Dalby Library

  • Soap Making Workshop in Dalby

    Make your own soap at Dalby Library!

    Dalby Library is happy to be hosting a natural soap making workshop this summer with Bell local Sharon Blanck.

    During the three hour session you will get hands on, making soap from a basic recipe, using natural ingredients like olive, coconut and essential oils with antioxidants and vitamins essential to healthy skin. Even better you get to take home what you make to share with your family…or to just keep for yourself because it’s so luscious!

    All equipment and ingredients are supplied as well as a light morning tea.

    The workshop is limited to just 8 people so there will be plenty of time to ask questions and find out all you need to know about making your own soap at home.

    The cost is $20 per person. After reserving your place you will receive an email within 24 hrs with a link to pay securely through PayPal. Payment is required to secure your booking. A PayPal account is not required to make the booking.

    To secure your spot in the workshop, click here register now.

    Details at a glance:

    Day: Saturday, 23 February 2019

    Time: 9am – 12pm

    Cost: $20

    Location: Dalby Library

    What to bring: Just yourself!

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

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  • Storytime for Bubs – Seeking Expressions of Interest

    Chinchilla and Dalby Libraries are seeking expressions of interest in starting a six-week Storytime for Bubs program during March and April.

    During our Storytime 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.

    If you are interested, please click on your nearest Library branch to register your preference for days and times in Chinchilla or Dalby.

    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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  • Yoga for Kids

    Are you looking for some after school activities that will kick off the school year on the right foot?

    Dalby Library is once again offering Yoga for kids so they can learn some healthy techniques for focusing, relaxing and managing stress and difficult emotions in a fun and supportive environment.


    Time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm

    Dates: Tuesdays 5/2/19 – 26/3/19

    Who: children aged 6 – 11

    Bookings: click here to book in

    Cost: free

    Each session will include yoga poses, breathing exercises, meditation practices and story telling to leave the kids with calm hearts and calm minds.

    Places are limited so be sure to book in.

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

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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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  • 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 www.wdrc.kanopy.com/
    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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  • New Year, New You

    We are finally at the end of 2018, and it’s now we all start to think of the goals we may or may not have achieved, and what we hope to accomplish in the next year. Your resolution might be to  break bad habits, learn a new hobby, gain a new positive outlook, or just keep on doing what you’re doing. The library has many books on a range of self help topics, instructions on learning that new skill, and books to give you the motivation to make a change in your life. We’ve got some great titles on the shelf like,

    How to Break up with Your Phone by Catherine Price – How to break up with your phone in 30 days, a practical plan to take back your life.

    Spark Joy by Marie Kondo – Marie Kondo’s philosophy on the art of tidying, its be adopted by millions worldwide. Spark Joy will show you how to arrange, organise, tidy and de-clutter your home and be left with items that will ‘Spark Joy’.

    Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, & Loving More by Racehel Macy Stafford – Blogger and bestselling author, Rachel Macy Stafford, reveals the nine habits that help you find the most significance in your life, and get greater happiness and meaning.

    Future Positive: Changing your Mindset for a Positive Future by Edward Debono – How to become a more positive person, and remove connectivity in your life.

    You Do You by Sarah Knight – From career and finances to relationships and family, lifestyle and health, Sarah Knight rips up the rulebook, From career and finances to relationships and family, lifestyle and health,  Writing about her mistakes and embarrassments in her own personal quest to ‘do me’ – because nobody gets everything right all day, every day – Sarah Knight shows why you can and should mess up and teaches you to let yourself off the hook, bounce back and keep standing tall.

    Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin Breaking old habits, and how to make new ones. Whether it getting more sleep, eating better, there’s no one size fits all solution.

    Make It Happen by Michelle Bridges – Life advice from fitness guru Michelle Bridges on how get motivated, stay positive, and make it through everyday challenges in life and reach your goals.

