READY TO READ: Councillor Kaye Maguire reading with Zeke Rogers at the Chinchilla Library.
READY TO READ: Councillor Kaye Maguire reading with Zeke Rogers at the Chinchilla Library. Kate McCormack

A world just waiting to be discovered

BACK to school might be just around the corner but the Chinchilla library has a range of exciting and free activities available to help keep your tribe entertained throughout the year.

Councillor Kaye Maguire, spokesperson for community and cultural development at the Western Downs Regional Council, said there was always something exciting happening in the local libraries.

"Our libraries offer lots of free programs for all ages and always have something happening during the school holidays,” Cr Maguire said.

"Coming up this year we've got STEAM Squad, book clubs, story time sessions, workshops and lots of other great programs in all of our local libraries.”

There have been some slight changes to dates and times as most of these activities are run with the help of some very generous volunteers.

Storytime for toddlers will be happening again on Friday, January 25 at 10.15am but will be changing to a 9.30am start as of February.

Yoga Storytime will be held every Tuesday during the school term starting Tuesday, February 5 at 10am.

One-on-one 30 minute computer lessons are available every Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30-11.30am and Conversations in English is held every Tuesday from 1-2.30pm.

Conversations in English is an award-winning, free friendship group for those who have English as a second language.

The classes are designed to help participants practice their English in a friendly and supportive environment with the help of community volunteers.

Conversations in English is a joint initiative by Chinchilla Library and the Chinchilla Family Support Centre.

The library also hosts a book club on the first Thursday of the month at 5pm with new members more than welcome to come along to share in friendly discussion on a wide range of topics.

Chinchilla Librarians with Councilor Maguire.
STEAM SQUAD: Chinchilla Librarians Renee Rogers, Billie-Jean Taylor and Councillor Kaye Maguire at the Chinchilla Library. Kate McCormack

STEAM Squad is an after-school program for children aged 7-12, with programs held at Chinchilla, Dalby and Tara Libraries.

Each week children participate in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics activities in a fun, hands-on environment.

The activities range from coding and robotics to science experiments and art projects.

Due to popular demand, this year the libraries will be offering a junior squad for children aged seven to eight as well as a senior squad for nine to 12 year olds.

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.

This term Senior STEAM Squad will be learning to code through interacting with the online game CodeCombat.

The Junior STEAM Squad will be conducting a series of science experiments, engineering tasks and art projects as well as completing a number of challenges using Sphero robotic balls.

STEAM Squad at Chinchilla will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday for six weeks throughout term one from February 11 to March 22.

Spots are limited so it is recommended students get in quick to reserve a place with online registration opens at 9am Monday, February 4 and you can find the link to register on the library website. 

The library are also looking for volunteers interested in helping run the STEAM Squad afternoon sessions.

If you have an hour free of an afternoon, enjoy helping children learn new skills and experiencing new things, get in touch with the Chinchilla Library today.

Keep an eye out for more library lead lifestyle workshops happening throughout the year.

Tech Savvy for Seniors workshops will returning again in April and Geocaching workshops will be taking place in February with more details to come.

Local authors will be coming in for talks later in the year and there will be book sales held in March and November.

To register your interest or to find out more about any of the activities mentioned above, you can by call 1300COUNCIL, jump online and follow Western Downs Libraries on Facebook or you can head to their website at www.westerndownslibraries.com.