The holidays are a great time to try e-reading and e-listening. Any QLD resident can join Brisbane City Council Library service. Members can download e-books and audio-books for free at: http://elibcat.library.brisbane.qld.gov.au/uhtbin/cgisirsi/FuOqFSOL2O/ZZELIBCAT/43040263/1/2/X/BLASTOFF . These can be downloaded to mobile phones, ipods, laptops or home computers. (See here for a list of ccompatible devices http://www.overdrive.com/resources/drc/ ). It will be necessary to download software to use this service and it is unlikely this will be possible using school Netbooks, as the software is not installed, as yet. Browse to see the range of titles from this Brisbane/Yarra Plenty Overdrive service at: http://brisyprl.lib.overdrive.com/E555153E-3B85-4F1B-AC73-F9E19F2E4CDA/10/473/en/Default.htm . Instructions are available at: http://brisyprl.lib.overdrive.com/E555153E-3B85-4F1B-AC73-F9E19F2E4CDA/10/473/en/tour.htm and http://brisyprl.lib.overdrive.com/E555153E-3B85-4F1B-AC73-F9E19F2E4CDA/10/473/en/Help-QuickStartGuide.htm . These e-books and audio-books would be great for holiday road trips.
There are many holiday activities provided in Brisbane worthy of consideration in the coming holidays, many of which are free. See:
free http://www.ourbrisbane.com/whats-on/school-holidays-feature/free-family-events . http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/whats-on/index.htm
Gallery of Modern Art http://qag.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/coming_soon
QLD Museum http://www.southbank.qm.qld.gov.au/Events+and+Exhibitions/Events+Calendar
State Library QLD http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on
BCC Libraries http://whatson.realviewtechnologies.com/ . For readers 12 years and under, the Brisbane City Council Summer reading program starts December 13 and runs until January 21, 2011.