- 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 – Contact the Library for bookings
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
Grass trees (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.
- 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!Continue reading →
- 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.
August 15 – Meandarra Craft Group happens at 11.00am. Everyone welcome.
August 27 – Storytime for Kids occurs at 10.30am. All children under the age of five and their parents/caregivers are welcome to attend.
Other events happening in our district:
September 22 – Meandarra Show
- Storytime for Kids at Meandarra Library
Our next Storytime for Kids session will be held on Monday 27 August 2018 at 10.30 am.
Our Storytime for Kids sessions are carefully planned to enhance early literacy skills, and feature stories, songs, and fun craft activities based around a monthly theme.
Storytime for Kids is best suited to children aged 3–5, but everyone is welcome.
For more info, call us at 1300 COUNCIL or email us at email@example.com
Looking for a Storytime session closer to you? Click here for details of Storytime sessions in our other branches.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.
- Gregg Dreise visit to Western Downs Libraries
Gregg Dreise, author, artist and songwriter visited Meandarra, Dalby, Wandoan, Chinchilla, Bell and Moonie libraries as well as schools in the region and entertained more than two thousand children. Gregg visited the region to help us celebrate NAIDOC week.
Gregg loves telling yarns and proved that the art of oral storytelling was alive and well. He had the children captivated and laughing from the onset as they learnt traditional dances and words from his culture. A big thank you to everyone who made this author visit one our most successfully and fun events.
Thanks for visiting Gregg!
- 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.
- Do you love picture books that include simple craft?
We love a call to action that is featured in any book, but especially ones that can include the whole family. Completing craft that corresponds to a book can aid your child to understand the story and grow in their love of learning and reading.
Try looking at Float by Daniel Miyares. This book is about a small boy who is given an origami boat and features instructions for paper planes and boats. Or why not read Origami Heart by Binny. This beautiful book provides step by step instructions on how to make an origami heart and a paper plane. Both of these books are accompanied by a beautiful story.
Read I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon and you will be searching for an ink pad to make finger prints everywhere.
If you love nature borrow Jeanie Baker books and you will be inspired to make beautiful collages from things you find in your garden.
For the knitters among you, reserve your copy of Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat by Emily Mackenzie. This book will inspire you to show your little ones how to knit. We also have a copy of Patch’s Grand Dog Show by Sally Muir and Joanna Osbourne. This delightful book provides patterns to make the dogs that feature throughout the book.
Finally, why not bake a cake that goes perfectly with the booik Marigold Bakes a Cake by Mike Malbrough.
- Storytime is for Everyone
Read, talk, play… Storytime is for everyone at Western Downs Libraries!
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.Continue reading →
- 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 (1300268624)or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place today!
Getting Started Online: Friday 3 August, 10am – 3pm.
Getting Started Online: Wednesday 15 August, 10am – 3pm.
Getting Started Online: Part 1, Monday 27 August, 10am – 12pm. Part 2, Monday 3 September, 1pm – 3pm.
Advanced Online Skills: Thursday 23 August, 10am – 3pm.
Connecting with Others: Friday 24 August, 10am – 3pm.
Advanced Online Skills: Monday 6 August, 10am – 3pm.
Connecting with Others: Tuesday 7 August, 10am – 3pm.
Getting Started Online: Wednesday 8 August, 10am – 3pm.
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.