Tara Library

  • Storytime for Bubs

    Learning starts from birth, but how can I help my baby learn? How do I read books with a baby? And how do I find the time?

    Storytime for Bubs aims to help parents and carers embrace and become confident in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.

     

    Storytime for Bubs is an interactive session between parent (or caregiver) and baby:

    Chinchilla Library – Tuesdays, 9.00am

    Dalby Library – Tuesdays, 9.00am

    All other libraries – Register your interest at your local branch. With enough participants we can hold Storytime at any Library!

     

    With funding through the State Government’s First Five Forever initiative, we’ve been able to put a concerted effort into research and development of this early literacy program. Combining strategies and exercises from leading and well-proven early development practices, we’ve created a relaxed opportunity to develop the bond between infant and carer while enhancing developmental potential through that relationship.

    90 percent of brain development happens in the first five years of a child’s life, and language and development before age three is the single most important factor in school success. Sharing books, singing nursery rhymes and talking to your child from birth is the best way to support your baby’s communication and pre-literacy development.

    It’s never too early to read, talk, play!

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

    Did you know we also offer Storytime for Toddlers, Kids and Yoga Storytime? Click here for details of Storytime sessions at our other branches.

  • Music Man Storytime at Tara

    Come along and find out all about our Music Man storytime.  Listen to a story, make some music, dance and do some craft.

    The next Storytime session at the Tara Library is on Friday 7 July 2017 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.

     

  • Tara Bookclub

    Tara’s next Bookclub meeting will be held at the Library on Thursday 13 July at 10.30am.

    If you would like to read more books during 2017, 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.

    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.

  • Conversations in English in Tara

    The next meeting  for the Tara CinE group will be held at the Tara Library on Wednesday 19 July at 10.30am.

    Conversations in English (CinE), is a free friendship group for people who have English as an additional language and they meet every month at Tara Library! This month there will be a visit from a local Health Professional to discuss available health services and how to access them.

    Tara is the fourth Conversations in English group to form in the Western Downs region and their aim is to help those who would like to make new connections or just practice their English in a relaxed and safe environment.

    For more information and enquiries about this group contact the group leader, Leandra Ashwell on 0439 939 439, Tara Library on 4679 4481 or email tara.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au.

    Check out the Conversation in English region-wide Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/convoinenglish/

    Click here to find out about Conversations in English Chinchilla

    Click here to find out about Conversations in English Dalby

     

     

  • June/July School Holiday Activities

    Our upcoming school holidays are packed full of exciting activities! The Big Tech Roadshow is making its way through our Libraries with brand new technology just waiting to be tested, along with many other fun activities, including a fantastic show from beloved children’s author Andy Jones.

    Bring out your inner engineer and design a renewable energy wacky racer, blast into space with balloon rockets or make and fly your own wind-powered kite! We love renewable energy at Western Downs Libraries.

     

    Bookings are essential! Contact your library, email library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au or visit our Facebook page to find out more!

     

    Bell (bookings essential)

    Wednesday 28 June, 2.00–4.00pm                The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

     

     

    Chinchilla (bookings essential)

    Monday 26 June, 10.00am–5.30pm              3D Colouring (all ages, no need to book)

    Wednesday 28 June, 10.30am–11.30am      Gone with the Wind: kites, wind chimes & pinwheels (5+)

    Thursday 29 June, 2.30pm–3.30pm              Wacky Racers: design a wind-powered car (8+)

    Monday 3 July, 10.00am–5.30pm                  3D Colouring (all ages, no need to book)

    Tuesday 4 July, 2.30pm–3.30pm                   Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    Wednesday 5 July, 10.30am–11.30am          Techno dancing: choreograph a Sphero dance (8+)

    Thursday 6 July, 2.30pm–3.30pm                  The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

     

    Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!

