- 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 – Contact the Library for bookings
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
Grass trees (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.
- 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 13 September.
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 →
- 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 7 September 2018 at 10:00 am, where we will meet up and walk across to Grevillea Park for an outdoor storytime.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for a Storytime session closer to you? Click here for details of Storytime in our other branches.
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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.
- Do you need a costume for Book Week?
Book Week began in 1946 when the Children’s Book Council of Australia wanted to celebrate children’s literature. However, this idea has expanded and many schools celebrate by having students dress-up as their favourite book character during Book Week, which is held in August.
Are you lacking inspiration? Don’t know what to make? We have all the answers on our shelves. Lots of children’s books that will provide you with ideas, plus books on how to make costumes. Why not try your hand at making a Charlie and Lola Costume or a Very Hungry Caterpillar costume?
Borrow your child’s favourite book and go searching in your local second hand shop for bits and pieces.
Alternatively, look at books such as Party! : the Ultimate Kids’ Birthday Party Book or The Complete Book of Dressing Up by Juliet Moxley, or Easy-to-make costumes by Kathryn Harrison and Valerie Kohn and try your hand at making a costume with your child.
Have fun this Book Week.
- Things to do in and around Tara in August!
Lots of events are happening in our region, so checkout the list below to find something to do over the next month.
2 August: Tara Shire State College Book Week Parade. Details can be found here.
3 August: Storytime and craft at Tara Library at 10.00am.
4 August: Tara Men’s Group Market, Grevillia Park, 30 Day Street (opp Medical Centre), from 9.00am.
5 August: WDOP Markets 8.00am – 1.00pm. Dalby Railway Station, 2 Hunter Street, Dalby. Click here for further information.
9 August: Tara Bookclub, Tara Library, 10.30am -12.00pm. Click here for more information.
11-12 August: Chinchilla Trail Ride, Chinchilla Polocrosse grounds. Click here for more details.
13 August: Royal Show Day – Tara Library is closed.
18 August: Dalby Twilight Markets, Dalby Showgrounds, Corner Nicholson and Wilkes Streets, Dalby 4-8.00pm. For further information, phone 0429696775 or click here.
19 August: Chinchilla Markets, Chinchilla Showgrounds, Zeller Street. Check out their facebook page here.
25 August: Bloomin’ Creative Showcase Workshop – ‘Fabulous Fabrics’. Tara Memorial Hall, 9.30am – 4.00pm. Click here for further details.
25 August: Yamison Rodeo, Bunya Avenue, Bunya Mountains. To check out the details click here.
26 August: Tara Scouts Market, 3 Bilton Street, Tara, 9.00am – 12.00pm.
26 August: Bunya Mountains Markets, Bunya Avenue, Bunya Mountains, 9.00am – 2.00pm.
29 August: “Under the Bonnet” safe driving for all workshop. 43 Drayton Street Dalby, 6.30-9.00pm. Click here for further details.
31 August: Opening Night: Bloomin’ Creative Showcase 2018. Tara Memorial Hall, 19 Fry Street, Tara 6.00 -9.00pm. Call 1300 COUNCIL to book your tickets.
- Do you love picture books that include simple craft?
We love a call to action that is featured in any book, but especially ones that can include the whole family. Completing craft that corresponds to a book can aid your child to understand the story and grow in their love of learning and reading.
Try looking at Float by Daniel Miyares. This book is about a small boy who is given an origami boat and features instructions for paper planes and boats. Or why not read Origami Heart by Binny. This beautiful book provides step by step instructions on how to make an origami heart and a paper plane. Both of these books are accompanied by a beautiful story.
Read I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon and you will be searching for an ink pad to make finger prints everywhere.
If you love nature borrow Jeanie Baker books and you will be inspired to make beautiful collages from things you find in your garden.
For the knitters among you, reserve your copy of Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat by Emily Mackenzie. This book will inspire you to show your little ones how to knit. We also have a copy of Patch’s Grand Dog Show by Sally Muir and Joanna Osbourne. This delightful book provides patterns to make the dogs that feature throughout the book.
Finally, why not bake a cake that goes perfectly with the booik Marigold Bakes a Cake by Mike Malbrough.
- 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)
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 →
- 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 Tuesday and Wednesday.
We tailor each session for your personal needs. For example, we can teach you how to use your iPad or tablet. 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 online eLearning resources. Self-paced, free and accessible 24/7.Continue reading →
- Western Downs Libraries are Going Paperless!
That’s right – Western Downs Libraries are taking steps to be more environmentally sustainable and Earth conscious by reducing our paper-based communication. From 31 July, communication from your library will no longer be sent by mail. Instead, you will receive reminders in real-time via email – how great is that?
To make sure your correct email address is listed, log on to westerndowns.spydus.com and do the following:
- Login using your Borrower ID and Password
- From here, your My Account information will be displayed
- To check if your contact information is correct, read through the My Details section by clicking on the arrow on the left side of the screen.
- To update your email address click on the dropdown arrow under Summary on the main page and choose Personal Details
- Scroll down to Contact Details and change your email address.
- Click Update when you’re finished.
If you are visiting from a desktop, follow these steps:
- Login using your Borrower ID and Password
- On the right side of the page, under My Library, click on My Account
- To check if your contact information is correct, read through the My Details section on the left side of the screen.
- To update your email address, click on Personal Details at the top of the screen and scroll down to Contact Details.
- Click Update when you’re finished.
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