Dalby Library

  • Have you heard about Kanopy? 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!





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  • Storytime with Tania Cox Storytime with Tania Cox

    Join children’s book author, Tania Cox for a special storytime at a library near you.

    Tania will be touring the region in June, reading and performing stories from her much-loved books, including Snap! went Chester and What’s at the End of this Piece of Rope? 

    Bell: Tuesday 4 June – 9am

    Jandowae: Tuesday 4 June – 1.45pm

    Dalby: Wednesday 5 June – 9.30am

    Chinchilla: Wednesday 5 June – 1pm

    Tara: Thursday 6 June – 9.30am

    Meandarra: Thursday 6 June – 1.45pm

    No need to book, just come along to enjoy some Storytime fun with Tania Cox!


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  • Legal Matters workshop Legal Matters workshop

    Do you have a will?

    Western Downs Libraries are excited to host retired solicitor and Dalby local Glenn Shipway, who will be presenting information sessions on fundamental legal documents.

    Topics covered include:

    • Wills
    • Estate administration
    • Powers of Attorney
    • Advance Health Directive.


    Bookings are essential. Please register here, or phone your nearest branch:

    Dalby Library, Thursday 13 June, 10am–12pm

    Chinchilla Library, Thursday 20 June, 10am–12pm

    Tara Library, Thursday 20 June, 2–4pm

    **Please note, Glenn will not be providing specific legal advice. All topics covered are of a general nature and people with specific legal questions should seek advice from a practising solicitor.**

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  • 1 million children reading all at once 1 million children reading all at once

    Would you like to join them?

    Every year on 22 May a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is simultaneously read in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. This year the wonderful book Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove has been chosen.

    National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

    Branches across the Western Downs will be celebrating National Simultaneous Storytime with a bang. Special guest story readers will be attending selected events, plus, there will be craft activities and songs to sing.

    Reserve your copy of Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove at your local branch.

    Alpacas with Maracas NEAR YOU:

    Wednesday 22 May
    – 10am at Grevillea Park, Day Street, Tara
    – 11.00am at Chinchilla Library, Dalby Library, Dogwood Crossing Miles, Jandowae Community & Cultural Centre, and Wandoan Community & Cultural Centre;
    – 12.15pm at Bell Library

    Tuesday 28 May – 10.30am at Meandarra Library

    Wednesday 29 May – 10am at Moonie RTC

    The story will be online and read by ABCTV favourite, Jimmy Giggle from Giggle & Hoot, in our Storybox Library closer to the date so watch out for it there as well. In the meantime, you can meet Maca and Al and watch their tomfoolery online.

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  • New Releases, New Stories New Releases, New Stories

    New books are flooding Western Downs Libraries! If you’re looking for that perfect book to curl up with this winter, check out these top new titles that are hitting the shelves:

    The Buried Girl by Richard Montanari

    The buried girl









    American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

    American spy

    Kill by Antony Good

    Kill [redacted]

    The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar

    The atlas of reds and blues









    To view more new release titles visit our catalogue and view our New Fiction & New Non-Fiction in the sidebar. Don’t forget, you can also access thousands of great books including new releases through BorrowBox.

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  • Dungeons & Dragons Dungeons & Dragons

    Third event coming on 18 May due to popular demand.

    Solve puzzles, combat beasts, create your own adventure.

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

    Dalby Library will be hosting a Dungeons & Dragons night for all players from complete beginners to experienced adventurers on Saturday 18 May 6.00pm – 10.00pm.

    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.

    For more information on what Dungeons & Dragons is all about click this link.

    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.

    Please click here to register.

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  • Singing through Storytime Singing through Storytime

    Regular Storytime sessions are one of our favourite activities at the library! Each Storytime session comprises of four elements – Read, Sing, Play and Talk.

    Singing is definitely the favourite element at Dalby Library and children’s laughter can be heard throughout the library each Tuesday morning as the parachute, shakers or bean bags make their appearance. Singing helps expand children’s vocabulary and knowledge of rhymes. Vocabulary growth occurs whenever children are exposed to new material, like a story or a song. Putting new information into a musical context can also help children’s memory; for example, the song “Five Current Buns” will greatly solidify knowledge of  numbers and money.

    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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  • The Pearl Thief The Pearl Thief

    The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh is a captivating historical drama with a story entwined around a unique piece of jewellery.  This story is set in both London and Paris and refers back to WWII in Prague.

    The Pearl Thief commences with the introduction of a wealthy Jewish family and follows them through the persecution and horrors of war with the impact of the war never really leaving their lives.

    In the 1960’s Katerina (the main character) is an authority on historical art specialising in authenticating jewellery. She is shocked when faced with a unique piece that connects her with the past, it is a family heirloom that was stolen from her home during the war. The hated thief needs to be confronted, but it is difficult as many memories of the war years and abuse have shockingly come to the surface after being repressed.

    With mystery, betrayal, murder, lies, love and redemption The Pearl Thief is a story to keep you involved to the last page.  A truly great read.

    Fiona McIntosh has authored more than thirty books and many can be found on our shelves. Check out these titles: The Chocolate TinThe Tea Gardens, The Last Dance or The Tailor’s Girl.


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  • #STEAMSquad #STEAMSquad

    Registration opens at 9am on Tuesday 23 April! Term 2 of STEAMSquad will run for 6 weeks from 7 May – 12 June.

    #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 Maths 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 progresses 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.

    Click the link to register:

    Chinchilla Senior STEAMSquad

    Chinchilla Junior STEAMSquad

    Dalby 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 in touch!


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  • Quirky Mystery and Crime Quirky Mystery and Crime

    Cinnamon Rolls, Naked Ladies, Bollywood Stars and witches oh my!

    If your idea of Mystery and Crime novels is more grim thriller and psychological suspense then it’s time to investigate a little further.

    Hidden throughout our shelves are titles to tingle your taste buds and arouse your curiosity such as Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke and The Siren’s Sting by Miranda Darling.

    Here’s some clues to get your search started.

    For history lovers try:

    Death in St Petersburg and others by Tasha Alexander.

    He Lover of Death by Boris Akunin.

    For foodies we have the delectable Joanne Fluke books such as:

    Double Fudge Brownie Murder, Blackberry Pie Murder and Cream Puff Murder: a Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes.

    Or for something with more spice:

    The Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall Smith, Killer on a Hot Tin Roof by Livia J. Washburn and The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies  by Susan Wittig Albert.

    There’s books for those bewitched by the occult: Where there’s a Witch by and by Madelyn Alt, Agatha Raisin and the Witches Tree by M.C. Beaton and All that She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher.

    And titles for those with an interest in Indian intrigue: The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star, Murder at the Grand Raj Hotel and more by Vaseem Khan.

    We even have a couple for the cat lovers: The Cat Sitter’s Pajamas: a Dixie Hemingway Mystery by Blaize Clement and No Cooperation From the Cat: a Mystery by Marian Babson.

    If you’d like to keep up with all the action and adventure at Western Downs Libraries connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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