Jandowae Library

  • Climate Extremes Climate Extremes

    Our region has experienced many extremes in weather in recent years with record breaking droughts, temperatures and floods.  Flood Horror and Tragedy is a lasting momento documenting the trials and tragedies experiences by Queenslanders in the extraordinary summer of 2010-2011.  Here we are, eight years later, experiencing the other extreme, one of our worst droughts in history.  For many of us the familiar (or unfamiliar) sound of rain is a beautiful sound, but for those who experienced the floods of 2010-2011, the sound triggers a chilling sense of sadness.  This 345 page book contains many large scale evocative images of the “Big Wet” including images and stories from the affected towns of Dalby, Chinchilla and Condamine.

    The book was compiled by a committee of parents and friends of Agnew School.  100% of the profits from the sale of this book were donated to the Australian Red Ross and other charities. It is available at your local Western Downs Libraries branch.

    Here at Western Downs Libraries, there are many books covering a vast range of topics relating to climate including:

    Sunburnt Country: the history and future of climate change in Australia

    Sustainable futures : linking population, resources and the environment 

    Drought : the red marauder

    Growing vegetables in drought, desert & dry times : the complete guide to organic gardening without wasting water

    Great Australian flood stories

    Australia’s wild weather





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  • The Jungle Animals are coming to Jandowae The Jungle Animals are coming to Jandowae

    This September, the Jungle Animals are coming to Storytime at Jandowae!

    Old Mikamba had a farm and on this farm he had . . . a hippo, a giraffe, and even an elephant! Meet Old Mikamba, who watches over a wide variety of animals on his game farm in the plains of Africa. At the end of the story it gives some interesting facts about each jungle animal.

    Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora’s striking collage-artwork menagerie is a wonderful introduction to African wildlife.

    Come along to our Jungle Animals Storytime session on Wednesday 4 September from 10–11am at Jandowae Library.  Let’s sing along and roar with the lions, bellow with the rhinos, whinny with the zebras, snort with the warthogs, and so much more!

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  • Gardening Workshops with ABC Radio’s Michael Wells! Gardening Workshops with ABC Radio's Michael Wells!

    Got plant problems? Not anymore.

    Gardening guru Michael Wells is coming to the Western Downs, and he is bringing his plant-whispering wisdom with him.

    When Michael isn’t teaching horticulture at TAFE Queensland, or working in his own garden, he writes a gardening column for the Toowoomba Chronicle and advises ABC Southern Queensland radio listeners on all things gardening.

    Michael will be hosting a series of gardening workshops at Western Downs Libraries branches in August and September. Discover how plant selection and the secrets of soil can make your garden the envy of your neighbours.

    At a glance…

    Bell: Friday 23 August 10am

    Jandowae: Friday 23 August 2pm

    Dalby: Friday 30 August 10am

    Tara: Friday 30 August 2.30pm

    Wandoan: Friday 6 September 10am

    Chinchilla: Friday 6 September 2.30pm

    Miles: Friday 6 September 5.30pm

    Places are limited so bookings are essential. Register here, or contact 1300COUNCIL.

    For the Miles workshop please register here, or contact 1300COUNCIL

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  • Be Connected: There has never been a better time to get online Be Connected: There has never been a better time to get online

    Learning about computers may seem intimidating and complicated but it doesn’t have to be.

    In conjunction with Be Connected, Western Downs Libraries is striving to make digital literacy easy. Whether you are a job seeker striving to expand your skill set or someone who has never touched a computer before, be connected is perfect for you.


    With the assistance of our supportive staff and volunteers, taking the plunge has never been so easy. You can tailor your learning experience to your personal requirements and skill level with the huge range of available lessons.

    Not only does be connected teach you how to use a computer and its applications, it also provides you with the skills to stay safe online and even connect to people with similar interests and hobbies across the globe. Opening the doors to the endless possibilities of technology has never been easier or more accessible.

    Improve your confidence, abilities, and knowledge of technology. Find out how to sign up for Be connected at your local branch

    If you or someone you know is interested in these sessions, please email library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au or by phoning your local branch on 1300 COUNCIL, to register your interest.




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  • Social Media Marketing Training at your fingertips Social Media Marketing Training at your fingertips

    Social media has dramatically altered the way businesses engage with their potential customers. In the modern business landscape, a healthy social media presence is a must for businesses large and small. Setting up and managing the perfect social media profiles can be a daunting task for small business owners, but never fear, you can find everything you need to know for free with your Western Downs Libraries Card.

    You can find more than 360 short courses and videos on the topic of Social Media Marketing on Lynda.com that show you how to market your business on social media.  Learn how to engage influencers, grow your personal brand, craft the perfect LinkedIn InMail message, boost your Facebook reach and engagement, get more Instagram followers, and more.

