Wandoan Library

  • What’s on in Wandoan?

    Are you looking for something to do in Wandoan? Check out the list below:

    August 1 —  The local Wandoan Kindergarten children come at 9.30am for Storytime, craft and singing

    August 4 —  Noonga Multi-Vendor Clearance Sale – Major Fundraiser – collating a list of names of people; if interested please let them know

    August 9 — Bookclub ladies meet at the library to discuss the latest book. Details to come

    August 9 —  Wandoan Creative Sewers meet in the Club room, bring along some hand stitching or a larger project to work on.  The girls are happy to help you if you need ideas on your next project or general information.  Stay for as long as you like, bring your morning tea or lunch.  Urn is always hot

    August 13 – 14 — Western Downs Libraries are holding computer courses at Wandoan, spots are limited so get in early and book yours at our library or go to www.beconnected.esafety.gov.au

    August 15 — The Wandoan Kindergarten children come at 9.30am for Storytime, craft and singing

    August 23 —  Seniors Celebrations at the Cultural Centre Wandoan

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  • Storytime is for Everyone

    Read, talk, play… Storytime is for everyone at Western Downs Libraries!


    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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  • Do you need a costume for Book Week?

    Book Week began in 1946 when the Children’s Book Council of Australia wanted to celebrate children’s literature. However, this idea has expanded and many schools celebrate by having students dress-up as their favourite book character during Book Week, which is held in August.

    Are you lacking inspiration? Don’t know what to make? We have all the answers on our shelves. Lots of children’s books that will provide you with ideas, plus books on how to make costumes. Why not try your hand at making a Charlie and Lola Costume or a  Very Hungry Caterpillar costume?

    Borrow your child’s favourite book and go searching in your local second hand shop for bits and pieces.

    Alternatively, look at books such as Party! : the Ultimate Kids’ Birthday Party Book or The Complete Book of Dressing Up by Juliet Moxley, or Easy-to-make costumes by Kathryn Harrison and Valerie Kohn and try your hand at making a costume with your child.

    Have fun this Book Week.



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  • Be Connected during Seniors Month

    There’s never been a better time to get online.

    August is Seniors Month in the Western Downs. Our Libraries are celebrating our seniors by providing digital technology lessons across the regions. Choose from the following great sessions:

    • Getting started online
    • Advanced online skills
    • Connecting with others

    Places are limited. Contact 1300 COUNCIL or email library@nullwdrc.qld.gov.au to reserve your place today!


    Bell Library

    Getting Started Online: Friday 3 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Chinchilla Library

    Getting Started Online: Wednesday 15 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Dalby Library 

    Getting Started Online: Part 1, Monday 27 August, 10am – 12pm. Part 2, Monday 3 September, 1pm – 3pm.

    Jandowae Library

    Advanced Online Skills: Thursday 23 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Connecting with Others: Friday 24 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Meandarra Library

    Advanced Online Skills: Monday 6 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Connecting with Others: Tuesday 7 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Miles Library

    Getting Started Online: Wednesday 8 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Wandoan Library

    Getting Started Online: Monday 13 August, 10am – 3pm.

    Advanced Online Skills: Tuesday 14 August, 10am – 3pm.


    You can also visit the Be Connected website to view a range of go-at-your-own-pace video tutorials.


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  • Western Downs Libraries are Going Paperless!

    That’s right – Western Downs Libraries are taking steps to be more environmentally sustainable and Earth conscious by reducing our paper-based communication. From 31 July, communication from your library will no longer be sent by mail. Instead, you will receive reminders in real-time via email – how great is that?

    To make sure your correct email address is listed, log on to westerndowns.spydus.com and do the following:

    1. Login using your Borrower ID and Password
    2. From here, your My Account information will be displayed
    3.  To check if your contact information is correct, read through the My Details section by clicking on the arrow on the left side of the screen.
    4. To update your email address click on the dropdown arrow under Summary on the main page and choose Personal Details
    5. Scroll down to Contact Details and change your email address.
    6. Click Update when you’re finished.

    If you are visiting from a desktop, follow these steps:

    1. Login using your Borrower ID and Password
    2. On the right side of the page, under My Library, click on My Account
    3.  To check if your contact information is correct, read through the My Details section on the left side of the screen.
    4. To update your email address, click on Personal Details at the top of the screen and scroll down to Contact Details.
    5. Click Update when you’re finished.

    Having trouble? Feel free to get in touch with your local library by phone or email, or drop by and see us in person!

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  • What’s happening in Wandoan during July?

    Are you looking for something to do in Wandoan this winter? There are plenty of things to choose from, so check out the list below:


    July 11 — Stop Motion Storytelling school holiday activities at Wandoan Library. 10.00am—12.00pm. Bookings essential.

    July 14  —  Wandoan Rally for a Cause, meet at the Wandoan Bowls club to register at 9.00 am.  $20.00 a car.

    July 21 —  Wandoan Camel Races. 6 race program, with the first race at 12.00 pm.  Night Entertainment.   Courtesy Buses available for pick up and drop offs. Bookings essential.

    July 28 —  Seniors morning tea at the Wandoan Bowls Club to celebrate Christmas in July, hosted by the Wandoan Apex Club.  RSVP, Karen 07 46274976

    Date Claimer

    August 3 —  Trivia Night at the Wandoan Cultural Centre 6.30pm sharp.

