Meandarra Library

  • Start a Christmas Tradition

    Are you looking for a Christmas tradition that the whole family can enjoy? Visit your local library branch and borrow some Christmas books. Each branch has lots to choose from like The Night Before Christmas by Kes Gray or Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey. You may also have titles of your own you can add to the collection. Wrap each book to add an element of surprise to the selection process and each night gather round the Christmas tree and read one from your pile. Little ones will love choosing their favourite books and it won’t cost a cent.

    Alternatively, why not listen to a Christmas book being read by the author on  Story Box Library.  You will find favourite stories such as Little Dog and the Christmas Wish by Jodie Hill, What do you Wish for? by Maddie Thiele or Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey.

    We hope enjoying Christmas stories becomes a much-loved tradition in your house. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year.


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  • Meandarra Museum Volunteers Wanted

    Do you have a passion for research or perhaps a flair for arranging and displaying artefacts?

    The Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum volunteer group is always looking for new members. Our dedicated volunteers devise and construct our new exhibitions, ensure the museum is open for visitors on weekends, and assist with cleaning and maintenance of our precious artefacts. There is no minimum time commitment – we welcome anyone with an interest in our museum!

    If this sounds like something for you, please contact the Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum on 4665 6147, email or contact us on facebook.

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  • What’s on in Meandarra?

    Are you looking for something to do at Meandarra Library? Check out the list below to find out what is happening in our wonderful space.

    December 17-21 – Christmas craft table at Meandarra Library. Available during opening hours and all activities are free.

    Other events happening in our district:

    January 3 – Meandarra Craft Group happens at 11.00am. Everyone welcome.

    January 12 – Inglestone Community Dinner, Inglestone Hall at 6.30pm. Raising funds for Queensland farmers living with drought. Bookings essential. Contact Peni 46630106 or Peter 46630726












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  • Harvest is on!

    Whether you are driving a header, a chaser bin or a truck this harvest, we have just what you need to help you get through this hectic time of the year!

    We have music for you to update your playlists at Freegal. Browse, discover and download new music for free!

    Perhaps you have time to listen to your next great read? Then an eAudiobook from RBdigital or BorrowBox might be just what you are looking for! We have a huge range of titles for you to choose from and download to your mobile device.

    Maybe you need to check the weather or the latest market prices? Drop in to Meandarra Library and use our free WiFi while waiting for those inevitable repairs to be done. We are fully airconditioned and have comfy chairs to make the most of those much needed breaks.

    Not a member yet? Drop in to any of our branches or join online, and let us help you this harvest!

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  • Combat loss of reading achievement

    Experts call it the “summer slide,” where children lose up to two months of reading achievement over the Christmas holidays?

    Your local Library has the solution. We have Emergent readers, Beginner readers and Early readers that are high interest and cover lots of topics. Ask your local librarian to advise about other Junior Fiction books that may be of interest such as Frog on a Log in a Bog by Andy Griffiths or go on adventures with Algy. This series are small chapter books with coloured illustrations which are great for those children transitioning from picture books. Why not borrow Algy’s Amazing Adventures in the Arctic or Algy’s Amazing Adventures in the Jungle or Algy’s Amazing Adventures in Space all written by Kaye Umansky.   Other books you may like to try are the Sporty Kids series or the Aussie Nibbles series. There are lots of choices available.

    Everyone likes variety over the holidays so why not try watching a story read by a celebrity on Story Box Library or alternatively listen to a book from Borrowbox on your travels.

    Have fun over the holidays and we would love to see you and your little readers in the library soon.

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  • January School Holiday Activities

    The curious comes to life these school holidays at your Library.


    Bell Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Wednesday 16 January, 10am-12pm – Stop motion: Aliens and cupcakes come to life: Part 1 Prop-making (6+)

    Wednesday 23 January, 10am-12pm – Stop motion: Aliens and cupcakes come to life: Part 2 Recording (6+)


    Chinchilla Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Tuesday 8 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Cootie catchers animal chatterboxes (6+)

    Thursday 10 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Dragon Eggs: make your own magical egg (6+)

    Tuesday 15 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Tinker creature (6+)

    Thursday 17 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Stop motion (8+)

    Don’t forget our Toddler Storytime session will continue throughout the school holidays! Every Friday, 10.15am.


