- NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month
Are you ready to write a novel? Come Write In!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59pm on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.
Join up online, connect with like-minded writers, and check out the resources for inspiration (or procrastination). Maybe your novel will end up published – just like Sara Gruen’s Water For Elephants!
Everyone can participate – click here to see the Young Writers Program for student and educators.
The world needs your novel!
Interested in meeting with other aspiring local authors? Miles Library hosts a Writer’s Group on the third Tuesday of each month. Click here for details.Continue reading →
- Storytime at Chinchilla
Storytime for Toddlers is held at the Chinchilla Library every Friday, from 10.15am. We hope you can join us.
Every Storytime session is 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 a Storytime session closer to you? Click here for details of Storytime in our other branches.Continue reading →
- Chinchilla Fun Palace
Journey through the ages when Fun Palaces comes to Chinchilla, 10am – 1pm, Saturday 20 October, Chinchilla Library & Fuller Place
– Stand in front of the green screen and watch as your image is beamed into an underwater paradise, a desert landscape and or a dense green jungle
– Take leaps and bounds at parkour workshops. Parkour is open to those aged 12+, and places are limited. You can save your spot by signing up on the day, but make sure you get in early!
– Be immersed in another world when you put on the virtual reality headset!
– Navigate your way through an obstacle course with MBots
– Learn pottery and make a pinch pot from scratch
– Be who you want to be at the Imagination Station
– Make a tote bag from a t-shirt
– Be amazed with Jurassic Jayne
– Race the radar and see how fast you can run
– Bring in your ancient specimens and have them examined by a real fossil scientist from Queensland Museum
– Get creative, paint like Jackson Pollock, build salt dough fossils, and make a painting using bolts and magnets
– Get grooving with live music by Jane Zerbst and the Chinchilla Big Band thanks to Groovin into Town!
Everyone a Scientist, everyone an Artist at Fun Palaces!Continue reading →
- Photo Preservation Continue reading →
Western Downs Libraries has a photo preservation station for tech savvy seniors to digitise photos, slides and negatives.
You can digitise:
- Printed photographs (up to A4 size)
- Film negatives (35mm, medium format, 4 x 5 inch)
- Photo slides (35mm)
- Documents (up to A4 size)
Factsheets are available to get you started, however if you are not confident with technology we recommend you bring someone along to help you out.
Chinchilla Library Monday 6 August – Friday 24 August 2018 Dalby Library Monday 10 September – Friday 28 September 2018 Bell Library Monday 15 October – Friday 2 November 2018 Jandowae Library Monday 19 November – Friday 14 December 2018 Miles Library Monday 7 January – Friday 25 January 2019 Wandoan Library Monday 11 February – Friday 1 March 2019 Tara Library Monday 18 March – Friday 5 April 2019 Meandarra Library Monday 22 April – Friday 10 May 2019 Moonie Library Monday 28 May – Friday 14 June 2019
*Available Monday – Friday only.
The station can be booked for a 2 hour session. Bookings are essential.
If you would like more information please contact 1300 COUNCIL or your local branch.
- Get Prehistoric with Queensland Museum
Fun Palaces are taking a step back through time this year with a range of fossil displays, entertainment and activities from Queensland Museum.
Dinosaur Masks – Dalby, Miles, Chinchilla & Jandowae
Become a prehistoric creature by creating your own dinosaur mask. How will you move about? What sounds will you make? What will you eat?
Fossil Dig- Miles, Chinchilla, & Jandowae
Grab your tools and embark on a mini ‘fossil dig’ to find and analyse fossils from the Cretaceous period. What will you discover?
Megafauna Displays- Dalby & Jandowae
View life-size images of extinct megafauna that once roamed across the Western Downs. Imagine a time when these amazing creatures roamed the earth.
Meet a real fossil scientist- Chinchilla
Talk with a paleontology technician from the Queensland Museum about their latest discoveries and examine fossils from the Museum’s collection.
Bring your own Fossil- Chinchilla
Found something you think might be ancient? Bring along your own fossil and have it examined by a Queensland Museum scientist.