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  • Gardening Australia during July

    Winter is upon us and it is so tempting to stay inside where it is warm and read this months Gardening Australia.

    If your citrus trees are looking sick have a read on page 43 – 47 for questions and answers.  If your problem isn’t solved , send in a detailed description and a photo to the magazine.

    Do you want to eat your own tomatoes during winter?  Take a look and see some hints on page 52 and 53.  Cherry tomatoes can be grown on your windowsill, where it is warm and plenty of sunshine, choose the right variety and you will have a fresh supply.

    July is the month for pruning your deciduous trees, shrubs and fruiting fig trees, keeping then to a restricted size makes them easy to net and crop. However, leave roses till next month abd they will reward you in spring with abundant buds.

    Try striking some of your fig, grape and mulberry tree cuttings.  Firstly, make a top cut on a slant and trim below a node. Secondly, dip cutting into some rooting powder and use pencil to drill a hole into potting mix. Stand cutting in soil and press soil to firmly hold cutting.  Finally, water gently, place in a warm position and wait for new shoots to appear.  Be patient as it takes awhile for roots to establish and bubs to appear.

    Have you been waiting for your avocado tree to fruit? Waiting between 6 – 20 years is a long time, not knowing the quality of fruit, taste and size.  Look at purchasing a grafted fruit tree suitable for your local climate.  You would be guaranteed a healthy tree that will bear fruit in 3- 5 years.  Feed with organic fertiliser, compost and aged cow manure.

    Want something different, look at purchasing an air plant.  Spray with water mist (humidity is the key to keeping them alive).  Mount on a board, hang on a branch or drape them on wire hanger.

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  • Children are like cats – they both love boxes

    What do you think this box is? A boat? A car? A train? A fire engine?

    A recent discussion with a teacher friend concerned me greatly – apparently there are increasing numbers of children arriving at kindy with no idea how to use their imagination. They literally have to be taught to pretend.

    In our effort to buy all the toys and do all the activities to make sure our children don’t miss out – they are missing out.

    We need to give children the opportunity to use their own creativity and imagination. A colouring page of a train can only be a train. A play kitchen can only be a kitchen. And while there’s nothing wrong with those things, are we limiting our child’s response? Are we filling up our child’s lives with planned activities instead of letting them free play?

    Next time, try giving your child a blank page or a cardboard box and see what happens. It may not be what you expect, but let your child take the lead and be surprised by the result!

    (For the record, this box was a rocket!)

    What will we do next Storytime?

    Storytime sessions are held at:

    Dalby Library – Tuesdays, 10.30am

    Chinchilla Library – Fridays, 10.15am

    These sessions are fun, free, and delivered by trained staff!

    It’s never to early to Read, Talk, Play, Sing!



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  • Gardening Australia June 2018

    The small spaces issue.

    A hanging basket full of pansies will brighten up any patio or back door, seedlings are available in punnets late March to August.  Turn your windowsill into a mini-farm by growing sprouts is jars; they’re highly nutritious and full of vitamins.  Read how to grow sprouts on page 28.

    Try growing tiny succulents in small containers, egg cups, shot glasses,  simply propagate baby plants from parent plant, using sharp knife and tweezers and gentle cover with fine potting mix and dampen with eye dropper. This is a great gift for someone living in a unit where space is limited.

    Using mirrors cleverly expands your view in a small garden,  painting your pots in bright colours brings extra splash to your garden.  Dwarf fruit trees can add colour  and texture.

    African violets with velvety leaves and colourful flowers make a statement on any windowsill.  Instructions on growing and caring for such a beautiful plant are on pages 33 and 34.

    If your garden is flower-bare during winter, bring cuttings of foliage from trees and scrubs you have in your garden inside to brighten up your rooms.

    Having a plants big or small brings pleasure to any gardener.

    What’s NEW : — this section has 2 new roses  and a flowering scrub, growing from 1.2 to 1.5 m tall.  Check with your local nursery for availability.

    If you love Banksia plants, a reader offer  for Dwarf Banksia is available on page 11.   Banksia are native plants that attract birds and bees to your garden. Compact ground cover Banksia plants are also available from your nursery, look for Birthday Candles, Pygmy Possum and Roller Coaster. Ground cover is good hiding places for frogs and lizards.

    Lots more to read about in this months edition of Gardening Australia, pop into any Western Downs Libraries branch and borrow a copy or go online using our RB Digital app.

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  • A Minute with Joy

    Joy is a very well-known retired School teacher in the Wandoan district.  Family history has always been a passion of Joy’s – even moreso since her retirement. To Joy’s delight, Western Downs Libraries provide Ancestry.com on all public computers and you will see Joy most weeks researching from this fantastic resource offered to all Library members.

    One of Joy’s greatest achievements was to have a book printed in 2017 called  “Boys from the Bush: Juandah District”, which details 46 young men enlisted from around the area who served in World War I. Research stories of each veteran came from  National Australian Archives, Service records, Australian Births and Deaths and marriages, as well as  interviews with family and friends.

    Joy is a much-loved member of Wandoan Library. Our team value her knowledge and desire to find the missing link in her search to unite the soldier with his family.


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