- Get Prehistoric with Queensland Museum
Fun Palaces are taking a step back through time this year with a range of fossil displays, entertainment and activities from Queensland Museum.
Dinosaur Masks – Dalby, Miles, Chinchilla & Jandowae
Become a prehistoric creature by creating your own dinosaur mask. How will you move about? What sounds will you make? What will you eat?
Fossil Dig- Miles, Chinchilla, & Jandowae
Grab your tools and embark on a mini ‘fossil dig’ to find and analyse fossils from the Cretaceous period. What will you discover?
Megafauna Displays- Dalby & Jandowae
View life-size images of extinct megafauna that once roamed across the Western Downs. Imagine a time when these amazing creatures roamed the earth.
Meet a real fossil scientist- Chinchilla
Talk with a paleontology technician from the Queensland Museum about their latest discoveries and examine fossils from the Museum’s collection.
Bring your own Fossil- Chinchilla
Found something you think might be ancient? Bring along your own fossil and have it examined by a Queensland Museum scientist.
Jurassic Jayne Show- Chinchilla & Jandowae
Go on a fun-filled musical journey through the amazing world of prehistoric reptiles with Jurassic Jayne.
Jurassic Joe Show – Miles
Go on a fun-filled musical journey through the amazing world of prehistoric reptiles with Jurassic Joe.
- Fun Palaces
Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist with Fun Palaces!
Journey through the ages with FREE activities for the whole family.
- virtual reality
- green screens
- live entertainment
- parkour workshops
- ninja warrior course
- under 5 activities
- imagination station
- fossil displays and entertainment and activities from Queensland Museum
- emergency services
- paint like Jackson Pollock
Fun Palaces are coming to a Western Downs Library near you.
Dalby: Saturday 6 October, MyALL 107
Miles: Saturday 13 October, Dogwood Crossing, Miles
Chinchilla: Saturday 20 October, Chinchilla Library & Fuller Place
Jandowae: Saturday 27 October, Jandowae LibraryContinue reading →
Join Western Downs Libraries’ #STEAMSquad!
#STEAMSquad runs every week during term-time, this program is FREE and suitable for children ages 7+.
#STEAMSquad explores science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics through hands-on, FUN activities!
Find your passion, have some fun, make new friends, and learn something along the way!
- Knowledge Tree
Western Downs Regional Libraries provide a a variety of books for you and your children and students to read and enjoy! Chelsea from Wandoan loves to read and build her Knowledge Tree with all the fantastic books available at Wandoan Library.Continue reading →
- Spring into Spring – school holiday activities
It’s too beautiful to stay inside these School Holidays… Get out and about at your Library!
Get back to nature with OUTDOOR Storytimes, learn basic photography and navigation skills, or simply bring a little bit of nature to you.
Bookings are essential for all sessions. Please contact your local branch.
Bell Library – click here to book online
Beginners photography for kids (7+ years) – Friday 5 October, 10.30 – 11.30am. *Please bring your own smartphone or tablet. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Chinchilla Library – click here to book online
Beginners photography for kids (7+ years) – Wednesday 26 September, 2.30 – 3.30pm. *Please bring your own smartphone or tablet. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Beginners photography for kids (7+ years) – Thursday 27 September, 2.30 – 3.30pm. *Please bring your own smartphone or tablet. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Fairies and Elves garden (6+ years) – Wednesday 3 October, 2.30 – 3.30pm
Hunt for hidden treasure (8+ years) – Thursday 4 October, 2.30 – 3.30pm. *Please bring your own smartphone which is GPS enables and has been loaded with the ‘Geocaching’ app. You will also need to have created a free Geocaching account. Contact Library staff before the event id you require assistance. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Chinchilla Storytime sessions – Storytime will continue throughout the school holidays and be held outside! Follow us on Facebook for location details.
- Yoga storytime (all ages) – Tuesdays at 10.15am
- Toddler storytime (1-3 years) – Fridays at 10.15am
Dalby Library – click here to book online
Hunt for hidden treasure (8+ years) – Wednesday 26 September, 10.30-11.30am *We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Flower pot making (6+ years) – Wednesday 3 October, 10.30-11.30am
Dalby Storytime sessions – Storytime will continue throughout the school holidays and be held outside! Follow us on Facebook for location details.
