Chinchilla Library

  • Bookenders Bookclub

    Chinchilla’s Bookenders Bookclub next meet will be Thursday 7 December. This month we will be discussing the novel “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga. This is Aracind’s debut novel, which won the 40th Man Booker Prize in 2008.

    The novel provides a darkly humorous perspective of India’s class struggle in a globalized world as told through a retrospective narration from Balram Halwai, a village boy. In detailing Balram’s journey first to Delhi, where he works as a chauffeur to a rich landlord, and then to Bangalore, the place to which he flees after killing his master and stealing his money, the novel examines issues of religion, caste, loyalty, corruption and poverty in India. Ultimately, Balram transcends his sweet-maker caste and becomes a successful entrepreneur, establishing his own taxi service. In a nation proudly shedding a history of poverty and underdevelopment, he represents, as he himself says, “tomorrow.”

    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.

  • Conversations in English Chinchilla

    Conversations in English Classes (Chinchilla) are held every Wednesday from 1.30 – 3pm at the Chinchilla Library.

    Conversations in English (CinE) is an award-winning, free friendship group for those who have English as a second language. Is English your second (or third, or fourth) language? Or are you a natural speaker wanting to help those new to our language? If so, please come along to our Conversations in English Classes. They are designed to help participants practice their English in a friendly and supportive environment with the help of community volunteers.

    Below is the latest update from the group:

    October again; the Conversations in English (CinE) Chinchilla group is 3 years old! I cannot help smiling every time I think about it; we members were constantly so focused about organising and attending our meetings and events that most likely all of us forgot about “feeling the CinE time ticking” all over these years. Yet, looking back, we have experienced such a colourful time! And in the meantime, we got embraced and amalgamated into our great local community.

    We celebrated this marvel in The Purple Bean, where twelve of us turned up and enjoyed a pleasant afternoon tea together. We had to push tables together, forming a “Mini Long Table”, which saw Indian, Russian, Filipino, Hungarian and Australian people around itself. We also welcomed there a new lady from Vietnam, which added exciting colours to our birthday chats.

    Speaking about long tables, we were proudly included in this year’s One Long Table on the cloudy Saturday of 14 October. We raised our flags high at our CinE stand and attracted right at the beginning a young resident from Kenya… Chinchilla is truly a rich soup of nationalities! In addition, we delivered our beloved Filipino and Hawaiian dances barefoot on the bitumen of Heeney Street, under the looming storm clouds. With no rain in the end, the evening became a lively program for the whole town, which we also enjoyed to the fullest, mobbing around in our traditional clothes.

    On the “study side”, we received a passionate lady from Carers Qld Toowoomba who introduced us to the blessed operation of this nationwide organisation supporting people who care for others free of charge, immersing us into its multicultural services.

    Back to our community involvement, we sparkled again at the Fun Palaces of the Chinchilla Library on 28 October. CinE was manning three children activities and the free tea & coffee stand in the spacious Auditorium, which was busy with lots of further stalls and an amused crowd billowing around the Library, the halls, and the Fuller Place, packed with the Library’s creative programs. We are so lucky to have an organisation that contributes this much to liveability!

    The CinE group is all about gratitude. Now we were fortunate to meet its many faces; just read this humble summary again. Living this way makes life beautiful. Don’t you think?

    Zita Stark (Group Leader)

     

    This project is a joint initiative by Chinchilla Library and the Chinchilla Family Support Centre.   To join the conversation and meet new and interesting friends contact 1300 COUNCIL, email chinchilla.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au or contact Chinchilla Family Support Centre on 4662 8528.

     

  • 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 you 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.

  • Chess Club at Chinchilla Library

    Chess club is held weekly on a Monday, from 3.30pm. Feel free to drop by. Everyone is welcome to come along and sharpen their skills and minds through friendly rivalries.

    Maybe you’re a chess master wanting to hone your skills. Or perhaps you don’t know the difference between a pawn and a king and … what’s that horsey one again?

    Chess has many proven benefits including: raising your IQ, preventing Alzheimer’s, improving memory, increasing creativity, problem-solving skills and reading skills, and teaching planning and foresight.

    There are no age limits or experience required, as chess has benefits for all!

     

  • #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!

     

    We are currently fully booked for 2017, but keep an eye out for more great STEAM fun during term-time in 2018.

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

     

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

     

    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.

     

    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.

     

  • 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

     

     

  • Road to IELTS

    Our libraries are passionate about supporting our communities with English as an Additional Language, to ensure they have the resources they need to develop English competencies in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

    To help you on your journey, our libraries have added the Road to IELTS program to our eLibrary collection of online resources, which are FREE to use if you are a Western Downs Libraries member.

    Simply select either the Road to IELTS Academic or Road to IELTS General course and type in your library card number to get started. From there, you can either make an account to track your progress or click ‘No Tracking’ to browse the modules independently.

    Not a library member? You can either sign up online, or visit any library branch and our lovely staff can sign you up straight away!

     

    Want to practice your English in a fun and friendly environment? Why not join one of our four fantastic Conversations in English groups in Dalby, Miles, Tara or Chinchilla. Conversations in English is a free friendship group for those wanting to meet new people and improve their language in a stress-free environment.

    Join Conversations in English on Facebook to stay up to date with everything happening!

