- 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
Contact your local library branch for more information.
- 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:
- 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.**Continue reading →
- 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.Continue reading →
- 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
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
Kill by Antony Good
The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar
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.Continue reading →
- 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.Continue reading →
- 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.Continue reading →
- 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.
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:
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!
- 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.
Here’s some clues to get your search started.
For history lovers try:
For foodies we have the delectable Joanne Fluke books such as:
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.
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.Continue reading →
- Storytime for Bubs
90% of your child’s brain development happens in their first 5 years! Give your bub the best start in life with Storytime for Bubs!
During our Storytime for Bubs 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.
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.
Chinchilla Library – 9.30am every Thursday, 2 May – 6 June
Dalby Library – 10am every Wednesday, 15 May – 19 June
Wandoan Library – 10am, first and third Thursday of every month.
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.Continue reading →