- #STEAMSquad is starting in TARA!
Great news Tara residents! #STEAMsquad is coming to a branch near you!
#STEAMSquad is an after school program for children aged 7-12 years old. 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.
Some of our sessions may include: science experiments, art projects, engineering challenges, learning how to code, or using a robot.
Our #STEAMSquad program is extremely popular in Dalby and Chinchilla, and we are really excited to offer it in Tara too. We’re sure you’re kids are going to love it.
Registrations open on Monday 4 February at 9am. Spaces are limited and hotly contested, so get in quick!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 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 February 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.Continue reading →
- 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 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 our online eLearning resources. Self-paced, free and accessible 24/7.Continue reading →
- #STEAMSquad 2019
Registration opens at 9am on Monday 4 February!
#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.
During term 1:
Senior #STEAMSquad will be learning to code over 6 weeks, through interacting with the online game CodeCombat.
Junior #STEAMSquad will be conducting a series of science experiments, engineering tasks and art projects, and completing challenges using Sphero robotic balls.
Click here to register for:
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!
- 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 1 February 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for a Storytime session closer to you? Click here for details of Storytime in our other branches.
- 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.
- visit www.wdrc.kanopy.com/
- Create an account
- Enter your library card number and pin (last 4 digits of card number)
- Enjoy 10 movies per month, absolutely free!
- Combat loss of reading achievement
Experts call it the “summer slide,” where children lose up to two months of reading achievement over the Christmas holidays?
Your local Library has the solution. We have Emergent readers, Beginner readers and Early readers that are high interest and cover lots of topics. Ask your local librarian to advise about other Junior Fiction books that may be of interest such as Frog on a Log in a Bog by Andy Griffiths or go on adventures with Algy. This series are small chapter books with coloured illustrations which are great for those children transitioning from picture books. Why not borrow Algy’s Amazing Adventures in the Arctic or Algy’s Amazing Adventures in the Jungle or Algy’s Amazing Adventures in Space all written by Kaye Umansky. Other books you may like to try are the Sporty Kids series or the Aussie Nibbles series. There are lots of choices available.
Have fun over the holidays and we would love to see you and your little readers in the library soon.Continue reading →
- January School Holiday Activities
The curious comes to life these school holidays at your Library.
Bell Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)
Wednesday 16 January, 10am-12pm – Stop motion: Aliens and cupcakes come to life: Part 1 Prop-making (6+)
Wednesday 23 January, 10am-12pm – Stop motion: Aliens and cupcakes come to life: Part 2 Recording (6+)
Chinchilla Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)
Tuesday 8 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Cootie catchers animal chatterboxes (6+)
Thursday 10 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Dragon Eggs: make your own magical egg (6+)
Tuesday 15 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Tinker creature (6+)
Thursday 17 January, 2.30-3.30pm – Stop motion (8+)
Don’t forget our Toddler Storytime session will continue throughout the school holidays! Every Friday, 10.15am.
Dalby Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)
Wednesday 9 January, 10.30-11.30am – Dragon craft (6+)
Wednesday 16 January, 10.30-11.30am – Curious creature masks (6+)
Thursday 17 January, 10.30-11.30am – Sploder.com: make your own monster arcade game (7+)
Don’t forget our Toddler Storytime session will continue throughout the school holidays! Every Tuesday, 10.30am
Jandowae Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)
Wednesday 9 January, 10-11am – Stop motion (8+)
Wednesday 16 January, 10-11am – Alien name: turn your name into an alien (6+)
Miles Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)
Thursday 3 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)
Tuesday 8 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)
Thursday 17 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)
Tuesday 22 January, 10-11am – Curious creatures craft (5+)
Tara Library (bookings essential – click here to book now)
Tuesday 8 January, 10am-12pm – Curious Creatures craft table (no bookings required)
Tuesday 15 January, 10am-12pm – Sphero: painting with robotic balls (10+)
Meandarra and Wandoan Libraries (no need to book)
A Curious Creatures craft table will be available throughout the January holidays. Call in any time.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 →
- Story Box Library
Story Box Library is an engaging educational resource that inspires reading in kids of all ages, improving language and literacy skills along the way.
Story Box Library was created to:
- Engage children with stories and voices to make personal connections
- develop vital language and literacy skills
- combat endless online searching for quality literacy resources; and
- get kids excited about reading and let imaginations fly!
Best of all, it’s free for families via participating public libraries (that’s us)!
See and hear your favourite stories come to life, read by Nick Cave, Justine Clarke, Eddie Perfect, Katie Ritchie, Andrew Hansen, Missy Higgins, Shane Jacobson and many more.
What is Story Box Library?
The best place to watch celebrated stories read aloud by your favourite storytellers.
How does Story Box Library work?
Story Box Library steams ad-free content directly into the library and homes of library patrons on any device with Internet connection.
Are stories added regularly?
Yes! 30–40 carefully curated, thought-provoking and engaging stories are added each year.
Who are the storytellers?
A range of actors, comedians, sports people, musicians, authors, illustrators, TV presenters, performers, students, grandparents, activist and educators – each sharing their unique voice.
Who is Story Box Library recommended for?
Story Box Library is a fantastic resource for pre-school through to upper primary years.
To access these great resources, visit storyboxlibrary.com/libraries and:
- Select Western Downs Regional Council
- Enter your library barcode
- Enjoy stories, short films and at-home activities
Got Questions? Ask your librarian about Story Box Library today!Continue reading →