Moonie Library

  • Charlotte’s Web Charlotte's Web

    Oink oink! Do you hear that? It’s the sound of Charlotte’s Web coming to the Western Downs!

    The funny and touching fable tells the story of the hero Wilbur the Pig and his relationships and triumphs meeting his friends Charlotte the spider, Fern the farmer’s daughter, and farmyard characters Templeton the Rat, Sheep, Goose and Gander.

    Western Downs Regional Council in partnership with RAVA Productions are bringing the stage production of the much loved classic tale of Charlotte’s Web to the Western Downs, set to delight families this September school holidays.

    The stage production of Charlotte’s Web is sure to capture young hearts and inspire imagination, with the enchanting story carrying timely messages about valuing friendship, loyalty, accepting differences, and living a full life.

    Council would like all residents to join in on the free activities.

    Chinchilla Cultural Centre, Chinchilla
    Thursday 26 September
    4.30pm –  Facepainting, craft, sausage sizzle*
    6pm – Doors open

    Dulacca Hall, Dulacca 
    Friday 27 September
    4pm – Facepainting, craft, petting zoo, sausage sizzle*
    6pm – Doors open

    Our Lady of the Southern Cross College, Dalby
    Saturday 28 September
    2pm – Matinee
    3pm – Facepainting, craft, sausage sizzle*
    Saturday 28 September
    5pm – Facepainting, craft, sausage sizzle*
    6pm – Doors open


    Drillham State School, Drillham
    Friday 6 September, 6.30pm*

    Kaimkillenbun Hall, Kaimkillenbun
    Friday 13 September 6.30pm*

    Jack Chappell Oval, Tara
    Friday 27 September 6.30pm*

    *Food and drink will be available for purchase (cash only).

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  • Climate Extremes Climate Extremes

    Our region has experienced many extremes in weather in recent years with record breaking droughts, temperatures and floods.  Flood Horror and Tragedy is a lasting momento documenting the trials and tragedies experiences by Queenslanders in the extraordinary summer of 2010-2011.  Here we are, eight years later, experiencing the other extreme, one of our worst droughts in history.  For many of us the familiar (or unfamiliar) sound of rain is a beautiful sound, but for those who experienced the floods of 2010-2011, the sound triggers a chilling sense of sadness.  This 345 page book contains many large scale evocative images of the “Big Wet” including images and stories from the affected towns of Dalby, Chinchilla and Condamine.

    The book was compiled by a committee of parents and friends of Agnew School.  100% of the profits from the sale of this book were donated to the Australian Red Ross and other charities. It is available at your local Western Downs Libraries branch.

    Here at Western Downs Libraries, there are many books covering a vast range of topics relating to climate including:

    Sunburnt Country: the history and future of climate change in Australia

    Sustainable futures : linking population, resources and the environment 

    Drought : the red marauder

    Growing vegetables in drought, desert & dry times : the complete guide to organic gardening without wasting water

    Great Australian flood stories

    Australia’s wild weather





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  • Get online with Be Connected! Get online with Be Connected!

    Learning about computers can seem intimidating and complicated but it doesn’t have to be. Western Downs Libraries is making digital literacy easy with Be Connected.

    Whether you are a job seeker looking to expand your skill set, or someone who has never touched a computer before, Be Connected is for you.

    Improve your skills with computers, apps and mobile devices with the assistance of our supportive staff and volunteers. Your learning experience is tailored to your personal requirements and skill level with the huge range of available lessons.

    Be Connected is not just about computers. Learn how to stay safe online, play games, use a digital camera and connect with people around the globe with social networks. Technology has never been more accessible, and you can get on board too!

    Improve your confidence, abilities, and knowledge of technology. Sign up for a Be Connected session at your nearest Western Downs Libraries branch.

    To register for a session, or for more information, email, call 1300 COUNCIL or visit your local Western Downs Libraries branch.




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  • Get ‘appy’ at Moonie Library. Photography Apps with Lynelle Urquhart. Get 'appy' at Moonie Library. Photography Apps with Lynelle Urquhart.

    Come along to Moonie Library and get ‘appy’ with Lynelle Urquhart! First Lynelle showed us how to use our smartphones and tablets to take great photos. Then Lynelle showed us how to edit our great photos. Now Lynelle is back to introduce us all to the apps that we can use to get creative and have fun with our favourite photos!

    At a glance:

    • Tuesday 17 September from 9.30am.

    Please RSVP to to book your place!  Get in quick, places are limited!

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  • Moonie Bookclub Moonie Bookclub

    We missed last month due to the power outages so at our next meeting we will be reviewing ‘Open City‘ by Teju Cole.  Naughty Librarian has already read this month’s title which is ………..actually I’m not saying, you’ll have to come along to the meeting to get your copy!  I promise it’s a fantastic read so hope to see you Tuesday 3 September from 9.30am.

    Not a member yet, but want to be? New members are always welcome! Come along and we’ll set you up with our next great read.

    Want to know more? Contact us on 1300 COUNCIL or email

    Like to find a Bookclub near you? Click here for details of other Bookclubs in the Western Downs.

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  • Attention Bookclubers! Attention Bookclubers!

    Moonie Bookclub members enjoyed the fabulous novels The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion so much that we have bought a set of The Rosie Result to donate to Western Downs Libraries. If you’d like the bookclub set, you can loan it here.

    It has the same fantastic characters and easy reability of the previous novels so we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

    For those that have not already visited this triology we highly recommend you start at the beginning with The Rosie Project then The Rosie Effect, loan them here.

    Happy reading from all the Moonie Bookclub members.

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  • Finding the continuing dry disheartening? Finding the continuing dry disheartening?

    Are you finding the continuous dry weather disheartening?  Is your garden (not to mention winter crops) suffering from lack of rain?  It can be a depressing time for everyone in the family but make the most of the continuing sunny days by getting into the garden.  Maybe you need to rethink your design and plant choices to better suit the current climate?

    We have a massive range of books to help you get started.  Check out the wonderful selection of gardening resources on our catalogue.  There are many plant guides as well as more specific topics such as creating an organic garden or self-sufficient gardens. You can also borrow magazines such as Gardening Australia and Earth Garden which are full of helpful hints.

    Children love veggie patches, it is a wonderful way to spend time with them and teach them about horticulture. To inspire your little ones check out A Patch from Scratch by Megan Forward.

    It may rain one day and you’ll see your creation come to life!

    In the meantime, please come along to our ‘Let’s Talk Gardening’ Session being held at the Moonie Library on Wednesday 26 June from 10am to 12noon.  Local gardening expert Gale McKelvie will be sharing her advice on gardening in the Moonie area. Bookings are essential! You can book online or by seeing the staff at Moonie RTC.

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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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  • 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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