- Storytime for Kids at Tara
Tara Storytime is on every Friday at 10am
Children love reading stories! The more you read, talk, sing and play with your child, the more lights you’re turning on in their brain. The experience of those first five years will stay with them forever.
Help your child develop a lifelong love of reading by coming along to a Storytime session at Tara Library – every Friday at 10am.
The next Tara Library Storytime session will be held on Friday 19 July 2019 at 10am.
All of our Storytime sessions are carefully planned to enhance early literacy skills. They feature stories, songs and fun craft activities.
Storytime for Kids is best suited to children aged 3 to 5, but everyone is welcome.
We also have a Storytime for Bubs every Tuesday morning at 11:30 am.
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.
- Publish your own photobook
It’s never been so easy to turn your memories into a high-quality photobook!
Photobooks are a modern take on the traditional photo album, presented and printed as a professional quality book, conveniently mailed to your home.
We’re excited to be hosting free workshops where you can learn how to use inexpensive online tools to turn your happy snaps into a cookbook, children’s book, travel journal, graduation or family album.
At a glance…
Dalby: Thursday 1 August 10am
Chinchilla: Thursday 1 August 10am
Wandoan: Friday 2 August 10am
Tara: Monday 5 August 10am
Jandowae: Wednesday 7 August 10am
Moonie: Thursday 8 August 9am
Meandarra: Thursday 8 August 1pm
Miles: Friday 9 August 10am
Bookings are essential. Register here, or contact 1300COUNCIL.
Please bring your own USB with photos to add to your photobook. Photos must be in a .jpg format and should be at least 4mb at 300dpi for best print quality.Continue reading →
- Call out to Western Downs Artists’
2019 Western Downs Regional Artist’ Exhibition | Inside Out
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery
21 October – 10 December 2019
The John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery is proudly sponsored by Murilla Hardware Supplies
Artists who live and/or work in the Western Downs Regional Council area are invited to submit work in any media to the 2019 Western Downs Artists’ Exhibition in response to the exhibition theme.
Inside Out invites artists to reflect on their personal arts practice by looking ‘in’, to connect with their essence of creativity, and bringing ‘out’ to demonstrate through inspired work. The theme invites playful and divergent thinking and could bring forth something unexpected.
Click on Entry Form for more details
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Cindy Grimes | Shades of Brigalow 2018 | Acrylic on canvas | 50.5cm x 76cm
- Drone Coding: Search and Rescue
National Science Week is coming up and STEM Punks are on their way to Western Downs Libraries.
STEM Punks will be holding a series of drone coding workshops at libraries and schools around the region in August. Kids will learn about block based coding and how to program a drone to complete a search and rescue mission!
Parents and guardians; coding is more fun with friends! We’d encourage you to join in with your child on all the search and rescue coding fun! Introduce your kids to the wonders of STEAM and watch them soar.
At a glance…
Dalby Library: Saturday 10 August
9am, 10.45am and 12.30pm
Chinchilla Library: Saturday 17 August
9am, 10.45am and 12.30pm
Places are limited so bookings are essential. Please register here.
Everywhere else: STEM Punks will also be touring schools in Bell, Jandowae, Wandoan, Miles, Tara and Meandarra during National Science Week.
Suitable for kids aged 9 – 12. Please contact your local branch, or 1300 COUNCIL for more information.
This program is made possible through the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants Program in partnership with Western Downs Regional Council.Continue reading →
- Your Photography Journey starts here!
You can live your best life with a little help from your library! We’re happy to offer our library members access to the entire library of Lynda.com training videos and courses.
For photography enthusiasts, Lynda.com has 876 Courses and 32,554 Video Tutorials relating to photography!
Photography courses and tutorials cover the following subjects:
- Visual Effects (154)
- Cameras + Gear (150)
- Raw Processing (122)
- Lighting (103)
- Masking + Compositing (91)
- Portraits (84)
- Compositing (70)
- Photo Management (70)
- Color Correction (54)
- iPhone, iPod, iPad (54)
- Retouching (50)
- Sharing Photos (38)
- Photography Foundations (32)
- DSLR Video (29)
- Black and White (27)
- HDR (18)
- Night + Low Light (17)
- Plugin (16)
- Restoration (16)
- Flash Photography (7)
- Scanning (6)
- Sharpening (3)
We hope that by providing access to these great courses and video tutorials, you’ll have the resources to start your photography journey.
