Tara Library

  • Children are like cats – they both love boxes

    What do you think this box is? A boat? A car? A train? A fire engine?

    A recent discussion with a teacher friend concerned me greatly – apparently there are increasing numbers of children arriving at kindy with no idea how to use their imagination. They literally have to be taught to pretend.

    In our effort to buy all the toys and do all the activities to make sure our children don’t miss out – they are missing out.

    We need to give children the opportunity to use their own creativity and imagination. A colouring page of a train can only be a train. A play kitchen can only be a kitchen. And while there’s nothing wrong with those things, are we limiting our child’s response? Are we filling up our child’s lives with planned activities instead of letting them free play?

    Next time, try giving your child a blank page or a cardboard box and see what happens. It may not be what you expect, but let your child take the lead and be surprised by the result!

    (For the record, this box was a rocket!)

    What will we do next Storytime?

    Storytime sessions are held at:

    Dalby Library – Tuesdays, 10.30am

    Chinchilla Library – Fridays, 10.15am

    These sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff!

    It’s never to early to Read, Talk, Play, Sing!



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  • Tara Bookclub

    Tara Bookclub aspires to encourage reading and enlightenment, create discussion and provide an opportunity to meet new people in the community. We try to remind members that they may not like every book chosen for discussion, but on the other hand, might find a new author or genre to enjoy reading.

    If you would like to read more books in 2018, come and join Tara’s friendly Bookclub. New members are always welcome, so come along and share your love of reading, discuss your views and enjoy morning tea – all at the same time. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at 10.30am, with our next meeting being Thursday 12 July.

    For further information contact Tara Library by phone or email.

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

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  • 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 storyboxlibrary.com/libraries 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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  • NEW REALITIES: July School Holiday Program

    Experiment with new technologies through film, animation, digital and interactive art with these fantastic school holiday programs. Try your hand at 360 Photography, create a story with stop motion animation or dive into a virtual world.

    Check out the People Like Us exhibition at Dogwood Crossing, Miles to continue your immersive experience and see what’s possible.

    Bookings are essential! Click on the links below or contact your library to secure your child’s place.


    Bell Library (bookings essential)

    Part 1: Drawing Back to Basics, 10.00am–12.00pm Tuesday 3 July (6–10)
    Part 1: Drawing Back to Basics, 10.00am–12.00pm Friday 6 July (11+)
    Part 2: Storyboarding, 10.00am–12.00pm Tuesday 10 July (6–10)
    Part 2: Storyboarding, 10.00am–12.00pm Friday 13 July (11+)

    Chinchilla Library (bookings essential)

    Boardgames Day, Monday 2 July (no bookings required)
    360 Photography, 10.30am–12.00pm Tuesday 3 July (8+)
    360 Photography, 2.30pm–4.00pm Wednesday 4 July (8+)
    Boardgames Day, Monday 9 July (no bookings required)
    Stop Motion Storytelling, 2.30pm–3.30pm Wednesday 11 July (8+)
    Stop Motion Storytelling, 2.30pm–3.30pm Thursday 12 July (8+)

    Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!
    • Yoga (all ages) – Tuesday 10.15am

    Dalby Library (bookings essential)

    Stop Motion Storytelling, 10.30am–11.30am Wednesday 4 July (8+)
    360 Photography, 10.30am–11.30am Wednesday 11 July (8+)

    Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!
    • Toddlers (1–3 years) – Tuesday 10.30am

    Jandowae Library (bookings essential)

    Stop Motion Storytelling 10.00am–12.00pm Wednesday 4 July (8+)
    Tiny Planet Photography 10.00am–12.00pm Wednesday 11 July (8+)

    Miles Library (bookings essential)

    Dive Into Virtual Reality 10.00am–11.30am Tuesday 3 July (8+)
    Extreme Film Making 9.00am–12.00pm Wednesday 11 July (8+)

    Tara Library (bookings essential)

    Stop Motion Storytelling 10.30am–12.00pm Tuesday 3 July (7+)
    Stop Motion Storytelling 10.30am–12.00pm Thursday 5 July (7+)
    Beginners Scratch 10.30am–12.00pm Monday 9 July (7+)
    Beginners Scratch 10.30am–12.00pm Wednesday 11 July (7+)

    Wandoan Library (bookings essential)

    Stop Motion Storytelling 10.00am–12.00pm Wednesday 11 July (7+)

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  • Be Smart, Be like Bella!

    Have you visited your local Library recently?

    No, well it’s never too late to rock on down and check out what your local library has to offer you.

    Not only can you borrow books, DVD’s, music CD’s, audio books and magazines, you can also use the computers, connect to our WiFi, access technology assistance or maybe join a bookclub, multicultural group, attend a storytime session or an after school or holiday activity and much, much more!

    So be smart, be like Bella and visit your local library today!


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  • Things to do in and around Tara in June!

    Lots of events are happening in our region so checkout the list below to find something to do this month.

    31 May: Australian Government Mobile Service Centre, 9.00am-3.00pm situated opposite Commercial Hotel, Day Street, Tara.

    1 June: Storytime and craft at Tara Library at 10.00am.

    2 June: Tara Men’s Group Market, Grevillia Park, 30 Day Street (opp Medical Centre), from 9.00am.

    2-3 June: Wandoan Polocrosse Carnival, Wandoan Showgrounds, click here for further information.

