Miles Library

  • 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.

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  • Create at Dogwood

    Create at Dogwood

    MiniMakers
    Reverse Garbage Workshop
    Mini Beasts, Bugs and Creepy Crawlies
    Saturday 27 April, 10.30am-12.00pm
    For school aged children.
    $5 per child

    Children of all ages are fascinated by nature and love creepy crawlies. In this workshop we will be making riveting invertebrates, enthralling arthropods and curious crustaceans. Using community collected bottle tops and collage techniques and an array of salvaged materials, this touring workshop series from Woolloongabba will inspire creativity with the team from Reverse Garbage providing cardboard circles, bendy wire, microfiche (for wings) and foam pieces together with non-toxic PVA glue, contact, sticky foam, and staples to decorate.

    To book call 4628 5330 or email dogwood.crossing@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au

    Dabble at Dogwood
    Reverse Garbage Workshop
    Steampunk Jewellery
    Saturday 27 April, 1.00pm-3.00pm
    For teens and adults.
    $10 per person

    Inspired by 19th century steam powered technology and Victorian era adventure and invention, Steampunk is now an established style and popular medium for jewellery design. It is an aesthetic informed by brass cogs, rusty gears, rivets, pistons, adventure-worn leather and mechanical contraptions of old. Students will look back to the past and imagine a future that runs on steam to create a piece of wearable art using salvaged materials such as watch parts, cogs, keys, leather and broken jewellery.

    To book call 4628 5330 or email dogwood.crossing@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au

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  • Miles Bookclub

    Miles Bookclub will meet 10am, Saturday 6 April 2019 to discuss The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

    In 1951 John Wyndham published his novel The Day of the Triffids to moderate acclaim. Fifty-two years later, this horrifying story is a science fiction classic, touted by The Times (London) as having “all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare.”

    Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere twenty-four hours before is gone forever.

    But to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one must survive the Triffids, strange plants that years before began appearing all over the world. The Triffids can grow to over seven feet tall, pull their roots from the ground to walk, and kill a man with one quick lash of their poisonous stingers. With society in shambles, they are now poised to prey on humankind. Wyndham chillingly anticipates bio-warfare and mass destruction, fifty years before their realization, in this prescient account of Cold War paranoia.

    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.

    Looking for a Bookclub closer to you? Click here for details of Bookclubs at our other branches.

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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.

    • 19 Mar – @ the Library – Balloons

    Bookings are essential.

    P: 4628 5330
    E: miles.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au

    Looking for a Storytime session closer to you? Click here for details of Storytime in our other branches.

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  • Now Showing ~ Wanton, Wild & Unimagined

    Wanton, Wild & Unimagined
    by Alison McDonald

    John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery


    Wanton,Wild & Unimagined is a playful exhibition of sculptured recycled plastics that stirs the imagination and evokes environmental reflection.

    By converting masses of everyday objects into visually aesthetic conceptual discoveries, McDonald’s artwork communicates the optimism in regenerating rubbish, whilst raising questions about the relationship we have with plastic and its supposed sustainability.

    A travelling exhibition organised by Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program; and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.

    EXHIBITION DATES
    9 March – 30 April 2019

    John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery
    Proudly supported by Murilla Hardware Supplies

    Image caption:
    Alison McDonald | Trickle 2013 | Individually hand cast & reduced recycled plastic lids & wire | 100cm x 60cm x 1cm

    Image credit:
    Alison McDonald

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  • Now Showing ~ Miles State High School Showcase 2019

    On the Curved Wall

    Miles State High School Showcase 2019

    Talent from the Miles State High School on show.


    EXHIBITION DATES
    9 March – 30 April 2019

    Image caption: Moses Magri, 2018 Miles State High School Showcase 2018

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  • 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 ribidgood@nullgmail.com.

