What's on in our libraries

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An exciting range of activities, special events and competitions are held in Toowoomba Region libraries. Check out our online calendar to find what's on at your libraryTo see the activities specific to your local library, select the location within the calendar. 

 

Writing workshop at Toowoomba City Library

When: Friday 29 June, 1pm - 2.30pm
Where: Toowoomba City Library
Bookings: Booking are essential and tickets are available at the front counter. For more information ring 4688 6670.

Join Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall as she discusses the use of writing models and tools to create stories. Discover how to write a memoir using the story pyramid and character wheel and learn how to brainstorm to construct character-driven stories in fiction or non-fiction. During this workshop, Eileen will also guide you through a character-based writing exercise.

Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall launched Field of Words in 2014 to mentor writers. She teaches creative writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is the author of a cross-over novella titled 'The Sherbrooke Brothers'. She has had many pieces of fiction and non-fiction published in various literary journals and magazines.

 

July school holidays

It's that time of year again! Your local library has lots of activities for all ages during the holiday break. Download our holiday brochure or click here to view the calendar of holiday activities.  For more information contact your local library to make an enquiry and/or booking.

 

Meet Edison! 

Toowoomba Region Libraries is running Meet Edison coding and robotics sessions these July school holidays. Edison is a super cute robot. Personalise your Edison robot with Lego, and put your bot to the test in a fun series of challenges. These easy to use, Lego compatible robots are heaps of fun and a great way to learn the basics of drop and drag coding.

Edison can:

  • Respond to light and sound
  • Follow lines and avoid obstacles
  • Communicate with other Edison robots
  • Connect to other Edison robots and LEGO bricks

Meet Edison sessions will be run in all 11 Toowoomba Region Libraries, please contact your local branch for more information.

 

First 5 Forever July Holiday Program

Click here for the First 5 Forever children's program for the July holidays.

 

Winter Wonderland at City Library

Click here to view the event calendar

Frozen fun!

Do you want to build a snowman? City Library’s frozen wonderland will let you do just that! There’s plenty of other cool activities on offer: slime making, crown and wand decorating and craft. Come and join in the Frozen fun.

Open to ages 6+, under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Bookings: Bookings essential, contact: young.people@tr.qld.gov.au
When: Wednesday, 4 July from 10-11 am and Tuesday, 10 July from 2-3 pm
Cost: Free

Arctic ice escape room

The Obitus Nix virus has infected billions as it has spread over the globe. You’re trapped in your laboratory with several other scientists, working frantically to create a cure before the virus spreads and all of humanity is infected. You know that this is the last chance the world has to be saved from devastation.

Open to ages 10+.

Bookings: Bookings essential, contact: young.people@tr.qld.gov.au
When: Friday, 6 July from 10-11 am and Wednesday 11 July from 4-5 pm
Cost: Free

Winter Pokemon party

Calling all Pokemon trainers! Come along and join in the fun of winter at a special seasonal Pokemon party! Free the frozen Pokemon, and create your own wintery pokeball. Take part in a Pokemon scavenger hunt, pin the tail on the icy Abomasnow, and show off your Pokemon knowledge in our trivia challenge. It’s always an (icy) blast with Pokemon!

Open to ages 8+.

Bookings: Bookings essential, contact: young.people@tr.qld.gov.au
When: Monday 9 July, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Cost: Free

 

Love between the pages - author talk at Toowoomba City Library

When: Thursday 2 August, 12 noon
Where: Toowoomba City Library

Join brilliant Queensland authors Barbara Hannay, Christine Wells and Helene Young to celebrate books that champion love in their pages. As well as talking about their new books; 'Summer of Secrets', 'The Juliet Code' and 'Return to Roseglen', the authors will be chatting about love stories, writing women’s stories for women and more.

All attendees will receive a small gift. Books will be available for purchase and signings.

Presented in partnership with Dymocks & Penguin Random House.

About the authors:

A former English teacher, Barbara Hannay is a city-bred girl with a yen for country life. Many of her forty-plus books are set in rural and outback Australia and have been enjoyed by readers around the world. She has won the RITA, awarded by Romance Writers of Australia, and has twice won the Romantic Book of the Year award in Australia. Her upcoming book 'Summer of Secrets' is a multi-generational romance steeped in mystery and secrets that will pull at readers’ heartstrings.

Christine Wells worked as a corporate lawyer in a city firm before exchanging contracts and prospectuses for a different kind of fiction. In her novels, she writes about brave, smart women who face extraordinary challenges and draws on a lifelong love of British history and an abiding fascination for World War II spies.
Kate Morton meets John le Carre in 'The Juliet Code', Christine’s upcoming historical novel, packed full with spies, love, betrayal and secrets.

After 28 years as an airline captain, Helene Young has swapped the sky for the sea to go in search of adventure with her husband aboard their sailing catamaran. The rural and remote places she visits, and the fascinating people she meets, provide boundless inspiration for her novels. Her six novels have won many awards including Romantic Book of the Year in Australia. In her upcoming novel 'Return to Roseglen', sibling rivalries and long-held secrets have the power to make – or break – a family in crisis.

 

TooCon 2018

Save the date! TooCon 2018 is bringing all things pop culture to Toowoomba on Saturday 25 August in the Toowoomba Civic Precinct. Stay tuned for more details and guest lineup. 

This event has been made possible with support from the Queensland Government We are Queensland small grants program. For event updates go to our Facebook events page.

 

Friends of the Library book sale date claimers

Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre, Sean McCarthy Way

  • Saturday 21 July (8 am - 4 pm)
  • Sunday 22 July (9 am to 2 pm)

Toowoomba City Library, level 3, 153 - 155 Herries Street

  • Friday 29 June (9 am - 4 pm)
  • Saturday 30 June (9 am to 2 pm)
  • Friday 26 October (9 am - 4 pm)
  • Saturday 27 October (9 am to 2 pm)

 

First 5 Forever: Baby Rhyme Time and Story Time 

Babies and young children learn best by listening and interacting with the important adults in their lives during everyday activities – whether that’s talking about what you can see on the way to the park, singing nursery rhymes, pointing out something you both view out the window or learning new words while shopping for groceries. Free Baby Time and Story Time sessions are now being run at various locations throughout Toowoomba. First 5 Forever is an initiative of the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland.

Click here for session times

 

Anime Club at the Toowoomba City Library

Join us as we watch anime, talk manga, eat food, do a little gaming and host cosplay and trivia competitions. Movies of a G, PG, and M rating will be shown.

Times: Held on the last Friday of the month during term time only, 4 to 5.30pm
Ages: Anime Club is open to ages 12 to 18 only. 
Bookings: Not required.

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