Chinchilla Library

  • Bookenders Bookclub

    Chinchilla’s Bookenders Bookclub next meet will be Thursday 5 October – this month we will be discussing the novel “Our souls at night” by Kent Haruf. This is Haruf’s final novel, as he has since passed away from cancer.

    Would you have the courage to visit your neighbor and ask him to sleep with you? This is what Addie Moore did one day. Now I can hear you all say, “this sounds like any Mills & Boon novel” – but there is a twist. The couple in question are, politely put – of the older generation. “Eww”, I can hear you groan. “Not granny porn!” No it’s not like that; Addie did only want to sleep beside her gentleman friend. This is the story of their brave adventure to forge a new relationship. Their road is not a smooth one. Just as Romeo and Juliet faced opposition, so do our two friends. It is a gentle and thought provoking read.

    P.S. I have seen that Robert Redfern is playing the lead male role in the movie version – now what was I saying about granny porn?

     

    Do you love to talk about books at every opportunity? Been thinking about expanding your reading horizons? Want to meet some like-minded people or make some new friends? Join the Club!

    Bookenders Bookclub is a great way to venture outside your reading comfort-zone.

    The Bookenders Bookclub meets at the Chinchilla Library on the first Thursday of every month at 5.00pm, and new members are welcome to join us! Come along to our informal and friendly group where we’ll discuss life, the universe, and books over a great cup of coffee.

    Need more info or want to get involved? 1300 COUNCIL or chinchilla.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au

    Looking for a Bookclub closer to you? Click here for details of Bookclubs at our other branches.

  • #STEAMSquad for kids!

    Need something to do after school? Join Western Downs Libraries’ #STEAMSquad!

    #STEAMSquad explores science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics through hands-on, FUN activities!

     

    Bookings for term 4 of #STEAMSquad will open Tuesday 12 September from 9.00am. 

    #STEAMSquad runs every week during term-time, this program is FREE and suitable for children ages 7+.

     

    Click here to book your spot at Chinchilla

     

    Click here to book your spot at Dalby

     

     

    Activities may include: coding, robotics, computer programming, bookclub, board games, science experiments, arts and crafts, virtual and augmented reality, including using our brand new HTC Vive (the latest in virtual reality). Get some friends together and come check it out.

    Find your passion, have some fun, make new friends, and learn something along the way!

     

    Want to volunteer to help with #STEAMSquad? The more hands we have, the bigger our squads can be! Contact Dalby or Chinchilla via email, or call 4679 4474 to find out more.

     

  • Take the leap: Rediscover learning

    Learning is a lifelong activity that doesn’t end with schooling. Learning helps us reach our full potential. It can transform us. There are so many different opportunities for us to continue learning throughout our lives. Adult Learners’ Week (1–8 September 2017) is about showing the breadth of opportunities available for adults who want to learn.

    Everyone can continue to expand their skills, knowledge and interests! Here are some ways your Library can help:

    We would also love to hear your opinion on what programs the Library should be running , if you have the time, please fill out our short survey.

  • Tech Savvy Seniors

    After the incredible success of the Tech Savvy Seniors program in 2016, Western Downs Libraries are proud to announce they have once again received grant funding from State Library of Queensland and Telstra to run the program in 2017.

    Our Libraries will be hosting free, fun and interactive training sessions that are a great way for seniors to take the first step in becoming tech savvy. Want to learn more about Cyber Safety? Social Media? Online banking? Tech Savvy Seniors is for you! Sessions will be held in 8 great locations: Bell, Chinchilla, Dalby, Jandowae, Meandarra, Miles, Tara and Wandoan throughout October and November.

    Tech Savvy Seniors provides relaxed, well-paced sessions with plenty of time to ask questions, delve deeper, and socialise with other members of the community. Contact your local branch to book in to a session (or two, or three, or stay for them all!).

