Miles Library

  • Have you heard about Kanopy? Have you heard about Kanopy?

    Come in and see us to hear all about the Western Downs Libraries new award-winning video streaming service- Kanopy.

    Kanopy is an on-demand film streaming service showcasing more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, film festival favourites and indie and classic films. Popular movies streaming now include A Ghost Story, Swiss Army Man and Life After Beth and Colossal, just to name a few.

    Looking for some kids entertainment? On Kanopy Kids you’ll find tonnes of great movies, TV shows, educational videos, your ABC kids favourites and much more!

    The best part? You can start streaming now for free with your library card. Just head on over to Kanopy and get streaming!





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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 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


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  • Now Showing ~ Remembering Marie Makin 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

    @ Dogwood Crossing, Miles
    Wednesday 1 May
    07 4628 5330

    Image caption:
    Marie Makin | Angophora Costata | Water colour on paper | 28cm x 37cm

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  • Miles Bookclub 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.

    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 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

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

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  • Create at Dogwood Create at Dogwood

    Create at Dogwood

    Clay Workshop with Karen Gaskell
    Cheeky Chooks
    Saturday 8 June, 10.30am-12.30pm
    For school aged children.
    $5 per child

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    To book call 4628 5330 or email

    Dabble at Dogwood
    Alcohol Ink Workshop with Jean Dwyer
    Saturday 15 June, 9am-4pm
    For teens and adults.
    $30 per person

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    To book call 4628 5330 or email

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  • 1 million children reading all at once 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.

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  • New Releases, New Stories 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

    The buried girl









    American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

    American spy

    Kill by Antony Good

    Kill [redacted]

    The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar

    The atlas of reds and blues









    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.

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  • The Pearl Thief 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.

    With mystery, betrayal, murder, lies, love and redemption The Pearl Thief is a story to keep you involved to the last page.  A truly great read.

    Fiona McIntosh has authored more than thirty books and many can be found on our shelves. Check out these titles: The Chocolate TinThe Tea Gardens, The Last Dance or The Tailor’s Girl.


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  • Quirky Mystery and Crime 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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