Chinchilla Library

  • Take Storytime home with you

    Isn’t Storytime great fun? Now you can do it at home – and we’ve done all the hard work for you. We have created Early Literacy Parent Kits for you to use at home with your little one? Just ask your local librarian or reserve a bag for when you visit your local branch.  Each kit contains a book plus an ideas sheet that provides ideas on songs to sing, craft to do as well as some helpful hints that help you extend your child’s literacy skills. The kits also contain craft materials or a game for you to do with your child. Each kit is unique so have fun, borrow them all and extend your child’s learning.

    Titles include:

    Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox.

    Elmer by David McKee

    Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox

    Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd

    Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan

    and many more…


    Click the link and reserve your copy. Many more titles are available and more will be hitting your shelves very soon.

    Do you have children under five? Why not try a regular Storytime session held at:

    Dalby Library – Tuesdays, 10.30am

    Chinchilla Library – Fridays, 10.15am

    Want more books? Check out our online Story Box Library.

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  • Start a Christmas Tradition

    Are you looking for a Christmas tradition that the whole family can enjoy? Visit your local library branch and borrow some Christmas books. Each branch has lots to choose from like The Night Before Christmas by Kes Gray or Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey. You may also have titles of your own you can add to the collection. Wrap each book to add an element of surprise to the selection process and each night gather round the Christmas tree and read one from your pile. Little ones will love choosing their favourite books and it won’t cost a cent.

    Alternatively, why not listen to a Christmas book being read by the author on  Story Box Library.  You will find favourite stories such as Little Dog and the Christmas Wish by Jodie Hill, What do you Wish for? by Maddie Thiele or Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey.

    We hope enjoying Christmas stories becomes a much-loved tradition in your house. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year.


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  • #STEAMSquad 2019

    #STEAMSquad is an after-school program for children aged 7-12. Each week children participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math 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 builds on 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.


    During term 1:

    Senior #STEAMSquad will be learning to code over 6 weeks, through interacting with the online game CodeCombat.

    Junior #STEAMSquadwill be conducting a series of science experiments, engineering tasks and art projects, and completing challenges using Sphero robotic balls.

    Bookings will open early in the New Year. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.


    We would love some volunteers! If you an hour free of an afternoon, enjoy helping children learn new skills and experiencing new things, please get it touch!


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  • We’re changing our opening hours!

    We’ve got some exciting news… As of next year, we’ll be opening earlier in Chinchilla, Dalby and Miles!

    You’ll now be able to access the Miles, Chinchilla and Dalby libraries from 9am, Monday to Saturday! Get ready, these changes will come into effect from Wednesday 2 January, 2019.

    Opening Hours

    Dalby & Chinchilla

    Monday – Friday

    9am – 5pm


    9am – 12pm




    9am – 12pm

    We can’t wait to see you at the library bright and early in 2019!



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  • Storytime at Chinchilla

    Storytime for Toddlers is held at the Chinchilla Library every Friday, from 10.15am.

    14 December – Santa’s outback secret

    21 December – Dinosaur Christmas


    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 inspiration over the holidays? Borrow one of our new take-home Storytime kits!

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  • Combat loss of reading achievement

    Experts call it the “summer slide,” where children lose up to two months of reading achievement over the Christmas holidays?

    Your local Library has the solution. We have Emergent readers, Beginner readers and Early readers that are high interest and cover lots of topics. Ask your local librarian to advise about other Junior Fiction books that may be of interest such as Frog on a Log in a Bog by Andy Griffiths or go on adventures with Algy. This series are small chapter books with coloured illustrations which are great for those children transitioning from picture books. Why not borrow Algy’s Amazing Adventures in the Arctic or Algy’s Amazing Adventures in the Jungle or Algy’s Amazing Adventures in Space all written by Kaye Umansky.   Other books you may like to try are the Sporty Kids series or the Aussie Nibbles series. There are lots of choices available.

    Everyone likes variety over the holidays so why not try watching a story read by a celebrity on Story Box Library or alternatively listen to a book from Borrowbox on your travels.

    Have fun over the holidays and we would love to see you and your little readers in the library soon.

