Term 3 of STEAMSquad is coming up quickly, and will run for 6 weeks from 30 July – 4 September. Registration opens at 9am on Monday 22 July!
#STEAMSquad is an after-school program for children aged 7–12, held at Chinchilla and Tara Libraries. 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.
Due to popular demand, this year we will have a Junior #STEAMSquad (7–8) and Senior #STEAMSquad (9–12). Children will be divided into groups depending on their age and abilities, allowing staff to target the skills and interests of everyone participating and ensuring a better quality program for all involved. (Please note that children must be the correct age before starting #STEAMSquad for the term.)
As the year progresses, we will be doing lots of new sessions as well as revisiting some tried and tested ones. Some terms we will do a course that progresses each week, other times there will be a collection of stand-alone sessions. Some weeks we will focus on coding or robotics, other times on science experiments or art projects. We know that not everyone enjoys the same things – we recommend speaking with your child and discussing the topics for the term to decide if they are appropriate and of interest, before registering.
Click the link to register:
We would love some volunteers! If you have an hour free of an afternoon, enjoy helping children learn new skills and experiencing new things, please get in touch!
- Create colourful cartoons with Mark Guthrie!
Create your own colourful cartoons these school holidays with Australian illustrator, author and cartoonist Mark Guthrie.
Mark’s creations have come to life through his work with Scholastic, The Disney Channel and Walt Disney Animation Australia. Now you can learn to create cartoons and illustrations just like Mark with a workshop at Western Downs Libraries. Mark will be touring the region in July, bringing his art, jokes and cartoon fun with him!
At a glance:
Dalby Library: Monday 8 July – 10am
Jandowae Library: Monday 8 July – 2.30pm
Wandoan Library: Tuesday 9 July – 10am
Miles Library: Tuesday 9 July – 2.30pm
Chinchilla Library: Wednesday 10 July – 10am
Tara Library: Wednesday 10 July – 2.30pm
Moonie Library: Thursday 11 July – 10am
Meandarra Library: Thursday 11 July – 2.30pm
Workshops are suitable for kids aged 6+. Stay tuned, bookings open soon and you won’t want to miss out!
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- Call Out to Western Downs Artist’s
2019 Western Downs Regional Artist’ Exhibition | Inside Out
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery
21 October – 10 December 2019
The John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery is proudly sponsored by Murilla Hardware Supplies
Artists who live and/or work in the Western Downs Regional Council area are invited to submit work in any media to the 2019 Western Downs Artists’ Exhibition in response to the exhibition theme.
Inside Out invites artists to reflect on their personal arts practice by looking ‘in’, to connect with their essence of creativity, and bringing ‘out’ to demonstrate through inspired work. The theme invites playful and divergent thinking and could bring forth something unexpected.
Click on Entry Form for more details
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Cindy Grimes | Shades of Brigalow 2018 | Acrylic on canvas | 50.5cm x 76cm
- The Library – More than books!
The public library has come a long way from your traditional warehouse of rows of books sitting on shelves. Libraries have adopted to the needs of their audience in the 21st century as we move through the age of information technology, 24/7 access, and on demand services.
Western Downs Libraries has a range of services and collections that you may not know about, please check these out on your next visit, or in some cases, from the comfort of your own home!
At your local library
Public PCs & Wi-Fi: Available for booking for one hour a day, with printing, scanning and faxing facilities.
Music Studio: Available for booking with a library card and a short 5 min induction, the music studio has garage band mixing software with 2 x microphones, and a keyboard. (Dalby Library)
VR Cube: Virtual Reality Cube, experience virtual reality on our HTC VIVE, available for 30 minute session with a library card for ages 10 + with a parent. (Dalby Library)
Media Room: Available for an hour booking with a library card, come play Xbox one, PS4, Wii, or just watch a movie.
Public Programs: Storytimes, yoga, STEAMSquad, bookclubs, lifestyle workshops, technology sessions, Dungeons & Dragons – see our ‘What’s On’ section of this website for more information.
Your library at home:
All these online services are available to you free with your Western Downs Libraries card from the comfort of your own home.
Kanopy: Your free online streaming service, watch up to 10 movies per month – a range of old, new, and quirky films for everyone.
BorrowBox: Download borrowbox onto any smartphone or tablet and select from our wide range of ebooks & eaudiobooks
RB Digital: Visit RBDigital website and create an account, then download the app onto any smartphone or tablet to select from our wide range of e-audiobooks & e-magazines
Storybox Library: Online videos of popular picture book stories read by local known Australians.
Lynda.com: Want to learn to play the Guitar? Use Adobe Photoshop? Lynda has 1000’s free online courses to improve your current skillset.
Research Databases: Doing an assignment? we subscribe to a number of educational research databases with reliable information, available at your fingertips,
Reserving Items: If you prefer a paper book, search our online catalogue for the item you wish to reserve and we’ll send it to your local library branch available for pickup. This service attracts a 50 cent fee per item.
- Have you heard about Kanopy?
Come in and see us to hear all about the Western Downs Libraries new award-winning video streaming service- Kanopy.
Kanopy is an on-demand film streaming service showcasing more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, film festival favourites and indie and classic films. Popular movies streaming now include A Ghost Story, Swiss Army Man and Life After Beth and Colossal, just to name a few.
Looking for some kids entertainment? On Kanopy Kids you’ll find tonnes of great movies, TV shows, educational videos, your ABC kids favourites and much more!
The best part? You can start streaming now for free with your library card. Just head on over to Kanopy and get streaming!
- Legal Matters workshop
Do you have a will?
Western Downs Libraries are excited to host retired solicitor and Dalby local Glenn Shipway, who will be presenting information sessions on fundamental legal documents.
Topics covered include:
- Estate administration
- Powers of Attorney
- Advance Health Directive.
Bookings are essential. Please register here, or phone your nearest branch:
Dalby Library, Thursday 13 June, 10am–12pm
Chinchilla Library, Thursday 20 June, 10am–12pm
Tara Library, Thursday 20 June, 2–4pm
**Please note, Glenn will not be providing specific legal advice. All topics covered are of a general nature and people with specific legal questions should seek advice from a practising solicitor.**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!
Our upcoming sessions:
3 May – To be confirmed
10 May – A great cake + celebrating Mother’s Day
17 May – I got this hat
24 May – Library closed for Chinchilla Show Holiday
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!
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- 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 – 9.30am every Thursday, 2 May – 6 June
Dalby Library – 10am every Wednesday, 15 May – 19 June
Wandoan Library – 10am, first and third Thursday of every month.
Storytime for Bubs is aimed at ages 0-12 months. Sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff.
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- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Chinchilla Family Support Centre on 4662 8528.
- Yoga Storytime in Chinchilla
Yoga Storytime will be re-starting on Tuesday 5 February, from 10am. All ages are welcome.
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 10am during term-time.
Yoga Instructor, Lisa, will make you 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 →