- Toddler storytime (1-3 years) – Tuesdays at 10.30am
Miles Library – Contact the Library for bookings
Make a bouquet of flowers (5+ years) – Tuesday 25 September, 10.00-11.00am
Grass trees (5+ years) – Thursday 4 October, 10.00-11.00am
Tara Library – Contact the Library for bookings
Birds, bees & butterfly feeders (5+ years) – Wednesday 26 September, 10.30am-12.00pm
Beautiful Gardens – Colourful pot plants & garden markers (5+ years) – Wednesay 3 October, 10.30am-12.00pm
Wandoan Library – Contact the Library for bookings
Paint a skateboard deck (8+ years) – Thursday 27 September, 10.30-11.30am
Jandowae, Meandarra and Moonie Libraries
A craft table will be available during the school holidays. Call in any time, no need to book.
- Scribble – how climbing trees impacts writing
Like anything, learning to control a pencil – and eventually, write – is a developmental process.
You may notice that your toddler or preschooler is holding their pencil in strange ways, but DON’T WORRY! It is usually completely normal development (but always see a health care professional, such as an occupational therapist, if you are concerned). Holding their pencil in a fist, across their palm or in a 5-finger grasp is a perfectly mature grasp for children under school age.
Each stage of pencil grasp is dependent on how steady the shoulder and arm muscles are. As your child develops physically, the shoulder and arm muscles will get stronger and steadier, and you should notice the pencil grasp change and mature as well.
Here are a couple of tips:
- Build core muscles by encouraging your child to move their body in a variety of fun ways.
- Build hand strength by playing with playdough and pegs
- Give plenty of opportunities to scribble and draw
- Don’t force your child to hold a pencil “correctly” before they are developmentally ready. You will do more harm than good!
Our Storytime sessions are always full of fun learning, singing and movement activities. Click here to find details of a Storytime near you.
- Photo Preservation Continue reading →
Western Downs Libraries has a photo preservation station for tech savvy seniors to digitise photos, slides and negatives.
You can digitise:
- Printed photographs (up to A4 size)
- Film negatives (35mm, medium format, 4 x 5 inch)
- Photo slides (35mm)
- Documents (up to A4 size)
Factsheets are available to get you started, however if you are not confident with technology we recommend you bring someone along to help you out.
Chinchilla Library Monday 6 August – Friday 24 August 2018 Dalby Library Monday 10 September – Friday 28 September 2018 Bell Library Monday 15 October – Friday 2 November 2018 Jandowae Library Monday 19 November – Friday 14 December 2018 Miles Library Monday 7 January – Friday 25 January 2019 Wandoan Library Monday 11 February – Friday 1 March 2019 Tara Library Monday 18 March – Friday 5 April 2019 Meandarra Library Monday 22 April – Friday 10 May 2019 Moonie Library Monday 28 May – Friday 14 June 2019
*Available Monday – Friday only.
The station can be booked for a 2 hour session. Bookings are essential.
If you would like more information please contact 1300 COUNCIL or your local branch.
- Borrow from the comfort of your own home
Did you know you can borrow and read our books without even visiting the library?
Western Downs Libraries is subscribed a number of eLibrary apps so that all you need to get started is your library card!
Simply download the BorrowBox app on any Android or Apple-made device, enter your library ID, and PIN and you’ll have access to a huge range of eBooks and eAudiobooks!
If you love magazines and Audio-books sign up online to our RBdigital App and you’ll have access to eAudiobooks and eMagazines.Continue reading →
- Storytime is for Everyone
Read, talk, play… Storytime is for everyone at Western Downs Libraries!
Storytime for Bubs (0–12 months)
Storytime for Toddlers (1–3 years)
Storytime for Kids (3–5 years)
Yoga Storytime (all ages)
All of our Storytime sessions are carefully planned and delivered by trained staff. They include stories, songs and movement, as well as strategic discussions, key messages and learning outcomes. Plus, it’s FUN and FREE!
Research shows us that up to 90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first 5 years. Through Storytime sessions, now we can better encourage your child’s development and early literacy skills in ways that best suit them.
Meet some new friends, connect with your community and support your child’s early literacy development, in a relaxed and friendly environment.
We can also bring Storytime to you! Please contact your local branch if you are interested in having us visit your Daycare Centre, Playgroup, Kindy or School.
These programs have been made possible by the funding and support of State Library of Queensland’s First Five Forever initiative.Continue reading →
- Cozy up to a good book this winter
These grey, cloudy days are perfect for snuggling under a blanket with a hot bevvy and a good book.
Or a magazine.
Or a movie!
Pop into your local Western Downs Libraries branch this weekend to pick up a new reading stash, or download one of our apps BorrowBox, RBdigital, and Freegal to get all the hottest eBooks, audiobooks, and music tracks.
Time to break out the chocolate stash!Continue reading →