- 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 →
- Trying to get your “Juniors” to read?
Trying to get your juniors to read more?
Here’s an idea, what about some “Classics.” Why not try Charlotte’s Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Wizard of Oz, Black Beauty, The Wind in the Willows.
These are just a few of the timeless children’s titles that you can choose from.
Come and visit your local library and see what “Classics” you can find on the shelves today.
- Storytime at Jandowae Library – Bears, bears, everywhere.
The Storytime theme for September is Bears! Come in and see what sort of Bears are in the Library with Maree. See if we can find a Cranky bear, a Hungry bear or an Itchy bear. If you would like, bring your favourite bear as well. We’ll be using books, songs and puppets to guide children through play, helping them use their imagination and fostering thinking, language development and social skills.
Storytime at Jandowae Library is on Wednesday 12th of September at 10am. Come in and join the fun, no bookings are needed!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.
- Story Box Library
Story Box Library is an engaging educational resource that inspires reading in kids of all ages, improving language and literacy skills along the way.
Story Box Library was created to:
- Engage children with stories and voices to make personal connections
- develop vital language and literacy skills
- combat endless online searching for quality literacy resources; and
- get kids excited about reading and let imaginations fly!
Best of all, it’s free for families via participating public libraries (that’s us)!
See and hear your favourite stories come to life, read by Nick Cave, Justine Clarke, Eddie Perfect, Katie Ritchie, Andrew Hansen, Missy Higgins, Shane Jacobson and many more.
What is Story Box Library?
The best place to watch celebrated stories read aloud by your favourite storytellers.
How does Story Box Library work?
Story Box Library steams ad-free content directly into the library and homes of library patrons on any device with Internet connection.
Are stories added regularly?
Yes! 30–40 carefully curated, thought-provoking and engaging stories are added each year.
Who are the storytellers?
A range of actors, comedians, sports people, musicians, authors, illustrators, TV presenters, performers, students, grandparents, activist and educators – each sharing their unique voice.
Who is Story Box Library recommended for?
Story Box Library is a fantastic resource for pre-school through to upper primary years.
To access these great resources, visit storyboxlibrary.com/libraries and:
- Select Western Downs Regional Council
- Enter your library barcode
- Enjoy stories, short films and at-home activities
Got Questions? Ask your librarian about Story Box Library today!Continue reading →
- The RBdigital App
It’s official: people of the Western Downs love Audiobooks. Whether it’s farmers listening as they do endless hours of tractor work, people listening as they commute to work or students reading for school (or fun!), we are listening to our books more than ever.
To meet this demand, Western Downs Libraries have made accessing audible content easier than ever, thanks to the new RB Digital app. Now you can browse all of your eAudiobooks and eMagazines in one place! If you’re having trouble accessing the app, or finding it difficult to search or check out items, please visit any of our branches and our friendly library staff will help walk you through it.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register in the app?
To use the RBdigital app, you need to register on your library’s RBdigital website using any browser. In-app registration will be added to the RBdigital app in a future update.
How do I log into the new RBdigital app?
If you currently use OneClickdigital and/or Zinio for Libraries you can login using either your OneClickdigital username and password OR Zinio for Libraries email address and password.
If you have never used OneClickdigital or Zinio for Libraries, please go to RBdigital and register for RBdigital eMagazines or eAudibooks using any online browser.
I am trying to login but keep getting an error message
Have you tried resetting your password?
If not, please click the “forgot password” link, reset your password and try to login again.
If you still can’t login, please let us know the name of your library authority, your name, email address and library card number so we can look into this for you.
Can I view ALL of my checked out magazines in the app?
At launch you will be able to see up to 30 checked out magazines in the app. These are arranged in issue date order – newest to oldest.
The ability to see all checked out items will be available in a future update.
Do we now have to return magazines?
No, the word “return” is used to be consistent with the rest of the app’s media types. It’s just a simple way to quickly delete from your checked out titles.
Can I manage my account in the app?
No, you will still need to go to the library website via your browser to do this.
What will happen to the old OneClickdigital app if I don’t update it?
The old app will function as normal for only eAudiobook/eBook access. When you “search” for titles, you will be taken to the new look RBdigital eAudiobook/eBook website (which replaces the old OneClickdigital website).
The app will continue to be available in this way until further notice.
How long can I continue to use the Zinio for Libraries app?
The in-app countdown will begin on 10th July and exist for 60 days. At the end of the 60 days you will no longer be able to checkout and read newly checked out magazines from the app. To do this, you must download and use the RBdigital app.
Is the RBdigital app available for all devices?
The RBdigital app is available for Apple, Android and Kindle Fire/Fire HD/X but not the Windows phone. Library members would need to download titles manually through the website onto a Windows phone or stream online via the website.Continue reading →
- Ancestry.com at Your Library
Did you know Western Downs Libraries has free access to Ancestry.com?
Trace your family story with a family tree – Ancestry.com make it easy. If you visit one of our nine library branches, you can access this great resource on any of our public computers for FREE. Discover your family today.
Click here to access the website while you’re at the library to begin tracing your family history! You might be surprised at what you will find.Continue reading →