Chinchilla Library

  • #STEAMSquad

    Registration opens at 9am on Tuesday 23 April! Term 2 of STEAMSquad will run for 6 weeks from 7 May – 12 June.

    #STEAMSquad is an after-school program for children aged 7–12, held at Chinchilla, Dalby 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:

    Chinchilla Senior STEAMSquad

    Chinchilla Junior STEAMSquad

    Dalby STEAMSquad

    Tara STEAMSquad

    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!


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  • Storytime STEAMSquad at Chinchilla

    Chinchilla is changing up their Storytime sessions, and introducing a Storytime STEAMSquad!

    Storytime for Toddlers is held every Friday at 9.30am, at the Chinchilla Library. But for the LAST Friday of March, April and May, we will run Storytime STEAMSquad instead.

    Our upcoming themes:

    26 April – Ocean

    31 May – Robots


    STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning happens naturally every day as children explore, play and try new things.  When children play, they explore and build skills and theories about the world.

    Come along and have fun playing with your children – they might even learn something!

    Storytime STEAMsquad is suitable for 0-5 years. Chinchilla Library also hosts Storytime for Toddlers, Storytime for Bubs and Yoga Storytime.

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  • 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:

    26 April – Storytime STEAMsquad ***New Program*** click here to find out more about what we have planned!

    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!

    Looking for inspiration during the week? Borrow one of our new take-home Storytime kits!

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  • Quirky Mystery and Crime

    Cinnamon Rolls, Naked Ladies, Bollywood Stars and witches oh my!

    If your idea of Mystery and Crime novels is more grim thriller and psychological suspense then it’s time to investigate a little further.

    Hidden throughout our shelves are titles to tingle your taste buds and arouse your curiosity such as Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke and The Siren’s Sting by Miranda Darling.

    Here’s some clues to get your search started.

    For history lovers try:

    Death in St Petersburg and others by Tasha Alexander.

    He Lover of Death by Boris Akunin.

    For foodies we have the delectable Joanne Fluke books such as:

    Double Fudge Brownie Murder, Blackberry Pie Murder and Cream Puff Murder: a Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes.

    Or for something with more spice:

    The Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall Smith, Killer on a Hot Tin Roof by Livia J. Washburn and The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies  by Susan Wittig Albert.

    There’s books for those bewitched by the occult: Where there’s a Witch by and by Madelyn Alt, Agatha Raisin and the Witches Tree by M.C. Beaton and All that She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher.

    And titles for those with an interest in Indian intrigue: The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star, Murder at the Grand Raj Hotel and more by Vaseem Khan.

    We even have a couple for the cat lovers: The Cat Sitter’s Pajamas: a Dixie Hemingway Mystery by Blaize Clement and No Cooperation From the Cat: a Mystery by Marian Babson.

    If you’d like to keep up with all the action and adventure at Western Downs Libraries connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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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 – To be confirmed

    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.

    It’s never too early to Read, Play, Sing and Talk.

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  • Tech Savvy for Seniors

    Tech Savvy for Seniors


     Western Downs Libraries is pleased to once again be running free Tech Savvy for Seniors sessions across all our branches.

    This year we are offering new topics, so there’s sure to be something helpful to everyone.

    ***Participants must have basic computer and mouse skills.***

    Bookings can be made through Eventbrite or by calling your local library.

    Morning sessions will have morning tea provided and afternoon sessions will have afternoon tea provided.

    Session times are as follows:



     Wednesday 10 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

    1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Thursday 11 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Cyber Safety

    Register for Wandoan sessions  



    Tuesday 16 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Office 16 Word

    Wednesday 17 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Office 16 Excel

    1pm – 3pm        Online Scrapbooking

    Register for Moonie sessions



    Tuesday 30 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

    1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Wednesday 1 May 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Cyber Safety

    Register for Meandarra sessions


    Session Descriptions

     Intro to Windows 10: Learn how to use this Microsoft operating system so you can customise it, find files and folders, and do more.

     Office 2016 Word: Learn how to format text, save and share documents, modify line and paragraph spacing, use tables and columns, and do more with your documents.

     Office 2016 Excel: Learn how to create formulas and charts, use functions, format cells, and do more with your spreadsheets.

     Cyber Safety: Do you need to protect yourself? Do you know what threats you may face or what security software does? Learn more about choosing security software and keeping yourself safe.

     Handy Apps: How to evaluate apps and download them.

    • Must have an email address
    • Bring your own device (tablet or smart phone)

    Downloading the library’s e-Resources: Learn how to download e-books, e-audio, and e-magazines to your own device.

    • Bring your own device (tablet or smart phone)
    • Must have email address
    • Must have Library membership

    Online scrapbooking: Learn how to import photos, use layouts, add text, and manipulate photos to create your own personalised photobook.

    • Must have an email address
    • Bring photos on a USB
    • Photos must be in .jpg format
    • For best print quality, photos should be at least 4MB at 300dpi Learn how to trace your family tree.

    • Must have an email address.



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  • Storytime is for Everyone!

    Young children are active, cheeky, and constantly learning. With songs and rhymes, stories, movement and activities, our interactive and fun Storytime sessions are geared towards developing your child’s early literacy capabilities.

    Storytime is held at all of our branches. Find one near you:

    Bell Storytime

    Chinchilla Storytime for Bubs

    Chinchilla Storytime for Toddlers

    Chinchilla Yoga Storytime

    Dalby Storytime for Bubs

    Dalby Storytime for Toddlers

    Dalby Yoga Storytime

    Jandowae Storytime

    Meandarra Storytime

    Miles Storytime

    Moonie Storytime

    Tara Storytime

    Wandoan Storytime for Bubs

    Wandoan Storytime for Toddlers

    With funding through the State Government’s First Five Forever initiative, we’ve been able to put a concerted effort into the research and development of this early literacy program. Our 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.

    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 child’s communication and pre-literacy development.

    It’s never too early to read, talk, play!

    For more information, contact 1300 COUNCIL, send us an email, or follow us on Facebook.

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  • Military History Workshop – Chinchilla

    Do you have family that served in the military? Would you like to know more about their service history but don’t know where to start?

    To commemorate Anzac Day, Chinchilla Library is holding a workshop to help you research your family’s military history.

    During the two hour session you will be introduced to online resources such as nominal rolls, embarkation rolls, service records, unit war diaries, and photographs, where you can find out information about your relative’s military service.

    You will be provided with an information sheet with links to the sites so you can continue your research at home.

    The workshop will be held from 10am – 12pm on Thursday 16 May. Numbers are limited so book early.


    Bring a USB with you to save any information you find.

    Basic computer skills are necessary but assistance will be on hand for those who aren’t confident.

    For more information contact Chinchilla Library via email or telephone 1300COUNCIL

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  • 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.

    Members are currently reading “A world of other people” by Steven Carroll, and will discuss it at the next meet on Thursday 7 March. London, 1941, and the threat of daily bombings hangs in the air. Jim, a young Australia pilot, has suffered an unbearable loss when he meets Iris, a forthright young woman trying to find her voice as a writer. A world of other people traced their love affair, haunted by secrets and malign coincidence, as they struggle to imagine a future together free of society’s thin-lipped disapproval. The poet C.S. Eliot, with whole Iris shares fire-watching duties during the Blitz, unwittingly seals their fate with one of the poems from his acclaimed Four Quarters.

    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

    Looking for a Bookclub closer to you? Click here for details of Bookclubs at our other branches.

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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 or contact Chinchilla Family Support Centre on 4662 8528.


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