- Possum Magic is 35 years old!!!
Mem Fox’s famous children’s book Possum Magic is celebrating its 35th birthday this year. Mem wrote the first version of the book in 1978 for a university assignment, however, it was not published until 1983 after many changes were made that were suggested by the publisher. Possum Magic is the best selling picture book in Australia and over one million copies were sold in the first ten years. Mem Fox has gone onto write favourites such as The Magic Hat, Where is Green Sheep and Ducks Away. Come into our libraries and check out the wonderful collection and remember everyone is welcome at our Storytime sessions.
These sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff!
It’s never to early to Read, Talk, Play, Sing!
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- Storytime is for Everyone
Read, talk, play… Storytime is for everyone at Western Downs Libraries!
Storytime for Toddlers (1–3 years)
Storytime for Kids (3–5 years)
All of our Storytime sessions are carefully planned and delivered by trained staff. They include stories, songs and movement, as well as strategic discussions, key messages and learning outcomes. Plus, it’s FUN and FREE!
Research shows us that up to 90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first 5 years. Through Storytime sessions, now we can better encourage your child’s development and early literacy skills in ways that best suit them.
Meet some new friends, connect with your community and support your child’s early literacy development, in a relaxed and friendly environment.
We can also bring Storytime to you! Please contact your local branch if you are interested in having us visit your Daycare Centre, Playgroup, Kindy or School.
These programs have been made possible by the funding and support of State Library of Queensland’s First Five Forever initiative.Continue reading →
- Before you watch the movie, read the book!
2018 is set to be a reader’s dream with 32 book to movie adaptions set to be released this year! We are sure that you will find a book to suit everyone in your family.
Boy erased: a memoir of identity, faith and family by Garrard Conley
A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding.The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in a small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality.
Ashes in the Snow based on Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Lina is just like any other fifteen year old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known.
The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith
Peter is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa moves right into Peter’s room, forcing him upstairs.
12 Strong by Doug Stanton
The declassified true story of the horse soldiers. On September 11, 2001 the world watched in terror. On September 12, 2001 they volunteered to fight. Twelve soldiers gave us a reason to hope.
Be sure to check in next month for more adaptions!Continue reading →
Need something to do after school? Join Western Downs Libraries’ #STEAMSquad!
Registrations for Term 2 2018 will open Monday 26 March at 9.00am. Remember, places are limited so get in quick!
Due the the large quantity of applications, and our new programs this year, you can now choose to attend on two different days!
Chinchilla Library: Tuesdays & Wednesday from 3.30pm—4.30pm (REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED)
In Chinchilla, children will learn coding using Scratch, they will then be able to extend their learning to program Spheros. Each week, children will build upon the the skills they’ve learned the previous week through these fun, educational sessions.
Dalby Library: Wednesdays & Thursdays from 3.30pm—4.30pm.
In Dalby, this term will be entirely based on coding & robotics. Children will get the chance to learn coding using Scratch, make games, and program our new mBot robots. Each week, children will build upon the skills they’ve learned the previous week through these fun, educational sessions.
#STEAMSquad runs every week during term-time, this program is FREE and suitable for children ages 7+.
#STEAMSquad explores science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics through hands-on, FUN activities!
Find your passion, have some fun, make new friends, and learn something along the way!
- Yoga Storytime in Chinchilla
Calm hearts and calm minds lead to calm kids and calm families.
Yoga Storytime is a relaxed and fun session which incorporates breathing, stretching, singing, dancing and mindfulness. This is an interactive session between parent (or caregiver) and children, held at Chinchilla Library every Tuesday from 10.15am during term-time.
Please make our new Yoga Instructor, Lisa, feel welcome! Lisa is a yoga teacher with a gentle nature and a calming soul, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her.
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 Yoga Storytime 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.
Ninety 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, sing!
PLEASE NOTE: We love taking snaps of your happy little ones during these sessions. Sometimes these are used in Library advertising or publications, but we will always ask your permission first. Parents or carers who would prefer photographs not be released, please let us know and Library staff will ensure those photographs are deleted and not used.Continue reading →
- Chess Club at Chinchilla Library
Chess club meets every 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; chess has benefits for all!
- Now you see me…
Now you don’t.
How do I get a WiFi pass now?
Some of you may have noticed that our OPAC machines have changed. Now, you can do all of your catalogue searching on these machines. To make things easier for you, the WiFi passes and computer bookings can now be found on our iPad kiosks.
If you are are unable to find your Libraries iPad kiosk, please ask your local Librarian for help.
- Lights, Camera, Action!
Lights, Camera, Action! is the theme for our Easter School Holidays.
Using high-definition waterproof cameras, this action packed film-making workshop explores what is possible when attaching a camera to pretty much anything while engaging in high-energy activities. Participants then edit together their footage to create an exciting music video montage. Get the skills you need to submit your entry to the Big Skies Film Festival.
Jo Cuskelly, illustrator of one of our favourite books, Roses are NOT Red, will be hosting illustration workshops for children and families during the Easter school holidays. Carers and kids are invited to learn how children’s picture books are created, then have a go at creating their own story and pictures together.
All of our school holiday events are FREE but bookings are required. Click the links above to find out more.Continue reading →
- Do you or someone you know suffer from Anxiety?
The library has heaps of books on anxiety that are easy to read and understand. Have a look at the list below and reserve the books you would like to read.
Reading self help books allows you to expand your knowledge on the subject as well as believe that you can be more, do more and experience more.
First, we make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson is a new book to our collection. The book is described as being practical and poetic, wise and funny.
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne.
Overcoming Worry and Anxiety by Jerry Kennard.
Happy reading!Continue reading →
- Bookenders Bookclub
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.
This month we are reading The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble. Dame Margaret Drabble is the author of eighteen novels including The Millstone and The Peppered Moth. She was appointed CBE in 1980, and made DBE in the 2008 Honors list. She was also awarded the 2011 Golden PEN Award for a Lifetime’s Distinguished Service to Literature.Jessica Speight, a young anthropology student in 1960s London, is at the beginning of a promising academic career when an affair with her married professor turns her into a single mother. Anna is a pure gold baby with a delightful sunny nature. But as it becomes clear that Anna will not be a normal child, the book circles questions of responsibility, potential, even age, with characteristic intelligence, sympathy, and wit.
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 →