Miles Library

  • Looking Forward, Looking Back
    Looking Forward Looking Back
    curated by Dogwood Crossing, Miles

    This is a showcase exhibition of artwork created by past and present Miles residents, or those with a connection to the Miles district. The exhibition will feature a variety of art forms such as paintings, drawings and photography to more recently developed approaches using digital 3D printing techniques.

    Saturday 21 July, 10.00am
    21 July – 11 September 2018
    John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery
    @ Dogwood Crossing, Miles
    Wednesday 18 July
    07 4628 5330

    John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery
    Proudly supported by Murilla Hardware Supplies

    Image Caption:
    Kylie Bourne | Kings of the Bush 2018 Glass mosaic | 67cm x 96cm

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  • Create at Dogwood


    Saturday 11 August, 11.00am – 12.30pm with Karen Gaskell. Create clay animals to stake
    out in the garden with inspiration from Looking Forward, Looking Back exhibition

    Saturday 6 October, 11.00am – 12.30pm with Penny Eamer. Fun with solar
    printing inspired by the Voyages Botanical exhibition

    Saturday 17 November, 11.00am – 12.30pm with Penny Eamer
    Exploring the Homecoming exhibition

    MiniMakers an informal art program for
    school-aged children, allowing them to
    explore, engage & create



    Tuesday 4 September, 6.00pm – 8.30pm with Penny Eamer
    Exploring polymer clay

    Monday 17 December, 6.00pm – 8.30pm with Kristen Flynn. Pass the pencil –
    exploring drawing

    Dabble at Dogwood
    art experiences for adults

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.



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  • 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 or email to reserve your place today!


    Bell Library

    Getting Started Online: Friday 3 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Chinchilla Library

    Getting Started Online: Wednesday 15 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Dalby Library 

    Getting Started Online: Part 1, Monday 27 August, 10am – 12pm. Part 2, Monday 3 September, 1pm – 3pm.

    Jandowae Library

    Advanced Online Skills: Thursday 23 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Connecting with Others: Friday 24 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Meandarra Library

    Advanced Online Skills: Monday 6 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Connecting with Others: Tuesday 7 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Miles Library

    Getting Started Online: Wednesday 8 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Wandoan Library

    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.


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  • Western Downs Libraries are Going Paperless!

    That’s right – Western Downs Libraries are taking steps to be more environmentally sustainable and Earth conscious by reducing our paper-based communication. From 31 July, communication from your library will no longer be sent by mail. Instead, you will receive reminders in real-time via email – how great is that?

    To make sure your correct email address is listed, log on to and do the following:

    1. Login using your Borrower ID and Password
    2. From here, your My Account information will be displayed
    3.  To check if your contact information is correct, read through the My Details section by clicking on the arrow on the left side of the screen.
    4. To update your email address click on the dropdown arrow under Summary on the main page and choose Personal Details
    5. Scroll down to Contact Details and change your email address.
    6. Click Update when you’re finished.

    If you are visiting from a desktop, follow these steps:

    1. Login using your Borrower ID and Password
    2. On the right side of the page, under My Library, click on My Account
    3.  To check if your contact information is correct, read through the My Details section on the left side of the screen.
    4. To update your email address, click on Personal Details at the top of the screen and scroll down to Contact Details.
    5. Click Update when you’re finished.

    Having trouble? Feel free to get in touch with your local library by phone or email, or drop by and see us in person!

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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 Miles Library.

    All members are free to follow their own project and enjoy support from the group.

    New writers welcome by contacting Roxy Bidgood at


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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.

    • 10 July- @ the Gallery, 10.30am, Showcase
    • 17 July – @ the Library, 10.30am, Book Bears

    Bookings are essential.

    P: 4628 5330

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

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  • Children are like cats – they both love boxes

    What do you think this box is? A boat? A car? A train? A fire engine?

    A recent discussion with a teacher friend concerned me greatly – apparently there are increasing numbers of children arriving at kindy with no idea how to use their imagination. They literally have to be taught to pretend.

    In our effort to buy all the toys and do all the activities to make sure our children don’t miss out – they are missing out.

    We need to give children the opportunity to use their own creativity and imagination. A colouring page of a train can only be a train. A play kitchen can only be a kitchen. And while there’s nothing wrong with those things, are we limiting our child’s response? Are we filling up our child’s lives with planned activities instead of letting them free play?

    Next time, try giving your child a blank page or a cardboard box and see what happens. It may not be what you expect, but let your child take the lead and be surprised by the result!

    (For the record, this box was a rocket!)

    What will we do next Storytime?

    Storytime sessions are held at:

    Dalby Library – Tuesdays, 10.30am

    Chinchilla Library – Fridays, 10.15am

    These sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff!

    It’s never to early to Read, Talk, Play, Sing!



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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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