Dalby Library

  • Publish your own photobook Publish your own photobook

    It’s never been so easy to turn your memories into a high-quality photobook!

    Photobooks are a modern take on the traditional photo album, presented and printed as a professional quality book, conveniently mailed to your home.

    We’re excited to be hosting free workshops where you can learn how to use inexpensive online tools to turn your happy snaps into a cookbook, children’s book, travel journal, graduation or family album.

    At a glance… 

    Dalby:  Thursday 1 August 10am

    Chinchilla: Thursday 1 August 10am

    Wandoan: Friday 2 August 10am

    Tara: Monday 5 August 10am

    Jandowae: Wednesday 7 August 10am

    Moonie: Thursday 8 August 9am

    Meandarra: Thursday 8 August 1pm

    Miles: Friday 9 August 10am


    Bookings are essential. Register here, or contact 1300COUNCIL.

    Please bring your own USB with photos to add to your photobook. Photos must be in a .jpg format and should be at least 4mb at 300dpi for best print quality.

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  • Call out to Western Downs Artists’ Call out to Western Downs Artists'

    Call Out to Western Downs Artist’s

    2019 Western Downs Regional Artist’ Exhibition | Inside Out

    John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

    21 October – 10 December 2019

    The John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery is proudly sponsored by Murilla Hardware Supplies

    Artists who live and/or work in the Western Downs Regional Council area are invited to submit work in any media to the 2019 Western Downs Artists’ Exhibition in response to the exhibition theme.

    Inside Out invites artists to reflect on their personal arts practice by looking ‘in’, to connect with their essence of creativity, and bringing ‘out’ to demonstrate through inspired work. The theme invites playful and divergent thinking and could bring forth something unexpected.

    Click on Entry Form for more details

    Image caption:
    Cindy Grimes | Shades of Brigalow 2018 | Acrylic on canvas | 50.5cm x 76cm

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  • Drone Coding: Search and Rescue Drone Coding: Search and Rescue

    National Science Week is coming up and STEM Punks are on their way to Western Downs Libraries.

    STEM Punks will be holding a series of drone coding workshops at libraries and schools around the region in August. Kids will learn about block based coding and how to program a drone to complete a search and rescue mission!

    Parents and guardians; coding is more fun with friends! We’d encourage you to join in with your child on all the search and rescue coding fun! Introduce your kids to the wonders of STEAM and watch them soar.

    At a glance…

    Dalby Library: Saturday 10 August

    9am, 10.45am and 12.30pm

    Chinchilla Library: Saturday 17 August

    9am, 10.45am and 12.30pm

    Places are limited so bookings are essential. Please register here.

    Everywhere else: STEM Punks will also be touring  schools in Bell, Jandowae, Wandoan, Miles, Tara and Meandarra during National Science Week.


    Suitable for kids aged 9 – 12. Please contact your local branch, or 1300 COUNCIL for more information.


    This program is made possible through the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants Program in partnership with Western Downs Regional Council.

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  • Dalby Bookclub is on 31 July 2019 Dalby Bookclub is on 31 July 2019

    This month’s the Dalby  Bookclub will be reading The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

    This mesmerizing Australian novel has been a bestselling book around the world, and has been made into a movie by the same title. 

    It is 1926 and Tom Sherbourne is  young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia.

    The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world.

    Then one April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant – and the path of the couple’s lies hits an unthinkable crossroads.

    Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day – as the baby’s real story unfolds.


    Our regular meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month 10.30am–11.30am.

    Our next meeting is on Wednesday 31 July 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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  • Your Photography Journey starts here! Your Photography Journey starts here!

    You can live your best life with a little help from your library! We’re happy to offer our library members access to the entire library of Lynda.com training videos and courses.

    For photography enthusiasts, Lynda.com has 876 Courses and 32,554 Video Tutorials relating to photography!

    Photography courses and tutorials cover the following subjects:

    • Visual Effects (154)
    • Cameras + Gear (150)
    • Raw Processing (122)
    • Lighting (103)
    • Masking + Compositing (91)
    • Portraits (84)
    • Compositing (70)
    • Photo Management (70)
    • Color Correction (54)
    • iPhone, iPod, iPad (54)
    • Retouching (50)
    • Sharing Photos (38)
    • Photography Foundations (32)
    • DSLR Video (29)
    • Black and White (27)
    • HDR (18)
    • Night + Low Light (17)
    • Plugin (16)
    • Restoration (16)
    • Flash Photography (7)
    • Scanning (6)
    • Sharpening (3)

    We hope that by providing access to these great courses and video tutorials, you’ll have the resources to start your photography journey.

    Other than photography, there are literally thousands of easy to follow, professionally developed online courses in everything from marketing to car repairs, from python coding to Microsoft Excel and everything in between.

