Dalby Library

  • Dungeons & Dragons

    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 6 April 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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  • Book Sale at Dalby Library

    Friends of Western Downs Libraries is all set to hold its much anticipated annual book sale.

    Come on down to Dalby Library at MyALL 107 to pick up a stack of great reading material to keep the whole family entertained over the Easter holidays.

    Books, magazines, CDs and DVDs are all up for grabs so gather your bags and boxes to bag some bargains and support your local library.

    Details at a Glance:

    What: Friends of Western Downs Libraries book sale

    When: Friday 5 April 9am – 5pm and

    Saturday 6 April 9am – 2pm

    Cost: Prices start from $0.50 (payments by cash only)

    Bring: Bags/boxes to fill with books!

    Where: MyALL 107 Building, 107 Drayton Street Dalby.

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

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  • 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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  • #STEAMSquad 2019

    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 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.


    Click the link below to register for:

    Chinchilla Junior #STEAMSquad (Tuesdays or Wednesdays)

    Chinchilla Senior #STEAMSquad (Tuesdays or Wednesdays)

    Dalby Junior #STEAMSquad (Wednesdays)

    Dalby Senior #STEAMSquad (Wednesdays)

    Tara #STEAMSquad (Tuesdays)


    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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  • Beginner’s Guide to Travel Photography

    Dalby Library is thrilled to be hosting local photographer Janine Waters to present a Beginners Guide to Travel Photography.

    Whether you use a mobile phone camera, an iPad, a point and shoot digital camera or a digital SLR camera, these workshops will have something for you!

    Janine will cover topics such as:

    • How to avoid common mistakes such as blurred photos
    • Composition situations that work
    • How to make your photos more interesting
    • How to work with natural light

    Whether your photography interest is people, landscapes, flowers, architecture, or something else entirely these tips will help you take better photos.

    Details at a glance:

    Date: Saturday 30 March, 2019

    Time: 9am – 12pm

    Cost: $40pp, includes a light morning tea

    Location: Dalby Library, 107 Drayton Street, Dalby

    What to bring: Notepad and pen. You are welcome to bring your camera, however you will not require one for the session.


    Bookings are essential- Click here to Register now

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  • Let’s talk about Conversational Reading

    Children are actively involved in conversation reading. Conversational reading goes back-and-forth. The child does not always have to talk in the “conversation”. He can take part by looking and by pointing. Ask your child to respond on three levels – See, Show and Say.

    Step 1: See – watch your baby’s eyes. Does she look where you point? Name anything your child sees or touches in the book. Say the key word first. Then, point to and name pictures or words your child is not looking at.  Point to lots of pictures and say interesting things about them. Sometimes point to parts of the book and name them. Point to the first word on a page and tell him that’s where the reading starts.

    Step 2: Show – let your child’s eyes, hands, and actions tell if he understands what you are saying. Ask your child to “show” in interesting ways. For example, ask him to put his finger under the cat. Sometimes invite her to “act out” the answer to a question about the book. Let your child show you parts of the book.

    Step 3: Say – Invite your child to “say” the answer in words. Leave a word or two out of a sentence. Let your child supply them. You don’t always have to use children’s books. Sometimes use magazines.

    Want more helpful hints on how to read with your child?

    Western Downs Libraries offers a range of Storytime sessions that feature read, talk, sing and play for Bubs, Toddlers and Kids. If you would like to attend a Storytime session near you, click here to find out more, or contact us.





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  • Tech Savvy for Seniors

    Tech Savvy for Seniors


     Western Downs Libraries is pleased to once again be running free Tech Savvy for Seniors sessions across all our branches.

    This year we are offering new topics, so there’s sure to be something helpful to everyone.

    ***Participants must have basic computer and mouse skills.***

    Bookings can be made through Eventbrite or by calling your local library.

    Morning sessions will have morning tea provided and afternoon sessions will have afternoon tea provided.

    Session times are as follows:



     Wednesday 6 March 2019

    10am – 12pm:     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm:        Office 16 Word

    Thursday 7 March 2019

    10am – 12pm:     Cyber Safety

    1pm – 3pm:        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Register for Dalby sessions



    Tuesday 12 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Online Scrapbooking

    1pm – 3pm        Ancestry.com

    Register for Bell sessions



    Thursday 14 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Online Scrapbooking

    1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Register for Miles sessions



     Tuesday 19 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Office 16 Word

    Thursday 21 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Office 16 Excel

    1pm – 3pm        Ancestry.com

    Register for Jandowae sessions 



    Wednesday 27 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Office 16 Word

    Thursday 28 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

    1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Register for Tara Sessions



    Tuesday 2 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Online Scrapbooking

    Wednesday 3 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

    1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Register for Chinchilla sessions 



     Wednesday 10 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

    1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Thursday 11 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Cyber Safety

    Register for Wandoan sessions  



    Tuesday 16 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Office 16 Word

    Wednesday 17 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Office 16 Excel

    1pm – 3pm        Online Scrapbooking

    Register for Moonie sessions



    Wednesday 1 May 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Cyber Safety

    Thursday 2 May 2019

    10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

    1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Register for Meandarra sessions


    Session Descriptions

     Intro to Windows 10: Learn how to use this Microsoft operating system so you can customise it, find files and folders, and do more.

