- 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).Continue reading →
- Storytime for Kids at Tara
Tara Storytime is on every Friday at 10.00am so mark it in your calendar!
Children love reading stories! The more you read, talk, sing and play with your child, the more lights you’re turning on in their brain. The experience of those first five years will stay with them forever. Help your child develop a lifelong love of reading by coming along to a Storytime session at Tara Library – every Friday at 10.00am. All of our Storytime sessions are carefully planned to enhance early literacy skills. They feature stories, songs and fun craft activities to build fine motor skills and build connections.
The next Tara Library Storytime session will be held on Friday 20 September 2019 at 10.00am.
Storytime for Kids is best suited to children aged 3 to 5, but everyone is welcome.
We also have a Storytime for Bubs every Tuesday morning at 11.30 am.
For more info, call us at 1300 COUNCIL or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for a Storytime session closer to you? Click here for details of Storytime in our other branches.
- Tara Technology Support: Let us help you enjoy the digital age
Get help with your technology troubles with one-to-one basic technology support sessions available at Tara Library between 9.30am and 11.30am each Monday and Tuesday.
We tailor each session for your personal needs. For example, we can teach you how to use your iPad, tablet or laptop. You can also bring along your own device and we will teach you how to 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 email@example.com to get started on boosting your mastery of the tech world now.
Can’t make it into a branch in person? Try out our online eLearning resources. Self-paced, free and accessible 24/7.Continue reading →
- 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:
- Tara Bookclub
Tara Bookclub is a friendly gathering of like minded people who enjoy discovering new authors and reading to enlightenment, create discussion and provide an opportunity to meet new people in the community.
If you would like to read more books in 2019, come and introduce yourself to 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 10 October 2019.
For further information contact Tara Library by email or by phoning 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624)
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- Storytime for Bubs: It’s never too early to Read, Play, Sing and Talk to your child.
90% of your child’s brain development happens in their first five years! Give your bub the best start in life with Storytime for Bubs!
During our sessions we sing lots of songs, share stories, and introduce learning games and sensory experiences to your little one.
Storytime for Bubs is a friendly and relaxed session that encourages your baby’s development and supports you in being your child’s first and most important teacher.
Sharing stories and rhymes, signs, talking and playing with your child from birth, builds a foundation for your child’s future development that can last a lifetime.
Here’s your excuse to get out of the house, make some new friends, and encourage your baby’s development.
Where: Tara Library
When: Tuesday 17 September 2019, 11.30am.
Baby Storytime is aimed at ages 0-12 months. Sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff. Siblings are welcome to attend.
It’s never too early to Read, Play, Sing and Talk.Continue reading →
- Gardening Workshops with ABC Radio’s Michael Wells!
Got plant problems? Not anymore.
Gardening guru Michael Wells is coming to the Western Downs, and he is bringing his plant-whispering wisdom with him.
When Michael isn’t teaching horticulture at TAFE Queensland, or working in his own garden, he writes a gardening column for the Toowoomba Chronicle and advises ABC Southern Queensland radio listeners on all things gardening.
Michael will be hosting a series of gardening workshops at Western Downs Libraries branches in August and September. Discover how plant selection and the secrets of soil can make your garden the envy of your neighbours.
At a glance…
Bell: Friday 23 August 10am
Jandowae: Friday 23 August 2pm
Dalby: Friday 30 August 10am
Tara: Friday 30 August 2.30pm
Wandoan: Friday 6 September 10am
Chinchilla: Friday 6 September 2.30pm
Miles: Friday 6 September 5.30pm
Places are limited so bookings are essential. Register here, or contact 1300COUNCIL.
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- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call 1300 COUNCIL or visit your local Western Downs Libraries branch.
- 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:
- Select Western Downs Regional Council
- Enter your library barcode
- Enjoy stories, short films and at-home activities
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- The RBdigital App
It’s official: people of the Western Downs love Audiobooks. Whether it’s farmers listening as they do endless hours of tractor work, people listening as they commute to work or students reading for school (or fun!), we are listening to our books more than ever.
To meet this demand, Western Downs Libraries have made accessing audible content easier than ever, thanks to the new RB Digital app. Now you can browse all of your eAudiobooks and eMagazines in one place! If you’re having trouble accessing the app, or finding it difficult to search or check out items, please visit any of our branches and our friendly library staff will help walk you through it.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register in the app?
To use the RBdigital app, you need to register on your library’s RBdigital website using any browser. In-app registration will be added to the RBdigital app in a future update.
How do I log into the new RBdigital app?
If you currently use OneClickdigital and/or Zinio for Libraries you can login using either your OneClickdigital username and password OR Zinio for Libraries email address and password.
If you have never used OneClickdigital or Zinio for Libraries, please go to RBdigital and register for RBdigital eMagazines or eAudibooks using any online browser.
I am trying to login but keep getting an error message
Have you tried resetting your password?
If not, please click the “forgot password” link, reset your password and try to login again.
If you still can’t login, please let us know the name of your library authority, your name, email address and library card number so we can look into this for you.
Can I view ALL of my checked out magazines in the app?
At launch you will be able to see up to 30 checked out magazines in the app. These are arranged in issue date order – newest to oldest.
The ability to see all checked out items will be available in a future update.
Do we now have to return magazines?
No, the word “return” is used to be consistent with the rest of the app’s media types. It’s just a simple way to quickly delete from your checked out titles.
Can I manage my account in the app?
No, you will still need to go to the library website via your browser to do this.
What will happen to the old OneClickdigital app if I don’t update it?
The old app will function as normal for only eAudiobook/eBook access. When you “search” for titles, you will be taken to the new look RBdigital eAudiobook/eBook website (which replaces the old OneClickdigital website).
The app will continue to be available in this way until further notice.
How long can I continue to use the Zinio for Libraries app?
The in-app countdown will begin on 10th July and exist for 60 days. At the end of the 60 days you will no longer be able to checkout and read newly checked out magazines from the app. To do this, you must download and use the RBdigital app.
Is the RBdigital app available for all devices?
The RBdigital app is available for Apple, Android and Kindle Fire/Fire HD/X but not the Windows phone. Library members would need to download titles manually through the website onto a Windows phone or stream online via the website.Continue reading →