  • The New RBdigital App

    It’s official: people of the Western Downs love Audiobooks. Whether it’s farmers listening as they do endless hours of tractor work, people listening as they commute to work or students reading for school (or fun!), we are listening to our books more than ever.

    To meet this demand, Western Downs Libraries have made accessing audible content easier than ever, thanks to the new RB Digital app, which launched on Wednesday 28 June. This app will take the place of two of your favourites – Zinio and OneClickDigital.

    Now you can browse all of your eAudiobooks and eMagazines in one place! If you’re having trouble accessing the app, or finding it difficult to search or check out items, please visit any of our branches and our friendly library staff will help walk you through it.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    How do I register in the app?

    To use the RBdigital app, you need to register on your library’s RBdigital website using any browser.  In-app registration will be added to the RBdigital app in a future update.

     

    How do I log into the new RBdigital app?

    If you currently use OneClickdigital and/or Zinio for Libraries you can login using either your OneClickdigital username and password OR Zinio for Libraries email address and password.

    If you have never used OneClickdigital or Zinio for Libraries, please go to RBdigital and register for RBdigital eMagazines or eAudibooks using any online browser.

     

    I am trying to login but keep getting an error message

    Have you tried resetting your password?

    If not, please click the “forgot password” link, reset your password and try to login again.

    If you still can’t login, please let us know the name of your library authority, your name, email address and library card number so we can look into this for you.

     

    Can I view ALL of my checked out magazines in the app?
    At launch you will be able to see up to 30 checked out magazines in the app.  These are arranged in issue date order – newest to oldest.

    The ability to see all checked out items will be available in a future update.

     

    Do we now have to return magazines?

    No, the word “return” is used to be consistent with the rest of the app’s media types.  It’s just a simple way to quickly delete from your checked out titles.

     

    Can I manage my account in the app?

    No, you will still need to go to the library website via your browser to do this.

     

    What will happen to the old OneClickdigital app if I don’t update it?

    The old app will function as normal for only eAudiobook/eBook access.  When you “search” for titles, you will be taken to the new look RBdigital eAudiobook/eBook website (which replaces the old OneClickdigital website).

    The app will continue to be available in this way until further notice.

     

    How long can I continue to use the Zinio for Libraries app?

    The in-app countdown will begin on 10th July and exist for 60 days.  At the end of the 60 days you will no longer be able to checkout and read newly checked out magazines from the app.  To do this, you must download and use the RBdigital app.

     

    Is the RBdigital app available for all devices?

    The RBdigital app is available for Apple, Android and Kindle Fire/Fire HD/X but not the Windows phone.  Library members would need to download titles manually through the website onto a Windows phone or stream online via the website.

  • Storytime for Toddlers

    Your toddlers are active, cheeky, and constantly learning. With songs and rhymes, stories, movement and activities, Storytime for Toddlers is an interactive session geared towards developing your child’s early literacy capabilities.

     

    This is an interactive session between parent (or caregiver) and toddlers best suited to ages 1-3 years, but all are welcome:

    Dalby Library – Tuesdays, 10.30am

    Chinchilla Library – Fridays, 10.15am

    All sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!

     

    With funding through the State Government’s First Five Forever initiative, we’ve been able to put a concerted effort into research and development of this early literacy program. Our Storytime for Toddlers sessions are carefully planned and delivered by specially trained staff to encourage your child’s development and early literacy skills. Combining strategies and exercises from leading and well proven early development practices, we’ve created a relaxed opportunity for parents and care-givers to embrace and become confident in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.

    90 percent of brain development happens in the first five years of a child’s life, and language and development before age three is the single most important factor in school success. Sharing books, singing nursery rhymes and talking to your child from birth is the best way to support your baby’s communication and pre-literacy development.

    It’s never too early to read, talk, play!

    For more information, contact 1300 COUNCIL, send us an email, or follow us on Facebook.

    Did you know we also offer Storytime for Bubs, Kids and Yoga Storytime? Click here for details of Storytime sessions at our other branches.

  • Introducing… Adobe Creative Cloud!

    Yes, you read that correctly. Western Downs Libraries are proud to announce they have partnered with Adobe to bring the Creative Cloud to you. Now you can borrow Adobe Creative Cloud in the same way that you would borrow a book! Join over 2.3 million users and let your creativity flow.

    Adobe Creative Cloud comes with the following programs:
    Photoshop Programs

    If you are a photographer, videographer, graphic designer, or animator, then you will definitely want to get your hands on this fantastic suite of programs.

    But Adobe Creative Cloud isn’t just for professionals.

    Do you have a whole stack of family vacation photos that you’ve been meaning to sort through?

    Are you a student at high school or university trying to complete a project?

    Maybe you’re a small business owner looking to create or update your company website?

    Or are you someone simply wanting to get their hands on a new program and learn some new skills?

    Whatever you may need, Adobe can help you to create a finished product you can be proud of. With loans spanning either two or four weeks, you will have the perfect opportunity to complete any project or assignment you may have.

    Have we caught your attention? Sign up to Adobe Creative Cloud by following these few simple steps, and you will be creating something wonderful before you know it!

    Want to learn more about how to use a particular program in the suite? Why not check out Lynda.com and take a look at the thousands of online training videos they have on offer. Signing up is easy, and with your Western Downs library card, you have unlimited access to the entire website.

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