- Climate Extremes
Our region has experienced many extremes in weather in recent years with record breaking droughts, temperatures and floods. Flood Horror and Tragedy is a lasting momento documenting the trials and tragedies experiences by Queenslanders in the extraordinary summer of 2010-2011. Here we are, eight years later, experiencing the other extreme, one of our worst droughts in history. For many of us the familiar (or unfamiliar) sound of rain is a beautiful sound, but for those who experienced the floods of 2010-2011, the sound triggers a chilling sense of sadness. This 345 page book contains many large scale evocative images of the “Big Wet” including images and stories from the affected towns of Dalby, Chinchilla and Condamine.
The book was compiled by a committee of parents and friends of Agnew School. 100% of the profits from the sale of this book were donated to the Australian Red Ross and other charities. It is available at your local Western Downs Libraries branch.
Here at Western Downs Libraries, there are many books covering a vast range of topics relating to climate including:
- Gardening Workshops with ABC Radio’s Michael Wells!
Got plant problems? Not anymore.
Gardening guru Michael Wells is coming to the Western Downs, and he is bringing his plant-whispering wisdom with him.
When Michael isn’t teaching horticulture at TAFE Queensland, or working in his own garden, he writes a gardening column for the Toowoomba Chronicle and advises ABC Southern Queensland radio listeners on all things gardening.
Michael will be hosting a series of gardening workshops at Western Downs Libraries branches in August and September. Discover how plant selection and the secrets of soil can make your garden the envy of your neighbours.
At a glance…
Bell: Friday 23 August 10am
Jandowae: Friday 23 August 2pm
Dalby: Friday 30 August 10am
Tara: Friday 30 August 2.30pm
Wandoan: Friday 6 September 10am
Chinchilla: Friday 6 September 2.30pm
Miles: Friday 6 September 5.30pm
Places are limited so bookings are essential. Register here, or contact 1300COUNCIL.
For the Miles workshop please register here, or contact 1300COUNCILContinue reading →
- Be Connected: There has never been a better time to get online
Learning about computers may seem intimidating and complicated but it doesn’t have to be.
In conjunction with Be Connected, Western Downs Libraries is striving to make digital literacy easy. Whether you are a job seeker striving to expand your skill set or someone who has never touched a computer before, be connected is perfect for you.
With the assistance of our supportive staff and volunteers, taking the plunge has never been so easy. You can tailor your learning experience to your personal requirements and skill level with the huge range of available lessons.
Not only does be connected teach you how to use a computer and its applications, it also provides you with the skills to stay safe online and even connect to people with similar interests and hobbies across the globe. Opening the doors to the endless possibilities of technology has never been easier or more accessible.
Improve your confidence, abilities, and knowledge of technology. Find out how to sign up for Be connected at your local branch
If you or someone you know is interested in these sessions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning your local branch on 1300 COUNCIL, to register your interest.
- Social Media Marketing Training at your fingertips
Social media has dramatically altered the way businesses engage with their potential customers. In the modern business landscape, a healthy social media presence is a must for businesses large and small. Setting up and managing the perfect social media profiles can be a daunting task for small business owners, but never fear, you can find everything you need to know for free with your Western Downs Libraries Card.
You can find more than 360 short courses and videos on the topic of Social Media Marketing on Lynda.com that show you how to market your business on social media. Learn how to engage influencers, grow your personal brand, craft the perfect LinkedIn InMail message, boost your Facebook reach and engagement, get more Instagram followers, and more.
- Why invest in social media?
- Developing a documented strategy
- Defining your audience
- Finding the right channels
- Developing a content series
- Publishing best practices
- Competitive intelligence
- Understanding paid advertising
- Driving results with paid ads
- Pairing metrics to goals
If you’ve got your social media marketing down pat, there are literally thousands of easy to follow, professionally developed online courses in everything from photography to security, from music lessons to 3D Printing 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.
- What’s on in your Community in September 2019
September 4: Mobile Women’s Health nurse visiting Wandoan Primary Health Centre, phone 4627 4444 to make an appointment.
September 5: Baby Rhyme time at 10am with Karen at the Wandoan Library.
September 6: Michael Wells visits Wandoan Library at 10am, bringing with him tips on getting your garden ready for spring. Bookings essential as spaces are limited. Phone 1300 COUNCIL or register here.
September 6, 7 & 8: Queensland State Polocrosse at the Wandoan Showgrounds.
September 12: Wandoan Bookclub members meet at 3.30pm at the library for cake and coffee. This month’s book is Mini Shopaholic written by Sophie Kinsella.
September 12: Wandoan Creative sewers meet in the clubroom at the Cultural Centre. Bring your unfinished projects, lunch, sewing machine and join the ladies for a chat.
September 14: Guluguba State School Six-a-Side Bush Cricket Day. Start organizing your teams for a fun filled day.
September 19: Fun Palace at Wandoan Library. Games and activities planned for a fun-filled day. Starting at 11.30am–2.30pm. Stay tuned for updates…
September 21 & 22: Noonga’s Two days Tennis Championships, contact Brendan Leahy (4627 6483) and Mary Leahy (4627 6358) to register your interest.
September 26: Community Funding received through QGC has allowed Wandoan Health Auxiliary to organise a day of driving training. Contact Cecilia (4627 4294) or (0427 134 141) to book your place. Open to anyone holding a current driving licence.Continue reading →
- Wandoan Bookclub
Love a good book and enjoy sharing your thoughts on the book?
Wandoan Library has our very own Bookclub and our next get together will be on Thursday August 8 at 3.30 pm.
Looking for a Bookclub closer to you? Click here for details of Bookclubs at our other branches.Continue reading →
- Storytime for Kids with Karen and Chris
Come in and join the fun at our Storytime for Kids!
Karen or Chris will be singing, reading a fantastic story, and making some great craft to take home.
Our next Storytime is August 21, 2019
Storytime for Kids is best suited to ages 3–5 years, but everyone is welcome. Enquiries to 1300 COUNCIL or email@example.com
Looking for Storytime at a branch near you? Click here for other Storytime sessions.Continue reading →
- Have you heard about Kanopy?
Come in and see us to hear all about the Western Downs Libraries new award-winning video streaming service- Kanopy.
Kanopy is an on-demand film streaming service showcasing more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, film festival favourites and indie and classic films. Popular movies streaming now include A Ghost Story, Swiss Army Man and Life After Beth and Colossal, just to name a few.
Looking for some kids entertainment? On Kanopy Kids you’ll find tonnes of great movies, TV shows, educational videos, your ABC kids favourites and much more!
The best part? You can start streaming now for free with your library card. Just head on over to Kanopy and get streaming!
- Storytime for Bubs
90% of your child’s brain development happens in their first 5 years! Give your bub the best start in life with Storytime for Bubs!
During our Storytime for Bubs sessions we sing lots of songs, share stories, and introduce learning games and sensory experiences. Storytime is a friendly and relaxed session with the aim of encouraging your baby’s development and supporting 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.
Chinchilla Library – 9.30-10am every Thursday during term time
Dalby Library – 10am-10.30am every Wednesday, 17 July – 21 August
Wandoan Library – 10am-10.30am, first and third Thursday of every month
Tara Library – 11am -11.30am, every Tuesday, 18 June to 23 July
Storytime for Bubs is aimed at ages 0-12 months. Sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff.
It’s never too early to Read, Play, Sing and Talk.Continue reading →
- Wandoan Photo Challenge entries
Invitation to interested persons who would like to view the winning entries that where received for the
Wandoan Photo Challenge.
Wandoan Library is open Monday to Friday – 9.00 am -5.00 pm