    • Bubs (0–12 months) – Tuesday, 9.00am
    • Toddlers (1–3 years) – Friday 10.15am

     

    Dalby (bookings essential)

    Monday 26 June, 10.30–11.30am                  Blast into Space with Balloon Rockets (3+)

    Thursday 29 June, 10.30–11.30am                Build a Pringle Can Windsock (7+)

    Monday 3 July, 2.30–3.30pm                         Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    Wednesday 5 July, 10.30–11.30am               Make and Fly your own Wind-powered Kite (7+)

    Thursday 6 July, 10.30–11.30am                   Renewable Energy Wind-powered Cars (7+)

     

    Don’t forget our Storytime sessions will continue throughout the school holidays!

    • Bubs (0–12 months) – Tuesday, 9.00am
    • Toddlers (1–3 years) – Tuesday, 10.30am

     

    Jandowae (bookings essential)

    Wednesday 28 June, 10.00–11.00am            The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

    Monday 3 July, 10.00–11.00am                     Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    A Renewable Energy craft table will be available all holidays during opening hours. Call in any time.

     

    Moonie and Meandarra (no need to book)

    A Renewable Energy craft table will be available all holidays during opening hours. Call in any time.

     

    Miles (bookings essential)

    Tuesday 27 June, 10.00–11.00am                 The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

    Wednesday 5 July, 2.30–3.30pm                   Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    Thursday 6 July, 10.00–11.00am                   The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

     

    Tara (bookings essential)

    Tuesday 27 June, 10.00am–12.00pm            Gone with the Wind: wind spinners, pinwheels and parachutes (5+, no need to book)

    Thursday 29 June, 10.00am–12.00pm          The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech!  (8+)

    Tuesday 4 July, 10.30am–11.30pm               Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    Thursday 6 July, 10.00am–12.00pm              Blow Painting and Kite-Making (5+, no need to book)

     

    Wandoan (bookings essential)

    Tuesday 27 June, 2.00–3.00pm                     The Big Tech Roadshow: Try out some new tech! (8+)

    Wednesday 5 July, 10.00am–11.00am          Andy Jones – What’s the Joke? Show: Rap, Rhyme and Putrid Poetry Tour (5+)

    A Renewable Energy craft table will be available all holidays during opening hours. Call in any time.

  • Andy Jones: What’s the Joke?

    Best-selling children’s author and entertainer, Andy Jones, presents a hilarious musical show about jokes and humour. He has toured schools Australia-wide, and soon he will be making his way to the Western Downs!

    Using guitar, drums and fun props, Andy will show you how to deliver a punch line, create a joke, use gross humour and laugh until your sides ache! This event is a must-see for children (and adults!) of all ages. With heaps of crowd participation (beware belly dancing, dads!), non-stop action, and fun for the whole family, you’re not going to want to miss Andy’s What’s the Joke? show!

    Kids, drag your parents along! Parents (we know you’re excited for some fart jokes), don’t take no for an answer! This is a side-splitting event not to miss. The best part? It’s completely free!

    Join Andy Jones on his tour of the Western Downs in six great locations:

     

    Monday 3 July, 10.00am–11.00am:   Jandowae Library

    Monday 3 July, 2.30pm–3.30pm:   Dalby Library

    Tuesday 4 July, 10.30am–11.30pm:   Tara Library

    Tuesday 4 July, 2.30pm–3.30pm:   Chinchilla Library

    Wednesday 5 July, 10.00am–11.00am:   Wandoan Library

    Wednesday 5 July, 2.30–3.30pm:   Miles Library

     

    Best suited to ages 5+ (but all are welcome). Bookings are essential!

     

    Click here to make a booking!

     

    Contact your library, email library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au or visit our Facebook page to find out more!

    Want more awesome school holiday activities? Click here to see the full list of what’s happening at your Library these June/July holidays.

  • Things to do in and around Tara in June

    2 June: Storytime at Tara Library, 10.00am.

    3 June: Tara Men’s Group Market Day from 9.00am.

    3 June: Wandoan Antique Show, Wandoan Cultural Centre from 10.30am.

    3-4 June: Wandoan Polocrosse Carnival, Wandoan Showgrounds

    4 June: WDOP Markets @ Dalby Railway Station. Market stalls, Food Van’s, Jumping Castle, Lucky Ducks, Fairy Floss and more. Email jason@nullwdop.net.au or click here for further information.

