Chinchilla Library

  • Bookenders Bookclub

    Chinchilla’s Bookenders Bookclub next meet will be Thursday 6 July.

    Our book for this month is Chinua Achebe’s “Things fall apart”. Okonkwo is the greatest warrior alive. his fame has spread like bushfire in West Africa and he is one of the most powerful men of his clan. But he also has a temper. Determined not to be like father, he refuses to show weakness to anyone – even if the only way he can master his feelings is with his fists. When outsiders threaten the traditions of his clan, Okonkwo takes violent action. Will the great man’s dangerous pride eventually destroy him?

    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? 1300 COUNCIL or chinchilla.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au

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

  • Storytime for Toddlers

    Your toddlers are active, cheeky, and constantly learning. With songs and rhymes, stories, movement and activities, Storytime for Toddlers is an interactive session geared towards developing your child’s early literacy capabilities.

     

    This is an interactive session between parent (or caregiver) and toddlers best suited to ages 1-3 years, but all are welcome:

    Dalby Library – Tuesdays, 10.30am

    Chinchilla Library – Fridays, 10.15am

    All sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!

     

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

    Did you know we also offer Storytime for Bubs, Kids and Yoga Storytime? Click here for details of Storytime sessions at our other branches.

  • Storytime for Bubs

    Learning starts from birth, but how can I help my baby learn? How do I read books with a baby? And how do I find the time?

    Storytime for Bubs aims to help parents and carers embrace and become confident in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.

     

    Storytime for Bubs is an interactive session between parent (or caregiver) and baby:

    Chinchilla Library – Tuesdays, 9.00am

    Dalby Library – Tuesdays, 9.00am

    All other libraries – Register your interest at your local branch. With enough participants we can hold Storytime at any Library!

     

    With funding through the State Government’s First Five Forever initiative, we’ve been able to put a concerted effort into research and development of this early literacy program. Combining strategies and exercises from leading and well-proven early development practices, we’ve created a relaxed opportunity to develop the bond between infant and carer while enhancing developmental potential through that relationship.

    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 baby’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.

    Did you know we also offer Storytime for Toddlers, Kids and Yoga Storytime? Click here for details of Storytime sessions at our other branches.

  • Colour Me Happy at Chinchilla Library

    Feeling drained and exhausted after the school holidays. Grab some YOU time.

    Eat, drink, chat and colour in the air-conditioned Library while you relax and recharge.

    Adult colouring has many physical and psychological benefits including stress-relief and relaxation. So order take-out for the family, hire a babysitter, and join us.

    You deserve it.

    When? 6–8pm on the last Friday of every month.

    Where? Chinchilla Library.

    Colouring pages and pencils are supplied (although  you are welcome to bring your own). Please BYO drinks and nibbles.

     

  • June/July School Holiday Activities

    Our upcoming school holidays are packed full of exciting activities! The Big Tech Roadshow is making its way through our Libraries with brand new technology just waiting to be tested, along with many other fun activities, including a fantastic show from beloved children’s author Andy Jones.

    Bring out your inner engineer and design a renewable energy wacky racer, blast into space with balloon rockets or make and fly your own wind-powered kite! We love renewable energy at Western Downs Libraries.

     

    Bookings are essential! Contact your library, email library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au or visit our Facebook page to find out more!

     

    Bell (bookings essential)

    Wednesday 28 June, 2.00–4.00pm                The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

     

     

    Chinchilla (bookings essential)

    Monday 26 June, 10.00am–5.30pm              3D Colouring (all ages, no need to book)

    Wednesday 28 June, 10.30am–11.30am      Gone with the Wind: kites, wind chimes & pinwheels (5+)

    Thursday 29 June, 2.30pm–3.30pm              Wacky Racers: design a wind-powered car (8+)

    Monday 3 July, 10.00am–5.30pm                  3D Colouring (all ages, no need to book)

    Tuesday 4 July, 2.30pm–3.30pm                   Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    Wednesday 5 July, 10.30am–11.30am          Techno dancing: choreograph a Sphero dance (8+)

    Thursday 6 July, 2.30pm–3.30pm                  The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

     

    Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!

    • Bubs (0–12 months) – Tuesday, 9.00am
    • Toddlers (1–3 years) – Friday 10.15am

     

    Dalby (bookings essential)

    Monday 26 June, 10.30–11.30am                  Blast into Space with Balloon Rockets (3+)

    Thursday 29 June, 10.30–11.30am                Build a Pringle Can Windsock (7+)

    Monday 3 July, 2.30–3.30pm                         Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    Wednesday 5 July, 10.30–11.30am               Make and Fly your own Wind-powered Kite (7+)

    Thursday 6 July, 10.30–11.30am                   Renewable Energy Wind-powered Cars (7+)

     

    Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!

    • Bubs (0–12 months) – Tuesday, 9.00am
    • Toddlers (1–3 years) – Tuesday, 10.30am

     

    Jandowae (bookings essential)

    Wednesday 28 June, 10.00–11.00am            The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

    Monday 3 July, 10.00–11.00am                     Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    A Renewable Energy craft table will be available all holidays during opening hours. Call in any time.

     

    Moonie and Meandarra (no need to book)

    A Renewable Energy craft table will be available all holidays during opening hours. Call in any time.

     

    Miles (bookings essential)

    Tuesday 27 June, 10.00–11.00am                 The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

    Wednesday 5 July, 2.30–3.30pm                   Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    Thursday 6 July, 10.00–11.00am                   The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

     

    Tara (bookings essential)

    Tuesday 27 June, 10.00am–12.00pm            Gone with the Wind: wind spinners, pinwheels and parachutes (5+, no need to book)

    Thursday 29 June, 10.00am–12.00pm          The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech!  (8+)

    Tuesday 4 July, 10.30am–11.30pm               Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    Thursday 6 July, 10.00am–12.00pm              Blow Painting and Kite-Making (5+, no need to book)

     

    Wandoan (bookings essential)

    Tuesday 27 June, 2.00–3.00pm                     The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

    Wednesday 5 July, 10.00am–11.00am          Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    A Renewable Energy craft table will be available all holidays during opening hours. Call in any time.