Other than photography, there are literally thousands of easy to follow, professionally developed online courses in everything from marketing to car repairs, from python coding to Microsoft Excel and everything in between.
All you need is your Western Downs Libraries membership card. If you have any questions or need any help starting one of the courses, just get in touch with us.
You can create your free account with Lynda.com right here.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 11 July 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 →
- Brrrr, it’s cold in here…
When you come inside out of the cold during these chilly winter days, it helps to have a cosy, inviting room to hibernate in. If you do not have a fireplace, light some candles. They instantly make the room feel warm and inviting. Have woolen blankets and throws draped over arm chairs and thick rugs on the floor to trap the warmth. A cup of hot chocolate and a good book, huddled up on the lounge in front of a fire is a great way to finish the day.
Not sure what hobby to try this winter? New on the market is “Air-drying Clay”, it’s very manageable and soft. Creating objects by hand is very satisfying. Turn to page 184 and follow instructions to make a Totem Hanging. Roll out and cut shapes, and form balls from different coloured clay to make a very charming hanging. Use colourful acrylic paint to finish your project. Don’t stop there, make a pendent light shade, bowls for tea lights, a caddie for your kitchen utensils or stamped tiles for kitchen bench. You are only limited by your imagination.
Roses, roses and more roses, don’t stop at one, create a dramatic red flower garden bed. There are so many varieties and colours of red roses to choose from. If red’s not your favorite color, choose pink, yellow, apricot , white or mauve. Page 49 has a column on how to prune your roses, and how to plant bare rooted roses.
It’s a proven fact that adding greenery to your workplace has positive effects. Pages 60-65 gives you ideas and tips on using plants to decorate your desk and home, introducing a variety of odd shaped containers in color and texture, and making use of the large windows in your home to make a garden window. Check to see if you already have some of these plants in your greenhouse, and propagate a few to bring inside before you hit the plant nursery.
Looking in your backyard and something is missing? Maybe you have room for a fire pit. Pages 72-75 covers everything you need to know about getting one in your backyard. Install one and you will have an outdoor entertaining area all year round. Speak to your local council to see if you need to meet any regulations.
Take the time to read this months edition, you will find a copy at your local Western Downs Libraries Branch, or get it online free with your library card.Continue reading →
Term 3 of STEAMSquad is coming up quickly, and will run for 6 weeks from 30 July – 4 September. Registration opens at 9am on Monday 22 July!
#STEAMSquad is an after-school program for children aged 7–12, held at Chinchilla and Tara Libraries. Each week children participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths 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 progresses 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 to register:
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 in touch!
- Create colourful cartoons with Mark Guthrie!
Create your own colourful cartoons these school holidays with Australian illustrator, author and cartoonist Mark Guthrie.
Mark’s creations have come to life through his work with Scholastic, The Disney Channel and Walt Disney Animation Australia. Now you can learn to create cartoons and illustrations just like Mark with a workshop at Western Downs Libraries. Mark will be touring the region in July, bringing his art, jokes and cartoon fun with him!
At a glance:
Dalby Library: Monday 8 July – 10am
Jandowae Library: Monday 8 July – 2.30pm
Wandoan Library: Tuesday 9 July – 10am
Miles Library: Tuesday 9 July – 2.30pm
Chinchilla Library: Wednesday 10 July – 10am
Tara Library: Wednesday 10 July – 2.30pm
Moonie Library: Thursday 11 July – 10am
Meandarra Library: Thursday 11 July – 2.30pm
Bookings now open. Book online here.
Workshops are suitable for kids aged 6+.
Image Credit: Mark GuthrieContinue reading →
- Storytime for Bubs comes to Tara Library
90% of your child’s brain development happens in their first five years! Give your bub the best start in life with Storytime for Bubs!
During our sessions we sing lots of songs, share stories, and introduce learning games and sensory experiences to your little one.
Storytime for Bubs is a friendly and relaxed session that encourages your baby’s development and supports you in being your child’s first and most important teacher.
Sharing stories and rhymes, signs, talking and playing with your child from birth, builds a foundation for your child’s future development that can last a lifetime.
Here’s your excuse to get out of the house, make some new friends, and encourage your baby’s development.
Where: Tara Library
When: Every Tuesday at 11am, Tuesday 18 June to Tuesday 23 July.
Baby Storytime is aimed at ages 0-12 months. Sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff. Siblings are welcome to attend.
It’s never too early to Read, Play, Sing and Talk.Continue reading →