    Dalby Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Wednesday 9 January, 10.30-11.30am – Dragon craft (6+)

    Wednesday 16 January, 10.30-11.30am – Curious creature masks (6+)

    Thursday 17 January, 10.30-11.30am – make your own monster arcade game (7+)

    Don’t forget our Toddler Storytime session will continue throughout the school holidays! Every Tuesday, 10.30am


    Jandowae Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Wednesday 9 January, 10-11am – Stop motion (8+)

    Wednesday 16 January, 10-11am – Alien name: turn your name into an alien (6+)


    Miles Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Thursday 3 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)

    Tuesday 8 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)

    Thursday 17 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)

    Tuesday 22 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)


    Tara Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Tuesday 8 January, 10am-12pm – Curious Creatures craft table (no bookings required)

    Tuesday 15 January, 10am-12pm – Sphero: painting with robotic balls (10+)


    Meandarra and Wandoan Libraries (no need to book)

    A Curious Creatures craft table will be available throughout the January holidays. Call in any time.

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  • Christmas School Holiday Activities

    Visit your Library for a dose of Christmas creativity these school holidays!


    Chinchilla Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Tuesday 18 December, 2.30-3.30pm – Christmas makerspace (6+)

    Thursday 20 December, 2.30-3.30pm – Make a Christmas present (6+)

    Friday 21 December, 10.15-11.00am – Toddler Christmas Storytime (2-5) *No bookings necessary


    Dalby Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Monday 17 December, 10.30-11.30am – Christmas makerspace (5+)

    Tuesday 18 December, 10.30-11.30am – Toddler Storytime makerspace (2-5)

    Wednesday 19 December, 10.30-11.30am – Christmas makerspace (5+)


    Jandowae Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Tuesday 18 December, 9am-12pm – Christmas yarn makerspace (5+)

    Wednesday 19 December, 9am-12pm – Christmas yarn makerspace (5+)

    Thursday 20 December, 9am-12pm – Christmas yarn makerspace (5+)

    These activities are run in partnership with the Jandowae Yarners Group


    Miles Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Thursday 20 December, 10-11am – Christmas craft (5+)


    Tara Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)

    Tuesday 18 December, 10-11am – Light-up Christmas card (6+)


    Meandarra and Wandoan Libraries (no need to book)

    A craft table will be available during the Christmas holidays. Call in any time.

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  • Photo Preservation
    Do you have treasured family photos that you want to preserve?

    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.

    Fact sheet

    Colour negatives and slides

    Black and White negatives and slides

    Photos and Documents

    Chinchilla LibraryMonday 6 August – Friday 24 August 2018
    Dalby LibraryMonday 10 September – Friday 28 September 2018
    Bell LibraryMonday 15 October – Friday 2 November 2018
    Jandowae LibraryMonday 19 November – Friday 14 December 2018
    Miles LibraryMonday 7 January – Friday 25 January 2019
    Wandoan LibraryMonday 11 February – Friday 1 March 2019
    Tara LibraryMonday 18 March – Friday 5 April 2019
    Meandarra LibraryMonday 22 April – Friday 10 May 2019
    Moonie LibraryMonday 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.

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  • Storytime is for Everyone

    Read, talk, play… Storytime is for everyone at Western Downs Libraries!


    Storytime for Bubs (0–12 months)

    Storytime for Toddlers (1–3 years)

    Storytime for Kids (3–5 years)

    Yoga Storytime (all ages)


    All of our Storytime sessions are carefully planned and delivered by trained staff. They include stories, songs and movement, as well as strategic discussions, key messages and learning outcomes. Plus, it’s FUN and FREE!

    Research shows us that up to 90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first 5 years. Through Storytime sessions, now we can better encourage your child’s development and early literacy skills in ways that best suit them.

    Meet some new friends, connect with your community and support your child’s early literacy development, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

    We can also bring Storytime to you! Please contact your local branch if you are interested in having us visit your Daycare Centre, Playgroup, Kindy or School.

    These programs have been made possible by the funding and support of State Library of Queensland’s First Five Forever initiative.

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

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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 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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