Tara Library

  • Storytime with Tania Cox Storytime with Tania Cox

    Join children’s book author, Tania Cox for a special storytime at a library near you.

    Tania will be touring the region in June, reading and performing stories from her much-loved books, including Snap! went Chester and What’s at the end of this piece of rope. 

    Bell: Tuesday 4 June – 9am

    Jandowae: Tuesday 4 June – 1.45pm

    Dalby: Wednesday 5 June – 9.30am

    Chinchilla: Wednesday 5 June – 1pm

    Tara: Thursday 6 June – 9.30am

    Meandarra: Thursday 6 June – 1.45pm

    Contact your local library branch for more information.


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  • Legal Matters workshop Legal Matters workshop

    Do you have a will?

    Western Downs Libraries are excited to host retired solicitor and Dalby local Glenn Shipway, who will be presenting information sessions on fundamental legal documents.

    Topics covered include:

    • Wills
    • Estate administration
    • Powers of Attorney
    • Advance Health Directive.


    Bookings are essential. Please register here, or phone your nearest branch:

    Dalby Library, Thursday 13 June, 10am–12pm

    Chinchilla Library, Thursday 20 June, 10am–12pm

    Tara Library, Thursday 20 June, 2–4pm

    **Please note, Glenn will not be providing specific legal advice. All topics covered are of a general nature and people with specific legal questions should seek advice from a practising solicitor.**

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  • Storytime in Tara- the best start for your bub! Storytime in Tara- the best start for your bub!

    With 90% of your child’s brain development happening within their first five years of life, there’s no better time to read, learn, talk and play with your child.

    In these first five years, you are your child’s most important teacher, and Storytime for Bubs is a great way to kick-start your child’s early learning and development.

    Storytime for Bubs at the library is a Storytime session designed specifically for you to read, talk, sing, and play with your baby. If you have a baby aged between birth and 8 months, Storytime for Bubs in Tara might be for you. Come along to the library to enjoy some fun, conversation and friendship in a relaxed environment.

    If you would be interested in coming along to Storytime for Bubs, please let us know what days and times suit you best!

    Please email us at Tara.Library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au, call us on (07) 4678 7881, or drop into the library and let Jacqui or Pam know if you are interested in attending Storytime with your Bub!

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  • We want to hear from you- Storytime in Tara We want to hear from you- Storytime in Tara

    Little moments matter in the first five years of your child’s life, when 90% of their brain development happens!

    To make sure you can make the most of the little moments, we would like to make some changes to our current Storytime sessions at Tara library. We want to  make sure that you and your little ones get the most enjoyment and benefit from attending these sessions.

    We are looking at holding Storytime more regularly, as this may help your child adjust to a schedule before starting school. We would love to hear from you to find out:

    What day suits you best to attend Storytime?

    What time suits you best to attend Storytime?

    Is there anything else you’d like to do at Storytime to make it more enjoyable and educational for you and your kids?


    Please email us at Tara.Library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au, call us on (07) 4678 7881, or drop into the library and speak with Jacqui or Pam about your ideas. We appreciate any input so we can work together in finding the ‘Goldilocks Time’ (just right!).


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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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  • Tara Bookclub 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 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 13 June 2019.

    For further information contact Tara Library by email or by phoning 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624)

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

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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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  • Storytime for Kids at Tara Storytime for Kids at Tara

    Special Storytime: National Simultaneous Storytime, Wednesday 22 May, 10.00am at Grevillea Park

    Start the month off with some fun by bringing your children to your local library to listen to a story, make some music, dance and do some fun craft activities. The next Tara Library Storytime session will be held on Friday 7 June 2019 at 10.00am.

    Children love reading stories, the more you read, talk and play with your child, the more lights you’re turning on in their brain.  The experience of those first five years stay with them forever.

    Help your child develop a love of reading by simply taking them to a Storytime session at your local Library. All of our Storytime sessions are carefully planned to enhance early literacy skills. They feature stories, songs and fun craft activities based on a monthly theme.

    Storytime for Kids is best suited to children aged 3–5, but everyone is welcome.

    For more info, call us at 1300 COUNCIL or email us at tara.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au

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


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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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  • #STEAMSquad #STEAMSquad

    Registration opens at 9am on Tuesday 23 April! Term 2 of STEAMSquad will run for 6 weeks from 7 May – 12 June.

    #STEAMSquad is an after-school program for children aged 7–12, held at Chinchilla, Dalby and Tara Libraries. Each week children participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths activities in a fun, hands-on environment. Our aim is to give ALL children the opportunity to experience tomorrow’s skills, today.

    Due to popular demand, this year we will have a Junior #STEAMSquad (7–8) and Senior #STEAMSquad (9–12). Children will be divided into groups depending on their age and abilities, allowing staff to target the skills and interests of everyone participating and ensuring a better quality program for all involved. (Please note that children must be the correct age before starting #STEAMSquad for the term.)

    As the year progresses, we will be doing lots of new sessions as well as revisiting some tried and tested ones. Some terms we will do a course that progresses each week, other times there will be a collection of stand-alone sessions. Some weeks we will focus on coding or robotics, other times on science experiments or art projects. We know that not everyone enjoys the same things – we recommend speaking with your child and discussing the topics for the term to decide if they are appropriate and of interest, before registering.

    Click the link to register:

    Chinchilla Senior STEAMSquad

    Chinchilla Junior STEAMSquad

    Dalby STEAMSquad

    Tara STEAMSquad

    We would love some volunteers! If you have an hour free of an afternoon, enjoy helping children learn new skills and experiencing new things, please get in touch!


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