Chinchilla Library

  • Gardening Workshops with ABC Radio’s Michael Wells! Gardening Workshops with ABC Radio's Michael Wells!

    Got plant problems? Not anymore.

    Gardening guru Michael Wells is coming to the Western Downs, and he is bringing his plant-whispering wisdom with him.

    When Michael isn’t teaching horticulture at TAFE Queensland, or working in his own garden, he writes a gardening column for the Toowoomba Chronicle and advises ABC Southern Queensland radio listeners on all things gardening.

    Michael will be hosting a series of gardening workshops at Western Downs Libraries branches in August and September. Discover how plant selection and the secrets of soil can make your garden the envy of your neighbours.

    At a glance…

    Bell: Friday 23 August 10am

    Jandowae: Friday 23 August 2pm

    Dalby: Friday 30 August 10am

    Tara: Friday 30 August 2.30pm

    Wandoan: Friday 6 September 10am

    Chinchilla: Friday 6 September 2.30pm

    Places are limited so bookings are essential. Register here, or contact 1300COUNCIL.

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  • Be Connected: There has never been a better time to get online Be Connected: There has never been a better time to get online

    Learning about computers may seem intimidating and complicated but it doesn’t have to be.

    In conjunction with Be Connected, Western Downs Libraries is striving to make digital literacy easy. Whether you are a job seeker striving to expand your skill set or someone who has never touched a computer before, be connected is perfect for you.

     

    With the assistance of our supportive staff and volunteers, taking the plunge has never been so easy. You can tailor your learning experience to your personal requirements and skill level with the huge range of available lessons.

    Not only does be connected teach you how to use a computer and its applications, it also provides you with the skills to stay safe online and even connect to people with similar interests and hobbies across the globe. Opening the doors to the endless possibilities of technology has never been easier or more accessible.

    Improve your confidence, abilities, and knowledge of technology. Find out how to sign up for Be connected at your local branch

    If you or someone you know is interested in these sessions, please email library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au or by phoning your local branch on 1300 COUNCIL, to register your interest.

     

     

     

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  • Social Media Marketing Training at your fingertips Social Media Marketing Training at your fingertips

    Social media has dramatically altered the way businesses engage with their potential customers. In the modern business landscape, a healthy social media presence is a must for businesses large and small. Setting up and managing the perfect social media profiles can be a daunting task for small business owners, but never fear, you can find everything you need to know for free with your Western Downs Libraries Card.

    You can find more than 360 short courses and videos on the topic of Social Media Marketing on Lynda.com that show you how to market your business on social media.  Learn how to engage influencers, grow your personal brand, craft the perfect LinkedIn InMail message, boost your Facebook reach and engagement, get more Instagram followers, and more.

    Topics include:

    • Why invest in social media?
    • Developing a documented strategy
    • Defining your audience
    • Finding the right channels
    • Developing a content series
    • Publishing best practices
    • Competitive intelligence
    • Understanding paid advertising
    • Driving results with paid ads
    • Pairing metrics to goals

    If you’ve got your social media marketing down pat,  there are literally thousands of easy to follow, professionally developed online courses in everything from photography to security, from music lessons to 3D Printing and everything in between.

    All you need is your Western Downs Libraries membership card. If you have any questions or need any help starting one of the courses, just get in touch with us.

    You can create your free account with Lynda.com right here.

     

     

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  • Author Review – Jane Harper Author Review - Jane Harper

    Rugged outback scenery, intriguing characters, in-depth mysteries. You’ll find all this and more in Jane Harper’s bestselling novels The DryForce of Nature and The Lost Man. Follow Detective Aaron Falk as he confronts a series of outback murders, and comes to grip with the shadows of his small town past. Be transported to a vast and barren landscape with conditions ripe for the perfect murder. Jane Harper will transport you to the heart of the outback, and expose the secrets that hide in small towns and the vast Australian wilderness.

    Jane Harper was born in Manchester in the UK, and moved to Australia with her family at age eight. She spent six years in Boronia, Victoria, where she became an Australian citizen. Jane returned to the UK as a teenager and went on to study English and History, before becoming a trainee reporter in County Durham.

    Jane has won numerous top awards including the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year and the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year.

    Jane’s books are published in more than 35 countries world-wide, but you can find them right here at your local Western Downs Libraries branch.

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  • Bookenders Bookclub in Chinchilla 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.

    This month we are reading Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar.

    “1855. Failed entrepreneur Stanton Finch moves his family from Adelaide to the remote Coorong area of Southern Australia, in pursuit of his dream to become a farmer.

    Housed in a driftwood cabin, they try to make the best of their situation. The children roam the beautiful landscape of Salt Creek; visitors are rare but warmly welcomed; a local Indigenous boy becomes almost part of the family. Yet there are daily hardships, and tensions with the Ngarrindjeri people they have displaced; disaster never seems far away.

