- School Holiday Fun
Don’t miss out on the hottest activities this summer at Western Downs Libraries. Crafts and #STEAM are sweeping the region this summer. Dive into science with rockets, start creating crafts and cool machines, then get ready for the droid invasion!
It’s all happening this summer and signing up is as easy as clicking below.
LEGO® Mindstorm EV3 – Chinchilla
LEGO® + Robots = COOL. Seriously, who doesn’t love playing with Lego and coding amazing robots at the same time?
Wednesday 22 January 2–4pm
Make and take – Chinchilla
What do you do when it’s scorching outside? You make masterful creations at Chinchilla Library!
Thursday 23 January 2.30–3.30pm
Start art early – Bell
Learn the secrets of art this summer. It is never too early to find your muse and hone that artistic talent!
Thursday 23 January 10–11.30am
Droid mission – Tara
Droid to mission control, we need pilots and engineers to complete our mission! Do you have what it takes to build a Droid and guide it through missions?
Tuesday 21 January 2–4pm
Ridiculous #STEAM machine – Jandowae
What goes boom, clank, thud, and chime? A Rube Goldberg machine! Build a ridiculous, complicated contraption to complete a simple task, and have a great time doing it.
Wednesday 22 January 10–11am
- Photo Preservation is Back
Do you have treasured family photos that you want to preserve?
Take the opportunity from Monday 6 January to Friday 31 January 2020 to scan your precious family memorabilia.
Chinchilla Library will once again have the photo preservation unit available for you to use.
You can digitise:
- Printed photographs (up to A4 size)
- Film negatives (35mm, medium format, 4 x 5 inch)
- Photo slides (35mm)
- Documents (up to A4 size)
The station can be booked for a 2 hour session. Bookings are essential.Continue reading →
- Storytime at the Parklands
Summer in the park is bright, warm and beautiful, so join us in January for Storytime in the Park.
Storytime will be held at the Chinchilla Botanic Parkland at 9.30am Friday 17 January.
Don’t forget your hat, water bottle and sunscreen.
Our Storytime sessions are made up of four components – reading, talking, playing and singing. Of course reading occurs each Storytime, and the books are carefully selected to reflect the interests and ages of the children that we expect to attend. But it’s the other components that make our Storytime sessions so special – singing songs and nursery rhymes, playing with scarves and parachutes, using props and puppets, experimenting with sensory activities, and making crafts.
Storytime for Toddlers is best suited to kids aged 1–3, however everyone is welcome.
These sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff!Continue reading →
- Meet Karen Land
Local Naturopath and author Karen Land is touring the Western Downs in 2020 and she has all the tip and tricks you need to improve your health naturally.
Master the art of reading food labels, expand your health awareness, and learn how to make informed choices about what is going into your body.
Refreshments are provided at this FREE event.
Monday 10 February 10–11.30am
Monday 10 February 1.30–3pm
Monday 17 February 1.30–3pm
Monday 17 February 6–7.30pm
Monday 24 February 6–7.30pm
Monday 2 March 6–7.30pm
Monday 9 March 6–7.30pm
Monday 16 March 1–2.30pm
Monday 16 March 6–7.30pm
Bookings are essential as spaces are limited. For more information call 1300 COUNCIL or visit your local library.Continue reading →
- The Art of Book Folding
Learn the fascinating art of book folding with local creator Cathy McKenzie.
Discover how careful planning and excellent execution can turn an ordinary book into a beautiful piece of art.
Everything you need to start creating is supplied in this FREE workshop.
Tuesday 28 January 9am–12pm
Friday 31 January 5.30–8pm
Saturday 1 February 9–11.30am
Monday 3 February 5.30–8pm
Tuesday 4 February 10am–1pm
Thursday 6 February 11am–2pm
Friday 7 February 9.30–11.30am
Wednesday 12 February 6–9pm
Bookings are essential. For more information please call 1300 COUNCIL or visit your local library.Continue reading →
- #STEAMSquad 2020
#STEAMSquad returns in 2020 with great new activities in Tara, Chinchilla and Dalby.
What is #STEAMSquad? We are glad you asked.
S – Science from the world around us!
T – Technology like we had never imagined!
E – Engineering by examining the why with the how!
A – Art through freedom of expression!
M – Maths, the purest science there is!
And kids, we put the Squad in #STEAMSquad.
#STEAMSquad is returning to Dalby in 2020 with a new program! Creativity has been identified as an important skill for the future, so this term Dalby will be introducing more art activities. With the upcoming Words Out West Western Downs Readers and Writers Fest we will also be exploring one of the great technologies: writing.
#STEAMSquad will be held at Dalby Library every Wednesday from 29 January to 4 March, at 3.30–4.30pm.
There will be two #STEAMSquad sessions each week: Junior (for ages 7–8) and Senior (for ages 9–11).
Please note that children must be the minimum age before beginning #STEAMSquad for the term.
Registrations open 9am Monday 13 January.
#STEAMSquad in Tara will be held again in 2020.
Join us at Tara Library every Tuesday afternoon at 3.30–4.30pm, from 11 February to 17 March 2020.
Registrations open 9am Monday 27 January.
For children aged 7-12 years old. Children must be the minimum age (7) before beginning #STEAMSquad for the the term.
#STEAMSquad continues in Chinchilla in 2020.
Join us at Chinchilla Library every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon at 3.30–4.30pm, from 11 February to 18 March 2020.
There will be two #STEAMSquad sessions each week: Junior (for ages 7–8) and Senior (for ages 9–12).
Please note that children must be the minimum age before beginning #STEAMSquad for the term.
Registrations open 9am Monday 27 January.Continue reading →
- Bookenders Bookclub in Chinchilla
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.
Sometimes, you need a little break from the heavy stuff and to prove that we also love a little lightheartedness, for when what you really need is a smile, a laugh, or that particular feeling of butterflies that only the cutest of love stories can give you. This month we are reading books with happy or happiness in the title.
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? Contact 1300 COUNCIL or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for a Bookclub closer to you? Click here for details of Bookclubs at our other branches.Continue reading →
- New Hot Speed Reads Collection
Now at Western Downs Libraries is our new Hot Speed Reads collection. Get the latest titles from popular authors without delay with these ten-day loan items.
Our current Hot Speed Reads are…
The Institute by Stephen King
Starting From Now by Fleur McDonald
The Guardians by John Grisham
Khaki Town by Judy Nunn
The Dark Side by Danielle Steele
Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb
The Last Paradise by Di Morrissey
A Better Man by Louise Penny
The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
Westwind by Ian Rankin
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci
The Model Wife by Tricia Stringer
Postscript by Cecelia Ahern
Matters of the Heart by Fiona Palmer
Blue Moon by Lee Child
The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh
White Horses by Rachel Treasure.
What you need to know…
Q: Where can I find these books?
A: On the shelf at Dalby, Tara or Chinchilla Library.
Q: How do I know if a book is a ‘Hot Speed Read’?
A: All our Hot Speed Reads have a yellow ‘Ten Day Loan’ sticker on the cover.
Q: What if I don’t usually borrow from Dalby, Chinchilla or Tara Library?
A: Never fear, if your local Library doesn’t carry the Hot Speed Reads, or if there is no copy available at your branch you can reserve one.
- 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, 9.30am
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!
Click here for details of Storytime sessions at our other branches.Continue reading →
- Conversations in English Chinchilla
NEW TIME! Tuesdays from 1 – 2.30pm 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.
To join the conversation and meet new and interesting friends contact 1300 COUNCIL, email email@example.com or contact Chinchilla Family Support Centre on 4662 8528.