- Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons and Dragons is back in 2020!
Join us at Dalby Library for another whirlwind tabletop gaming adventure! No matter whether you’re an experienced dragon-slayer, or a complete beginner, Dungeons and Dragons at the libray is for you!
The next D&D session will be held on Saturday 25 January from 6pm–10pm
This session we will be taking on ‘The Ghosts of Saltmarsh’.
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.
Dungeons and Dragons is best suited to those aged 18+. Those aged between 15 and 18 years* can participate but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You can find more information about Dungeons and Dragons here.
*Dungeons and Dragons can involve strong language and mature themes. Parent/ guardian discretion is advised.
Registrations are essential to assist our DMs, so please register here!
Some snacks will be provided, or food and drinks can be purchased downstairs from the Western Downs Cinema’s Candy Bar.Continue reading →
- Meet Karen Land
Local Naturopath and author Karen Land is touring the Western Downs in 2020 and she has all the tip and tricks you need to improve your health naturally.
Master the art of reading food labels, expand your health awareness, and learn how to make informed choices about what is going into your body.
Refreshments are provided at this FREE event.
Monday 10 February 10–11.30am
Monday 10 February 1.30–3pm
Monday 17 February 1.30–3pm
Monday 17 February 6–7.30pm
Monday 24 February 6–7.30pm
Monday 2 March 6–7.30pm
Monday 9 March 6–7.30pm
Monday 16 March 1–2.30pm
Monday 16 March 6–7.30pm
Bookings are essential as spaces are limited. For more information call 1300 COUNCIL or visit your local library.Continue reading →
- The Art of Book Folding
Learn the fascinating art of book folding with local creator Cathy McKenzie.
Discover how careful planning and excellent execution can turn an ordinary book into a beautiful piece of art.
Everything you need to start creating is supplied in this FREE workshop.
Tuesday 28 January 9am–12pm
Friday 31 January 5.30–8pm
Saturday 1 February 9–11.30am
Monday 3 February 5.30–8pm
Tuesday 4 February 10am–1pm
Thursday 6 February 11am–2pm
Friday 7 February 9.30–11.30am
Wednesday 12 February 6–9pm
Bookings are essential. For more information please call 1300 COUNCIL or visit your local library.Continue reading →
- #STEAMSquad 2020
#STEAMSquad returns in 2020 with great new activities in Tara, Chinchilla and Dalby.
What is #STEAMSquad? We are glad you asked.
S – Science from the world around us!
T – Technology like we had never imagined!
E – Engineering by examining the why with the how!
A – Art through freedom of expression!
M – Maths, the purest science there is!
And kids, we put the Squad in #STEAMSquad.
#STEAMSquad is returning to Dalby in 2020 with a new program! Creativity has been identified as an important skill for the future, so this term Dalby will be introducing more art activities. With the upcoming Words Out West Western Downs Readers and Writers Fest we will also be exploring one of the great technologies: writing.
#STEAMSquad will be held at Dalby Library every Wednesday from 29 January to 4 March, at 3.30–4.30pm.
There will be two #STEAMSquad sessions each week: Junior (for ages 7–8) and Senior (for ages 9–11).
Please note that children must be the minimum age before beginning #STEAMSquad for the term.
Registrations open 9am Monday 13 January.
#STEAMSquad in Tara will be held again in 2020.
Join us at Tara Library every Tuesday afternoon at 3.30–4.30pm, from 11 February to 17 March 2020.
Registrations open 9am Monday 27 January.
For children aged 7-12 years old. Children must be the minimum age (7) before beginning #STEAMSquad for the the term.
#STEAMSquad continues in Chinchilla in 2020.
Join us at Chinchilla Library every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon at 3.30–4.30pm, from 11 February to 18 March 2020.
There will be two #STEAMSquad sessions each week: Junior (for ages 7–8) and Senior (for ages 9–12).
Please note that children must be the minimum age before beginning #STEAMSquad for the term.
Registrations open 9am Monday 27 January.Continue reading →
- Comedy in the Library
In need of a laugh?
Come on in to the library and borrow or reserve a comedy to brighten up your day.
Here’s a list of our favourite funny DVDs for your viewing pleasure!
In this comedic mockumentary, Minogue and O’Leary investigate paranormal activity in Wellington, New Zealand.
Rowan Atkinson stars as spy, Johnny English, who is charged to ‘save the world’. He tries his hardest but he somehow always ends up in more trouble than when he began. Follow this somewhat mediocre spy as he bumbles from one disaster to another.
Shane Jacobson throws a party and invites some pretty funny guys along for the ride.
Utopia is a satirical comedy that follows a large business as they do …. absolutely nothing. This TV series helps us see the funny side in useless meetings, annoying co-workers, idiotic bosses and so much more.
The Umbilical Brothers hosts a kid’s show that is most definitely unsuitable for children.
Mr. Bean: mostly awkward, somewhat funny, a bit goofy and clumsy – 100% cringe-worthy comedy.
Robin Williams does stand-up comedy.
It’s time to hit the road with Russel Coight as he goes outback in a documentary that is choc-a-block full of fair-dinkum Aussie humour.
Brooklyn 99 precinct is full of odd characters who are determined to put an end to crime, but that won’t stop them from having fun along the way.
Besties Hamish and Andy head across the world for a gap year. Follow this mischievous duo as they head out on wacky, crazy and side-splitting adventures.
It should be impossible to make bomb disposal in Afghanistan comedic but, somehow, Bluestone 42 succeeds in doing so.
This mock documentary gives an insight into a paper factory and the lives of the quirky people inside.
Carl Barron gives comedic insights into the quirks of our culture, society and much more.
Hughesy being Hughesy… entertaining in a funny, Aussie and down-to-earth manner.
Can’t make it to the library? You can find more award winning drama and comedy online on Kanopy. Stream movies FREE with your library card!
- New Hot Speed Reads Collection
Now at Western Downs Libraries is our new Hot Speed Reads collection. Get the latest titles from popular authors without delay with these ten-day loan items.
Our current Hot Speed Reads are…
The Institute by Stephen King
Starting From Now by Fleur McDonald
The Guardians by John Grisham
Khaki Town by Judy Nunn
The Dark Side by Danielle Steele
Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb
The Last Paradise by Di Morrissey
A Better Man by Louise Penny
The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
Westwind by Ian Rankin
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci
The Model Wife by Tricia Stringer
Postscript by Cecelia Ahern
Matters of the Heart by Fiona Palmer
Blue Moon by Lee Child
The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh
White Horses by Rachel Treasure.
What you need to know…
Q: Where can I find these books?
A: On the shelf at Dalby, Tara or Chinchilla Library.
Q: How do I know if a book is a ‘Hot Speed Read’?
A: All our Hot Speed Reads have a yellow ‘Ten Day Loan’ sticker on the cover.
Q: What if I don’t usually borrow from Dalby, Chinchilla or Tara Library?
A: Never fear, if your local Library doesn’t carry the Hot Speed Reads, or if there is no copy available at your branch you can reserve one.
- 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.Continue reading →
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
Click here for details of Storytime sessions at our other branches.Continue reading →
- Dalby Bookclub is on 26 February 2020
We’re staying close to roots this month as the weather is finally getting warmer.
Our Bookclub book for October is White Earth by Dalby local author Andrew McGahan.
Our regular meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month 10.30am–11.30am.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 26 February 2020.
Bookings preferred. Contact Dalby Library on (07) 4679 4474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.Continue reading →