Holiday Programs
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Borrow a Bot

The robots are back! Jump online to borrow a Bee-Bot, Ozobot or Sphero from your local Library these holidays.

Borrow a Bot

Robot kits include instructions, challenges and details of how to join online workshops (optional).

  • Loans are for 2 weeks only
  • Kits must be returned to a staff member during opening hours
  • Borrowers are responsible for covering costs of loss and/or damage. The total cost of each kit is clearly labeled on the item
  • No previous experience required

Ages 5+ years

Bookings Open: Tuesday 15 September 2020
Collect From: Monday 21 September 2020

COLLECTION POINTS: While stocks last!

  • Ipswich Central Library
  • Redbank Plains Library
  • Redbank Plaza Library
  • Rosewood Library
  • Springfield Central Library
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Creating Characters – Zoom Workshop

Join author/illustrator Heath McKenzie for a fun-filled hour of character design and a bit of drawing too.

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Making Magic – Zoom Workshop

Take a look behind the scenes of making a picture book in this hands on workshop with creative duo Megan Forward and Dannika Patterson.

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Family Fun Challenge – Trivia Night In

The Book was Better! Trivia Night In. Get the family together and test your knowledge of stories that have entertained on paper and on screen.

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Whale Automaton – Grab and Go Kit

Build a simple mechanical toy from cardboard, paper and glue. Pick up a ‘Grab and Go Kit’ from your local Library branch or use the instructions and templates to DIY at home.

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Pollinator Automaton – Grab and Go Kit

Build a simple mechanical toy from cardboard, pipe cleaners and a wooden peg. Pick up a ‘Grab and Go Kit’ from your local Library branch or use the instructions and templates to DIY at home.

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Pinwheel – Grab and Go Kit

Build a pinwheel. Pick up a ‘Grab and Go Kit’ from your local Library branch or use the instructions and templates to DIY at home.

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Craft Lucky Dip – Grab and Go Kit

Collect a Craft Lucky Dip Bag from your local Library branch and craft to your hearts content.

Virtual Programs - Kids
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Virtual Story Time

Join us for Virtual Story Time with books, songs, and tips for your child to acquire early literacy, fine motor, and language developmental skills.

Virtual Story Time

While our in-person events are on hold we are offering Virtual Story Time via our website and social media channels.

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Yoga Story Time

Join us for stories, songs and rhymes combined with fun yoga moves especially for early years. Presented by Ipswich Libraries and Revive Yoga & Wellness Centre.

F5F Library Fun Podcast

Listen as the First 5 Forever team bring some favourite stories to life with the help from some very clever Ipswich kids. 

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Draw with Emma

Draw along with Emma as she demonstrates how to draw one of her favourite Australian animals, using materials that you have at home.

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First 5 Forever Quick Rhymes

Watch as the team demonstrates ways of introducing classic nursery rhymes to your kids.

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First 5 Forever Backyard Stories

Join us for traditional stories with a twist, told by the Ipswich Libraries First 5 Forever team from their own backyards.

First 5 Forever Backyard Stories

While our in-person events are on hold we are offering Backyard Stories via our website and social media channels.

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Community Champions Story Time

Join our local Community Champions as they share their favourite stories. 

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Cyber-Safety and Privacy for Families

Navigate safely your online resources, platforms, apps and games.  Learn the importance of keeping your personal information secure and how to implement a Cyber-safety Plan for your family.

Cyber-Safety and Privacy for Families

This recorded presentation is a valuable resource for keeping your family safe in the online world. Nicole speaks from first-hand knowledge as both a professional Privacy Expert and as a Mum. Learn how important it is to keep your personal information safe online and how to implement a Cyber-safety Plan for your family.

Watch the recording of Nicole Stephensen’s live presentation, delivered via Zoom on Thursday 4 June 2020, especially for Ipswich Libraries’ members.

A Zoom account is not required to view the 40 minute video, simply provide your name and email address before being re-directed to the recorded presentation.

Thank you to Nicole Stephensen from Ground Up Consulting for allowing Ipswich Libraries to share this important information.

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2020 Poetry Writing Competition

The 18th Ipswich Poetry Feast Poetry Writing Competition is now open.
Enter your poems to win great prizes and showcase your talent.
Closing date:  31 July 2020

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National Simultaneous Storytime 2020

Join the Ipswich Libraries Public Programming Team as they share this year’s chosen picture book Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford. NSS is an annual program run by the Australian Libraries and Information Association.