     

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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:

     

    DALBY

     Wednesday 6 March 2019

    10am – 12pm:     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm:        Office 16 Word

    Thursday 7 March 2019

    10am – 12pm:     Cyber Safety

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

    Register for Dalby sessions

     

    BELL

    Tuesday 12 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Online Scrapbooking

    1pm – 3pm        Ancestry.com

    Register for Bell sessions

     

    MILES

    Thursday 14 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Online Scrapbooking

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

    Register for Miles sessions

     

    JANDOWAE

     Tuesday 19 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Office 16 Word

    Thursday 21 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Office 16 Excel

    1pm – 3pm        Ancestry.com

    Register for Jandowae sessions 

     

    TARA

    Wednesday 27 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Office 16 Word

    Thursday 28 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

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

    Register for Tara Sessions

     

    CHINCHILLA

    Tuesday 2 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Online Scrapbooking

    Wednesday 3 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

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

    Register for Chinchilla sessions 

     

    WANDOAN

     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  

     

    MOONIE

    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

     

    MEANDARRA

    Wednesday 1 May 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Cyber Safety

    Thursday 2 May 2019

    10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

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

    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?; threats you may face;  what does security software do?; choosing security software; 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, personalised photobooks: Learn how to import photos, use the various tools (ie. Layouts, Designs, Backgrounds, Embellishments and Text). As well as how to manipulate photos, add and remove pages and 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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  • Get your town on the tourist map

    Ever wondered what your customers really think about your business? Interested in building your online profile, or using free tools to connect with both locals and visitors?

    Get your town on the tourist map is a free 2 hour workshop covering a range of free, online tools for business owners to engage with customers, including the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, as well as Google Maps and Google reviews.

    This workshop is ideal for businesses and community groups providing services such as:

    • Accommodation
    • Hospitality
    • Activities or attractions
    • Services catering to travellers & campers

    Retail, trade and service providers can also benefit from understanding and utilising their online presence.

    Workshops will be held throughout February and March at Tara, Chinchilla, Miles, Wandoan, Jandowae and Dalby. Places are limited, register below.

    Details at a glance:

    Dalby: Monday 18 February, 2019.

    9am – 11am at the Dalby Library

    Register for the Dalby Workshop

     

    Chinchilla: Thursday 7 March, 2019

    10am – 12pm at the Chinchilla Customer Service Centre

    Register for the Chinchilla Workshop

     

    Miles: Wednesday 13 March, 2019

    10am – 12pm at Dogwood Crossing, Miles.

    Register for the Miles Workshop 

     

    Tara: Thursday 28 February, 2019

    1pm – 3pm at the Tara Customer Service Centre

    Register for the Tara Workshop 

    or call the Tara Library on 4678 7881

     

    Wandoan: Tuesday 12 March, 2019

    5pm – 7pm at the Wandoan Cultural Centre

    Register for the Wandoan Workshop

     

    Jandowae

    Tuesday 12 March, 2019

    2pm – 3pm at the Jandowae Community and Cultural Centre

    Register for the Jandowae Workshop

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  • Geocaching- the world’s largest treasure hunt

    Come treasure hunting with us – available in 4 locations.

    Geocaching is a fun, free, all ages online scavenger hunt where you can find real treasure while solving puzzles and exploring new places, all in the Western Downs.

    We will be holding one hour workshops to introduce you and your family to the online scavenger hunting app that everyone is talking about. Come along and learn how to find and hide geocaches and make your own cache to take home.

    Then, head out into the world to explore, find and hide your own Geocaches!

    This workshop is suited for families with children aged 8+ and adults. All children under 15 must be accompanied by a guardian.

    In order to attend this workshop you will need a smartphone with internet access. Please down the ‘Geocaching’ application from Google Play or Apple Store prior to attending.

    Details at a glance:

    Chinchilla: Saturday 9 March 2019

    10am – 11am at the Chinchilla Library

    Register for Geocaching in Chinchilla 

     

    Dalby: Saturday 16 March 2019

    10am – 11am at the Dalby Library

    Register for Geocaching in Dalby

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