Moonie 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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  • Capture the small things- Smartphone Photography Capture the small things- Smartphone Photography

    Say goodbye to bad images.

    Do you have a smartphone? Are you taking full advantage of it’s camera capabilities?

    Moonie local Lynelle Urquhart will be sharing her expertise in photography at this FREE workshop at Moonie Library. Join us to learn how to get the most out of your smartphone camera. Become more confident in taking and editing photos, and capturing the small things in life; one day they’ll be the big things. Start recording your family and community history today.

    The workshop will be held on Wednesday 12 June, 10am–12pm at Moonie RTC.

    Bookings are essential as spaces are limited – click here to book now.

    A light morning tea will be provided. Please BYO smartphone. 


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  • Let’s Talk Gardening workshop Let's Talk Gardening workshop

    Get ready for Spring!

    Moonie Local Gale McKelvie will be sharing her knowledge at a FREE gardening workshop.

    Learn about:

    • Local soil types
    • Which natives will flourish at your home
    • Pruning different species
    • What to plant and when, for your best garden yet

    This workshop will be held at the Moonie RTC on Wednesday 26 June, 10am–12pm. Bookings are essentialplease click here to book now.

    A light morning tea will be provided.

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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.

    If you’d like to keep up with all the action and adventure at Western Downs Libraries connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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  • Storytime is for Everyone! Storytime is for Everyone!

    Young children are active, cheeky, and constantly learning. With songs and rhymes, stories, movement and activities, our interactive and fun Storytime sessions are geared towards developing your child’s early literacy capabilities.

    Storytime is held at all of our branches. Find one near you:

    Bell Storytime

    Chinchilla Storytime for Bubs

    Chinchilla Storytime for Toddlers

    Chinchilla Yoga Storytime

    Dalby Storytime for Bubs

    Dalby Storytime for Toddlers

    Dalby Yoga Storytime

    Jandowae Storytime

    Meandarra Storytime

    Miles Storytime

    Moonie Storytime

    Tara Storytime

    Wandoan Storytime for Bubs

    Wandoan Storytime for Toddlers

    With funding through the State Government’s First Five Forever initiative, we’ve been able to put a concerted effort into the research and development of this early literacy program. Our Storytime sessions are carefully planned and delivered by specially trained staff to encourage your child’s development and early literacy skills. Combining strategies and exercises from leading and well proven early development practices, we’ve created a relaxed opportunity for parents and care-givers to embrace and become confident in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.

    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 child’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.

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  • Kanopy – free movie streaming Kanopy – free movie streaming

    We love movies so we’re pumped about our free movie streaming service, Kanopy.

    Kanopy lets you stream up to 10 movies per month, absolutely free. All you need is your library card.

    1. Visit
    2. Create an account
    3. Enter your library card number and PIN (last 4 digits of card number)
    4. Enjoy 10 movies per month, absolutely free!

    Don’t forget we have a whole eLibrary for you to enjoy! Check out BorrowBox, RB Digital, and StoryBox Library to access books, audiobooks, magazines and kids stories online and absolutely free!

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  • Story Box Library 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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