Jandowae Library

  • Hop into the library these school holidays

    If your kids are looking for something do to over the school holidays,  bring them down to the Jandowae library.  We have a large range of exciting books for children of all ages to read including Adam Frost’s Fox Investiagtes – a Whiff of Mystery, Andy Griffiths’ Frog on a Log in a Bog, and Emily Rodd’s Star of Deltora The Towers of Illica and many more.

    Can’t make it to the library? Hear your favourite Storybooks with Story Box Library, stream movies for free with Kanopy, or update your music collection with Freegal, all from the comfort of home!

    Don’t forget that these school holidays, we are excited to have our STEAM Propelling Workshop here at Jandowae Library.  Come along and make pom pom poppers and an indoor slingshot!

    Check out the school holidays activities page to find out what’s on at our other branches!



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  • Quirky Mystery and Crime

    Cinnamon Rolls, Naked Ladies, Bollywood Stars and witches oh my!

    If your idea of Mystery and Crime novels is more grim thriller and psychological suspense then it’s time to investigate a little further.

    Hidden throughout our shelves are titles to tingle your taste buds and arouse your curiosity such as Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke and The Siren’s Sting by Miranda Darling.

    Here’s some clues to get your search started.

    For history lovers try:

    Death in St Petersburg and others by Tasha Alexander.

    He Lover of Death by Boris Akunin.

    For foodies we have the delectable Joanne Fluke books such as:

    Double Fudge Brownie Murder, Blackberry Pie Murder and Cream Puff Murder: a Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes.

    Or for something with more spice:

    The Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall Smith, Killer on a Hot Tin Roof by Livia J. Washburn and The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies  by Susan Wittig Albert.

    There’s books for those bewitched by the occult: Where there’s a Witch by and by Madelyn Alt, Agatha Raisin and the Witches Tree by M.C. Beaton and All that She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher.

    And titles for those with an interest in Indian intrigue: The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star, Murder at the Grand Raj Hotel and more by Vaseem Khan.

    We even have a couple for the cat lovers: The Cat Sitter’s Pajamas: a Dixie Hemingway Mystery by Blaize Clement and No Cooperation From the Cat: a Mystery by Marian Babson.

    If you’d like to keep up with all the action and adventure at Western Downs Libraries connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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  • Make memories last – create your own Photobook!

    Publishing your own high-quality books has never been so easy!

    Come along to a FREE workshop in Jandowae and Dalby and learn how to import photos, use layouts, add text, and manipulate photos to create your own personalised photobook.

    Use inexpensive online tools to turn your photos into a cookbook, children’s book, travel journal, graduation or family album. Get creative, you are only limited by your imagination!


    At a glance

    Jandowae Library – Thursday 2 May 2019

    10am to 12pm

    Click here to register


    Dalby Library, Thursday 2 May 2019

    2pm to 4pm

    Click here to register


    BYO: USB with your photos.

    Photos must be in a .jpg format and should be at least 4mb at 300dpi for best print quality.



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  • Tech Savvy for Seniors

    Tech Savvy for Seniors


     Western Downs Libraries is pleased to once again be running free Tech Savvy for Seniors sessions across all our branches.

    This year we are offering new topics, so there’s sure to be something helpful to everyone.

    ***Participants must have basic computer and mouse skills.***

    Bookings can be made through Eventbrite or by calling your local library.

    Morning sessions will have morning tea provided and afternoon sessions will have afternoon tea provided.

    Session times are as follows:



     Wednesday 10 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

    1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Thursday 11 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Cyber Safety

    Register for Wandoan sessions  



    Tuesday 16 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Office 16 Word

    Wednesday 17 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Office 16 Excel

    1pm – 3pm        Online Scrapbooking

    Register for Moonie sessions



    Tuesday 30 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

    1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Wednesday 1 May 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Cyber Safety

    Register for Meandarra sessions


    Session Descriptions

     Intro to Windows 10: Learn how to use this Microsoft operating system so you can customise it, find files and folders, and do more.

     Office 2016 Word: Learn how to format text, save and share documents, modify line and paragraph spacing, use tables and columns, and do more with your documents.

     Office 2016 Excel: Learn how to create formulas and charts, use functions, format cells, and do more with your spreadsheets.

     Cyber Safety: Do you need to protect yourself? Do you know what threats you may face or what security software does? Learn more about choosing security software and keeping yourself safe.

     Handy Apps: How to evaluate apps and download them.

    • Must have an email address
    • Bring your own device (tablet or smart phone)

    Downloading the library’s e-Resources: Learn how to download e-books, e-audio, and e-magazines to your own device.

    • Bring your own device (tablet or smart phone)
    • Must have email address
    • Must have Library membership

    Online scrapbooking: Learn how to import photos, use layouts, add text, and manipulate photos to create your own personalised photobook.