    Topics include:

    • Why invest in social media?
    • Developing a documented strategy
    • Defining your audience
    • Finding the right channels
    • Developing a content series
    • Publishing best practices
    • Competitive intelligence
    • Understanding paid advertising
    • Driving results with paid ads
    • Pairing metrics to goals

    If you’ve got your social media marketing down pat,  there are literally thousands of easy to follow, professionally developed online courses in everything from photography to security, from music lessons to 3D Printing 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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  • Your favourite magazine is at Jandowae Library Your favourite magazine is at Jandowae Library

    Wanting to relax and enjoy the latest edition of your favourite magazine? Come down to your local library. We stock the R.M. Williams Outback, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Better Homes and Gardens, CWA Ruth, Australian Diabetic, Gardening Australia, House and Garden, Australian Handyman, On the Road Magazine and Good Health and Wellbeing to name a few.

    If you can’t wait to see your magazine in print, or want to read something we don’t have on the shelf,  then get online and see our online magazines using RBdigitalYou can download the app to your mobile device and read your magazine anywhere, anytime!


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  • What’s on in Jandowae this August What's on in Jandowae this August

    August is an exciting month here at Jandowae.  There is something for everyone, no matter your age.  We celebrate seniors week in August with a variety of events.

    Tuesday 6 August: Rag Rug Making at the Jandowae Library (bookings now closed)

    Wednesday 7 August: Online Scrapbooking session at Jandowae Library, 10am

    Wednesday 7 August: Storytime with Grandparents at Jandowae Library, 10am

    Friday 9 August: Drone Coding Workshop. STEM Punks visit Jandowae Prep-10 State School for search and rescue drone coding.

    Sunday 11 August: Jandowae Music Jamming, 12:30 – 5pm. Jandowae Memorial Hall, gold coin donation.  Please bring a plate to share.

    Wednesday 14 August: Storytime at Jandowae Library 10am

    Wednesday 21 August: Seniors Trivia and free morning tea at Jandowae Library, 9:30am

    Wednesday 21 August: Storytime with Grandparents at Jandowae Library, 10am

    Saturday 24 August: Lifeline and RHEalth present “Sound Minds” with Brendon Walmsley. A family friendly music event, 6pm at the Jandowae Memorial Hall.  Drinks and food available. Funded by Queensland Health.

    There’s plenty to do this month in Jandowae!


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  • It’s time for some Winter Comfort Food It's time for some Winter Comfort Food

    Shredded Pork and Sour Kimichi Soup. Jungle Curry Stew. Chicken ‘Cobbler’. Anyone feeling hungry yet?  Winter is the perfect time for slow-cooked meals recipes and we’ve got all the inspiration you need at the Library.

    The Slow Cook Modern:200 recipes for the way we eat today by Liana Krissoff is an essential cookbook for home cooks wanting to make the most of their time and ingredients. It makes good on what the slow cooker promises- ease, affordability, and above all, flavour.

    The Australian Women’s Weekly Fast Slow is a clever two-in-one book with a recipe to suit every lifestyle. No matter if you have a few minutes to get dinner on the table, or a little longer to prepare, this cookbook will ensure delicious meals, every time.

    For more kitchen inspiration, drop in to your nearest library branch, or check out our great range of ebooks and emagazines, available online, free with your library card!

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  • Challenge your creativity with Lego Challenge your creativity with Lego

    Love dinosaurs? Love Lego? Then you’ll love this book! Brick by Brick Dinosaurs is now available for loan at the Jandowae Library.

    Brick by Brick Dinosaurs will teach you how to build more than 15 amazing prehistoric projects, with clearly illustrated instructions.

    A little bit of Lego History –

    The Name ‘LEGO’ is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well”.

    The LEGO Group was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen.  The company has come a long way over the past 80 years – from a small carpenter’s workshop to a modern, global enterprise that is now one of the world’s largest manufactures of toys.

    Lego is fun for everyone, the young and the young at heart!



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  • Rag Rug Making Workshop – MORE SESSIONS Rag Rug Making Workshop - MORE SESSIONS

    Due to popular demand we have opened up two new workshop times:

    Dalby Library

    Monday 29 July 2019, 2pm – 4pm

    Jandowae Library

    Tuesday 6 August 2019, 2pm – 4pm

    Places will fill fast so secure your spot today by registering here: 


    Learn how to crochet a rag rug at the Library this winter!

    Western Downs Libraries is pleased to be hosting Maria Staunton of Posies and Poppets for a rag rug making workshops in Dalby and Jandowae.

    During the FREE two hour class you will learn how to create the yarn by upcycling fabric and then how to use this to crochet a simple rug.

    All materials and light refreshments will be provided. Take your project and crochet hook home to finish your very own rag rug!

    Dalby Library

    Monday 29 July 2019, 10am–12pm

    Jandowae Library

    Tuesday 6 August 2019, 10am–12pm

    Places are strictly limited so bookings are essential. Click here to register.

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