Dalby Library

  • Make your own Advent calendar Make your own Advent calendar

    Embrace the Christmas spirit this December at Dalby Library and come along to make your own advent calendar.

    Kids aged 8–12 can come along to this free, two-part workshop on Saturday 7 AND Saturday 14 December and create their own advent calendar to take home and enjoy for years to come. All supplies and morning tea are provided.

    At a Glance:

    Saturday 7 AND Saturday 14 December


    Dalby Library

    Register here for all the Christmas project cheer, or call 1300 COUNCIL.



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  • Author Tour: The Great Cactus War Author Tour: The Great Cactus War

    For most of us it’s hard to imagine a time when some of the Western Downs’ most productive farmland was rendered almost useless by a forest of indestructible cactus, yet this is the true story that Terry Domico recounts in his book The Great Cactus War.

    Journey with Terry as he recalls the history of the greatest plant invasion on earth, and how the region’s farmland was saved by the introduction of a tiny insect from the South America.

    Join Terry Domico as he tours the Western Downs region with his book, The Great Cactus War: true story of the greatest plant invasion in human history.

    Boonarga Cactoblastis Memorial Hall, Boonarga*

    Monday 18 November at 10am

    RSVP here

    Dogwood Crossing, Miles

    Monday 18 November at 6pm

    RSVP here

    Bell Bunya Community Centre, Bell

    Tuesday 19 November at 10am

    RSVP here

    Refreshments are provided at these free events.


    *The Boonarga Cactoblastis Memorial Hall is located on the Warrego Highway approx. 10km south-east of Chinchilla.

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  • Fun Palaces 2019 Fun Palaces 2019

    See our favourite moments from Fun Palaces 2019!

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  • New Hot Speed Reads Collection 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.




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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 26 October, 6–10pm,

    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 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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  • Storytime with Trevor Storytime with Trevor

    Yes, that’s right — Trevor our Story Dog is getting his very own Storytime session.

    Saturday mornings will never be the same again! Now they’ll be filled with reading, singing, playing, talking and barking.

    Storytime with Trevor will be held every Saturday morning at 10am from 12 October until 23 November at Dalby Library.

    Do you love books about dogs as much as Trevor? Try Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey or Too Hot for Spots by Mini Goss. Other books you may enjoy include Long Dog by James Davies or My Dog Bigsy by Alison Lester.

    Can’t make it to our Saturday Storytime session? Come to Storytime for Toddlers at Dalby Library every Tuesday at 10.30am, or speak to our library staff to find a Storytime session near you.  Everyone is welcome.






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  • 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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  • 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 30 October 2019 Dalby Bookclub is on 30 October 2019

    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 30 October 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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