Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published September 5th 2012
Update November 23rd 2018
The Kallangur Library is permanently closed and no longer open to the public.
Not Just For Books
The Kallangur Library is located on Anzac Avenue, Kallangur, right next door to the Kallangur Community Hall. The Kallangur Library is one of many libraries under the banner of the Moreton Bay Regional Council and is not just a place for books. Search the web, play internet games, borrow CDs and DVDs, discover the eLibrary, listen in at story time, watch movie screenings and learn helpful computer skills. The library isn't that place you see in films anymore, with the grumpy old women looking stern and saying "shhh" against their index fingers; the library is a fun place and a valuable resource.
The Kallangur Library hosts weekly scheduled classes and things to do as well as one-off events, talks or screenings. Here's what you can count on every week at the Kallangur Library:
Monday means stories, songs and games. From 10:30am-11am every Monday your child can participate or listen in on story time. There are sing-songs, fairy tales and other children's books to choose from and parents can stay and interact with their children as well. From 3pm-4:30pm you can find PlayOn happening at the library (also available on Wednesdays at the same time). This is the library's offline fun time with puzzles and board games for the whole family.
Tuesday: Every Tuesday from 4pm-5pm young people from 7-17 years old can come and participate in the scheduled GameOn time. This is free online gaming where youngsters can play with or against one another in battles of skill, speed or know-how.
Wednesday: Wednesday is Computer Lesson day. If you have minimal computer skills and are looking to gain valuable knowledge in internet navigation and the ins-and-outs of emailing then pop in to Kallangur Library from 1pm-2pm. From 3pm-4:30pm you can find PlayOn happening at the library (also available on Mondays at the same time). This is the library's offline fun time with puzzles and board games for the whole family.
Friday: From 11am-11:30am every Friday Baby Rhyme Time is on. Enjoy songs, finger plays and rhymes with your baby while developing their language and pre-reading skills. Meet other mums and dads in these fun, interactive sessions.
As the Kallangur Library is operated by the Moreton Bay Regional Council there are some activities and learning opportunities open to it that are available across all of the libraries in the region (and the council's library webpage). Some of these are Homework Help, Book Clubs and online tutorials. The Moreton Bay Region Libraries site allows users to access information on all library events and activities. The site has a catalogue search function, a list of local authors and an interlibrary loan request function among other things.
The Kallangur Library is home to a collection of over 40,000 items and provides the option of self-service convenience, allowing you to scan your books in and out. With a Kids Corner, Reading Courtyard, study desks and rows of computers you can be assured that there's a space for everyone. The Kallangur Library hosts a School Holiday Program as well as the classes and activities mentioned above. Remember, libraries aren't just about books.
Unfortunately the local Council closed this library (along with several others in the region) a couple of years ago, so this article is a little bit out of date now. It is very sad because it was a great library and I had used it (and the Narangba Library, which was also closed) for many years.