Tara Library

  • Tara Bookclub

    Tara’s next Bookclub meeting will be held at the Library on Thursday 7 December at 10.30am and we will be celebrating CHRISTMAS!!!

    If you would like to read more books in 2018, 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.

  • Things to do in and around Tara in November

    3 November: Storytime at Tara Library at 10.00am.

    3-4 November: 2017 NRCA National Rodeo Finals, Dalby Showgrounds. Click here for more information.

    4 November: Dalby Rugby Union Race meeting. Bunya Park Racecourse, Dalby 12nn – 11.30pm. Click here for more information.

    4 November: Tara Men’s Group Market, Grevillia Park, 30 Day Street (opp Medical Centre), from 9.00am.

    5 November: Dulacca Market Day, Dulacca Pioneers Memorial Hall, Warrego Highway 8.00am-1.00pm. Stalls include: patchwork, handmade bags, silver jewellery, handcrafts, toys, games, clothing, cosmetics, jams & chutneys, homewares, plants and seedlings and lots more.

    7 November: 2017 Melbourne Cup. For more information, check out their facebook page here.

    9 November: Tara Bookclub, Tara Library, 10.30am. Click here for more information.

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

    10 November: Kaos – Kids Art Show, Dalby Daycare Centre and Stuart Street Kindergarten. Click here for further information.

    11 November: Remembrance Day, 11.00am. Lest we forget.

    11 November: Chinchilla November Race Day. $15 entry and gates open @ 11am. Click here for further information.

    12 November: Warra Country Markets, Warra Post Office – Warrego Highway, 8.00am–12.00pm. For further information, phone 0422 828 762.

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

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

    18 November: Roma Cup Races,

    18 November: Dalby Twilight Markets Dalby Showgrounds 4-9pm. For further information, phone 0429696775

    19 November: Chinchilla Markets, Chinchilla Information Centre, Warrego Highway. Check out their facebook page here.

    19 November: Jandowae Lions Markets, 8.00 – 12.00pm. Click here for further information.

    24 November: Author’s Talk – Scott Whitaker – Railway Hotels of Australia, Tara Library 10.30am. Bookings are essential so click here to book your seat or call Tara Library on 4678 7881.

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

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

    26 November: Christmas Far, Markets and Christmas Carols 3pm – 8pm OLSCC, 2 Nicholson Street. A Christmas event for all members of the community to enjoy some Christmas spirit with an afternoon of fun, good food, market stalls and a visit from Santa followed by evening of Christmas Carols. For further information click here.



  • Author Event: Scott Whitaker & Queensland’s Quirkiest Railway Hotels

    Every Railway Hotel has a story.

    From Allora to Yeppoon, Scott Whitaker has travelled across the state to uncover the secrets, scandals and spirits that haunt the history of every last Railway Hotel in Queensland. Though there were once more than 600 Railway Hotels operating in the country, by the 1920s many of these had met their untimely demise.

    Scott Whitaker will be visiting Western Downs Libraries branches at the end of November to discuss his newly released book, Railway Hotels of Australia, Volume 3: Queensland, which details 191 Railway Hotels operating in the Queensland region, including those in Dalby, Miles and Chinchilla.

    If you’re fascinated by history’s mysteries, consider yourself a history buff, rail enthusiast, or even if you’re just keen to know more about hotels and all things history, this is definitely an event not to miss.

    Scott will chat to you about Queensland’s quirky history, and deliver unique insight into the social, political, and economic themes that have shaped our society over the last 150 years.

    This author tour is a FREE event, but bookings are essential. Light refreshments will be provided. Join Scott Whitaker in the following locations:


    Wednesday 22 November, 6pm–7pm, Bell Library*

    (*join us from 5.30pm for afternoon tea)

    Thursday 23 November, 10am–11am, Moonie Library

    Friday 24 November, 10am–11am, Tara Library

    Friday 24 November, 6pm–8pm, Miles Library


    Bookings are essential, don’t miss out!

    Click here to reserve your seat





  • Conversations in English in Tara

    The next meeting  for the Tara CinE group will be held at the Tara Library on Wednesday 15 November 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



  • 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 3 November 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.


  • 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!).




    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



    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



    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)



    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



    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)



    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



    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



    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.

  • 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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  • Tara Technology Support

    Get one-on-one basic technology support sessions at Tara Library from 9–9.30am each Wednesday and Thursday. We tailor each session for your personal needs. If you would like help wrangling your iPad or tablet we can do that, too. You can also bring along your own laptop if you’d like to learn how to use it, or if there’s one little thing you can never quite get the hang of. Use our free WiFi to get started. The best part? It is completely FREE.

    Bookings are essential, so please phone 1300 COUNCIL or email us at tara.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au to get started on boosting your mastery of the tech world now.

    Can’t make it into a branch in person? Try out online eLearning resources. Self-paced, free and accessible 24/7.