eKids Online & Assignment Essentials 

Whether it’s for school or for play we’ve got something to help and to also keep everyone amused.

If you’re accessing some these resources outside a library, have your library card number and PIN handy.

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Assignment Essentials

Everything you’ll need to help you complete your assignments, or just to learn for fun.

Need Research Assistance?

Ask a librarian – if you need help with research for your assignment, simply fill out the form and a librarian will get back to you as soon as possible.

State Library of Queensland ‘Ask Us’ – The State Library of Queensland can also help answer your questions and offer research guidance.

Get informed and complete your assignment research with free access to authoritative databases and online encyclopaedias.

Britannica Library

Britannica Library is an online encyclopaedia with information for all ages on a wide variety of topics! It is updated regularly to include current events. A reliable source of information for research or general interest reading.

Gale Interactive: Science 

Gale Interactive is a highly visual product that provides a comprehensive view of the most-studied science topics of biology, chemistry and earth and space science. Users can explore 3D models by zooming in, rotating, or pulling them apart. Clicking through each session displays relevant reference content related to each 3D model.  Selected 3D models can also be printed out.

Learning at Home Resources

Education Queensland has put together a range of resources and links based on the curriculum.

State Library of Queensland Databases

State Library of Queensland offer a range of databases from home. Free membership is required.

Books, Comics, Movies & More

Our eLibrary for kids has lots of books, audiobooks, comics and videos all in one kid-friendly place.

Borrow Box 

Borrow Box has a great range of eBooks and eAudiobooks for all ages. This collection includes many Australian authors and plenty of books for children. A free app is available to download and you don’t need to register for an account! 

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“Hoopla is a ground-breaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! Titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.” ~ hoopladigital.com.au.

To sign-up to hoopla:

  • Search for Gladstone and select Gladstone Regional Council
  • Enter your library card/membership number
  • Enter your library password
  • Tick the box to approve Hoopla
  • Enter your email address (it doesn’t have to be the same as in your library membership)
  • Create a password (this is for Hoopla and doesn’t have to match your email or library passwords)
  • Click/tap on Sign Up

Go to hoopladigital.com.au to get started today! 

There is a limit of 20 loans/downloads per month.

Good Reading for Kids magazine

Showcasing creative work from children in years 3 – 6, Good Reading for Kids is an Australian digital only magazine for primary kids. Creative work includes stories, book reviews, poetry, video, music and art created by and for kids. Check out the last page for how to contribute to the next issue.

Good Reading for Young Adults magazine

Do you know a young person who loves reading and writing?

Good Reading for Young Adults is a free bi-monthly magazine for 12-18 year olds, available through the eLibrary service.

The magazine includes author interviews, book trailers and competitions. Budding creatives can submit reviews, stories, lyrics, artwork, videos and poetry.

Libby (by Overdrive)

Libby has replaced RBdigital to provide an exciting range of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, and eMagazines. A free app is available for access to all of their resources or use Libby in your favourite website browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc.) 

To access Libby with you will need your library card number and password (if you had an RB Digital account you should be able to login without re-registering). 

Our Yarning

“Our Yarning is a free digital library with hundreds of culturally relevant books for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and a great way for Australian children to engage with First Nations culture.  The library has been developed by Library for All in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.”  

 Instructions:  Search “Our Yarning” in your app store, download, make a profile and you are ready to go.  Honey ant readers included in this catalog are also available to borrow in physical form from our regional libraries.


Story Box Library 

Story Box Library is for children under school age and those in primary school! Watch online videos of storytellers reading popular picture books. Enjoy a storytime online any time.

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Ziptales is an online literacy library designed to help preschool and primary school children develop a love of reading using animated stories and games. Ziptales includes reading plans and curriculum resources. There are stories to read, listen to, or read along with, as well as tests to determine graded reader levels and Skill Builders for writing.

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Free Assignment Printing

All library branches provide free black & white photocopying and printing for school assignments and homework. The school student must be present and have a copy of their homework/assignment sheet.

Homework Help can include free printing or photocopying, and/or quick help and advice by volunteers or library staff; however, it does not provide a tutoring style service.

The branches below also provide the following assistance for school assignments and homework:

Agnes Water Library – assistance after school depending upon staff knowledge and availability. 

Boyne Island Library – assistance after school depending upon staff knowledge and availability. 

Calliope Library – assistance after school depending upon staff knowledge and availability. 

Gladstone City Library – assistance after school depending upon staff knowledge and availability. 

Reviews & Recommendations 

Looking for recommendations for what to read next? Browse our comprehensive list below or check out our latest featured item.

Best Children’s Book of all Time – The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

According to Readers Digest, this classic tale of the little caterpillar that eats their way through the week is the most popular children’s book of all time.  The story, for those that haven’t read it, has a little of everything. It’s got counting, the days of the week, the lifecycle of a butterfly, all illustrated with vibrant pictures painted with tissue paper and paint.

To check out the other 99 books that make the list head on over to https://www.rd.com/list/the-best-childrens-books-ever-written/

Selected Sites for Children’s Literature & Reading.

Children’s Book Council of Australia – provides provides lists of short-listed and award winning books and information about Book Week.

Premier’s Reading Challenge – the site includes Book Lists for a variety of language and ages.

Scholastic Kids Club – includes author information, book reviews, games and activities.

Storyline Online – has videos of actors reading picture books.