Miles Library

  • Publish your own photobook Publish your own photobook

    It’s never been so easy to turn your memories into a high-quality photobook!

    Photobooks are a modern take on the traditional photo album, presented and printed as a professional quality book, conveniently mailed to your home.

    We’re excited to be hosting free workshops where you can learn how to use inexpensive online tools to turn your happy snaps into a cookbook, children’s book, travel journal, graduation or family album.

    At a glance… 

    Dalby:  Thursday 1 August 10am

    Chinchilla: Thursday 1 August 10am

    Wandoan: Friday 2 August 10am

    Tara: Monday 5 August 10am

    Jandowae: Wednesday 7 August 10am

    Moonie: Thursday 8 August 9am

    Meandarra: Thursday 8 August 1pm

    Miles: Friday 9 August 10am

     

    Bookings are essential. Register here, or contact 1300COUNCIL.

    Please bring your own USB with photos to add to your photobook. Photos must be in a .jpg format and should be at least 4mb at 300dpi for best print quality.

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  • Miles Bookclub Miles Bookclub

    Miles Bookclub will meet 10am, Saturday 2 August 2019 to discuss The Burial by Courtney Collins.

    It is the dawn of the twentieth century in Australia and a woman has done an unspeakable thing.

    Twenty-two-year-old Jessie has served a two-year sentence for horse rustling. As a condition of her release she is apprenticed to Fitzgerald ‘Fitz’ Henry, who wants a woman to allay his loneliness in a valley populated by embittered ex-soldiers. Fitz wastes no time in blackmailing Jessie and involving her in his business of horse rustling and cattle duffing.

    When Fitz is wounded in an accident he hires Aboriginal stockman, Jack Brown, to steal horses with Jessie. Soon both Jack Brown and Jessie are struggling against the oppressive and deadening grip of Fitz.

    One catastrophic night turns Jessie’s life on its head and she must flee for her life. From her lonely outpost, the mountains beckon as a place to escape. First she must bury the evidence. But how do you bury the evidence when the evidence is part of yourself?

    Inspired by the life of Jessie Hickman, legendary twentieth-century bushranger, The Burial is a stunning debut novel, a work of haunting originality and power.

    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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  • Miles Writer’s Group 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 ribidgood@nullgmail.com

     

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  • Safe Space Curated by Christine Morrow Safe Space Curated by Christine Morrow

    Safe Space brings together three-dimensional art works by twelve contemporary Australian artists that explore psychological aspects of physical space. It features a range of figurative elements and narrative themes with social, and sometimes political, resonances. Many of the works in this exhibition take as their point of departure: the human body, its dimensions, the spaces it occupies, the narratives that contain it and the theatre or spectacle that unfolds around it.

    Participating Artists: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Alex Seton, Claire Healy + Sean Cordeiro, David Cross, Franz Ehmann, Karla Dickens, Keg de Souza, Michelle Nikou, Rosie Miller, Tim Sterling, Will French.

    Safe Space is an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland developed in partnership with Logan City Council through Logan Art Gallery, and curated by Christine Morrow. This travelling exhibition is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians; the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory governments; and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

    EXHIBITION DATES
    29 June – 20 August 2019

    Image caption:
    Alex Seton, Someone Else’s Problem, 2015. Marble dust, epoxy resin, Tasmanian oak, cable ties.  Dimensions variable (approximately 300 x 200 x 200 cm). Photography by Mark Pokorny. Image courtesy of the artist and sullivan+strumpf.

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  • Storytime for Toddlers at Miles 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.

    • 16 Jul – @ the Library – Not a Box

    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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  • Call out to Western Downs Artists’ Call out to Western Downs Artists'

    Call Out to Western Downs Artist’s

    2019 Western Downs Regional Artist’ Exhibition | Inside Out

    John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

    21 October – 10 December 2019

    The John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery is proudly sponsored by Murilla Hardware Supplies

    Artists who live and/or work in the Western Downs Regional Council area are invited to submit work in any media to the 2019 Western Downs Artists’ Exhibition in response to the exhibition theme.

    Inside Out invites artists to reflect on their personal arts practice by looking ‘in’, to connect with their essence of creativity, and bringing ‘out’ to demonstrate through inspired work. The theme invites playful and divergent thinking and could bring forth something unexpected.

    Click on Entry Form for more details

    Image caption:
    Cindy Grimes | Shades of Brigalow 2018 | Acrylic on canvas | 50.5cm x 76cm

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  • Recognition by Penny Eamer Recognition by Penny Eamer

    On the Curved Wall

    Recognition
    An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Penny Eamer

    Recognition celebrates an artist’s subconscious recognition of design, composition, line & form, that often lie hidden within our everyday life.