Virtual Programs - Teens
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2020 Poetry Writing Competition

The 18th Ipswich Poetry Feast Poetry Writing Competition is now open.
Enter your poems to win great prizes and showcase your talent.
Closing date:  31 July 2020

Virtual Programs - Adults
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Be Connected

There’s never been a better time to get online!
Whether you’re an absolute beginner, struggling to use a new device or curious about how to join an online chat with family, we’re here to help.

Be Connected

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Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative supporting older Australians to get online.

Ipswich Libraries is a Be Connected Network Partner which allows us to access a range of resources and funding to support the delivery of free digital training to seniors.

We offer different levels and types of support depending on your needs.

  • Choose the level of support that matches the stage you are at.
  • Choose topics that matter to you – including new ways to connect with friends and family, how to access online services and tips to keep you safe online. See all topics here. 
  • Progress at your own pace.
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Queensland Writers Centre Workshops

Ipswich Libraries is offering members the opportunity to participate in Queensland Writers Centre workshops.

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E-Commerce Entrepreneurs

Put your ideas into action!  Always dreamed of being your own boss but never knew where to start? Join us over lunch as we delve into the competitive world of E-Commerce.

E-Commerce Entrepreneurs

From academics to influencers, this program will connect you to a series of speakers with insights and advice to support your entrepreneurial journey.

Featuring:
• Simon Griffiths, CEO, Who Gives a Crap
• Buti Sello, Associate Lecturer, USQ
• Claire Deane, Founder, Deane & Co
• Hannah Statham, The Boss, Media Mortar
• Nikki Parkinson, Influencer, @StylingYou
and more!

Free online event, fortnighly on Wednesdays, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm.  Audience questions encouraged. 

Limited spaces, bookings essential.  Each webinar requires a separate booking.  The Zoom link to attend each webinar will be sent via email.

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Fiction Addiction

Not Your Normal Book Club
Join us from the comfort of your own home, as we explore a score of different genre, delve into myriad of topics and see just what sparks that Fiction Addiction in us all.

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Author Hour Online

Join author Monica McInerney to hear about her new book The Godmothers. South East Queensland Libraries have partnered with Penguin Australia for a fabulous night in with a storytelling legend.

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Chasing Our Past At Home

Delve into the rich heritage of the historic city of Ipswich.

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Zoom 101: How to join a webinar

Are you missing out on events that happen online? Not sure how to use Zoom or other online video-conferencing tools? This workshop is for you! All skill levels catered for. 

Zoom 101: How to join a webinar

The workshop will introduce you to:

  • popular online options including Zoom, GoToWebinar, Skype and Teams
  • joining a meeting or webinar and managing your settings
  • chatting, sending messages and other features that allow you to contribute to discussions
  • different ways to connect including laptops, iPads and mobile phones

Be active and involved in the community from the comfort of your own home.
Register now to receive step-by-step assistance to join this workshop. Two workshop dates:

  • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Wednesday, 23 September 2020
  • 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Monday, 28 September 2020

    Discover the many exciting online events available including how you can contribute to Ipswich’s future.   
    For more information, visit https://shapeyouripswich.com.au/corporate-plan-2021-2026

    Fun and Games
    No Touch Design Challenge

    We challenge you to design something that can help people navigate the world without having to touch contaminated surfaces.

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    Jigsaw Puzzles

    Check out Ipswich Libraries online jigsaw puzzles. Each puzzle features a native furry friend from the Ipswich Nature Centre.

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    Wondrous Word Searches

    Test your brain with our Library themed word searches. There’s a fun theme for everyone, whether you’re a Harry Potter fanatic or romance reader.

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    Book Bingo

    Challenge yourself to a game of Book Bingo with Ipswich Libraries. Select your reads based on the book bingo categories. There’s one each for adults, children (8-12 years) and teens (13-18 years), so get reading!

    Virtual Activities - Around the World
    Virtual Tours & Exhibitions

    Ever wondered what The Smithsonian looks like on the inside? Are you missing the Queensland Museum’s exhibits and shows? Jump online and check out the virtual exhibitions and tours available to people around the world with just a click of the mouse.

    Virtual Story Time

    Join Libraries around Australia and the world for virtual story time with books, songs, and tips for your child to acquire early literacy, fine motor and language development skills.

    Online Workshops & Activities

    Whilst libraries, galleries, and museums have their face-to-face programs on-hold that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a range of engaging and fun online workshops and activities. There’s something for all ages, whether it be art and craft or STEAM based workshops.

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