Tara Library

  • Quirky Mystery and Crime

    Cinnamon Rolls, Naked Ladies, Bollywood Stars and witches oh my!

    If your idea of Mystery and Crime novels is more grim thriller and psychological suspense then it’s time to investigate a little further.

    Hidden throughout our shelves are titles to tingle your taste buds and arouse your curiosity such as Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke and The Siren’s Sting by Miranda Darling.

    Here’s some clues to get your search started.

    For history lovers try:

    Death in St Petersburg and others by Tasha Alexander.

    He Lover of Death by Boris Akunin.

    For foodies we have the delectable Joanne Fluke books such as:

    Double Fudge Brownie Murder, Blackberry Pie Murder and Cream Puff Murder: a Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes.

    Or for something with more spice:

    The Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall Smith, Killer on a Hot Tin Roof by Livia J. Washburn and The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies  by Susan Wittig Albert.

    There’s books for those bewitched by the occult: Where there’s a Witch by and by Madelyn Alt, Agatha Raisin and the Witches Tree by M.C. Beaton and All that She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher.

    And titles for those with an interest in Indian intrigue: The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star, Murder at the Grand Raj Hotel and more by Vaseem Khan.

    We even have a couple for the cat lovers: The Cat Sitter’s Pajamas: a Dixie Hemingway Mystery by Blaize Clement and No Cooperation From the Cat: a Mystery by Marian Babson.

    If you’d like to keep up with all the action and adventure at Western Downs Libraries connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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  • #STEAMSquad 2019

    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 Math 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 builds on 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 below to register for:

    Chinchilla Junior #STEAMSquad (Tuesdays or Wednesdays)

    Chinchilla Senior #STEAMSquad (Tuesdays or Wednesdays)

    Dalby Junior #STEAMSquad (Wednesdays)

    Dalby Senior #STEAMSquad (Wednesdays)

    Tara #STEAMSquad (Tuesdays)


    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 it touch!


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  • Storytime for Kids at Tara

    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 5 April 2019 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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  • Tech Savvy for Seniors

    Tech Savvy for Seniors


     Western Downs Libraries is pleased to once again be running free Tech Savvy for Seniors sessions across all our branches.

    This year we are offering new topics, so there’s sure to be something helpful to everyone.

    ***Participants must have basic computer and mouse skills.***

    Bookings can be made through Eventbrite or by calling your local library.

    Morning sessions will have morning tea provided and afternoon sessions will have afternoon tea provided.

    Session times are as follows:



     Wednesday 6 March 2019

    10am – 12pm:     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm:        Office 16 Word

    Thursday 7 March 2019

    10am – 12pm:     Cyber Safety

    1pm – 3pm:        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Register for Dalby sessions



    Tuesday 12 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Online Scrapbooking

    1pm – 3pm        Ancestry.com

    Register for Bell sessions



    Thursday 14 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Online Scrapbooking

    1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Register for Miles sessions



     Tuesday 19 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Office 16 Word

    Thursday 21 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Office 16 Excel

    1pm – 3pm        Ancestry.com

    Register for Jandowae sessions 



    Wednesday 27 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Office 16 Word

    Thursday 28 March 2019

    10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

    1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Register for Tara Sessions



    Tuesday 2 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Online Scrapbooking

    Wednesday 3 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

    1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Register for Chinchilla sessions 



     Wednesday 10 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

    1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Thursday 11 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Cyber Safety

    Register for Wandoan sessions  



    Tuesday 16 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Office 16 Word

    Wednesday 17 April 2019

    10am – 12pm     Office 16 Excel

    1pm – 3pm        Online Scrapbooking

    Register for Moonie sessions



    Wednesday 1 May 2019

    10am – 12pm     Introduction to Windows 10

    1pm – 3pm        Cyber Safety

    Thursday 2 May 2019

    10am – 12pm     Handy Apps

    1pm – 3pm        Downloading the Library’s e-Resources

    Register for Meandarra sessions


    Session Descriptions

     Intro to Windows 10: Learn how to use this Microsoft operating system so you can customise it, find files and folders, and do more.

     Office 2016 Word: Learn how to format text, save and share documents, modify line and paragraph spacing, use tables and columns, and do more with your documents.

     Office 2016 Excel: Learn how to create formulas and charts, use functions, format cells, and do more with your spreadsheets.

     Cyber Safety: Do you need to protect yourself?; threats you may face;  what does security software do?; choosing security software; keeping yourself safe.

     Handy Apps: How to evaluate apps and download them.

