Tara Library

  • Shared Reading Tip #2

    Set the scene

    Read anywhere, anytime – outdoor, indoors, at home, away from home.

    Try to let your child see your face.

    Talk about the book during the day so your child has prior knowledge before reading together.

    Read when your child wants to – not just when it suits you.

    You don’t have to finish the book


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

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  • Storytime for Kids at Tara

    Start 2018 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 Storytime session at the Tara Library is on Friday 4 May 2018 at 10:00 am.

    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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  • Things to do in and around Tara in April

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

    1 April: April Fool’s Day

    1 April: WDOP Markets 8.00am – 1.00pm held at Dalby Railway Station, 2 Hunter Street, Dalby. Click here for further information.

    2 April: Easter Monday Public Holiday – Tara Library is closed.

    3 April: Start of Queensland School Holidays.

    6 April: Storytime and craft at Tara Library at 10.00am.

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

    12 April: Tara Bookclub, Tara Library, 10.00am. Click here for more information.

    12 April: Illustration Workshop at Tara Library, 10.00-11.00am, bookings are essential

    14 April: Condamine Bell Gymkana and Family Fun Day, click here for further information.

    14 & 15 April: Chinchilla Polocrosse Carnival. Further details can be found here.

    20-21 April: Dalby Show, click here for further information.

    21 April: Miles Bookfest, Leichardt Centre, Miles, 8.30am – 3.00pm. Contact Murilla Community Centre on 4627 2027 for further details.

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

    22 April: Chinchilla Markets, Chinchilla Information Centre, Warrego Highway. Check out their facebook page here.

    25 April: Anzac Day. Western Downs Regional Council Anzac Day – Tara event, click here.

    28-29 April: Dulacca Hoof Pick Campdraft, Whatley Park, Dulacca. Check it out at www.campdraftcentral.com.au.

    29 April: Bunya Mountains Markets, Bunya Avenue, Bunya Mountains, 9.00 am – 2.00pm.





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  • Storytime is for Everyone

    Read, talk, play… Storytime is for everyone at Western Downs Libraries!


    Storytime for Toddlers (1–3 years)

    Storytime for Kids (3–5 years)


    All of our Storytime sessions are carefully planned and delivered by trained staff. They include stories, songs and movement, as well as strategic discussions, key messages and learning outcomes. Plus, it’s FUN and FREE!

    Research shows us that up to 90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first 5 years. Through Storytime sessions, now we can better encourage your child’s development and early literacy skills in ways that best suit them.

    Meet some new friends, connect with your community and support your child’s early literacy development, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

    We can also bring Storytime to you! Please contact your local branch if you are interested in having us visit your Daycare Centre, Playgroup, Kindy or School.

    These programs have been made possible by the funding and support of State Library of Queensland’s First Five Forever initiative.

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

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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.


    Boy erased: a memoir of identity, faith and family by Garrard Conley

    A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding.The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in a small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality.


    Ashes in the Snow based on Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

    Lina is just like any other fifteen year old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known.


    The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

    Peter is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa moves right into Peter’s room, forcing him upstairs.


    12 Strong by Doug Stanton

    The declassified true story of the horse soldiers. On September 11, 2001 the world watched in terror. On September 12, 2001 they volunteered to fight. Twelve soldiers gave us a reason to hope.



    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 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 April.

    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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  • Now you see me…

    Now you don’t.

    How do I get a WiFi pass now?

    Some of you may have noticed that our OPAC machines have changed. Now, you can do all of your catalogue searching on these machines. To make things easier for you, the WiFi passes and computer bookings can now be found on our iPad kiosks.

    If you are are unable to find your Libraries iPad kiosk, please ask your local Librarian for help.


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  • Lights, Camera, Action!
     Lights, Camera, Action! is the theme for our Easter School Holidays.

    Get ready Western Downs, we’re bringing Extreme Film-making and Illustration workshops to you.


    Extreme Film-making Workshops

    Using high-definition waterproof cameras, this action packed film-making workshop explores what is possible when attaching a camera to pretty much anything while engaging in high-energy activities. Participants then edit together their footage to create an exciting music video montage. Get the skills you need to submit your entry to the Big Skies Film Festival.



    Family Illustration Workshops (with special guest, illustrator Jo Cuskelly)

    Jo Cuskelly, illustrator of one of our favourite books, Roses are NOT Red, will be hosting illustration workshops for children and families during the Easter school holidays. Carers and kids are invited to learn how children’s picture books are created, then have a go at creating their own story and pictures together.


    All of our school holiday events are FREE but bookings are required. Click the links above to find out more.

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  • Do you or someone you know suffer from Anxiety?

    The library has heaps of books on anxiety that are easy to read and understand. Have a look at the list below and reserve the books you would like to read.

    Reading self help books allows you to expand your knowledge on the subject as well as believe that you can be more, do more and experience more.


    First, we make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson is a new book to our collection.   The book is described as being practical and poetic, wise and funny.

    The Anxiety toolkit: Strategies for Managing your Anxiety so you can get on with your Life by Dr Alice Boyles.

    The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne.

    Kissing the Black dog: Creative Solutions for Depression, Anxiety, Worry and Other Stress Related Conditions by Wayne Ellis.

    Overcoming Worry and Anxiety by Jerry Kennard.


    Happy reading!

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  • Inspirational 2018

    Making a New Year’s resolution is easy; keeping it is a different story.

    Resolving to visit, and become active, in your local public library programs would be a pretty good start to the year.

    Here are some inspirational titles you will find in your public library to help you start 2018 in a positive way:

    Willpower: Rediscovering our greatest strength by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney

    Craft for the soul: how to get the most out of your creativity  by Pip Lincolne.

    Better than before: mastering the habits of our everyday lives by Gretchen Rubin.

    Your guide to a happier family by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.

    For more information contact your local library on 1300 COUNCIL, or visit the webpage here.

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