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  • January School Holiday Activities

    The curious comes to life these school holidays at your Library.


    Bell Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Wednesday 16 January, 10am-12pm – Stop motion: Aliens and cupcakes come to life: Part 1 Prop-making (6+)

    Wednesday 23 January, 10am-12pm – Stop motion: Aliens and cupcakes come to life: Part 2 Recording (6+)


    Chinchilla Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Tuesday 8 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Cootie catchers animal chatterboxes (6+)

    Thursday 10 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Dragon Eggs: make your own magical egg (6+)

    Tuesday 15 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Tinker creature (6+)

    Thursday 17 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Stop motion (8+)

    Don’t forget our Toddler Storytime session will continue throughout the school holidays! Every Friday, 10.15am.


    Dalby Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Wednesday 9 January, 10.30-11.30am – Dragon craft (6+)

    Wednesday 16 January, 10.30-11.30am – Curious creature masks (6+)

    Thursday 17 January, 10.30-11.30am – make your own monster arcade game (7+)

    Don’t forget our Toddler Storytime session will continue throughout the school holidays! Every Tuesday, 10.30am


    Jandowae Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Wednesday 9 January, 10-11am – Stop motion (8+)

    Wednesday 16 January, 10-11am – Alien name: turn your name into an alien (6+)


    Miles Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Thursday 3 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)

    Tuesday 8 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)

    Thursday 17 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)

    Tuesday 22 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)


    Tara Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Tuesday 8 January, 10am-12pm – Curious Creatures craft table (no bookings required)

    Tuesday 15 January, 10am-12pm – Sphero: painting with robotic balls (10+)


    Meandarra and Wandoan Libraries (no need to book)

    A Curious Creatures craft table will be available throughout the January holidays. Call in any time.

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  • Christmas School Holiday Activities

    Visit your Library for a dose of Christmas creativity these school holidays!


    Chinchilla Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Tuesday 18 December, 2.30-3.30pm – Christmas makerspace (6+)

    Thursday 20 December, 2.30-3.30pm – Make a Christmas present (6+)

    Friday 21 December, 10.15-11.00am – Toddler Christmas Storytime (2-5) *No bookings necessary


    Dalby Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Monday 17 December, 10.30-11.30am – Christmas makerspace (5+)

    Tuesday 18 December, 10.30-11.30am – Toddler Storytime makerspace (2-5)

    Wednesday 19 December, 10.30-11.30am – Christmas makerspace (5+)


    Jandowae Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Tuesday 18 December, 9am-12pm – Christmas yarn makerspace (5+)

    Wednesday 19 December, 9am-12pm – Christmas yarn makerspace (5+)

    Thursday 20 December, 9am-12pm – Christmas yarn makerspace (5+)

    These activities are run in partnership with the Jandowae Yarners Group


    Miles Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Thursday 20 December, 10-11am – Christmas craft (5+)


    Tara Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Tuesday 18 December, 10-11am – Light-up Christmas card (6+)


    Meandarra and Wandoan Libraries (no need to book)

    A craft table will be available during the Christmas holidays. Call in any time.

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  • Melon Fest art competition

    Melon Fest is fast approaching. We even have the Big Melon to prove it!

    Have you been inspired?

    Enter the 2019 Melon Festival Art Competition. It is open to all ages and creative styles, with lots of prizes to be won.


    So, put on your thinking cap,

    Dust off the pencils…

    Pull out the paint…

    Throw a pot…

    Break some glass…

    Snap a photo…

    Fire up the welder…

    Download the software…

    Plug in the sewing machine…

    And get your creative juices flowing.


    Entries close on 14 January 2019, making this the perfect time to finish (or start) your masterpiece. Entry forms are available from Lapunyah Art Gallery.

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  • Letters from Santa

    Would your child like to receive a personalised letter from Santa? If so, we’ve got you covered!

    Simply write a letter to Santa Claus, North Pole and drop it in to your local library.

    Letters need to be delivered to the Dalby, Chinchilla, Jandowae, Tara or Wandoan Library by Friday 14 December to ensure that your child receives a reply.

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