Tara Library

  • Dalby Storytime is in Thomas Jack Park

    Storytime Tuesday 20 November 2018 will be held at Thomas Jack Park, Dalby at 10.30am.

    We’re celebrating World Nursery Rhyme Week by having a group time and play activities in the lovely sunshine.

    Children can come dressed as their favourite nursery rhyme character and let their imaginations run wild at the park.

    Bring a hat, water bottle and maybe a picnic to enjoy afterwards.


    Sheridan and Janette look forward to seeing you there.

    Do you have children under five? Why not try a regular Storytime session held at:

    Dalby Library – Tuesdays, 10.30am

    Chinchilla Library – Fridays, 10.15am

    Want more books? Check out our online Story Box Library.

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  • 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 December 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 tara.library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au

    Looking for a Storytime session closer to you? Click here for details of Storytime in our other branches.


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  • 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 13 December 2018.

    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.

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  • Tara Technology Support

    Get help with your technology troubles with one-on-one basic technology support sessions at Tara Library from 9.30am – 10.30am 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 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.

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  • Things to do in and around Tara in November!

    Lots of events are happening in our region, so checkout the list below to find something to do over the next month.


    2 November: Storytime and Craft for Kids at Tara Library, 31 Day Street, Tara at 10.30am.

    2-3 November: NRCA 2018 National Rodeo Finals, Dalby Showgrounds, 54 Nicholson Street, Dalby. Click here for more information.

    3 November: Tara Pool Party, Tara Swimming Pool, 11.00am – 1.00pm. Cool off with your favourite DJ Damo, $2 entry, food and drinks available for purchase.

    3 November: Tara Men’s Group Market, Grevillia Park, 30 Day Street (opp Medical Centre), from 9.00am.

    3 November: WDOP Markets 8.00am – 1.00pm. Dalby Railway Station, 2 Hunter Street, Dalby. Click here for further information.

    4 November: Dulacca Annual Markets, Dulacca Pioneers Memorial Hall, 36 Warrego Highway, Dulacca,  8.00am – 1.00pm.

    5 November: Tara Play Group, Community Church Hall, Milne St, Tara. 9.30-11.30am and is $2 per child.

    Melbourne Cup Lunchoen, Tarcoola Village at 11.00am. Phone 4678 7892 to book your seat.

    8 November: Tara Bookclub, Tara Library, 10.30am -12.00pm. Click here for more information.

    8 November: QGC Operations Update, Wieambilla Country Club, 21 Billabong Lane, Tara, 9.00am – 12.00pm.

    10 November: Chinchilla Spring Family Race Day, Racecourse Road at 10.00am. Phone 4662 7495 or check out their facebook page here.

    12 November: Tara Play Group, Community Church Hall, Milne St, Tara. 9.30-11.30am and is $2 per child.

    13 November: Save the Children Free Mobile Playscheme, 9.30-11.30 at  Tara Lagoon. Phone Kaylea on 0411 869 131 for further details.

    17 November: Dalby Twilight Markets, Dalby Showgrounds, Corner Nicholson and Wilkes Streets, Dalby 4-8.00pm. Phone 0429696775 or click here for more information.

    18 November: Chinchilla Markets, Chinchilla Showgrounds, Zeller Street. Check out their facebook page here.

    19 November: Tara Play Group, Community Church Hall, Milne St, Tara. 9.30-11.30am and is $2 per child.

    25 November: Tara Scouts Market, 3 Bilton Street, Tara, 9.00am – 12.00pm.

    25 November: Bunya Mountains Markets, Bunya Avenue, Bunya Mountains, 9.00am – 2.00pm.

    26 November: Tara Play Group, Community Church Hall, Milne St, Tara. 9.30-11.30am and is $2 per child.

    27 November: Save the Children Free Mobile Playscheme, 9.30-11.30 at  Tara Lagoon. Phone Kaylea on 0411 869 131 for further details.









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  • 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!



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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • Photo Preservation
    Do you have treasured family photos that you want to preserve?

    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.

    Fact sheet

    Colour negatives and slides

    Black and White negatives and slides

    Photos and Documents

    Chinchilla LibraryMonday 6 August – Friday 24 August 2018
    Dalby LibraryMonday 10 September – Friday 28 September 2018
    Bell LibraryMonday 15 October – Friday 2 November 2018
    Jandowae LibraryMonday 19 November – Friday 14 December 2018
    Miles LibraryMonday 7 January – Friday 25 January 2019
    Wandoan LibraryMonday 11 February – Friday 1 March 2019
    Tara LibraryMonday 18 March – Friday 5 April 2019
    Meandarra LibraryMonday 22 April – Friday 10 May 2019
    Moonie LibraryMonday 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.

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  • 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.

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

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