  • Andy Jones: What’s the Joke?

    Best-selling children’s author and entertainer, Andy Jones, presents a hilarious musical show about jokes and humour. He has toured schools Australia-wide, and soon he will be making his way to the Western Downs!

    Using guitar, drums and fun props, Andy will show you how to deliver a punch line, create a joke, use gross humour and laugh until your sides ache! This event is a must-see for children (and adults!) of all ages. With heaps of crowd participation (beware belly dancing, dads!), non-stop action, and fun for the whole family, you’re not going to want to miss Andy’s What’s the Joke? show!

    Kids, drag your parents along! Parents (we know you’re excited for some fart jokes), don’t take no for an answer! This is a side-splitting event not to miss. The best part? It’s completely free!

    Join Andy Jones on his tour of the Western Downs in six great locations:

     

    Monday 3 July, 10.00am–11.00am:   Jandowae Library

    Monday 3 July, 2.30pm–3.30pm:   Dalby Library

    Tuesday 4 July, 10.30am–11.30pm:   Tara Library

    Tuesday 4 July, 2.30pm–3.30pm:   Chinchilla Library

    Wednesday 5 July, 10.00am–11.00am:   Wandoan Library

    Wednesday 5 July, 2.30–3.30pm:   Miles Library

     

    Best suited to ages 5+ (but all are welcome). Bookings are essential!

     

    Click here to make a booking!

     

    Contact your library, email library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au or visit our Facebook page to find out more!

    Want more awesome school holiday activities? Click here to see the full list of what’s happening at your Library these June/July holidays.

  • Introducing… Adobe Creative Cloud!

    Yes, you read that correctly. Western Downs Libraries are proud to announce they have partnered with Adobe to bring the Creative Cloud to you. Now you can borrow Adobe Creative Cloud in the same way that you would borrow a book! Join over 2.3 million users and let your creativity flow.

    Adobe Creative Cloud comes with the following programs:
    Photoshop Programs

    If you are a photographer, videographer, graphic designer, or animator, then you will definitely want to get your hands on this fantastic suite of programs.

    But Adobe Creative Cloud isn’t just for professionals.

    Do you have a whole stack of family vacation photos that you’ve been meaning to sort through?

    Are you a student at high school or university trying to complete a project?

    Maybe you’re a small business owner looking to create or update your company website?

    Or are you someone simply wanting to get their hands on a new program and learn some new skills?

    Whatever you may need, Adobe can help you to create a finished product you can be proud of. With loans spanning either two or four weeks, you will have the perfect opportunity to complete any project or assignment you may have.

    Have we caught your attention? Sign up to Adobe Creative Cloud by following these few simple steps, and you will be creating something wonderful before you know it!

    Want to learn more about how to use a particular program in the suite? Why not check out Lynda.com and take a look at the thousands of online training videos they have on offer. Signing up is easy, and with your Western Downs library card, you have unlimited access to the entire website.

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  • Chinchilla Storytime for Kids – we’re making a change

    Chinchilla Library are very excited to announce that their Storytime for Kids sessions will be moving to outreach.

    Our talented librarians will be delivering Storytime at local kindys, day care centres, playgroups, prep classes and more. If you are an educator or parent, and would love to have our Librarians deliver a Storytime at your venue, please get in touch with us!

    Chinchilla Library’s Early Literacy program also includes Storytime for Bubs (0-12months)  every Tuesday at 9am, and Storytime for Toddlers (1-3 years)  every Friday at 10.15am.

     

    All of our Storytime sessions are carefully planned and and delivered by trained staff. They include stories, songs, rhymes and games as well as literacy and learning strategies to help you and your child. 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.

     

    These programs have been made possible by the funding and support of the State Library of Queensland’s First Five Forever initiative.

    Looking for a Storytime session closer to you? Click here for details of Storytime sessions at our other branches.

  • Chess Club at Chinchilla Library

    Chess club is held weekly on a Monday, from 3.30pm. Feel free to drop by. Everyone is welcome to come along and sharpen their skills and minds through friendly rivalries.

    Maybe you’re a chess master wanting to hone your skills. Or perhaps you don’t know the difference between a pawn and a king and … what’s that horsey one again?

    Chess has many proven benefits including: raising your IQ, preventing Alzheimer’s, improving memory, increasing creativity, problem-solving skills and reading skills, and teaching planning and foresight.

    There are no age limits or experience required, as chess has benefits for all!

     

  • 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.

    I would like to say a little goodbye to you, dear Readers – but only for for two months! After five years and two months, and the first time since I migrated to Australia, I am thrilled to visit my home country Hungary, and my Mum. This will also be my first “holiday” from running the CinE group since I took the lead in November 2014. Oh, it is a funny feeling, I can tell you!

    During my special 57 days in Europe (or on the planes), I will not write my monthly articles, which means that you will hear from me next in the first July issue of Chinchilla News; and that will be the most likely a very loud, lively and maybe a bit “Hunglish”update… Nevertheless and importantly, however, the CinE Chinchilla group will continue to meet on a weekly basis in the Library, every Wednesday from 1:30pm as usual. So, if you happen to meet a migrant in need of connections, CinE still humbly thanks you if you refer them to us. We will be there.

    Warm regards to all of you, and see you soon again.

    Sincerely, Zita (group leader).

     

    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 chinchilla.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au or contact Chinchilla Family Support Centre on 4662 8528.