Jandowae Library

  • Back to School? Libraries can help

    Need help with your homework? Check out the Library’s easy-to-use Research Databases.

    Can’t find the information you need from a book? Getting million of hits on Google and can’t decide what source to use?

    Just log in with your library card to find reliable and current information from magazine articles, newspapers and scholarly journals.

    Come and visit us and see what other services Western Downs Libraries have to offer you.


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  • Do you need a costume for Book Week?

    Book Week began in 1946 when the Children’s Book Council of Australia wanted to celebrate children’s literature. However, this idea has expanded and many schools celebrate by having students dress-up as their favourite book character during Book Week, which is held in August.

    Are you lacking inspiration? Don’t know what to make? We have all the answers on our shelves. Lots of children’s books that will provide you with ideas, plus books on how to make costumes. Why not try your hand at making a Charlie and Lola Costume or a  Very Hungry Caterpillar costume?

    Borrow your child’s favourite book and go searching in your local second hand shop for bits and pieces.

    Alternatively, look at books such as Party! : the Ultimate Kids’ Birthday Party Book or The Complete Book of Dressing Up by Juliet Moxley, or Easy-to-make costumes by Kathryn Harrison and Valerie Kohn and try your hand at making a costume with your child.

    Have fun this Book Week.



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  • Be Connected during Seniors Month

    There’s never been a better time to get online.

    August is Seniors Month in the Western Downs. Our Libraries are celebrating our seniors by providing digital technology lessons across the regions. Choose from the following great sessions:

    • Getting started online
    • Advanced online skills
    • Connecting with others

    Places are limited. Contact 1300 COUNCIL or email library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au to reserve your place today!


    Bell Library

    Getting Started Online: Friday 3 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Chinchilla Library

    Getting Started Online: Wednesday 15 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Dalby Library 

    Getting Started Online: Part 1, Monday 27 August, 10am – 12pm. Part 2, Monday 3 September, 1pm – 3pm.

    Jandowae Library

    Advanced Online Skills: Thursday 23 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Connecting with Others: Friday 24 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Meandarra Library

    Advanced Online Skills: Monday 6 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Connecting with Others: Tuesday 7 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Miles Library

    Getting Started Online: Wednesday 8 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Wandoan Library

    Getting Started Online: Monday 13 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Advanced Online Skills: Tuesday 14 August, 10am – 3pm.


    You can also visit the Be Connected website to view a range of go-at-your-own-pace video tutorials.


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  • Western Downs Libraries are Going Paperless!

    That’s right – Western Downs Libraries are taking steps to be more environmentally sustainable and Earth conscious by reducing our paper-based communication. From 31 July, communication from your library will no longer be sent by mail. Instead, you will receive reminders in real-time via email – how great is that?

    To make sure your correct email address is listed, log on to westerndowns.spydus.com and do the following:

    1. Login using your Borrower ID and Password
    2. From here, your My Account information will be displayed
    3.  To check if your contact information is correct, read through the My Details section by clicking on the arrow on the left side of the screen.
    4. To update your email address click on the dropdown arrow under Summary on the main page and choose Personal Details
    5. Scroll down to Contact Details and change your email address.
    6. Click Update when you’re finished.

    If you are visiting from a desktop, follow these steps:

    1. Login using your Borrower ID and Password
    2. On the right side of the page, under My Library, click on My Account
    3.  To check if your contact information is correct, read through the My Details section on the left side of the screen.
    4. To update your email address, click on Personal Details at the top of the screen and scroll down to Contact Details.
    5. Click Update when you’re finished.

    Having trouble? Feel free to get in touch with your local library by phone or email, or drop by and see us in person!

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  • At Jandowae library cows go baa, and the sheep go moo!!

    The Storytime theme for July is Silly Animals! Come in and see what the silly things the animals are up to with Maree. 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 11 July 2018 at 10.00am.  Come in and join the fun, no bookings are needed!

    Looking for a Storytime session closer to you? Click here for details of all our Storytime sessions across our nine branches, or contact us.

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  • Looking for a Bonza story?

    Well deadset, don’t be a drongo mate.  Come on in and say G’day to the sheilas at the Jandowae Library and cop a look at their collection of Australian Fiction.

    So don’t be a Galah, get ya flip flops on and visit your “local……” Library.

    Come and check out some of our top notch Aussie authors, such as Karly Lane, Fleur McDonald and Fiona McCallum.

    Or borrow books such as Storm Clouds by Bronwyn Parry, Where the Light Falls by Gretchen Shirm,  Another Brick in the Wall by Stean Raicu and Thicker than Water by Richard Rossiter.

