- Christmas is just around the corner!
Do you want to make gorgeous, handcrafted Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones without stressing yourself out?
Western Downs Libraries have got you covered.
We have some wonderful books on easy to make gifts that require no special skills and will turn out beautifully.
There’s something for everyone, including body care, soaps, lotions, toys, bags, jewellery, culinary gifts like Christmas cookies, tarts, truffles and much, much more.
Click here to check out some of the other books in our catalogue and start getting your Christmas craft on!
- NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month
Are you ready to write a novel? Come Write In!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59pm on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.
Join up online, connect with like-minded writers, and check out the resources for inspiration (or procrastination). Maybe your novel will end up published – just like Sara Gruen’s Water For Elephants!
Everyone can participate – click here to see the Young Writers Program for student and educators.
The world needs your novel!
Interested in meeting with other aspiring local authors? Miles Library hosts a Writer’s Group on the third Tuesday of each month. Click here for details.Continue reading →
- 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 8 November.
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.Continue reading →
- 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!Continue reading →
- Things to do in and around Tara in October!
Lots of events are happening in our region, so checkout the list below to find something to do over the next month.
6 October: Tara Men’s Group Market, Grevillia Park, 30 Day Street (opp Medical Centre), from 9.00am.
6 October: WDOP Markets 8.00am – 1.00pm. Dalby Railway Station, 2 Hunter Street, Dalby. Click here for further information.
11 October: Tara Bookclub, Tara Library, 10.30am -12.00pm. Click here for more information.
11 October: Not Just for Laughs, Drillham Hall. This is a free event but bookings are essential. To book your tickets or for more information, click here.
12 October: Not Just for Laughs, Glenmorgan, Rodeo and Campdraft grounds. This is a free event but bookings are essential. Click here for further details. To book your tickets or for more information, click here.
13 October: Not Just for Laughs, Jandowae, Jandowae Showgrounds. This is a free event but bookings are essential. To book your tickets or for more information, click here.
14 October: Chinchilla Markets, Chinchilla Showgrounds, Zeller Street. Check out their facebook page here.
17-20 October: Chinchilla Grandfather Clock Campdraft, Chinchilla Showgrounds. Click here to check out their facebook page.
20 October: Parkour & Ninja Warrior. 10.30-12.30 at Lions Park, Tara. Limited places available, please arrive 15 minutes prior to each event. Parent/Guardian permission is required. All events are suited to youth aged 10-25. Click here for more information.
20 October: Fun Palace, Chinchilla. Journey through the ages when Fun Palaces comes to Chinchilla, 10am – 1pm, Saturday 20 October, Chinchilla Library & Fuller Place. Click here for further information.
20 October: Wandoan Rodeo, Roche Creek Rd Wandoan, QLD. Join the Wandoan community at the 2018 Wandoan Rodeo in celebration of their rich agricultural heritage and enjoy an array of quality family entertainment. Check out their facebook page here.
20 October: Dalby Twilight Markets, Dalby Showgrounds, Corner Nicholson and Wilkes Streets, Dalby 4-8.00pm. For further information, phone 0429696775 or click here.
27 October: Fun Palace Jandowae. Travel through the ages at the Jandowae Fun Palace, 10am – 1pm, Saturday 27 October. Click here for further information.
28 October: Tara Scouts Market, 3 Bilton Street, Tara, 9.00am – 12.00pm.
28 October: Bunya Mountains Markets, Bunya Avenue, Bunya Mountains, 9.00am – 2.00pm.
- 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 2 November 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 email@example.com
Looking for a Storytime session closer to you? Click here for details of Storytime in our other branches.
- Photo Preservation Continue reading →
Western Downs Libraries has a photo preservation station for tech savvy seniors to digitise photos, slides and negatives.