     

     

    Meandarra

    Wednesday 4 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Staying Safe Online

    Wednesday 4 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Understanding the Internet (Intermediate)

    Thursday 5 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Social Media

    Thursday 5 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Sharing Photos and other Attachments Online

     

    Wandoan

    Wednesday 11 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Basic Computer Skills

    Wednesday 11 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Understanding the Internet (Intermediate)

    Thursday 12 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Using Email (Intermediate)

    Thursday 12 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Sharing Photos and other Attachments Online

    Friday 13 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Online Shopping (Intermediate)

    Friday 13 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Introduction to Online Banking

     

    Tara

    Tuesday 17 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Basic Computer Skills

    Tuesday 17 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Staying Safe Online

    Thursday 19 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Sharing Photos and other Attachments Online

    Thursday 19 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Using Email (Intermediate)

     

    Miles

    Tuesday 24 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Basic Computer Skills

    Tuesday 24 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Introduction to the Internet

    Thursday 26 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Staying Safe Online

    Thursday 26 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Sharing Photos and other Attachments Online

     

    Dalby

    Tuesday 31 October, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Social Media

    Tuesday 31 October, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Staying Safe Online

    Thursday 2 November, 10.00am–12.00pm: Sharing Photos and other Attachments Online

    Thursday 2 November, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Using Email (Intermediate)

     

    Chinchilla

    Wednesday 8 November, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Social Media

    Wednesday 8 November, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Staying Safe Online

    Thursday 9 November, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Smartphones

    Thursday 9 November, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Sharing Photos and other Attachments Online

     

    Jandowae

    Wednesday 15 November, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Social Media

    Wednesday 15 November, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Understanding Social Media (Intermediate)

    Thursday 16 November, 10.00am–12.00pm: Sharing Photos and other Attachments Online

    Thursday 16 November, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Introduction to Tablets

     

    Bell

    Wednesday 22 November, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Tablets

    Wednesday 22 November, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Staying Safe Online

    Thursday 23 November, 10.00am–12.00pm: Introduction to Smartphones

    Thursday 23 November, 1.00pm–3.00pm: Introduction to Social Media

     

     

  • Up in the Air! September School Holiday Fun

    These September school holidays, we’re going Up in the Air!

    Build a Sphero solar system, create colourful fireworks salt paintings, build and decorate wind chimes, or go up, up and away with hot air balloon rockets!

    Don’t miss our exciting Drone Workshop (suitable for children ages 13+) where you can fly a drone and create your own aerial video.

    Bookings are essential and places are limited! Contact your library now or call 1300 COUNCIL to book your spot.

     

    Bell (no need to book)

    Saturday 30 September, 10.00am–1.00pm: FUN PALACE (Fun for the whole family: free, all ages event!)

     

    Chinchilla (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Monday 18 September, 10.00am–5.30pm: 3D Colouring (all ages, no need to book)

    Wednesday 20 September, 2.30pm–3.00pm: Sphero around the Solar System: Build an Obstacle Course (7+)

    Wednesday 20 September, 3.30pm–4.30pm: Sphero around the Solar System: Build an Obstacle Course (7+)

    Thursday 21 September, 2.30pm–3.30pm: Fireworks Salt Painting (5+)

    Monday 25 September, 10.00am–5.30pm: 3D Colouring (all ages, no need to book)

    Wednesday September 27, 2.30pm–4.00pmLearn. Fly. Create: Drone Workshop (13+)

    Thursday 28 September, 2.30pm–3.30pm: Paper Aeroplanes* (6+)

    *Meet at the library to make planes and then test them in Fuller’s Place

     

    Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!

    • Bubs (0–12 months) – Tuesday, 9.00am
    • Toddlers (1–3 years) – Friday 10.15am

     

    Dalby (bookings essential)

    Thursday 21 September, 10.30am–11.30am: Through Children’s Eyes: Photography (5+)

    Monday 25 September, 2.30pm–3.30pm: Build and Decorate Wind Chimes (5+)

    Wednesday 27 September, 10.3am0–11.30am: Take 360 Photos (9+)

    Friday 29 September, 10.30am–12.00pm: Learn. Fly. Create: Drone Workshop (13+)

     

    Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!

