Dalby Library

  • Storytime at Dalby Storytime at Dalby

    Dalby Library has a lot to offer. Getting to know your local library can be a part of learning about and loving books.

    You can borrow great children’s books for free. This means you can have lots of books in your home for your child to explore — and it won’t cost you a cent.

    Reading and sharing stories can:

    • help your child get to know sounds, words and language and develop early literacy skills
    • learn to value books and stories
    • spark your child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity
    • help your child’s brain, social skills and communication skills develop

    Dalby Library’s Early Literacy program includes Storytime for Toddlers every Tuesday at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome.

    Looking for more sessions? Click here for a Storytime session near you.

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  • Charlotte’s Web Charlotte's Web

    Oink oink! Do you hear that? It’s the sound of Charlotte’s Web coming to the Western Downs!

    The funny and touching fable tells the story of the hero Wilbur the Pig and his relationships and triumphs meeting his friends Charlotte the spider, Fern the farmer’s daughter, and farmyard characters Templeton the Rat, Sheep, Goose and Gander.

    Western Downs Regional Council in partnership with RAVA Productions are bringing the stage production of the much loved classic tale of Charlotte’s Web to the Western Downs, set to delight families this September school holidays.

    The stage production of Charlotte’s Web is sure to capture young hearts and inspire imagination, with the enchanting story carrying timely messages about valuing friendship, loyalty, accepting differences, and living a full life.

    Council would like all residents to join in on the free activities.

    Chinchilla Cultural Centre, Chinchilla
    Thursday 26 September
    4.30pm –  Facepainting, craft, sausage sizzle*
    6pm – Doors open

    Dulacca Hall, Dulacca 
    Friday 27 September
    4pm – Facepainting, craft, petting zoo, sausage sizzle*
    6pm – Doors open

    Our Lady of the Southern Cross College, Dalby
    Saturday 28 September
    2pm – Matinee
    3pm – Facepainting, craft, sausage sizzle*
    Saturday 28 September
    5pm – Facepainting, craft, sausage sizzle*
    6pm – Doors open


    Drillham State School, Drillham
    Friday 6 September, 6.30pm*

    Kaimkillenbun Hall, Kaimkillenbun
    Friday 13 September 6.30pm*

    Jack Chappell Oval, Tara
    Friday 27 September 6.30pm*

    *Food and drink will be available for purchase (cash only).

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  • Learn the Art of Illustration 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’re an avid artist or a disaster with a pencil, come along to learn and have some fun.

    Everyone aged 8 and up is welcome to attend, including teens and young adults!

    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.

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  • Dungeons & Dragons Dungeons & Dragons

    Solve puzzles, combat beasts and create your own adventure with Dungeons and Dragons!

    Dungeons and Dragons is back by popular demand. Come along to Dalby Library for all the beast slaying, hero making, choose your own adventure action!

    Saturday 14 September, 6pm – 10pm,

    If you enjoy role playing games, reading fantasy novels, or playing board games, then Dungeons & Dragons might be for you.

    Dalby Library’s Dungeons & Dragons night is suitable for all players from complete beginners to experienced adventurers.

    Registrations are essential to assist our DMs, so please register here! 


    Bust out your calendar and write down the remaining D&D Dates for 2019:

    Saturday 26 October 2019

    Saturday 7 December 2019


    Dungeons & Dragons is a world-wide, popular tabletop fantasy role playing game. Adopt a character and work as a team to solve puzzles, combat beasts, and create your own adventure.

    You can find more information about Dungeons and Dragons here.

    Dungeons and Dragons is best suited to those aged 18+. Those aged between 12 and 18 years* can participate but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    *Dungeons and Dragons can involve strong language and mature themes. Parent/ guardian discretion is advised.

    Some snacks will be provided, or food and drinks can be purchased downstairs from the Western Downs Cinema’s Candy Bar.

    Register here!

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  • New lounges & study space at Dalby Library New lounges & study space at Dalby Library

    Do you need a quiet, comfortable space with WIFI to work, study or relax?

    Look no further; Dalby Library’s newly revamped Non-Fiction area is for you!

    Not only have we made browsing the collection more user friendly, we have upped the comfort factor with some new seating that’s just perfect for setting up with your laptop and having a productive study session.

    What’s new?

    • More tables and chairs for studying
    • More comfy chairs for kicking back and reading
    • Shelves arranged by genre for easier browsing: General Knowledge, Australiana, Life Stories, Lifestyle, True Crime and Local Studies
    • A new light, bright, modern style
    • Coming soon—more power points so you can power through your work

    To keep up to date with what’s on connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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  • Storytime for Toddlers 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, 9.30am

    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.

    Click here for details of Storytime sessions at our other branches.

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  • Dalby Bookclub is on 25 September 2019 Dalby Bookclub is on  25 September 2019

    September is the month to spring clean, plant a garden and read a book.

    Our Bookclub book for September is Omega Park by Amy Barker.

    Our regular meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month 10.30am–11.30am.

    Our next meeting is on Wednesday 25 September 2019.

    Bookings preferred. Contact Dalby Library on (07) 4679 4474 or email dalby.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au.

    We can’t wait to see you there!

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

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  • In a Bind: Papercraft and Bookbinding Workshop In a Bind: Papercraft and Bookbinding Workshop

    Join us at Dalby Library for an introduction to the craft of Japanese bookbinding.

    Dalby local Ann Shepherd will be on hand to guide you as you create a beautiful A5 notebook using decorative craft paper and the Japanese bookbinding technique. Your notebook is yours to keep, and with Christmas just around the corner it’s a great opportunity to get a head start and make a lovely handmade gift.

    Bookings are essential as places are limited.

    Details at a glance

    Date: Monday 4 November 2019

    Time: 10am–11.30am

    Location: Dalby Library

    Cost: FREE

    What to bring: Just yourself, all materials are supplied.

    Book your place here.

    To keep up to date with what’s on connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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  • Climate Extremes 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:

    Sunburnt Country: the history and future of climate change in Australia

    Sustainable futures : linking population, resources and the environment 

    Drought : the red marauder

    Growing vegetables in drought, desert & dry times : the complete guide to organic gardening without wasting water

    Great Australian flood stories

    Australia’s wild weather





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  • Gardening Workshops with ABC Radio’s Michael Wells! 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 1300COUNCIL

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