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Western Downs Libraries continuing to connect people through liveability initiatives

20 June 2016

Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Cr Kaye Maguire encourages residents to explore the rich resources and extensive programs available at their local Western Downs Library. Pictured with Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Cr Carolyn Tillman and Mayor Paul McVeigh at the Chinchilla Library.

Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Cr Kaye Maguire encourages residents to explore the rich resources and extensive programs available at their local Western Downs Library. Pictured with Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Cr Carolyn Tillman and Mayor Paul McVeigh at the Chinchilla Library.

Recognising our Libraries as champions for building community and supporting local culture throughout the Western Downs, Council will invest $92,000 into Western Downs Libraries initiatives and activities in its 2016/17 Budget.

  • Council will provide $92,000 to deliver programs and initiatives across all 9 Western Downs Library branches;
  • Western Downs Libraries is looking to the future with their new and existing programs focused on long-term skill-building and liveability for all ages and development levels;
  • A number of programs aimed at early and digital literacy will be rolled out over the next year, providing valued learning opportunities to our residents;
  • With over 224,400 visitors to local library branches last financial year, Libraries play an important role in value-adding to the social and cultural fabric of our communities.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said Council will continue investing in Library programs that invest straight back into our communities.

“Our Libraries are important cornerstones of healthy communities and give people the opportunity to find jobs, explore and learn, experience new ideas and get lost in wonderful stories,” she said.

“Council works hard to deliver extensive educational services that are invaluable to our residents and meet the needs and expectations of our communities.

“We’re excited to be continuing the ‘First Five Forever’ project which is a four year State Government fully-funded literacy program.

“It’s set to directly support parents and primary caregivers of young ones between the ages of zero and five years by providing resources to strengthen language and literacy, providing our little ones the best start to life.”

Department of Education and Training, Transitions and Innovations spokesperson Rowena Shirtcliff said the Western Downs Libraries team have been able to provide a great platform through the ‘First Five Forever’ program.

“Western Downs Regional Council understands that early childhood development is a priority for communities. The project leaders are raising awareness and activating community champions to improve outcomes for children and families across the region,” she said.

Cr Kaye Maguire also noted that Council will focus on up-skilling our future workforce to be job ready.

“We want to enhance the online and digital competency of the general community and will aim to work with the younger generation to learn more about robotics write program codes and engage in science programs,” she said.

Becoming a member of Western Downs Libraries is as easy as contacting 1300 COUNCIL, emailing library@wdrc.qld.gov.au, or signing up at www.westerndownslibraries.com.

For a list of Libraries regular public programs and regional initiatives please refer to the below list.

What’s On at Western Downs Libraries in 2016/17

Regular Public Programs:

  • Board Game Wednesday (Weekly) — Chinchilla Library
  • Book Club (Monthly) — Bell, Chinchilla, Dalby, Meandarra, Miles, Moonie, Tara, and Wandoan Libraries
  • Chess Club (Weekly) — Chinchilla Library
  • Colour Me Happy (Monthly) — Chinchilla Library
  • Community Engagement / Outreach Programs — Chinchilla, Dalby, Jandowae, Miles, and Moonie Libraries
  • Computer Lessons (Weekly) — Chinchilla, Dalby, Jandowae, Tara, and Wandoan Libraries
  • Conversations in English (Monthly) — Chinchilla, Dalby, and Tara Libraries
  • Craft Group (Fortnightly) — Meandarra Library
  • iPad Lessons (Monthly) — Moonie Library
  • Junior Book Club (Monthly) — Chinchilla and Dalby Libraries
  • School Engagement Programs — Meandarra Library
  • School Holiday Activities (Quarterly) — Chinchilla, Dalby, Jandowae, Miles, Moonie, Tara and Wandoan Libraries
  • Storytime for Babies (Weekly) — Chinchilla and Dalby Libraries
  • Storytime for Kids (see website for schedule) — Bell, Chinchilla, Dalby, Jandowae, Meandarra, Moonie, Miles, Tara, and Wandoan Libraries
  • Storytime for Toddlers (Weekly) — Chinchilla, Dalby, and Miles Libraries
  • Yoga Storytime (Weekly) — Dalby Library
  • Writers Group (Monthly) — Miles Library

Regional Initiatives and Programs:

  • Western Downs Early Years Reference Group (fully Grant funded)
  • New Take-Home Storytime Kits for parents (fully Grant funded)
  • Tech Savvy Seniors Workshops continuing until September 2016 (fully Grant funded)
  • Robogals Workshops
  • Pop-up Libraries (fully Grant funded)
  • Friends of the Library Book Sales — in July 2016
  • Author Visits — in July 2016
  • National Reading Hour — in August 2016
  • Self-publishing Workshops — in September 2016
  • Seniors Workshops — in October 2016
  • Coding in the Country — coming in 2017
  • Digitisation and Discovery project for Council-owned photographic assets will commence this year and continue until 2018.

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