- NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month
Are you ready to write a novel? Come Write In!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59pm on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.
Join up online, connect with like-minded writers, and check out the resources for inspiration (or procrastination). Maybe your novel will end up published – just like Sara Gruen’s Water For Elephants!
Everyone can participate – click here to see the Young Writers Program for student and educators.
The world needs your novel!
Interested in meeting with other aspiring local authors? Miles Library hosts a Writer’s Group on the third Tuesday of each month. Click here for details.Continue reading →
- Author Review – Chelsea Cain
Chelsea Cain lived the first few years of her life on an Iowa commune, then grew up in Bellingham, Washington, where the infamous Green River Killer was the boogeyman of her youth. She started writing Heartsick to kill time while she was pregnant. Also the author of Confessions of a Teen Slueth, a parody based on the life of Nancy Drew, several nonfiction titles, an a weekly column in the Oregonian. Chelsea Cain lives in Portland with her husband and daughter.
Come into your library or check out our catalogue to read a Chelsea Cain book today.
Some of Chelsea’s titles include Heartsick, Sweetheart & Evil at Heart.Continue reading →
- Jandowae Fun Palace
Travel through the ages at the Jandowae Fun Palace, 10am – 1pm, Saturday 27 October, Jandowae Library
– Make your own minion
– Take leaps and bounds at parkour workshops. Parkour is open to those aged 12+, and places are limited. You can save your spot by signing up on the day, but make sure you get in early!
– Stand in front of the green screen and watch as your image is beamed into an underwater paradise, a desert landscape or a dense green jungle
– Navigate an obstacle course with MBots
– X marks the spot when you get to make your own treasure map
– Get prehistoric with performances from Jurassic Jayne
– Travel back in time and learn how people communicated before phones with morse code.
– Be immersed in another world when you put on the virtual reality headset!
– Use a bike to power a light, pedal hard and see how much energy it takes.
– Dig for fossils at the Queensland Museum Fossil Find, or decorate your very own dinosaur mask
Get ready to have tonnes of arts, science and technology fun at the Jandowae Fun Palace.Continue reading →
- 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.
- Storytime at Jandowae Library – Music Man
The Storytime theme for October is Music! Come in and sing a song in the Library with Maree. If you would like, bring an instrument or see what items you could find in the library that makes music. 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 10th & 31st of October at 10am. Come in and join the fun, no bookings are needed!Continue reading →
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 →