- 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 – Contact the Library for bookings
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
Grass trees (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.
- Be a sucker for succulents in Chinchilla
It’s too beautiful to be inside this September. Come gardening with us and discover succulents — the fabulous plant even the drought can’t kill.
Create a beautiful succulent wall garden in a picture frame and take it home to enjoy. BYO succulents, we’ll supply the rest.
This workshop will be held in Fuller’s Place (the lawn area in front of the cinema) on Saturday 22 September, 4 – 5pm.
Please bring 5–6 succulents no larger than 10cm.
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- 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.
- Storytime for Bubs at Chinchilla
Every Thursday at 10:30am, starting on 16 August.
Did you know that up to 90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first 5 years? Research is now telling us that when babies and children get what they need, it can have a lasting effect on their future. 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.
It will also give you the opportunity to get out of the house, make some new friends, and encourage your baby’s development. It’s never too early to Read, Play, Sing and Talk!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Chinchilla Family Support Centre on 4662 8528.
- Special Storytimes at Chinchilla
Grandparents and Dads are invited to be our special guests at Storytime during August!
In conjunction with Seniors Month we would like to invite grandparents to Storytime for the entire month of August. We also invite all Dads, Stepdads and Father-figures to come along for our Father’s Day Storytime.
- 3 August – “Car, car, truck, jeep” by Katrina Charman
- 10 August – “Wilfred Gordon McDonald Patridge” by Mem Fox. (Special Grandparents’ Storytime)
- 17 August – “Scribble” by Ruth Ohi
- 24 August – “When I’m older” by Isa and Neil Flory
- 31 August – Father’s Day Storytime
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. Storytime is held at the Chinchilla Library every Friday, from 10.15am.
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 →
- Do you need a costume for Book Week?
Book Week began in 1946 when the Children’s Book Council of Australia wanted to celebrate children’s literature. However, this idea has expanded and many schools celebrate by having students dress-up as their favourite book character during Book Week, which is held in August.
Are you lacking inspiration? Don’t know what to make? We have all the answers on our shelves. Lots of children’s books that will provide you with ideas, plus books on how to make costumes. Why not try your hand at making a Charlie and Lola Costume or a Very Hungry Caterpillar costume?
Borrow your child’s favourite book and go searching in your local second hand shop for bits and pieces.
Alternatively, look at books such as Party! : the Ultimate Kids’ Birthday Party Book or The Complete Book of Dressing Up by Juliet Moxley, or Easy-to-make costumes by Kathryn Harrison and Valerie Kohn and try your hand at making a costume with your child.
Have fun this Book Week.
- Do you love picture books that include simple craft?
We love a call to action that is featured in any book, but especially ones that can include the whole family. Completing craft that corresponds to a book can aid your child to understand the story and grow in their love of learning and reading.
Try looking at Float by Daniel Miyares. This book is about a small boy who is given an origami boat and features instructions for paper planes and boats. Or why not read Origami Heart by Binny. This beautiful book provides step by step instructions on how to make an origami heart and a paper plane. Both of these books are accompanied by a beautiful story.
Read I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon and you will be searching for an ink pad to make finger prints everywhere.
If you love nature borrow Jeanie Baker books and you will be inspired to make beautiful collages from things you find in your garden.
For the knitters among you, reserve your copy of Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat by Emily Mackenzie. This book will inspire you to show your little ones how to knit. We also have a copy of Patch’s Grand Dog Show by Sally Muir and Joanna Osbourne. This delightful book provides patterns to make the dogs that feature throughout the book.
Finally, why not bake a cake that goes perfectly with the booik Marigold Bakes a Cake by Mike Malbrough.
- Storytime is for Everyone
Read, talk, play… Storytime is for everyone at Western Downs Libraries!
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 →
- Be Connected during Seniors Month
There’s never been a better time to get online.
August is Seniors Month in the Western Downs. Our Libraries are celebrating our seniors by providing digital technology lessons across the regions. Choose from the following great sessions:
- Getting started online
- Advanced online skills
- Connecting with others
Places are limited. Contact 1300 COUNCIL (1300268624)or email email@example.com to reserve your place today!
Getting Started Online: Friday 3 August, 10am – 3pm.
Getting Started Online: Wednesday 15 August, 10am – 3pm.
Getting Started Online: Part 1, Monday 27 August, 10am – 12pm. Part 2, Monday 3 September, 1pm – 3pm.
Advanced Online Skills: Thursday 23 August, 10am – 3pm.
Connecting with Others: Friday 24 August, 10am – 3pm.
Advanced Online Skills: Monday 6 August, 10am – 3pm.
Connecting with Others: Tuesday 7 August, 10am – 3pm.
Getting Started Online: Wednesday 8 August, 10am – 3pm.
Getting Started Online: Monday 13 August, 10am – 3pm.
Advanced Online Skills: Tuesday 14 August, 10am – 3pm.
You can also visit the Be Connected website to view a range of go-at-your-own-pace video tutorials.