    • Must have an email address
    • Bring photos on a USB
    • Photos must be in .jpg format
    • For best print quality, photos should be at least 4MB at 300dpi

    Ancestory.com: Learn how to trace your family tree.

    • Must have an email address.



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  • Storytime is for Everyone!

    Young children are active, cheeky, and constantly learning. With songs and rhymes, stories, movement and activities, our interactive and fun Storytime sessions are geared towards developing your child’s early literacy capabilities.

    Storytime is held at all of our branches. Find one near you:

    Bell Storytime

    Chinchilla Storytime for Bubs

    Chinchilla Storytime for Toddlers

    Chinchilla Yoga Storytime

    Dalby Storytime for Bubs

    Dalby Storytime for Toddlers

    Dalby Yoga Storytime

    Jandowae Storytime

    Meandarra Storytime

    Miles Storytime

    Moonie Storytime

    Tara Storytime

    Wandoan Storytime for Bubs

    Wandoan Storytime for Toddlers

    With funding through the State Government’s First Five Forever initiative, we’ve been able to put a concerted effort into the research and development of this early literacy program. Our Storytime sessions are carefully planned and delivered by specially trained staff to encourage your child’s development and early literacy skills. Combining strategies and exercises from leading and well proven early development practices, we’ve created a relaxed opportunity for parents and care-givers to embrace and become confident in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.

    90 percent of brain development happens in the first five years of a child’s life, and language and development before age three is the single most important factor in school success. Sharing books, singing nursery rhymes and talking to your child from birth is the best way to support your child’s communication and pre-literacy development.

    It’s never too early to read, talk, play!

    For more information, contact 1300 COUNCIL, send us an email, or follow us on Facebook.

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  • Storytime at Jandowae Library

    The Jandowae Storytime theme for April is Balloons!  Storytime will kick off on Wednesday 17th April from 10–11am with music, dancing, craft and stories.  The session will encourage active participation and focus on letter recognition of the letter ‘B’.

    Storytime is best suited to children aged 5 and under.  So come along and join Mrs Taylor for Storytime at Jandowae Library!

    Balloons are lots of fun so why not float away in a good book over the school holidays.  To follow the theme we have My Dad’s a Balloon and Bertie and the Big Balloon

    Click here to find a Storytime near you.

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  • Welcome to the Team

    We welcome Karel Brownhall to the Jandowae Team.  Karel is our new centre services officer working on Thursdays, Fridays and every second Monday.  Karel and her husband Troy live on a mixed grain and cattle property just outside of Jandowae.  They have two boys who keep them very busy with football and motorbike riding on the weekends.  Karel enjoys photography as her hobby and is often seen at local events with her camera.  She also enjoys playing squash and tennis and volunteering for her local football club as the club secretary.  Karel is looking foward to the challenge of her new role here at our centre.

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  • Back to School

    As we all know the school holidays have gone too quickly and it is nearly time to go back to school. Here are our top tips for going back to school-

    #1- Review school material and information…

    Make sure you know the where and when of drop offs, bus timetables and new classrooms to ensure a smooth transition into the school year. Review the book list & uniform list and shop for school supplies. A new school year can mean new technology- if you need a helping hand with the tech that your kids use for school, drop into your library for a quick tech-support session.

    #2- Re-establish school routines and sleep schedules…

    Late nights watching movies and long days playing with friends are terrific ways to spend the school holidays, but school is coming so start getting back into a regular school routine early. Re-introduce school night bed times and turn off electronics an hour before bed to ensure that ensure your kids go back to school bright-eyed and bushy tailed!

    #3 Complete annual checkups & appointments…

    Schedule any medical appointments and get teeth and eyes checked ready for the year ahead. Start the year with a fresh haircut ready for school ID photos and catching up with friends and classmates.

    #4- Set up a homework station…

    A homework station is simply a distraction free area where kids can complete their homework. This area might include stationary like pens, pencils, rubbers and scrap paper, or be near a computer or power point to make computer-based work a breeze. For research projects, don’t forget that you and the kids can access Encyclopedia Britannica free with your Western Downs Libraries Card.

    #5- Make an after-school game plan…

    School terms can be busy for both parents and students. Help keep track of it all by preparing a diary or calendar of homework, assignments and before and after-school activities. If you’re looking for activities to keep your kids busy after school, check out #STEAMSquad, our Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math program, or drop into your local library for video games, books, movies and magazines.

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  • Kanopy – free movie streaming

    We love movies so we’re pumped about our free movie streaming service, Kanopy.

    Kanopy lets you stream up to 10 movies per month, absolutely free. All you need is your library card.

    1. Visit www.wdrc.kanopy.com/
    2. Create an account
    3. Enter your library card number and PIN (last 4 digits of card number)
    4. Enjoy 10 movies per month, absolutely free!

    Don’t forget we have a whole eLibrary for you to enjoy! Check out BorrowBox, RB Digital, and StoryBox Library to access books, audiobooks, magazines and kids stories online and absolutely free!

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  • 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.

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