    Non fiction books you may like to read include Fishing in the Styx by Ruth Park, Jackaroo by Michael Thornton, Crackpots, Ratbags and Rebels by Robert Holden, Bonzer by Sandy Thorne and finally Tales of the Honey Badger by Nick Cummins.

    No Worries.


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  • Children are like cats – they both love boxes

    What do you think this box is? A boat? A car? A train? A fire engine?

    A recent discussion with a teacher friend concerned me greatly – apparently there are increasing numbers of children arriving at kindy with no idea how to use their imagination. They literally have to be taught to pretend.

    In our effort to buy all the toys and do all the activities to make sure our children don’t miss out – they are missing out.

    We need to give children the opportunity to use their own creativity and imagination. A colouring page of a train can only be a train. A play kitchen can only be a kitchen. And while there’s nothing wrong with those things, are we limiting our child’s response? Are we filling up our child’s lives with planned activities instead of letting them free play?

    Next time, try giving your child a blank page or a cardboard box and see what happens. It may not be what you expect, but let your child take the lead and be surprised by the result!

    (For the record, this box was a rocket!)

    What will we do next Storytime?

    Storytime sessions are held at:

    Dalby Library – Tuesdays, 10.30am

    Chinchilla Library – Fridays, 10.15am

    These sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff!

    It’s never to early to Read, Talk, Play, Sing!



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  • 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:

    1. Select Western Downs Regional Council
    2. Enter your library barcode
    3. Enjoy stories, short films and at-home activities

    Got Questions? Ask your librarian about Story Box Library today!

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  • NEW REALITIES: July School Holiday Program

    Experiment with new technologies through film, animation, digital and interactive art with these fantastic school holiday programs. Try your hand at 360 Photography, create a story with stop motion animation or dive into a virtual world.

    Check out the People Like Us exhibition at Dogwood Crossing, Miles to continue your immersive experience and see what’s possible.

    Bookings are essential! Click on the links below or contact your library to secure your child’s place.


    Bell Library (bookings essential)

    Part 1: Drawing Back to Basics, 10.00am–12.00pm Tuesday 3 July (6–10)
    Part 1: Drawing Back to Basics, 10.00am–12.00pm Friday 6 July (11+)
    Part 2: Storyboarding, 10.00am–12.00pm Tuesday 10 July (6–10)
    Part 2: Storyboarding, 10.00am–12.00pm Friday 13 July (11+)

    Chinchilla Library (bookings essential)

    Boardgames Day, Monday 2 July (no bookings required)
    360 Photography, 10.30am–12.00pm Tuesday 3 July (8+)
    360 Photography, 2.30pm–4.00pm Wednesday 4 July (8+)
    Boardgames Day, Monday 9 July (no bookings required)

    Hollywood Tricks Film Workshop, 9.00am–12.00pm Tuesday 10 July (8+)

    Stop Motion Storytelling, 2.30pm–3.30pm Wednesday 11 July (8+)
    Stop Motion Storytelling, 2.30pm–3.30pm Thursday 12 July (8+)

    Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!
    • Yoga (all ages) – Tuesday 10.15am

    Dalby Library (bookings essential)

    Stop Motion Storytelling, 10.30am–11.30am Wednesday 4 July (8+)
    360 Photography, 10.30am–11.30am Wednesday 11 July (8+)

    Hollywood Tricks Film Workshop, 9.00am–12.00pm Thursday 12 July (8+)

    Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!
    • Toddlers (1–3 years) – Tuesday 10.30am

    Jandowae Library (bookings essential)

    Stop Motion Storytelling 10.00am–12.00pm Wednesday 4 July (8+)
    Tiny Planet Photography 10.00am–12.00pm Wednesday 11 July (8+)

    Miles Library (bookings essential)

    Dive Into Virtual Reality 10.00am–11.30am Tuesday 3 July (8+)

    Hollywood Tricks Film Workshop, 9.00am–12.00pm Wednesday 11 July (8+)

    Tara Library (bookings essential)

    Stop Motion Storytelling 10.30am–12.00pm Tuesday 3 July (7+)
    Stop Motion Storytelling 10.30am–12.00pm Thursday 5 July (7+)
    Beginners Scratch 10.30am–12.00pm Monday 9 July (7+)
    Beginners Scratch 10.30am–12.00pm Wednesday 11 July (7+)

    Wandoan Library (bookings essential)

    Stop Motion Storytelling 10.00am–12.00pm Wednesday 11 July (7+)

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  • Love a good “Who done it?”

    Come and check out our Mystery/Crime section at the Jandowae Library.

    We have an extensive range of Murder/Mystery and Crime novels, come and see if you are a regular Sherlock Holmes and  solve a Crime or two.


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