- Learn the Art of Illustration
Learn how to create characters like a champ these school holidays.
This September, local illustrator Beth Liddle is touring the Western Downs with one goal: to teach you the art of illustration!
Take your characters from good to amazing with Beth’s tips, tricks and totally awesome techniques.
Whether you are an avid artist or a disaster with a pencil, come along, there is always something to learn and fun to be had.
Everyone 8 and up (including teens and young adults!) is welcome to Beth’s character illustration workshop.
At a glance…
Miles: Wednesday 25 September 10am
Chinchilla: Wednesday 25 September 2.30pm
Bell: Thursday 26 September 10am
Dalby: Thursday 26 September 1.30pm
Places are limited so bookings are essential. Register here or contact 1300COUNCIL.Continue reading →
- Climate Extremes
Our region has experienced many extremes in weather in recent years with record breaking droughts, temperatures and floods. Flood Horror and Tragedy is a lasting momento documenting the trials and tragedies experiences by Queenslanders in the extraordinary summer of 2010-2011. Here we are, eight years later, experiencing the other extreme, one of our worst droughts in history. For many of us the familiar (or unfamiliar) sound of rain is a beautiful sound, but for those who experienced the floods of 2010-2011, the sound triggers a chilling sense of sadness. This 345 page book contains many large scale evocative images of the “Big Wet” including images and stories from the affected towns of Dalby, Chinchilla and Condamine.
The book was compiled by a committee of parents and friends of Agnew School. 100% of the profits from the sale of this book were donated to the Australian Red Ross and other charities. It is available at your local Western Downs Libraries branch.
Here at Western Downs Libraries, there are many books covering a vast range of topics relating to climate including:
- 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
Miles: Friday 6 September 5.30pm
Places are limited so bookings are essential. Register here, or contact 1300COUNCIL.
For the Miles workshop please register here, or contact 1300COUNCILContinue reading →
- 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 email@example.com or by phoning your local branch on 1300 COUNCIL, to register your interest.
- 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.
- 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.
- Have you heard about Kanopy?
Come in and see us to hear all about the Western Downs Libraries new award-winning video streaming service- Kanopy.
Kanopy is an on-demand film streaming service showcasing more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, film festival favourites and indie and classic films. Popular movies streaming now include A Ghost Story, Swiss Army Man and Life After Beth and Colossal, just to name a few.
Looking for some kids entertainment? On Kanopy Kids you’ll find tonnes of great movies, TV shows, educational videos, your ABC kids favourites and much more!
The best part? You can start streaming now for free with your library card. Just head on over to Kanopy and get streaming!
- Storytime for Bubs
90% of your child’s brain development happens in their first 5 years! Give your bub the best start in life with Storytime for Bubs!
During our Storytime for Bubs sessions we sing lots of songs, share stories, and introduce learning games and sensory experiences. Storytime is a friendly and relaxed session with the aim of encouraging your baby’s development and supporting you in being your child’s first and most important teacher.
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.
Here’s your excuse to get out of the house, make some new friends, and encourage your baby’s development.
Chinchilla Library – 9.30-10am every Thursday during term time
Dalby Library – 10am-10.30am every Wednesday, 17 July – 21 August
Wandoan Library – 10am-10.30am, first and third Thursday of every month
Tara Library – 11am -11.30am, every Tuesday, 18 June to 23 July
Storytime for Bubs is aimed at ages 0-12 months. Sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff.
It’s never too early to Read, Play, Sing and Talk.Continue reading →
- Conversations in English Chinchilla
NEW TIME! Tuesdays from 1 – 2.30pm 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.
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.
- Yoga Storytime in Chinchilla
Yoga Storytime will be re-starting on Tuesday 5 February, from 10am. All ages are welcome.
Calm hearts and calm minds lead to calm kids and calm families.
Yoga Storytime is a relaxed and fun session which incorporates breathing, stretching, singing, dancing and mindfulness. This is an interactive session between parent (or caregiver) and children, held at Chinchilla Library every Tuesday from 10am during term-time.
Yoga Instructor, Lisa, will make you feel welcome! Lisa is a yoga teacher with a gentle nature and a calming soul, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her.
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 Yoga Storytime 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.
Ninety 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, sing!
PLEASE NOTE: We love taking snaps of your happy little ones during these sessions. Sometimes these are used in Library advertising or publications, but we will always ask your permission first. Parents or carers who would prefer photographs not be released, please let us know and Library staff will ensure those photographs are deleted and not used.Continue reading →
- Story Box Library
Story Box Library is an engaging educational resource that inspires reading in kids of all ages, improving language and literacy skills along the way.
Story Box Library was created to:
- Engage children with stories and voices to make personal connections
- develop vital language and literacy skills
- combat endless online searching for quality literacy resources; and
- get kids excited about reading and let imaginations fly!
Best of all, it’s free for families via participating public libraries (that’s us)!
See and hear your favourite stories come to life, read by Nick Cave, Justine Clarke, Eddie Perfect, Katie Ritchie, Andrew Hansen, Missy Higgins, Shane Jacobson and many more.
What is Story Box Library?
The best place to watch celebrated stories read aloud by your favourite storytellers.
How does Story Box Library work?
Story Box Library steams ad-free content directly into the library and homes of library patrons on any device with Internet connection.
Are stories added regularly?
Yes! 30–40 carefully curated, thought-provoking and engaging stories are added each year.
Who are the storytellers?
A range of actors, comedians, sports people, musicians, authors, illustrators, TV presenters, performers, students, grandparents, activist and educators – each sharing their unique voice.
Who is Story Box Library recommended for?
Story Box Library is a fantastic resource for pre-school through to upper primary years.
To access these great resources, visit storyboxlibrary.com/libraries and:
- Select Western Downs Regional Council
- Enter your library barcode
- Enjoy stories, short films and at-home activities
Got Questions? Ask your librarian about Story Box Library today!Continue reading →