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2012 April 11
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With the launch of our new web site, which includes Library News, this blog is now closed. Please change any links or bookmarks you may have to point to our new site at

You can still subscribe to RSS feeds and/or emails of our latest news on the new site.

Coming Soon: Freegal – Downloadable Music tracks from the Sony Catalogue

2011 September 27

Do you love listening to great music? Announcing access to Sony Music’s Catalogue of legendary artists…From 5 October you can search for and download your favourite track from the Library’s website. As a member of the Ipswich Library, you can choose from hundreds of thousands of songs and download up to 3 tracks per week. How cool is that!

Spaces left in school holiday activities

2011 September 26

Are you still looking for something to do these holidays? We still have spaces available for Grease on Wednesday 28 from 4.00pm to 6.00pm and an extra showing of Tangled on Friday from 10.00am to 11.40am (both are at the Barry Jones Auditorium, Ipswich Library) – please book your tickets and pay for them at your closest library. Remember we have a special costume contest on for Grease as well, come dressed in your best retro gear! The Young People’s Librarian will be sporting a polka dotted vintage inspired number – surely you can do better!

If you want something a little more active, we have a few spaces remaining in our Yoga session on Saturday 1 October at Redbank Plains Library from 10.30am to 11.30am. Feedback from the first session at Ipswich has been hugely positive, check out some of the photos!

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How Does Your Garden Grow at home?

2011 September 20

If you haven’t been able to book a space in our ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ workshops, have no fear! You can download our templates to make your own self-watering planter at home.


A plastic bottle (1 litre milk bottle or 1.25 litre soft drink bottle)

Scissors, pencil and sticky tape

Soil (potting mix is good, or soil from your garden)

Gardening or disposable gloves (as soil/potting mix can have germs)

A seedling or some seeds (or even some dried peas!)

A piece of twine, string or wool about 10-15cm long

A small, square piece of mesh, about 10cm by 10cm (we used fly screen)

Pretty paper or paint to decorate

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Looking Back with Picture Ipswich – Our Eastern Suburbs

2011 September 19

Oakleigh (Jones Family home), on Brittains Road, setting for Beekeepers Field Day, Redbank Plains, Ipswich, 1933

Local history enthusiasts are invited to attend a free “Looking Back with Picture Ipswich” session at the Redbank Plains Library on Thursday 6 October from 10am to 11.30am. 

This session will focus on historical images of the eastern suburbs of the city, with staff providing tips on browsing and searching in Picture Ipswich.  You’ll also learn how additions are made to the collection.

Picture Ipswich was launched in May 2008 and is a growing digital collection of historical photos, documents and oral histories of people and places in Ipswich.

Bookings for this session – which includes morning tea – are essential and can be made by calling 3814 4855. Come and enjoy a glimpse of the past.

September School Holidays

2011 September 5

Bookings are open and filling fast! We have gardening activities, Zumba and yoga. We’re showing Tangled, we’re showing Grease, we’ve got a costume competition and we’re showing you some sneaky tips for glamming it up on a budget. A full list of activities including the dates and times is available below. Come into your local library to book or give the Young People’s Librarian a call on 3810 6815. If you are coming to the zumba, yoga or gardening sessions, please remember to wear comfortable clothes (and ones that can get dirty for gardening).

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Grandparent’s Storytime

2011 September 5

Come along to your local library in Ipswich for a special Grandparent’s Storytime! This month our storytimes will revolve around the special grandparent’s in our lives. All sessions run from 10.30 until 11.15 and will feature some wonderful books about grandparents as well as singing and other activities.

These special storytimes will be held at Ipswich Library on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 22 September; Redbank Plaza Library on Wednesday 14 September; and at Redbank Plain Library on Wednesday 21 September. There is no need to pre-book but please call us if you have any queries!

Flick the Swich

2011 August 31

Are you a budding photographer? Film maker? Enter Flick the Swich with a series of photographs or a short film and go in the running for some great prizes. Check out the facebook page for more information; to enter; and to vote on your favourite entries (don’t forget to fill in your entry form!). Open for 13 to 25 year old members of Ipswich Library.

What’s popular?

2011 August 30

Wonder what’s everyone’s reading? Check out Ipswich Library members’ top ten reads in fiction for August. Don’t miss out – place your request today!

New Online Resources

2011 August 29

If you’re a regular visitor of our website, you would know that the Ipswich Library provides very comprehensive resources for students and researchers.

The library subscribes to about 60 online resources which includes encyclopaedia collections on topics such as Health, Literature, History, Art, Science, Music and many more.  Also included are news and magazines, language learning and DIY resources covering topics such as crafts, small engine and auto repairs.  Information at your fingertips … and most of these only accessible using your Ipswich Library member login.  Consider yourselves privileged!

We are constantly bringing in new resources, and one of our latest additions is Byki, a language learning system  where you can learn 74 different languages!  We also now have an online resource for our English-language learners – the very popular IELTS (International English Language Testing System) (**in-house use only), the hard copies of which are constantly on loan here at the library.  Check them out!