    Can’t make it to the library? Check out our online eLibrary services Borrowbox for eBooks and RB Digital for Audiobooks and Magazines, available instantly on your smartphone or tablet. All you need is a library card!

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  • We’re changing our opening hours!

    We’ve got some exciting news… As of next year, we’ll be opening earlier in Chinchilla, Dalby and Miles!

    You’ll now be able to access the Miles, Chinchilla and Dalby libraries from 9am, Monday to Saturday! Get ready, these changes will come into effect from Wednesday 2 January, 2019.

    Opening Hours

    Dalby & Chinchilla

    Monday – Friday

    9am – 5pm


    9am – 12pm




    9am – 12pm

    We can’t wait to see you at the library bright and early in 2019!



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  • Combat loss of reading achievement

    Experts call it the “summer slide,” where children lose up to two months of reading achievement over the Christmas holidays?

    Your local Library has the solution. We have Emergent readers, Beginner readers and Early readers that are high interest and cover lots of topics. Ask your local librarian to advise about other Junior Fiction books that may be of interest such as Frog on a Log in a Bog by Andy Griffiths or go on adventures with Algy. This series are small chapter books with coloured illustrations which are great for those children transitioning from picture books. Why not borrow Algy’s Amazing Adventures in the Arctic or Algy’s Amazing Adventures in the Jungle or Algy’s Amazing Adventures in Space all written by Kaye Umansky.   Other books you may like to try are the Sporty Kids series or the Aussie Nibbles series. There are lots of choices available.

    Everyone likes variety over the holidays so why not try watching a story read by a celebrity on Story Box Library or alternatively listen to a book from Borrowbox on your travels.

    Have fun over the holidays and we would love to see you and your little readers in the library soon.

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  • January School Holiday Activities

    The curious comes to life these school holidays at your Library.


    Bell Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Wednesday 16 January, 10am-12pm – Stop motion: Aliens and cupcakes come to life: Part 1 Prop-making (6+)

    Wednesday 23 January, 10am-12pm – Stop motion: Aliens and cupcakes come to life: Part 2 Recording (6+)


    Chinchilla Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Tuesday 8 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Cootie catchers animal chatterboxes (6+)

    Thursday 10 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Dragon Eggs: make your own magical egg (6+)

    Tuesday 15 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Tinker creature (6+)

    Thursday 17 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Stop motion (8+)

    Don’t forget our Toddler Storytime session will continue throughout the school holidays! Every Friday, 10.15am.


    Dalby Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Wednesday 9 January, 10.30-11.30am – Dragon craft (6+)

    Wednesday 16 January, 10.30-11.30am – Curious creature masks (6+)

    Thursday 17 January, 10.30-11.30am – Sploder.com: make your own monster arcade game (7+)

    Don’t forget our Toddler Storytime session will continue throughout the school holidays! Every Tuesday, 10.30am


    Jandowae Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Wednesday 9 January, 10-11am – Stop motion (8+)

    Wednesday 16 January, 10-11am – Alien name: turn your name into an alien (6+)


    Miles Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Thursday 3 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)

    Tuesday 8 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)

    Thursday 17 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)

    Tuesday 22 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)


    Tara Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Tuesday 8 January, 10am-12pm – Curious Creatures craft table (no bookings required)

    Tuesday 15 January, 10am-12pm – Sphero: painting with robotic balls (10+)


    Meandarra and Wandoan Libraries (no need to book)

    A Curious Creatures craft table will be available throughout the January holidays. Call in any time.

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  • Silence can be deafening

    “Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins.

    Now the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you’re a woman.

    Almost overnight, bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and seventy million women lose their jobs. Even more terrifyingly, young girls are no longer taught to read or write.”

    Vox is the debut novel by Christina Dalcher and a great book to read if you enjoyed Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

    If you’d prefer a book with an Australian flavour The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood is a compelling read.

    Head over to our catalogue to reserve a copy or browse our collection.

    For more reading recommendations you can pop in to Dalby Library and speak to our library staff or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with what’s on.

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