Tara Library

  • Storytime for Kids at Tara

    Come along and listen to a story, make some music, dance and do some craft.

    The next Storytime session at the Tara Library is on Friday 6 October 2017 at 10:00 am.

    Children love reading stories, the more you read, talk and play with your child, the more lights you’re turning on in their brain.  The experience of those first five years stay with them forever.

    Help your child develop a love of reading by simply taking them to a Storytime session at your local Library. All of our Storytime sessions are carefully planned to enhance early literacy skills. They feature stories, songs and fun craft activities based on a monthly theme.

    Storytime for Kids is best suited to children aged 3–5, but everyone is welcome.

    For more info, call us at 1300 COUNCIL or email us at tara.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au

    Looking for a Storytime session closer to you? Click here for details of Storytime in our other branches.

     

  • Things to do in and around Tara in September

    1 September: Storytime at Tara Library at 10.00am.

    8 September: Playgroup at Tara Community Church (back hall), Milne Street 9.00am–11.00am. Cost is $2 per child and B.Y.O morning tea.

    9 September: St. Martins Spring Fair and Flower Show, St. Martins Anglican Church Hall, 51 Day Street, from 9.00am.

    9 September: Condamine Bell Rodeo, click here for further information.

    9 September: Jandowae Trail Bike Ride, Mt Pipe Dodge Road, Jandowae. Click here for further information.

    10 September: Warra Country Markets, Warra Post Office – Warrego Highway, 8.00am–12.00pm. Phone 0422 828 762 for further information.

    14 September: Tara Bookclub, Tara Library, 10.30am. Click here for more information.

    15 September: Playgroup at Tara Community Church (back hall), Milne Street 9.00am–11.00am. Cost is $2 per child and B.Y.O morning tea.

    16 September: Dalby Markets, Dalby Showgrounds 6.00am–12.00pm. Phone 0429696775 for more information.

    16 September: Meandarra Show, Meandarra Showgrounds. For more show information, click here.

    16 September: 2017 Surat Cup Raceday, Surat Diggers Race Club. For further information phone 4626 5316.

    17 September: Chinchilla Markets, Chinchilla Information Centre, Warrego Highway.

    19 September: School Holiday Craft at Tara Library, 10.30-11.30. Click here for further information.

    20 September: Conversations in English at the Tara Library, 11.00am. Click here for more information.

    21 September: School Holiday Craft at Tara Library, 10.30-11.30. Click here for further information.

    21-23 September: Not Just For Laughs 3, Regional Comedy Tour, Free Community Events. Click here for further information.

    22 September: Playgroup at Tara Community Church (back hall), Milne Street 9.00am–11.00am. Cost is $2 per child and B.Y.O morning tea.

    24 September: Bunya Mountain Community Markets, Bunya Mountains, South Burnett, 9.00am–2.00pm. Click here for more information.

    26 September: School Holiday Craft at Tara Library, 10.30-11.30. Click here for further information.

    28 September: Fun Palace, Everyone a Scientist, everyone an Artist, Tara Library, 9.30am – 12.30pm. Click here for further information.

    29 September: Playgroup at Tara Community Church (back hall), Milne Street 9.00am–11.00am. Cost is $2 per child and B.Y.O morning tea.

    30 September: Wandoan Oktoberfest, Lawton Street, Wandoan, 10.00am-10.00pm with free entry. Check out details here.

     

  • Tara’s Fun Palace

    Climb inside the walls of Tara’s Fun Palace and…

     

    Have a conversation with a NAO humanoid robot, dive into a virtual world with virtual reality and try out Sphero mini-golf.

    Get creative with augmented reality sketching, 3D colouring, pendulum painting, or learn how to face paint!

    Test your brain with neuroscience games, or put your manufacturing skills to the test with a construction race or a catapult competition.

    Bring out your inner child with the imagination dress-up station, giant bubbles, bouncing slime and a magic magnetic sandpit.

    Find a new hobby; make Amish Knot rugs, bookmarks, pom-poms or try your hands at knitting.

     

    Tara’s Fun Palace is a huge family fun day, with plenty of action, excitement, activities and entertainment for the whole family!

     

    When: Thursday 28 September, 9.30am–12.30pm

    Where: Tara Library

    Cost: FREE

     

    Make sure you arrive early! There’s plenty to see and do.

  • 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.

  • 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! 

     

  • Conversations in English in Tara

    The next meeting  for the Tara CinE group will be held at the Tara Library on Wednesday 20 September at 10.30am.

    Conversations in English (CinE), is a free friendship group for people who have English as an additional language and they meet every month at Tara Library!

    Tara is the fourth Conversations in English group to form in the Western Downs region and their aim is to help those who would like to make new connections or just practice their English in a relaxed and safe environment.

    For more information and enquiries about this group contact the group leader, Leandra Ashwell on 0439 939 439, Tara Library on 4679 4481 or email tara.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au.

    Check out the Conversation in English region-wide Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/convoinenglish/

    Click here to find out about Conversations in English Chinchilla

    Click here to find out about Conversations in English Dalby

     

     

  • Tara Bookclub

    Tara’s next Bookclub meeting will be held at the Library on Thursday 14 September at 10.30am.

    If you would like to read more books during 2017, come and join Tara’s friendly Bookclub. New members are always welcome, so come along and share your love of reading, discuss your views and enjoy morning tea – all at the same time.

    For further information contact Tara Library by phone or email.

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

  • 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.