- Miles Writer’s Group
Do you have a desire to express yourself through the written word?
Join a local group of enthusiastic writers who set writing challenges each month and then share their results in an atmosphere of good humour and support. The group meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 5pm at the Windsor Hotel.
All members are free to follow their own project and enjoy support from the group.
New writers welcome by contacting Roxy Bidgood at email@example.com
- Now Showing ~ Remembering Marie Makin
On the Curved Wall
Remembering Marie Makin
A retrospective of the work of Marie Makin
The Makin family have lovingly curated an exhibition of their late mother Marie’s work. This year marks the 35th anniversary since Marie’s passing and the exhibition brings together artwork from family and friends demonstrating a life full of passion for art.
4 May – 24 June 2019
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Marie Makin | Angophora Costata | Water colour on paper | 28cm x 37cm
- Miles Bookclub
Miles Bookclub will meet 10am, Saturday 1 June 2019 to discuss In my mother’s hands: a disturbing memoir of family life by Biff Ward
There are secrets in this family. Before Biff and her younger brother, Mark, there was baby Alison, who drowned in her bath because, it was said, her mother was distracted. Biff too, lives in fear of her mother’s irrational behaviour and paranoia, and she is always on guard and fears for the safety of her brother. As Biff grows into teenage hood, there develops a conspiratorial relationship between her and her father, who is a famous and gregarious man, trying to keep his wife’s problems a family secret. This was a time when the insane were committed and locked up in Dickensian institutions; whatever his problems her father was desperate to save his wife from that fate. But also to protect his children from the effects of living with a tragically disturbed mother.
In My Mother’s Hands is a beautifully written and emotionally perplexing coming-of-age true story about growing up in an unusual family.
An opportunity to meet with friends, expand your reading experience, and discuss your favourite book. Engage your passion for reading in a relaxed, friendly, and welcoming environment.
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- Storytime for Toddlers at Miles
Art and language fun is the aim of Storytime for Toddlers. Sessions are especially beneficial for children between 18 months and 4 years.
Storytime for Toddlers will focus on talking, playing, singing and reading.
- 14 May – @ the Library – In a Certain Light
- 28 May – @ the Gallery – Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Bookings are essential.
P: 4628 5330
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- Create at Dogwood
Clay Workshop with Karen Gaskell
Saturday 8 June, 10.30am-12.30pm
For school aged children.
$5 per child
To book call 4628 5330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dabble at Dogwood
Alcohol Ink Workshop with Jean Dwyer
COLOUR YOUR WORLD
Saturday 15 June, 9am-4pm
For teens and adults.
$30 per person
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- 1 million children reading all at once
Would you like to join them?
Every year on 22 May a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is simultaneously read in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. This year the wonderful book Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove has been chosen.
National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).
Branches across the Western Downs will be celebrating National Simultaneous Storytime with a bang. Special guest story readers will be attending selected events, plus, there will be craft activities and songs to sing.
Reserve your copy of Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove at your local branch.
Alpacas with Maracas NEAR YOU:
Wednesday 22 May
– 10am at Grevillea Park, Day Street, Tara
– 11.00am at Chinchilla Library, Dalby Library, Dogwood Crossing Miles, Jandowae Community & Cultural Centre, and Wandoan Community & Cultural Centre;
– 12.15pm at Bell Library
Tuesday 28 May – 10.30am at Meandarra Library
Wednesday 29 May – 10am at Moonie RTC
The story will be online and read by ABCTV favourite, Jimmy Giggle from Giggle & Hoot, in our Storybox Library closer to the date so watch out for it there as well. In the meantime, you can meet Maca and Al and watch their tomfoolery online.Continue reading →
- New Releases, New Stories
New books are flooding Western Downs Libraries! If you’re looking for that perfect book to curl up with this winter, check out these top new titles that are hitting the shelves:
The Buried Girl by Richard Montanari
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
Kill by Antony Good
The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar
To view more new release titles visit our catalogue and view our New Fiction & New Non-Fiction in the sidebar. Don’t forget, you can also access thousands of great books including new releases through BorrowBox.Continue reading →
- The Pearl Thief
The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh is a captivating historical drama with a story entwined around a unique piece of jewellery. This story is set in both London and Paris and refers back to WWII in Prague.
The Pearl Thief commences with the introduction of a wealthy Jewish family and follows them through the persecution and horrors of war with the impact of the war never really leaving their lives.
In the 1960’s Katerina (the main character) is an authority on historical art specialising in authenticating jewellery. She is shocked when faced with a unique piece that connects her with the past, it is a family heirloom that was stolen from her home during the war. The hated thief needs to be confronted, but it is difficult as many memories of the war years and abuse have shockingly come to the surface after being repressed.
- 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.
Here’s some clues to get your search started.
For history lovers try:
For foodies we have the delectable Joanne Fluke books such as:
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.
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.Continue reading →
- 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:
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!Continue reading →