    • Must have an email address
    • Bring your own device (tablet or smart phone)

    Downloading the library’s e-Resources: Learn how to download e-books, e-audio, and e-magazines to your own device.

    • Bring your own device (tablet or smart phone)
    • Must have email address
    • Must have Library membership

    Online scrapbooking, personalised photobooks: Learn how to import photos, use the various tools (ie. Layouts, Designs, Backgrounds, Embellishments and Text). As well as how to manipulate photos, add and remove pages and create your own personalised photobook.

    • Must have an email address
    • Bring photos on a USB
    • Photos must be in .jpg format
    • For best print quality, photos should be at least 4MB at 300dpi

    Ancestory.com: Learn how to trace your family tree.

    • Must have an email address.



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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 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 14 March 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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  • Get your town on the tourist map

    Ever wondered what your customers really think about your business? Interested in building your online profile, or using free tools to connect with both locals and visitors?

    Get your town on the tourist map is a free 2 hour workshop covering a range of free, online tools for business owners to engage with customers, including the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, as well as Google Maps and Google reviews.

    This workshop is ideal for businesses and community groups providing services such as:

    • Accommodation
    • Hospitality
    • Activities or attractions
    • Services catering to travellers & campers

    Retail, trade and service providers can also benefit from understanding and utilising their online presence.

    Workshops will be held throughout February and March at Tara, Chinchilla, Miles, Wandoan, Jandowae and Dalby. Places are limited, register below.

    Details at a glance:

    Dalby: Monday 18 February, 2019.

    9am – 11am at the Dalby Library

    Register for the Dalby Workshop


    Chinchilla: Thursday 7 March, 2019

    10am – 12pm at the Chinchilla Customer Service Centre

    Register for the Chinchilla Workshop


    Miles: Wednesday 13 March, 2019

    10am – 12pm at Dogwood Crossing, Miles.

    Register for the Miles Workshop 


    Tara: Thursday 28 February, 2019

    1pm – 3pm at the Tara Customer Service Centre

    Register for the Tara Workshop 

    or call the Tara Library on 4678 7881


    Wandoan: Tuesday 12 March, 2019

    5pm – 7pm at the Wandoan Cultural Centre

    Register for the Wandoan Workshop



    Tuesday 12 March, 2019

    2pm – 3pm at the Jandowae Community and Cultural Centre

    Register for the Jandowae Workshop

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  • Tara Technology Support

    Get help with your technology troubles with one-to-one basic technology support sessions at Tara Library from 9.30am – 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 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 our online eLearning resources. Self-paced, free and accessible 24/7.

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  • Geocaching- the world’s largest treasure hunt

    Come treasure hunting with us – available in 4 locations.

    Geocaching is a fun, free, all ages online scavenger hunt where you can find real treasure while solving puzzles and exploring new places, all in the Western Downs.

    We will be holding one hour workshops to introduce you and your family to the online scavenger hunting app that everyone is talking about. Come along and learn how to find and hide geocaches and make your own cache to take home.

    Then, head out into the world to explore, find and hide your own Geocaches!

    This workshop is suited for families with children aged 8+ and adults. All children under 15 must be accompanied by a guardian.

    In order to attend this workshop you will need a smartphone with internet access. Please down the ‘Geocaching’ application from Google Play or Apple Store prior to attending.

    Details at a glance:

    Chinchilla: Saturday 9 March 2019

    10am – 11am at the Chinchilla Library

    Register for Geocaching in Chinchilla 


    Dalby: Saturday 16 March 2019

    10am – 11am at the Dalby Library

    Register for Geocaching in Dalby

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  • Kanopy- free movie streaming

    We love movies so we’re pumped to introduce our free movie streaming service, Kanopy.

    Kanopy lets you stream up to 10 movies per month, absolutely free. All you need is your library card.

    1. visit www.wdrc.kanopy.com/
    2. Create an account
    3. Enter your library card number and pin (last 4 digits of card number)
    4. Enjoy 10 movies per month, absolutely free!

    Don’t forget we have a whole e-library for you to enjoy! Check out BorrowBox, RB Digital, and StoryBox Library to access books, audiobooks, magazines and kids stories online and absolutely free!

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  • Vroom! learning about our world with picture books

    It’s hard to miss all the roadworks around the region. Although the frequent delays can be annoying to adults, children love to talk and learn about all the various machinery and jobs that make up a road gang.

    Next time you’re in the library, pick up some transport-related picture books for bedtime reading. They keep the learning going at home, plus they’re lots of fun!

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