    5-10 June: Western Downs Youth Week. For more information click here.

    8 June: Tara Bookclub, Tara Library, 10.30am. Click here for more information.

    11 June: Warra Country Markets, Warra Post Office – Warrego Highway, 8.00am–12.00pm. Phone 0422 828 762 for further information.

    9 June: Playgroup at Tara Community Church (back hall), Milne Street 9.00am–11.00am. Cost is $2 per child and B.Y.O morning tea.

    9-11 June: Tara Folk Festival, Wiembilla South Country Club, 21 Billabong Lane.

    10-11 June: 119th Phillipine Independence Day Celebrations, Dalby PCYC. For further information click here.

    11 June: Warra Markets, Warra Post Office, Ph 0497252375

    21 June: Conversations in English at the Tara Library, 11.00am. Click here for more information.

    16 June: Playgroup at Tara Community Church (back hall), Milne Street 9.00am–11.00am. Cost is $2 per child and B.Y.O morning tea.

    17 June: Dalby Markets, Dalby Showgrounds 6.00am–12.00pm. Ph 0429696775.

    18 June: Chinchilla Markets, Chinchilla Information Centre, Warrego Highway, 7.00am–12.00pm. Click here or here for further information.

    23 June: Playgroup at Tara Community Church (back hall), Milne Street 9.00am–11.00am. Cost is $2 per child and B.Y.O morning tea.

    25 June: Bunya Mountain Community Markets, Bunya Mountains, South Burnett, 9.00am–2.00pm. Click here for more information.

    30 June: Playgroup at Tara Community Church (back hall), Milne Street 9.00am–11.00am. Cost is $2 per child and B.Y.O morning tea.

     

     

  • Introducing… Adobe Creative Cloud!

    Yes, you read that correctly. Western Downs Libraries are proud to announce they have partnered with Adobe to bring the Creative Cloud to you. Now you can borrow Adobe Creative Cloud in the same way that you would borrow a book! Join over 2.3 million users and let your creativity flow.

    Adobe Creative Cloud comes with the following programs:
    Photoshop Programs

    If you are a photographer, videographer, graphic designer, or animator, then you will definitely want to get your hands on this fantastic suite of programs.

    But Adobe Creative Cloud isn’t just for professionals.

    Do you have a whole stack of family vacation photos that you’ve been meaning to sort through?

    Are you a student at high school or university trying to complete a project?

    Maybe you’re a small business owner looking to create or update your company website?

    Or are you someone simply wanting to get their hands on a new program and learn some new skills?

    Whatever you may need, Adobe can help you to create a finished product you can be proud of. With loans spanning either two or four weeks, you will have the perfect opportunity to complete any project or assignment you may have.

    Have we caught your attention? Sign up to Adobe Creative Cloud by following these few simple steps, and you will be creating something wonderful before you know it!

    Want to learn more about how to use a particular program in the suite? Why not check out Lynda.com and take a look at the thousands of online training videos they have on offer. Signing up is easy, and with your Western Downs library card, you have unlimited access to the entire website.

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  • Tara Technology Support

    Get one-on-one basic technology support sessions at Tara Library from 9–9.30am each Wednesday and Thursday. We tailor each session for your personal needs. If you would like help wrangling your iPad or tablet we can do that, too. You can also bring along your own laptop if you’d like to learn how to use it, or if there’s one little thing you can never quite get the hang of. 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 online eLearning resources. Self-paced, free and accessible 24/7.

  • Ancestry.com at Your Library

    Did you know Western Downs Libraries has free access to Ancestry.com?

    Trace your family story with a family tree – Ancestry.com make it easy. If you visit one of our nine library branches, you can access this great resource on any of our public computers for FREE. Discover your family today.

    Click here to access the website while you’re at the library to begin tracing your family history! You might be surprised at what you will find.