- 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 →
- 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
Places are limited so bookings are essential. Register here, or contact 1300COUNCIL.Continue 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 email@example.com 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.
- Author Review – Jane Harper
Rugged outback scenery, intriguing characters, in-depth mysteries. You’ll find all this and more in Jane Harper’s bestselling novels The Dry, Force of Nature and The Lost Man. Follow Detective Aaron Falk as he confronts a series of outback murders, and comes to grip with the shadows of his small town past. Be transported to a vast and barren landscape with conditions ripe for the perfect murder. Jane Harper will transport you to the heart of the outback, and expose the secrets that hide in small towns and the vast Australian wilderness.
Jane Harper was born in Manchester in the UK, and moved to Australia with her family at age eight. She spent six years in Boronia, Victoria, where she became an Australian citizen. Jane returned to the UK as a teenager and went on to study English and History, before becoming a trainee reporter in County Durham.
Jane has won numerous top awards including the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year and the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year.
Jane’s books are published in more than 35 countries world-wide, but you can find them right here at your local Western Downs Libraries branch.Continue reading →
- August in your town
August is Seniors Month…… Go to your local library and see what activities are planned for you this month. Things like online scrapbooking and photobooks, Grandparents Storytime, a gardening workshop, and a luncheon organised by council.
August 1 — Baby Rhyme time with Karen at the library at 10am.
August 2 — Online scrapbooking and photobooks workshop at the library from 10am – 12pm. Morning tea supplied. Book early, 8 places available.
August 8 — Wandoan Creative Sewers meet in the club room from 9.30am – 3pm. Bring your lunch and current project and spend the day with the girls.
August 8 — Bookclub members meet in the library from 3.30pm for afternoon tea and to discuss our most recent book, The Darcy Cousins by Monica Fairview.
August 12 — Photo preservation station will be here at the library until Friday 6 September. Bring in slides, negatives and prints and transfer them to a USB stick to store or print. Ring Karen or Chris and book yourself some time with the machine.
August 15 — Baby Rhyme time with Karen at the library at 10am.
August 15 — Drone Workshop at the Wandoan State School at 10am.
August 21 — Grandparents Storytime session at the library at 10am.
August 22 — Wandoan Senior Citizens travel to Taroom for luncheon.
August 30 — Michael Wells Gardening Workshop at the Cultural Centre Courtyard starting at 10am.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for Storytime at a branch near you? Click here for other Storytime sessions.Continue reading →
- 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 →
- 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 FREE 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!
Special guest Dr Serena Lee will also be visiting Dalby Library on Saturday 10 August. Dr Lee is a Physical Oceanographer who uses drones in her research. Dr Lee will be presenting in between drone coding workshops, and you won’t want to miss her visit.
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 →