Jurassic Jayne Show- Chinchilla & Jandowae
Go on a fun-filled musical journey through the amazing world of prehistoric reptiles with Jurassic Jayne.
- Fun Palaces
Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist with Fun Palaces!
Journey through the ages with FREE activities for the whole family.
- virtual reality
- green screens
- live entertainment
- parkour workshops
- ninja warrior course
- under 5 activities
- imagination station
- fossil displays and entertainment and activities from Queensland Museum
- emergency services
- paint like Jackson Pollock
Fun Palaces are coming to a Western Downs Library near you.
Dalby: Saturday 6 October, MyALL 107
Miles: Saturday 13 October, Dogwood Crossing, Miles
Chinchilla: Saturday 20 October, Chinchilla Library & Fuller Place
Jandowae: Saturday 27 October, Jandowae LibraryContinue reading →
- 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.
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 →
- Spring into Spring – school holiday activities
It’s too beautiful to stay inside these School Holidays… Get out and about at your Library!
Get back to nature with OUTDOOR Storytimes, learn basic photography and navigation skills, or simply bring a little bit of nature to you.
Bookings are essential for all sessions. Please contact your local branch.
Bell Library – click here to book online
Beginners photography for kids (7+ years) – Friday 5 October, 10.30 – 11.30am. *Please bring your own smartphone or tablet. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Chinchilla Library – click here to book online
Beginners photography for kids (7+ years) – Wednesday 26 September, 2.30 – 3.30pm. *Please bring your own smartphone or tablet. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Beginners photography for kids (7+ years) – Thursday 27 September, 2.30 – 3.30pm. *Please bring your own smartphone or tablet. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Fairies and Elves garden (6+ years) – Wednesday 3 October, 2.30 – 3.30pm
Hunt for hidden treasure (8+ years) – Thursday 4 October, 2.30 – 3.30pm. *Please bring your own smartphone which is GPS enables and has been loaded with the ‘Geocaching’ app. You will also need to have created a free Geocaching account. Contact Library staff before the event id you require assistance. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Chinchilla Storytime sessions – Storytime will continue throughout the school holidays and be held outside! Follow us on Facebook for location details.
- Yoga storytime (all ages) – Tuesdays at 10.15am
- Toddler storytime (1-3 years) – Fridays at 10.15am
Dalby Library – click here to book online
Hunt for hidden treasure (8+ years) – Wednesday 26 September, 10.30-11.30am *We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Flower pot making (6+ years) – Wednesday 3 October, 10.30-11.30am
Dalby Storytime sessions – Storytime will continue throughout the school holidays and be held outside! Follow us on Facebook for location details.
- Toddler storytime (1-3 years) – Tuesdays at 10.30am
Miles Library – Contact the Library for bookings
Make a bouquet of flowers (5+ years) – Tuesday 25 September, 10.00-11.00am
Grass trees (5+ years) – Thursday 4 October, 10.00-11.00am
Tara Library – Contact the Library for bookings
Birds, bees & butterfly feeders (5+ years) – Wednesday 26 September, 10.30am-12.00pm
Beautiful Gardens – Colourful pot plants & garden markers (5+ years) – Wednesay 3 October, 10.30am-12.00pm
Wandoan Library – Contact the Library for bookings
Paint a skateboard deck (8+ years) – Thursday 27 September, 10.30-11.30am
Jandowae, Meandarra and Moonie Libraries
A craft table will be available during the school holidays. Call in any time, no need to book.
- Conversations in English Chinchilla
Conversations in English Classes (Chinchilla) are held every Wednesday from 1.30 – 3pm 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.
This project is a joint initiative by Chinchilla Library and the Chinchilla Family Support Centre. 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.
- Storytime is for Everyone
Read, talk, play… Storytime is for everyone at Western Downs Libraries!
Storytime for Bubs (0–12 months)
Storytime for Toddlers (1–3 years)
Storytime for Kids (3–5 years)
Yoga Storytime (all ages)
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 →