    3 June: WDOP Markets 8.00am – 1.00pm. Dalby Railway Station, 2 Hunter Street, Dalby. Click here for further information.

    8 June: Tara & District Historical Society Lunch, click here for more information.

    9-10 June: Jandowae Timbertown Festival, check all the details on their Facebook page

    11 June: Tara Lagoon Concept Plan – Special Meeting to be held at the Tara Memorial Hall at 5.30pm. For more information please contact Joe Abbott on 0427 693 221 or Brent Arnold on 0428 844 986.

    14 June: Tara Bookclub, Tara Library, 12.00pm. Click here for more information.

    16 June: Dalby Twilight Markets, Dalby Showgrounds, Corner Nicholson and Wilkes Streets, Dalby 4-8.00pm. For further information, phone 0429696775 or click here.

    17 June: Chinchilla Markets, Chinchilla Showgrounds, Zeller Street. Check out their facebook page here.

    24 June: Bunya Mountains Markets, Bunya Avenue, Bunya Mountains, 9.00 am – 2.00pm.



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  • Plan the Perfect Getaway

    Using Lonely Planet books, you can plan the perfect get away.

    What better way to see the world than on a bike?! We have just the book for you Epic Bike Rides of the World! This book provides information on 50 cycling routes in 30 countries, from Australia to Bhutan, and 200 ideas for bike rides, Lonely Planet’s Epic Bike Rides will inspire two-wheeled travel all over the world.

    Lonely Planet’s Where to go When.  This tells you where you should go next and provides more than 360 suggestions for destinations around the world. It also details the best time of year to experience these locations and helps you plan a lifetime of perfect trips.

    The third great book we have is Around the World in 50 ways. Get ready for a trip like no other! Set off from London and travel the world, then try to make it back! In this globetrotting adventure, you choose where to go and how to get there. From tuk-tuks and sleds to boats and balloons, you’ll explore famous cities, tropical islands, winter wonderlands and loads more!

    Lonely Planet has also produced a book titled 1000 Ultimate sightsThis book guides you through iconic buildings, awesome canyons, weird monuments, vast animal migrations, spooky dungeons and romantic vistas. Make your own list using the book, hit the road, and start exploring the world’s most breathtaking sights.

    Want something closer to home? Check out Sydney City Trails. This book allows you to follow 19 fantastic themed trails to reveal Sydney’s best kep secrets. Find out where to cuddle koalas, catch the world’s steepest passenger train, see the city through a sky-high glass floor and lots more! It’s Sydney like you’ve never seen it before.

    Didn’t find what you wanted? Check out more books about travel on our shelves.

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  • What the Hickory?! The importance of Nursery Rhymes

    Most of us sing nursery rhymes to our kids. But have you ever stopped to consider why?

    Singing nursery rhymes together is great fun, and can also boost language skills and enhance fine and gross motor development. Did you know that children who know just 6 nursery rhymes by heart at age 4 are more likely to be better readers?!

    When can you sing? ANYTIME! In the bath, during a nappy change, going for a drive (while they’re strapped in their car seat and can’t run away)… Kids don’t care if you’re not the next Adele – sing anyway!

    Just remember:

    • Sing slowly and clearly
    • Little ones learn from looking at your face, so try not to multitask (unless your driving!)
    • Children learn from repetition. You might get bored, but kids love it
    • It’s never to early – or too late – to start.

    Brush up on old favourites and learn new nursery rhymes at one of our free Storytime sessions. Click here to find one near you.

    Need some inspiration to get started? Check out this post from First 5 Forever.

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  • Before you watch the movie, read the book!

    2018 is set to be a reader’s dream with 32 book to movie adaptions set to be released this year! We are sure that you will find a book to suit everyone in your family.


    Peter Rabbit based on The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

    Follow the mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr McGregor.


    Love, Simon based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Alberalli

    When an email falls into the wrong hands, sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly gay Simon is blackmailed into playing wingman for a classmate or risk having his sexual identity revealed and the privacy of the boy he’s been emailing compromised.


    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Burrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

    It’s 1946, and as Juliet Ashton sits at her desk in her Chelsea flat, she is stumped. A writer of witty newspaper columns during the war, she can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she starts to receive letters from members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and as letters fly back and forth, Juliet comes to know the extraordinary personalities of the Society and their lives under German occupation. Entranced by their stories, Juliet decides to visit the island to meet them properly – and unwittingly turns her life upside down.


    The girl in the spider’s web by David Lagercrantz

    The girl with the dragon tattoo is back. More interesting to Mikael Blomkvist than Professor Balder’s world-leading advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection to a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters and a violent criminal conspiracy that will soon bring terror to the snowbound streets of Stockholm.



    Be sure to check in next month for more adaptions!

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

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  • Tara Technology Support

    Get help with your technology troubles with one-on-one basic technology support sessions at Tara Library from 9–9.30am each Tuesday and Thursday.

    We tailor each session for your personal needs. For example, we can teach you how to use  your iPad or tablet. You can also bring along your own device and we will teach you how achieve the outcomes you want.  Alternatively, you can use our free WiFi to get started. The best part? It is completely FREE.

    Bookings are essential, so please phone 1300 COUNCIL or email us at tara.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au to get started on boosting your mastery of the tech world now.

    Can’t make it into a branch in person? Try out online eLearning resources. Self-paced, free and accessible 24/7.

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