Moonie 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.

  • Moonie Library Storytime

    Following the huge success of Sheridan’s visit to Moonie last month, she will be visiting Moonie Playgroup again on Thursday 29 June at 9.30am at our Library for another Storytime session.  It is best suited to ages 3–5, however everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun of the morning.

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

  • Robotics Expo comes to Moonie

    Western Downs Libraries will be visiting Moonie Library on the morning of Thursday 22 June to showcase a Robotics Workshop with the whole of the Moonie State School.

    The students will enjoy demonstrations on mBots, Bluebots and Spheros. Students will be able to take part in hands-on activities to develop their coding and robotics skills.

    These fantastic gadgets are available at some of our branches throughout the school holidays.  For more information on these and other activities throughout all our branches during this time, check out our school holidays activities.

  • National Simultaneous Storytime with Gulliver’s Travels Mobile Kindy

    Moonie Library would love to thank Gulliver’s Travels Mobile Kindy for joining Mrs Gurner for National Simultaneous Storytime.  The kids enjoyed reading this year’s title “The Cow tripped over the Moon” and creating clever finger puppets which they then used in the sing-along to the songs we played during the morning.

    Thank you also for your visit to our Centre the previous week as part of your Learning about Communities activities.  The Kindy kids learnt what, and how, we operate throughout the Centre; they were able to enjoy the Library and the use Australia Post service to send letters.

    We look forward to your next visit!

  • Moonie Bookclub

    Moonie’s ever-popular bookclub meetings are continuing the first Tuesday of each month.  Our next gathering will be Tuesday 6 June from 9.30am and as a BONUS, you’ll have Annie – our Bookclub founder – looking after you again this month.  We look forward to discussing our latest read, “The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve.  Make a morning of your trip to Moonie and head over to Sewing at the Sports club afterwards.

    It’s never too late to join our Bookclub, new members are always welcome to our casual morning tea and book chat.

    Want to know more? Contact us on 1300 COUNCIL or email moonie.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au

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

  • 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.

  • Attention Homeschool Families

    We have so many resources to offer you, and all of it is FREE!

    Study Environment

    Printed Material

    • A large collection of beginner reader books
    • Non-Fiction covering a range of topics
    • Fiction for all levels and tastes – we are happy to help you find something you’ll enjoy
    • If there is a particular book or topic that we don’t have in stock, we will gladly try to get it for you (reservation fee may apply)
    • Magazines, e-magazines, audio books, e-books and e-audiobooks, DVDs and CDs and online music for download.

    Museum Kits

    • Queensland Museum send us resource kits each semester
    • Kits can be reserved and loaned just like books
    • Use the kits at home for 2 weeks
    • Suitable for a range of ages
    • Click here for more information, or to reserve a kit

    Research Databases

    • Reliable, up-to-date information from magazine articles, magazines and scholarly journals
    • Suitable for a range of ages and subjects
    • Databases include: Encyclopedia Britannica, Access Science, Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre, and Gale Virtual Reference Library
    • Bibliography and citation guide
    • Click here to get started.

    Lynda.com

    • Thousands of online courses and tutorials.
    • Full access to the website for Library members.
    • Training materials for students, professionals and hobbyists.
    • Click here to make your free account.

     

    Come along to any of our regular programs – Storytime, #STEAMSquad, School holiday activities, Bookclub.

    If there is anything that we can do to help you along this journey, please let us know.

  • Lynda.com for Job Hunters!

    Are you a recent graduate from secondary or tertiary education? Perhaps you’re a person who is looking to transition into a new role, industry or organisation? It’s a new year, and the perfect time to gain some new skills.

    Lynda.com is free for all Queensland public library members, with over 5,000 online courses including business, technology and creative skills. Lynda.com has new courses added every week but many earlier courses remain popular. Some of the most popular include ‘Foundations of programming fundamentals’ (viewed over 8.8 million times), ‘Excel 2013 essential training’ (viewed 7.1 million times), ‘Foundations of photography: exposure’ (viewed 6 million times), ‘Photoshop CS6 essential training’ (viewed over 4.2 million times), ‘Illustrator CS6 essential training’ (viewed 3.1 million times).

    To help users get all the skills they need to land their next job, Lynda.com now features learning paths with curated course lists. The number of courses varies based on each profession such as ‘Become a small business owner’ (10 courses); ‘Become a project manager’ (13 courses) and ‘Become a successful job hunter’ (11 courses). Try a learning path or popular Lynda.com course today.