Miles Library

  • Storytime for Bubs

    Learning starts from birth, but how can I help my baby learn? How do I read books with a baby? And how do I find the time?

    Storytime for Bubs aims to help parents and carers embrace and become confident in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.

     

    Storytime for Bubs is an interactive session between parent (or caregiver) and baby:

    Chinchilla Library – Tuesdays, 9.00am

    Dalby Library – Tuesdays, 9.00am

    All other libraries – Register your interest at your local branch. With enough participants we can hold Storytime at any Library!

     

    With funding through the State Government’s First Five Forever initiative, we’ve been able to put a concerted effort into research and development of this early literacy program. Combining strategies and exercises from leading and well-proven early development practices, we’ve created a relaxed opportunity to develop the bond between infant and carer while enhancing developmental potential through that relationship.

    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 baby’s communication and pre-literacy development.

    It’s never too early to read, talk, play!

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

    Did you know we also offer Storytime for Toddlers, Kids and Yoga Storytime? Click here for details of Storytime sessions at our other branches.

  • June/July School Holiday Activities

    Our upcoming school holidays are packed full of exciting activities! The Big Tech Roadshow is making its way through our Libraries with brand new technology just waiting to be tested, along with many other fun activities, including a fantastic show from beloved children’s author Andy Jones.

    Bring out your inner engineer and design a renewable energy wacky racer, blast into space with balloon rockets or make and fly your own wind-powered kite! We love renewable energy at Western Downs Libraries.

     

    Bookings are essential! Contact your library, email library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au or visit our Facebook page to find out more!

     

    Bell (bookings essential)

    Wednesday 28 June, 2.00–4.00pm                The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

     

     

    Chinchilla (bookings essential)

    Monday 26 June, 10.00am–5.30pm              3D Colouring (all ages, no need to book)

    Wednesday 28 June, 10.30am–11.30am      Gone with the Wind: kites, wind chimes & pinwheels (5+)

    Thursday 29 June, 2.30pm–3.30pm              Wacky Racers: design a wind-powered car (8+)

    Monday 3 July, 10.00am–5.30pm                  3D Colouring (all ages, no need to book)

    Tuesday 4 July, 2.30pm–3.30pm                   Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    Wednesday 5 July, 10.30am–11.30am          Techno dancing: choreograph a Sphero dance (8+)

    Thursday 6 July, 2.30pm–3.30pm                  The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

     

    Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!

    • Bubs (0–12 months) – Tuesday, 9.00am
    • Toddlers (1–3 years) – Friday 10.15am

     

    Dalby (bookings essential)

    Monday 26 June, 10.30–11.30am                  Blast into Space with Balloon Rockets (3+)

    Thursday 29 June, 10.30–11.30am                Build a Pringle Can Windsock (7+)

    Monday 3 July, 2.30–3.30pm                         Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    Wednesday 5 July, 10.30–11.30am               Make and Fly your own Wind-powered Kite (7+)

    Thursday 6 July, 10.30–11.30am                   Renewable Energy Wind-powered Cars (7+)

     

    Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!

    • Bubs (0–12 months) – Tuesday, 9.00am
    • Toddlers (1–3 years) – Tuesday, 10.30am

     

    Jandowae (bookings essential)

    Wednesday 28 June, 10.00–11.00am            The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

    Monday 3 July, 10.00–11.00am                     Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    A Renewable Energy craft table will be available all holidays during opening hours. Call in any time.

     

    Moonie and Meandarra (no need to book)

    A Renewable Energy craft table will be available all holidays during opening hours. Call in any time.

     

    Miles (bookings essential)

    Tuesday 27 June, 10.00–11.00am                 The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

    Wednesday 5 July, 2.30–3.30pm                   Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    Thursday 6 July, 10.00–11.00am                   The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

     

    Tara (bookings essential)

    Tuesday 27 June, 10.00am–12.00pm            Gone with the Wind: wind spinners, pinwheels and parachutes (5+, no need to book)

    Thursday 29 June, 10.00am–12.00pm          The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech!  (8+)

    Tuesday 4 July, 10.30am–11.30pm               Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    Thursday 6 July, 10.00am–12.00pm              Blow Painting and Kite-Making (5+, no need to book)

     

    Wandoan (bookings essential)

    Tuesday 27 June, 2.00–3.00pm                     The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

    Wednesday 5 July, 10.00am–11.00am          Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    A Renewable Energy craft table will be available all holidays during opening hours. Call in any time.

  • Andy Jones: What’s the Joke?

    Best-selling children’s author and entertainer, Andy Jones, presents a hilarious musical show about jokes and humour. He has toured schools Australia-wide, and soon he will be making his way to the Western Downs!

    Using guitar, drums and fun props, Andy will show you how to deliver a punch line, create a joke, use gross humour and laugh until your sides ache! This event is a must-see for children (and adults!) of all ages. With heaps of crowd participation (beware belly dancing, dads!), non-stop action, and fun for the whole family, you’re not going to want to miss Andy’s What’s the Joke? show!

    Kids, drag your parents along! Parents (we know you’re excited for some fart jokes), don’t take no for an answer! This is a side-splitting event not to miss. The best part? It’s completely free!

