Chinchilla Library

  • Get your town on the tourist map

    Ever wondered what your customers really think about your business? Interested in building your online profile, or using free tools to connect with both locals and visitors?

    Get your town on the tourist map is a free 2 hour workshop covering a range of free, online tools for business owners to engage with customers, including the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, as well as Google Maps and Google reviews.

    This workshop is ideal for businesses and community groups providing services such as:

    • Accommodation
    • Hospitality
    • Activities or attractions
    • Services catering to travellers & campers

    Retail, trade and service providers can also benefit from understanding and utilising their online presence.

    Workshops will be held throughout February and March at Tara, Chinchilla, Miles, Wandoan, Jandowae and Dalby. Places are limited, register below.

    Details at a glance:

    Dalby: Monday 18 February, 2019.

    9am – 11am at the Dalby Library

    Register for the Dalby Workshop


    Chinchilla: Thursday 7 March, 2019

    10am – 12pm at the Chinchilla Customer Service Centre

    Register for the Chinchilla Workshop


    Miles: Wednesday 13 March, 2019

    10am – 12pm at Dogwood Crossing, Miles.

    Register for the Miles Workshop 


    Tara: Thursday 28 February, 2019

    1pm – 3pm at the Tara Customer Service Centre

    Register for the Tara Workshop 

    or call the Tara Library on 4678 7881


    Wandoan: Tuesday 12 March, 2019

    5pm – 7pm at the Wandoan Cultural Centre

    Register for the Wandoan Workshop



    Tuesday 12 March, 2019

    2pm – 3pm at the Jandowae Community and Cultural Centre

    Register for the Jandowae Workshop

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  • 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 or contact Chinchilla Family Support Centre on 4662 8528.


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  • Storytime for Bubs – STARTING SOON!

    Your baby needs the best start possible.

    Chinchilla, Dalby and Wandoan Libraries will begin Storytime for Bubs in February.

    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.

    Did you know that 90%of a child’s brain development happens in the first 5 years? 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 – 9.30am every Thursday, 28 February – 4 April

    Dalby Library – 9.15am every Wednesday, 27 February – 3 April

    Wandoan Library – 10am, first and third Thursday of every month, starting 7 February


    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.

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  • Storytime at Chinchilla

    Storytime for Toddlers is held at the Chinchilla Library every Friday, from 10.15am. But from Friday 1 February, we are changing our start time to 9.30am!

    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 during the week? Borrow one of our new take-home Storytime kits!

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  • 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!

    For more information, contact 1300 COUNCIL, send us an email, or follow us on Facebook.


    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.

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  • #STEAMSquad 2019

    Registration opens at 9am on Monday 4 February!

    #STEAMSquad is an after-school program for children aged 7-12, held at Chinchilla, Dalby and Tara Libraries. 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 #STEAMSquad will be conducting a series of science experiments, engineering tasks and art projects, and completing challenges using Sphero robotic balls.


    Click here to register for:

    Chinchilla Junior #STEAMSquad

    Chinchilla Senior #STEAMSquad

    Dalby Junior #STEAMSquad

    Dalby Senior #STEAMSquad

    Tara #STEAMSquad


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


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  • 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

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

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  • Geocaching- the world’s largest treasure hunt

    Come treasure hunting with us – available in 4 locations.

    Geocaching is a fun, free, all ages online scavenger hunt where you can find real treasure while solving puzzles and exploring new places, all in the Western Downs.

    We will be holding one hour workshops to introduce you and your family to the online scavenger hunting app that everyone is talking about. Come along and learn how to find and hide geocaches and make your own cache to take home.

    Then, head out into the world to explore, find and hide your own Geocaches!

    This workshop is suited for families with children aged 8+ and adults. All children under 15 must be accompanied by a guardian.

    In order to attend this workshop you will need a smartphone with internet access. Please down the ‘Geocaching’ application from Google Play or Apple Store prior to attending.

    Details at a glance:

    Tara: Saturday 23 February 2019

    10am – 11am at the Tara Library

    Register for Geocaching in Tara


    Miles: Saturday 2 March 2019

    10am – 11am at the Miles Library

    Register for Geocaching in Miles


    Chinchilla: Saturday 9 March 2019

    10am – 11am at the Chinchilla Library

    Register for Geocaching in Chinchilla 


    Dalby: Saturday 16 March 2019

    10am – 11am at the Dalby Library

    Register for Geocaching in Dalby

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  • Kanopy- free movie streaming

    We love movies so we’re pumped to introduce our free movie streaming service, Kanopy.

    Kanopy lets you stream up to 10 movies per month, absolutely free. All you need is your library card.

    1. visit
    2. Create an account
    3. Enter your library card number and pin (last 4 digits of card number)
    4. Enjoy 10 movies per month, absolutely free!

    Don’t forget we have a whole e-library for you to enjoy! Check out BorrowBox, RB Digital, and StoryBox Library to access books, audiobooks, magazines and kids stories online and absolutely free!

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  • Kids on Tour

    Experience and explore contemporary art with the popular Kids On Tour workshops from the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

    Workshops will be held at the Lapunyah Art Gallery, Chinchilla, and are FREE! Bookings are essential. Suitable for all ages (preschool and younger children must be accompanied by an adult).


    Workshops will be held on:

    Monday 14 January, 10.30-11.30am

    Tuesday 15 January, 10.30-11.30am

    Wednesday 16 January, 10.30-11.30am

    Friday 18 January, 10.30-11.30am


    Contact the Art Gallery on 4668 9908 or for bookings or more information


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