    With Mrs Finch struggling to cope, Hester, their perceptive eldest daughter, willingly takes on more responsibility. But as Hester’s sense of duty grows, so does a yearning to escape Salt Creek and make a new life of her own …” – Goodreads

    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 chinchilla.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au

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

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  • Publish your own photobook Publish your own photobook

    It’s never been so easy to turn your memories into a high-quality photobook!

    Photobooks are a modern take on the traditional photo album, presented and printed as a professional quality book, conveniently mailed to your home.

    We’re excited to be hosting free workshops where you can learn how to use inexpensive online tools to turn your happy snaps into a cookbook, children’s book, travel journal, graduation or family album.

    At a glance… 

    Dalby:  Thursday 1 August 10am

    Chinchilla: Thursday 1 August 10am

    Wandoan: Friday 2 August 10am

    Tara: Monday 5 August 10am

    Jandowae: Wednesday 7 August 10am

    Moonie: Thursday 8 August 9am

    Meandarra: Thursday 8 August 1pm

    Miles: Friday 9 August 10am

     

    Bookings are essential. Register here, or contact 1300COUNCIL.

    Please bring your own USB with photos to add to your photobook. Photos must be in a .jpg format and should be at least 4mb at 300dpi for best print quality.

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  • Drone Coding: Search and Rescue Drone Coding: Search and Rescue

    National Science Week is coming up and STEM Punks are on their way to Western Downs Libraries.

    STEM Punks will be holding a series of FREE drone coding workshops at libraries and schools around the region in August. Kids will learn about block based coding and how to program a drone to complete a search and rescue mission!

    Special guest Dr Serena Lee will also be visiting Dalby Library on Saturday 10 August. Dr Lee is a Physical Oceanographer who uses drones in her research. Dr Lee will be presenting in between drone coding workshops, and you won’t want to miss her visit.

    Parents and guardians; coding is more fun with friends! We’d encourage you to join in with your child on all the search and rescue coding fun! Introduce your kids to the wonders of STEAM and watch them soar.

    At a glance…

    Dalby Library: Saturday 10 August

    9am, 10.45am and 12.30pm

    Chinchilla Library: Saturday 17 August

    9am, 10.45am and 12.30pm

    Places are limited so bookings are essential. Please register here.

    Everywhere else: STEM Punks will also be touring  schools in Bell, Jandowae, Wandoan, Miles, Tara and Meandarra during National Science Week.

     

    Suitable for kids aged 9 – 12. Please contact your local branch, or 1300 COUNCIL for more information.

     

    This program is made possible through the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants Program in partnership with Western Downs Regional Council.

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  • Your Photography Journey starts here! Your Photography Journey starts here!

    You can live your best life with a little help from your library! We’re happy to offer our library members access to the entire library of Lynda.com training videos and courses.

    For photography enthusiasts, Lynda.com has 876 Courses and 32,554 Video Tutorials relating to photography!

    Photography courses and tutorials cover the following subjects:

    • Visual Effects (154)
    • Cameras + Gear (150)
    • Raw Processing (122)
    • Lighting (103)
    • Masking + Compositing (91)
    • Portraits (84)
    • Compositing (70)
    • Photo Management (70)
    • Color Correction (54)
    • iPhone, iPod, iPad (54)
    • Retouching (50)
    • Sharing Photos (38)
    • Photography Foundations (32)
    • DSLR Video (29)
    • Black and White (27)
    • HDR (18)
    • Night + Low Light (17)
    • Plugin (16)
    • Restoration (16)
    • Flash Photography (7)
    • Scanning (6)
    • Sharpening (3)

    We hope that by providing access to these great courses and video tutorials, you’ll have the resources to start your photography journey.

    Other than photography, there are literally thousands of easy to follow, professionally developed online courses in everything from marketing to car repairs, from python coding to Microsoft Excel and everything in between.

    All you need is your Western Downs Libraries membership card. If you have any questions or need any help starting one of the courses, just get in touch with us.

    You can create your free account with Lynda.com right here.

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  • STEAM Storytime at Chinchilla STEAM Storytime 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. Please note that there wont be any STEAM Storytime for the month of July, but we will restart again in August.

    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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  • Jewellery Making with Sally Harth Jewellery Making with Sally Harth

    Western Downs Libraries are excited to host Chinchilla local, Sally Harth of Lilac Apple for a jewellery making workshop! Sally will be at the library sharing her knowledge on jewellery making, and you’ll have the chance to create and take home colourful pieces that you’ll love to wear!

    Cost: $20, includes all materials and a light supper.

    Location: Chinchilla Library

    Date: Friday 16 August

    Time: 6pm–8pm

    Additional materials may be purchased on the night for those who wish to continue creating at home!

    Bookings are essential as spaces are limited

    Phone 1300 COUNCIL or register here.

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