    • Bubs (0–12 months) – Tuesday, 9.00am
    • Toddlers (1–3 years) – Tuesday, 10.30am

     

    Jandowae (bookings essential)

    Thursday 28 September, 2.30pm–4.00pm: Learn. Fly. Create: Drone Workshop (13+)

    An Up in the Air! Craft table will be available all holidays during opening hours. Call in any time.

     

    Meandarra (no need to book)

    An Up in the Air! Craft table will be available all holidays during opening hours. Call in any time.

     

    Moonie (bookings essential)

    Thursday 28 September, 10.00am–11.30am: Learn. Fly. Create: Drone Workshop (13+)

     

    Miles (bookings essential)

    Thursday 21 September, 10.00am–11.00am: Up, Up and Away: Hot Air Balloons (5+)

    Tuesday 26 September, 10.00am–11.00am: Final Countdown: Rockets and Parachutes (5+)

    Wednesday 27 September, 10.00am–11.30am: Learn. Fly. Create: Drone Workshop (13+)

     

    Tara (no need to book)

    Tuesday 19 September, 10.30am–11.30am: Up in the Air! Craft table (all ages)

    Thursday 21 September, 10.30am–11.30am: Up in the Air! Craft table (all ages)

    Tuesday 26 September, 10.30am–11.30am: Up in the Air! Craft table (all ages)

    Thursday 28 September, 9.30am–12.30pm: FUN PALACE (Fun for the whole family: free, all ages event!)

     

    Wandoan (no need to book)

    Thursday 28 September, 9.00am–12.00pm: FUN PALACE (Fun for the whole family: free, all ages event!)

    An Up in the Air! Craft table will be available all holidays during opening hours. Call in any time.

  • Learn. Fly. Create: Drone Workshops

    These September school holidays, we are going Up in the Air!

    Get hands-on experience with flying, filming and racing quad-copter drones. Participants will get to learn all about aerial filmography, as well as fly and race in an outdoor space, then produce an aerial film using tablet software at the library.

    Best suited to ages 13+. Bookings are essential and places are limited.

     

    Wednesday September 27, 2.30pm–4.00pm: Chinchilla State School (meet at the library)

    Wednesday 27 September, 10.00am–11.30am: Miles Primary School Oval (meet at the library)

    Thursday 28 September, 10.00am–11.30am: Moonie Library

    Thursday 28 September, 2.30pm–4.00pm: Jandowae Library

    Friday 29 September, 10.30–12.00pm: Dalby League’s Club (meet at the library)

     

    Click here to make a booking

     

    PLEASE NOTE: Pick up and drop off for the drone workshops will be at your library, and children will walk to a nearby location (where indicated) to complete the filming portion of the workshop.

     

    Want more fantastic school holiday activities? Click here. 

  • Special Storytimes at Chinchilla

    “It takes a village to raise a child.”

    In September, we are involving family members, grandparents and the whole community at Storytime!

    Father’s Day Storytime: Friday 1 September; 10.15–11.30am

    Grandparent’s Day Storytime: Friday 8 September; 10.15–11.30am

    We will celebrate each of these special days with a special Storytime for Toddlers in Fuller’s Place (the square in front of the Cultural Centre). We would love as many Dads and Grandparents as possible to join us! There will be stories, songs, games and crafts, with guest storytellers and lots of fun.

    Join us for a beautiful morning on the grass with friends and family, and help yourself to a complimentary light morning tea.

     

    Storytime for Toddlers happens every Friday at Chinchilla Library, and is best suited to children aged 1–3 years (and their carer), however everyone is welcome. For details of our other Storytime sessions, please click here.

  • We Want YOUR Opinion

    How are we doing?

    We want you to tell us what you love, and what we can improve at Western Downs Libraries. If you have an opinion about our services, our collection or our programs, we want to hear it!