    Join Andy Jones on his tour of the Western Downs in six great locations:

     

    Monday 3 July, 10.00am–11.00am:   Jandowae Library

    Monday 3 July, 2.30pm–3.30pm:   Dalby Library

    Tuesday 4 July, 10.30am–11.30pm:   Tara Library

    Tuesday 4 July, 2.30pm–3.30pm:   Chinchilla Library

    Wednesday 5 July, 10.00am–11.00am:   Wandoan Library

    Wednesday 5 July, 2.30–3.30pm:   Miles Library

     

    Best suited to ages 5+ (but all are welcome). Bookings are essential!

     

    Click here to make a booking!

     

    Contact your library, email library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au or visit our Facebook page to find out more!

    Want more awesome school holiday activities? Click here to see the full list of what’s happening at your Library these June/July holidays.

  • MiniMakers

    MiniMakers is based on the worldwide MakerSpace phenomenon.  MiniMakers is an informal program for school-aged children, allowing them to explore, engage and create.  The program draws inspiration from local creative community members and the Dogwood Crossing exhibition program. Sessions are held at Dogwood Crossing at Miles on the second Wednesday of the month from 3.30 to 5.00pm.  All materials are provided.  Cost: $5.00 per child.  A place to share and build.

    • When: 3.30pm to 5pm, Wednesday 12 July
    • Theme: Ochre Painting: Aboriginal Art in Ochre
    • Cost:  $5 per child, with all materials provided.

    LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE, BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

    To book, contact Dogwood Crossing, Miles on 4628 5330 or dogwood.crossing@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au

  • My Journey by Lloyd Hornsby

    Lloyd Gawura Hornsby is a Koori (descendant of the New South Wales Aboriginal Yuin people).

    At the age of 68, his learning is continuing today through the discovery of Aboriginal Culture and life. The passing down of stories and life experiences, are all adding to the richness of his understanding. Aboriginal culture is focused on recording the origins of life (Dreamtime). Lloyd has endeavoured to carry on the age-old tradition of telling Dreamtime and Historical stories through his artworks, in a passive mode. His journey into the future is reflected in his latest series of paintings ‘Salt water People’.

    WHEN: Friday 2 June 2017, 6.30PM

    EXHIBITION RUNS: 3 June – 25 July 2017

    WHERE: John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery @ Dogwood Crossing, Miles

    RSVP: Wednesday 31 May, 07 4628 5330, dogwood.crossing@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au

  • Storytime for Toddlers at Miles

    Art & Language Fun

    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 games with rhymes, listening, joining in, making and moving.

    • 13 June — @ the Gallery, 10.30am, My Journey
    • 20 June — @ the Library, 10.30am, Jungle Animals

    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.

  • Miles Bookclub

    Miles Bookclub will meet 11.30am, Wednesday 7 June 2017.

    Bookclub members will discuss Long Lost by Harlan Coben

    Myron Bolitar hasn’t heard from Terese Collins since their torrid affair ended ten years ago, so her desperate phone call from Paris catches him completely off guard. Now a suspect in the murder of her ex-husband in Paris, Terese has no where else to turn for help. Myron heeds the call but then a startling piece of evidence turns the entire case upside down.

    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.

    If you would like to join please call 4628 5330 or email miles.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au

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

  • Introducing… Adobe Creative Cloud!

    Yes, you read that correctly. Western Downs Libraries are proud to announce they have partnered with Adobe to bring the Creative Cloud to you. Now you can borrow Adobe Creative Cloud in the same way that you would borrow a book! Join over 2.3 million users and let your creativity flow.

    Adobe Creative Cloud comes with the following programs:
    Photoshop Programs

    If you are a photographer, videographer, graphic designer, or animator, then you will definitely want to get your hands on this fantastic suite of programs.

    But Adobe Creative Cloud isn’t just for professionals.

    Do you have a whole stack of family vacation photos that you’ve been meaning to sort through?

    Are you a student at high school or university trying to complete a project?

    Maybe you’re a small business owner looking to create or update your company website?

    Or are you someone simply wanting to get their hands on a new program and learn some new skills?

    Whatever you may need, Adobe can help you to create a finished product you can be proud of. With loans spanning either two or four weeks, you will have the perfect opportunity to complete any project or assignment you may have.

    Have we caught your attention? Sign up to Adobe Creative Cloud by following these few simple steps, and you will be creating something wonderful before you know it!

    Want to learn more about how to use a particular program in the suite? Why not check out Lynda.com and take a look at the thousands of online training videos they have on offer. Signing up is easy, and with your Western Downs library card, you have unlimited access to the entire website.

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  • Ancestry.com at Your Library

    Did you know Western Downs Libraries has free access to Ancestry.com?

    Trace your family story with a family tree – Ancestry.com make it easy. If you visit one of our nine library branches, you can access this great resource on any of our public computers for FREE. Discover your family today.

    Click here to access the website while you’re at the library to begin tracing your family history! You might be surprised at what you will find.

  • 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 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5pm at Miles Library.

    Currently four of the members have commenced writing their novella and last meeting they shared their introductory paragraphs.

    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.