- Holistic Meditation
Take a deep breath in, clear your mind and find your inner tranquility.
Join Lisa at Chinchilla Library as she walks you through the steps to achieving a mentally clear, emotionally calm and stable state. Relaxation has never been easier with our free, easy workshop.
Join us at Chinchilla Library on Wednesday 20 November at 6pm for an evening of meditation and relaxation.
Places are limited so bookings are essential. Register here or contact 1300COUNCIL for more information.Continue reading →
- #STEAMSquad: Term 4 registrations open soon!
#STEAMSquad is an after-school program for children aged 7 to 12. Each week children participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths activities in a fun, hands-on environment. Our aim is to give ALL children the opportunity to experience tomorrow’s skills, today.
In Term 4, #STEAMSquad will be held in Chinchilla and Tara every week from Tuesday 29 October to Wednesday 4 December.
Registrations open Monday 14 October at 9am
Senior #STEAMSquad is suitable for children aged 9-12 and is held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3.30–4.30pm.
Junior #STEAMSquad is suitable for children aged 7-8 and is held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3.30–4.30pm.
#STEAMSquad in Tara is suitable for children aged 7-12 and is held every Tuesday from 3.30–4.30pm.
Please note that children must be the minimum age before beginning #STEAMSquad for the term. A small packet of chips and a popper will be supplied for afternoon tea.
If you would like more information or to speak to someone about #STEAMSquad, please call 1300COUNCIL or visit your local Western Downs Libraries branch.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.
- 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.
On the scorching February day in 2009 that became known as Black Saturday, a man lit two fires in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, then sat on the roof of his house to watch the inferno. In the Valley, where the rates of crime were the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn’t know.
The Arsonist takes readers on the hunt for this man, and inside the strange puzzle of his mind. This book is also the story of fire in Australia, and of the community that owed its existence to that very element. The command of fire has defined and sustained us as a species – understanding its abuse will shape our future.
A powerful real-life thriller written with Hooper’s trademark lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers.
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 email@example.com
Looking for a Bookclub closer to you? Click here for details of Bookclubs at our other branches.Continue reading →
- Fun Palaces are here
Imagine, create and explore at Fun Palaces! Get hands-on with interactive art, science experiments, virtual reality, robotics and more!
Fun Palaces are fun for the whole family, and everyone is welcome at these free events! Come on down to a library near you and experience Fun Palaces for yourself! All you need is a little smile, a healthy dose of curiosity, a touch of imagination and a whole lot of enthusiasm.
At a glance…
Tara: Tuesday 15 October, 9.30am–12.30pm
Chinchilla: Saturday 19 October, 9am–12pm
Dalby: Saturday 2 November, 9am–12pm
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- 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 →
- Storytime at Chinchilla
Storytime is held at Chinchilla Library at 9.30am every Friday. There are lots of exciting things happening over the next few weeks!
Don’t forget Storytime for Toddlers will continue throughout the school holidays!
Our Storytime sessions are made up of four components – read, talk, play and sing. 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 value-adding 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 aimed at ages 1-3, however everyone is welcome.
These sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff!
Looking for inspiration during the week? Borrow one of our new take-home Storytime kits!Continue reading →
- Get online with Be Connected!
Learning about computers can seem intimidating and complicated but it doesn’t have to be. Western Downs Libraries is making digital literacy easy with Be Connected.
Whether you are a job seeker looking to expand your skill set, or someone who has never touched a computer before, Be Connected is for you.
Improve your skills with computers, apps and mobile devices with the assistance of our supportive staff and volunteers. Your learning experience is tailored to your personal requirements and skill level with the huge range of available lessons.
Be Connected is not just about computers. Learn how to stay safe online, play games, use a digital camera and connect with people around the globe with social networks. Technology has never been more accessible, and you can get on board too!
Improve your confidence, abilities, and knowledge of technology. Sign up for a Be Connected session at your nearest Western Downs Libraries branch.
To register for a session, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 1300 COUNCIL or visit your local Western Downs Libraries branch.
- Storytime for Bubs
90% of your child’s brain development happens in their first 5 years! Give your bub the best start in life with Storytime for Bubs!
During our Storytime for Bubs sessions we sing lots of songs, share stories, and introduce learning games and sensory experiences. Storytime is a friendly and relaxed session with the aim of encouraging your baby’s development and supporting you in being your child’s first and most important teacher.
Sharing stories and rhymes, signs, talking and playing with your child from birth, builds a foundation for your child’s future development that can last a lifetime.
Here’s your excuse to get out of the house, make some new friends, and encourage your baby’s development.
Chinchilla Library – 9.30-10am every Thursday during term time
Wandoan Library – 10am-10.30am, first and third Thursday of every month
Tara Library – 11am -11.30am, every Tuesday, 18 June to 23 July
Storytime for Bubs is aimed at ages 0-12 months. Sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff.
It’s never too early to Read, Play, Sing and Talk.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.