to support the two and a half million Australians who are not online.

Jess Wilson, National Director for Good Things Foundation, the organisation running the campaign, says “Get Online Week will help thousands of people across Australia to improve their digital skills – whether they’ve never been online before, or have done a little but want to do more. There is free and friendly support in hundreds of communities, and so whatever you want to do online, you can find the support to do it.”

Burdekin Shire Council Library Services Manager Alexis Adams says many Burdekin residents are cautious to transition to digital services.

“Through this event, we’re hoping to not only let people know about what services we have, but also encourage those members of the community who may be nervous about getting online to do so with better support.”

New movie streaming service now online!

Through arrangements made by the State Library of Queensland, Burdekin Library members can access more than 30,000 films, for FREE . The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV or Chromecast.  Enjoy this amazing service now it is live.


Show holiday closure

The Burdekin Library and Home Hill Branch Library will both be closed on Wednesday 27 June for the Burdekin Show Holiday. Both branches will reopen at their usual Thursday opening time on 28 June.

Enjoy the Show!

Overdrive eBooks app now easier to use

If you haven’t looked at our Overdrive collection recently – or ever!! – now is the time. The app is easier to use and the collection continues to grow. 10 pubic libraries and State Library of Queensland all contribute to buy the eBooks and eAudiobooks available for download. All these titles are free to library members. Information about using this product is available on our website

Labour Day closure

Burdekin Library and Home Hill Branch Library will be closed for the Labour Day public holiday on Monday 7 May 2018. The libraries will reopen on Tuesday 8 May 2018 at the usual time. We wish everyone an enjoyable long weekend and look forward to seeing you after Labour Day.

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