    All you need is your Western Downs Libraries membership card. If you have any questions or need any help starting one of the courses, just get in touch with us.

    You can create your free account with Lynda.com right here.

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  • What were Australian’s Reading in the Victorian Era? What were Australian's Reading in the Victorian Era?

    Whilst reading The Guardian Australia our library team came across a very interesting article. The Australian National University has conducted a study analysing the borrowing habits from a selection of Australian libraries between 1861 and 1928.

    They have a created a entire database where you can filter Australian reading habits by age, occupation, gender, and library. The data found that males were the predominant borrowers, mining the biggest occupation, and that fiction vastly outweighed non-fiction in borrowing choices. Quite a few of the popular titles are still in circulation in own libraries today – though you will find most in our classics section now.

    A selection of the some most popular authors:

    Joseph Hocking
    Edward Phillips Oppenheim
    Henry Rider Haggard
    Charles Dickens
    Silas Kitto Hocking
    Ellen Wood
    Marie Corelli
    Abbie S. Swan
    Arthur Conan Doyle
    Winston Churchill
    Mark Twain
    Samuel Crockett

    Visit the database to find out how your reading habits compared to those of 150 years ago!

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  • Dungeons & Dragons Dungeons & Dragons

    Solve puzzles, combat beasts and create your own adventure at our fourth Dungeons and Dragons night.

    Dungeons and Dragons is back by popular demand. Come along to Dalby Library on Saturday 6 July for all the breast slaying, hero making, choose your own adventure action!

    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 July, 6pm – 10pm.

    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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  • Brrrr, it’s cold in here… Brrrr, it's cold in here...

    When you come inside out of the cold during these chilly winter days, it helps to have a cosy, inviting room to hibernate in.  If you do not have a fireplace, light some candles. They instantly make the room feel warm and inviting. Have woolen blankets and throws draped over arm chairs and thick rugs on the floor to trap the warmth.  A cup of hot chocolate and a good book, huddled up on the lounge in front of a fire is a great way to finish the day.

    Not sure what hobby to try this winter? New on the market is “Air-drying Clay”, it’s very manageable and soft.  Creating objects by hand is very satisfying.  Turn to page 184 and follow instructions to make a Totem Hanging.  Roll out and cut shapes, and form balls from different coloured clay to make a very charming hanging. Use colourful acrylic paint to finish your project.  Don’t stop there, make a pendent light shade, bowls for tea lights, a caddie for your kitchen utensils or stamped tiles for kitchen bench. You are only limited by your imagination.

    Roses, roses and more roses, don’t stop at one, create a dramatic red flower garden bed. There are so many varieties and colours of red roses to choose from.  If red’s not your favorite color, choose pink, yellow, apricot , white or mauve.  Page 49 has a column on how to prune your roses, and how to plant bare rooted roses.

    It’s a proven fact that adding greenery to your workplace has positive effects.  Pages 60-65 gives you ideas and tips on using plants to decorate your desk and home, introducing a variety of odd shaped containers in color and texture, and making use of the large windows in your home to make a garden window.  Check to see if you already have some of these plants in your greenhouse, and propagate a few to bring inside before you hit the plant nursery.

    Looking in your backyard and something is missing?  Maybe you have room for a fire pit. Pages 72-75 covers everything you need to know about getting one in your backyard.  Install one and you will have an outdoor entertaining area all year round. Speak to your local council to see if you need to meet any regulations.

    Take the time to read this months edition, you will find a copy at your local Western Downs Libraries Branch, or get it online free with your library card.

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  • Storytime at Dalby Storytime at Dalby

    Why read? For a child to learn to read they must first understand that letters and words on the page have meaning. The main thing to keep in mind when reading with young children is that it has more to do with pointing and talking about the pictures than with sitting still and listening.

    What do young children like?

    • Books that have interesting illustrations that they can explore on their own. Bright, colourful, attractive pictures are always appealing.
    • Books that rhyme for example, Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg or What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson.
    • Books that have repetition, for example, Brown Bear, Brown bear, what do you see? by Bill Martin or The Magic Hat by Mem Fox.
    • Hearing their favourite stories over and over again. It may be a bit boring for us, but young children draw comfort from knowing exactly what is going to happen in the story. It is also great for their developing comprehension and understanding of how books work.
    • To choose their own books! So come in to your nearest library branch and borrow some books today.

    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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  • #STEAMSquad #STEAMSquad

    Term 3 of STEAMSquad is coming up quickly, and will run for 6 weeks from 30 July – 4 September. Registration opens at 9am on Monday 22 July!

    #STEAMSquad is an after-school program for children aged 7–12, held at Chinchilla 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

    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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