     Office 2016 Word: Learn how to format text, save and share documents, modify line and paragraph spacing, use tables and columns, and do more with your documents.

     Office 2016 Excel: Learn how to create formulas and charts, use functions, format cells, and do more with your spreadsheets.

     Cyber Safety: Do you need to protect yourself?; threats you may face;  what does security software do?; choosing security software; keeping yourself safe.

     Handy Apps: How to evaluate apps and download them.

    • Must have an email address
    • Bring your own device (tablet or smart phone)

    Downloading the library’s e-Resources: Learn how to download e-books, e-audio, and e-magazines to your own device.

    • Bring your own device (tablet or smart phone)
    • Must have email address
    • Must have Library membership

    Online scrapbooking, personalised photobooks: Learn how to import photos, use the various tools (ie. Layouts, Designs, Backgrounds, Embellishments and Text). As well as how to manipulate photos, add and remove pages and create your own personalised photobook.

    • Must have an email address
    • Bring photos on a USB
    • Photos must be in .jpg format
    • For best print quality, photos should be at least 4MB at 300dpi

    Ancestory.com: Learn how to trace your family tree.

    • Must have an email address.



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  • Rosie and Don are back

    Lovers of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect will be happy to see that Graeme Simsion has released a third book The Rosie Result featuring the unlikely couple of Rosie and Don Tillman.

    Rosie and Don have moved back to Melbourne after a decade in New York and their son Hudson is now 11 years old. Hudson is struggling at school: he’s socially awkward, not fitting in and his parents suspect he has Autism. Don, having spent a lifetime trying to fit in and manage his own idiosyncrasies, embarks on The Hudson Project in an attempt to help Hudson navigate life.

    Hilarious, warm and thought-provoking, this book is sure to please. It is available in hard copy, and as an e-book through BorrowBox.

    To find out what’s new in the collection search our catalogue.

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



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  • The Lost Man – Jane Harper’s new release her best yet

    Jane Harper has provided the Australian Mystery & Crime genre with another fantastic story set in the very heart of the outback. Based on a fictional outback station near, a town strikingly similar to Birdsville, two brothers attempt to come to grips with the unusual death of their third brother, and attempt to unearth how it this tragedy occurred.

    Their brother Cam has been found dead beneath an old stockman’s grave at an isolated spot on the 30,000 acre property. His brother Lee, already an outcast from the closest town, struggles between whether this was suicide, an unfortunate accident, or something more sinister.

    Harper really makes the environment of the harsh Australian desert a character of its own, the descriptions of the landscape vivid without being too long and drawn out. Each character has a story to tell and a history, that’ll keep you guessing til the end.

    This is Jane Harper’s third novel, to reserve you copy of The Lost Man or read her other titles click the link below.

    The Lost Man

    The Force of Nature

    The Dry

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  • Get your town on the tourist map

    Ever wondered what your customers really think about your business? Interested in building your online profile, or using free tools to connect with both locals and visitors?

    Get your town on the tourist map is a free 2 hour workshop covering a range of free, online tools for business owners to engage with customers, including the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, as well as Google Maps and Google reviews.

    This workshop is ideal for businesses and community groups providing services such as:

    • Accommodation
    • Hospitality
    • Activities or attractions
    • Services catering to travellers & campers

    Retail, trade and service providers can also benefit from understanding and utilising their online presence.

    Workshops will be held throughout February and March at Tara, Chinchilla, Miles, Wandoan, Jandowae and Dalby. Places are limited, register below.

    Details at a glance:

    Dalby: Monday 18 February, 2019.

    9am – 11am at the Dalby Library

    Register for the Dalby Workshop


    Chinchilla: Thursday 7 March, 2019

    10am – 12pm at the Chinchilla Customer Service Centre

    Register for the Chinchilla Workshop


    Miles: Wednesday 13 March, 2019

    10am – 12pm at Dogwood Crossing, Miles.

    Register for the Miles Workshop 


    Tara: Thursday 28 February, 2019

    1pm – 3pm at the Tara Customer Service Centre

    Register for the Tara Workshop 

    or call the Tara Library on 4678 7881


    Wandoan: Tuesday 12 March, 2019

    5pm – 7pm at the Wandoan Cultural Centre

    Register for the Wandoan Workshop



    Tuesday 12 March, 2019

    2pm – 3pm at the Jandowae Community and Cultural Centre

    Register for the Jandowae Workshop

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