    Whether you’re a regular visitor, or you’ve not yet stepped a foot through our doors, your feedback and input will be really valued and we’d like your opinion.

    The survey will take you less than 5 minutes to complete – all answers will remain anonymous and confidential. Now’s your chance to have your say about your local Library!

     

    Take the Survey now! 

     

  • Technology Support at Chinchilla Library

    Don’t know the difference between a mouse and a monitor? Confused by social media like Facebook, Skype or Twitter? Can’t remember if your tablet is an Apple or an Android (and anyway, aren’t tablets something that your swallow)?

    If you feel like it might be time to catch up with technology, or if your children gave you a new something-or-other for your birthday and left before they could show you how to use it, come along to one of the one-on-one tailored support sessions at the Chinchilla Library.

    From beginners to those just needing to get over a technology road-bump you’ll get help at our support sessions held every Thursday at Chinchilla Library. They are free, half-hour, one-on-one support sessions we tailor to suit your needs. Spaces fill up so please book ahead.

    Book now via email to chinchilla.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au or phone 1300 COUNCIL.

    Can’t make it into Chinchilla Library? Try a session at one of our other branches or visit our online, self-paced resources.

  • Western Downs Libraries Fun Palaces!

    Our Western Downs Libraries Fun Palaces are on again and this year they are BIGGER and BETTER than ever! Save the date, because in September and October, we’re bringing a Fun Palace to a town near you!

     

    What is a Fun Palace? 

    Fun Palaces are a chance to discover something new. Experience awesome science, art, robotics and more. This is a day dedicated to encouraging love and interest in science and art activities. There are dozens of hands-on interactive activities for the whole family! The best part? It’s completely free!

    See drones in flight, have a conversation with a NAO robot and watch him move, or experience virtual reality with the HTC Vive.

    Get your hands busy with art activities – from digital art, to painting, knitting, colouring-in and more.

    Dalby Library will have a dedicated Under 5s zone where little ones can have fun with messy play and sensory activities.

     

    Last year, almost 3000 people attended Fun Palaces events in Dalby, Tara, Chinchilla and Miles. Since you loved them so much, we’ve decided to add Fun Palaces events in 3 more locations. Mark it in your calendar:

     

    Tara: Thursday 28 September, Tara Library, 9.30am–12.30pm

    Wandoan: Thursday 28 September, Wandoan Library, 9.00am–12.00pm

    Bell: Saturday 30 September, Bell Bunya Community Centre, 10.00am–1.00pm

    Jandowae: Saturday 7 October, Jandowae Library, 10.00am–1.00pm

    Dalby: Saturday 14 October, MyALL 107, 10.00am–1.00pm

    Miles: Saturday 21 October, Dogwood Crossing, 10.00am–1.00pm

    Chinchilla: Saturday 28 October, Fuller Place, 9.30am–12.30pm

     

    Are you a community organisation? We want you! 

    We are seeking individuals and groups who would like to volunteer to assist our libraries to make this year’s Fun Palaces great! If you would like to showcase your business, hobby or group, we’d love your help!

    Last year, we were able to showcase:

    • Amish Rag Rugs
    • knitting
    • scrap-booking
    • badge-making
    • leather-plaiting
    • cupcake and biscuit decorating
    • and silk painting – to name a few.

    We’ll help you promote your business and provide support with any resources required for the day (within reason). If you would like to inquire further, or fill out an Expression of Interest form, please contact library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au or have a chat with a librarian at your local library branch.

     

    Want to volunteer?

    If you’d like to run an activity or volunteer to help present a fun demonstration where attendees can take part and get ‘hands-on’, Western Downs Libraries would love you help. These activities may include:

    • Virtual reality
    • Augmented reality
    • Coding and Robotics
    • Gaming
    • Painting and art activities
    • Early literacy activities, including imagination station, slime and blowing bubbles.

    If you would like to inquire further, or fill out an Expression of Interest form, please contact library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au or have a chat with a librarian at your local library branch.