You can digitise:
- Printed photographs (up to A4 size)
- Film negatives (35mm, medium format, 4 x 5 inch)
- Photo slides (35mm)
- Documents (up to A4 size)
Factsheets are available to get you started, however if you are not confident with technology we recommend you bring someone along to help you out.
Chinchilla Library Monday 6 August – Friday 24 August 2018 Dalby Library Monday 10 September – Friday 28 September 2018 Bell Library Monday 15 October – Friday 2 November 2018 Jandowae Library Monday 19 November – Friday 14 December 2018 Miles Library Monday 7 January – Friday 25 January 2019 Wandoan Library Monday 11 February – Friday 1 March 2019 Tara Library Monday 18 March – Friday 5 April 2019 Meandarra Library Monday 22 April – Friday 10 May 2019 Moonie Library Monday 28 May – Friday 14 June 2019
*Available Monday – Friday only.
The station can be booked for a 2 hour session. Bookings are essential.
If you would like more information please contact 1300 COUNCIL or your local branch.
- 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Continue reading →
- Spring into Spring – school holiday activities
It’s too beautiful to stay inside these School Holidays… Get out and about at your Library!
Get back to nature with OUTDOOR Storytimes, learn basic photography and navigation skills, or simply bring a little bit of nature to you.
Bookings are essential for all sessions. Please contact your local branch.
Bell Library – click here to book online
Beginners photography for kids (7+ years) – Friday 5 October, 10.30 – 11.30am. *Please bring your own smartphone or tablet. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Chinchilla Library – click here to book online
Beginners photography for kids (7+ years) – Wednesday 26 September, 2.30 – 3.30pm. *Please bring your own smartphone or tablet. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Beginners photography for kids (7+ years) – Thursday 27 September, 2.30 – 3.30pm. *Please bring your own smartphone or tablet. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Fairies and Elves garden (6+ years) – Wednesday 3 October, 2.30 – 3.30pm
Hunt for hidden treasure (8+ years) – Thursday 4 October, 2.30 – 3.30pm. *Please bring your own smartphone which is GPS enables and has been loaded with the ‘Geocaching’ app. You will also need to have created a free Geocaching account. Contact Library staff before the event id you require assistance. We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Chinchilla Storytime sessions – Storytime will continue throughout the school holidays and be held outside! Follow us on Facebook for location details.
- Yoga storytime (all ages) – Tuesdays at 10.15am
- Toddler storytime (1-3 years) – Fridays at 10.15am
Dalby Library – click here to book online
Hunt for hidden treasure (8+ years) – Wednesday 26 September, 10.30-11.30am *We may take attendees outside the Library in a supervised group during this activity, so hats, shoes and a waterbottle are recommended.
Flower pot making (6+ years) – Wednesday 3 October, 10.30-11.30am
Dalby Storytime sessions – Storytime will continue throughout the school holidays and be held outside! Follow us on Facebook for location details.
- Toddler storytime (1-3 years) – Tuesdays at 10.30am
Miles Library – Contact the Library for bookings
Make a bouquet of flowers (5+ years) – Tuesday 25 September, 10.00-11.00am
Grass trees (5+ years) – Thursday 4 October, 10.00-11.00am
Tara Library – Contact the Library for bookings
Birds, bees & butterfly feeders (5+ years) – Wednesday 26 September, 10.30am-12.00pm
Beautiful Gardens – Colourful pot plants & garden markers (5+ years) – Wednesay 3 October, 10.30am-12.00pm
Wandoan Library – Contact the Library for bookings
Paint a skateboard deck (8+ years) – Thursday 27 September, 10.30-11.30am
Jandowae, Meandarra and Moonie Libraries
A craft table will be available during the school holidays. Call in any time, no need to book.
- Storytime is for Everyone
Read, talk, play… Storytime is for everyone at Western Downs Libraries!
Storytime for Bubs (0–12 months)
Storytime for Toddlers (1–3 years)
Storytime for Kids (3–5 years)
Yoga Storytime (all ages)
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.Continue reading →