    EXHIBITION DATES
    29 June – 20 August 2019

    Image caption:
    Penny Eamer | Iron lace 2018 | Watercolour and pen and ink on watercolour paper | 42cm x 56cm

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  • Drone Coding: Search and Rescue Drone Coding: Search and Rescue

    National Science Week is coming up and STEM Punks are on their way to Western Downs Libraries.

    STEM Punks will be holding a series of drone coding workshops at libraries and schools around the region in August. Kids will learn about block based coding and how to program a drone to complete a search and rescue mission!

    Parents and guardians; coding is more fun with friends! We’d encourage you to join in with your child on all the search and rescue coding fun! Introduce your kids to the wonders of STEAM and watch them soar.

    At a glance…

    Dalby Library: Saturday 10 August

    9am, 10.45am and 12.30pm

    Chinchilla Library: Saturday 17 August

    9am, 10.45am and 12.30pm

    Places are limited so bookings are essential. Please register here.

    Everywhere else: STEM Punks will also be touring  schools in Bell, Jandowae, Wandoan, Miles, Tara and Meandarra during National Science Week.

     

    Suitable for kids aged 9 – 12. Please contact your local branch, or 1300 COUNCIL for more information.

     

    This program is made possible through the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants Program in partnership with Western Downs Regional Council.

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  • Your Photography Journey starts here! Your Photography Journey starts here!

    You can live your best life with a little help from your library! We’re happy to offer our library members access to the entire library of Lynda.com training videos and courses.

    For photography enthusiasts, Lynda.com has 876 Courses and 32,554 Video Tutorials relating to photography!

    Photography courses and tutorials cover the following subjects:

    • Visual Effects (154)
    • Cameras + Gear (150)
    • Raw Processing (122)
    • Lighting (103)
    • Masking + Compositing (91)
    • Portraits (84)
    • Compositing (70)
    • Photo Management (70)
    • Color Correction (54)
    • iPhone, iPod, iPad (54)
    • Retouching (50)
    • Sharing Photos (38)
    • Photography Foundations (32)
    • DSLR Video (29)
    • Black and White (27)
    • HDR (18)
    • Night + Low Light (17)
    • Plugin (16)
    • Restoration (16)
    • Flash Photography (7)
    • Scanning (6)
    • Sharpening (3)

    We hope that by providing access to these great courses and video tutorials, you’ll have the resources to start your photography journey.

    Other than photography, there are literally thousands of easy to follow, professionally developed online courses in everything from marketing to car repairs, from python coding to Microsoft Excel and everything in between.

    All you need is your Western Downs Libraries membership card. If you have any questions or need any help starting one of the courses, just get in touch with us.

    You can create your free account with Lynda.com right here.

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  • Brrrr, it’s cold in here… Brrrr, it's cold in here...

    When you come inside out of the cold during these chilly winter days, it helps to have a cosy, inviting room to hibernate in.  If you do not have a fireplace, light some candles. They instantly make the room feel warm and inviting. Have woolen blankets and throws draped over arm chairs and thick rugs on the floor to trap the warmth.  A cup of hot chocolate and a good book, huddled up on the lounge in front of a fire is a great way to finish the day.

    Not sure what hobby to try this winter? New on the market is “Air-drying Clay”, it’s very manageable and soft.  Creating objects by hand is very satisfying.  Turn to page 184 and follow instructions to make a Totem Hanging.  Roll out and cut shapes, and form balls from different coloured clay to make a very charming hanging. Use colourful acrylic paint to finish your project.  Don’t stop there, make a pendent light shade, bowls for tea lights, a caddie for your kitchen utensils or stamped tiles for kitchen bench. You are only limited by your imagination.

    Roses, roses and more roses, don’t stop at one, create a dramatic red flower garden bed. There are so many varieties and colours of red roses to choose from.  If red’s not your favorite color, choose pink, yellow, apricot , white or mauve.  Page 49 has a column on how to prune your roses, and how to plant bare rooted roses.

    It’s a proven fact that adding greenery to your workplace has positive effects.  Pages 60-65 gives you ideas and tips on using plants to decorate your desk and home, introducing a variety of odd shaped containers in color and texture, and making use of the large windows in your home to make a garden window.  Check to see if you already have some of these plants in your greenhouse, and propagate a few to bring inside before you hit the plant nursery.

    Looking in your backyard and something is missing?  Maybe you have room for a fire pit. Pages 72-75 covers everything you need to know about getting one in your backyard.  Install one and you will have an outdoor entertaining area all year round. Speak to your local council to see if you need to meet any regulations.

    Take the time to read this months edition, you will find a copy at your local Western Downs Libraries Branch, or get it online free with your library card.

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