Love your library

Thankfully for Aiden it is Library Lovers Day coming up, not Librarian Lovers Day! But we all send a big thank you to Jenny and all our coastal librarians, you do a great job!

Thankfully for Aiden it is Library Lovers Day coming up, not Librarian Lovers Day! But we all send a big thank you to Jenny and all our coastal librarians, you do a great job!

Each February, it is time to celebrate with a Library Lovers Day. Library patrons come along to a to a special morning tea in your honour.

Tin Can Bay Library – Thursday 14 February 10-11am

Rainbow Beach Library –  Saturday 16 February 10-11am

Kids are also included in the fun with a special Library Lovers Day Storytime.

Join us for a very special storytime and craft activity in the children’s area in honour of Library Lovers Day. Ideal for ages 4 and up.

Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay  – Thursday 14 February 2019 9.30 – 10.30am

And why not, there’s a lot to love! Our libraries host various community groups, including the First 5 Forever program for under 5s, workshops and there’s books, audio books, magazines, newspapers, puzzles and even electronic games for kids!

If you haven’t stepped into our libraries for a while – check out the list of events planned for February. Perhaps it’s time you did!

Community Groups in the Library

Cooloola Coast Art Drawing – every second Wednesday from 9.30-11.30am
Join us at the Tin Can Bay Library for Cooloola Coast Art Drawing. This art group is for anyone, from beginners to the experienced, interested in life drawing or sketching in any medium; pastels, charcoal, pen and ink. Come along and join in the fun.

Cooloola Card Makers – every second Wednesday from February 6 from 9-11am
The Cooloola Card Markers is the group to join if you want a fun morning out in addition to making new friends along with your cards.  Beginners and experienced are welcome. Join us at Tin Can Bay Library and let your creative juices flow.

Rainbow Beach Art Group – second and fourth Thursday of each month at 10am

Join us at Rainbow Beach Library for a fantastic morning of fun and creativity. Each session covers something different with the aim of exploring different avenues of art. Come along and enjoy a morning getting in touch with your inner artist. Tea and coffee will be provided. If you have any queries, please ring the Rainbow Beach Library 5486 3705.

Tin Can Bay Art Group – every Tuesday from January 8 from 10am-12noon
Calling all artists! Join us at Tin Can Bay Library to share work and ideas, seek advice from other talented eyes, and connect with artists in our community. Bring your work-in-progress or your finished piece and join in a friendly chat. Exchange ideas. Participate in a mini-workshop or see an art demonstration. All artists, levels, and mediums welcome.


First 5 Forever Storytime
First 5 Forever storytime is an interactive program for preschool children and babies in a relaxed atmosphere with a focus on fun for all preschool children, babies and their caregivers. Sessions are held weekly at the following locations.

Rainbow Beach Library

Mondays 10-11am

Tin Can Bay Library

Thursdays 9.30-10.30am

Visit for more information.

Technology at your library

Be part of the technology revolution and join one of our Tech Savvy Seniors sessions. The Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland program has been funded by Telstra and the Queensland Government through State Library of Queensland and Department of Communities.

Ebay and Gumtree Basics

Looking to simplify or add to your home? Learn about buying and selling goods safely online through eBay and Gumtree. Basic computer and internet skills required. Bookings essential.

Tin Can Bay Library –  Thursday February 21, 2pm-4pm, phone 5486 4355

TV Streaming using your Smart Device

Did you forget to record the last episode of your favorite TV Show? Can’t decide which show to watch because they are on at the same time. Come and learn about online streaming and how you can use the internet and apps to watch television on a laptop, mobile device or Smart television so that you can watch your favourite programs at a time that suits you. Basic computer and internet skills required. Bookings essential.

Rainbow Beach Library –  Thursday February 21, 10am-12noon, phone 5486 3705

Business Networking Session at Gympie Regional Libraries

Do you have an idea for a new business? Perhaps you are already in business and would like some assistance? Gympie Regional Council’s Economic Development Unit regularly visits Libraries throughout the region to support the development and growth of business.

These Business Networking Sessions include information and discussion that is directed by you, and referral to other services that can assist you to succeed in your business or business idea. All are welcome to attend, no bookings are required.

For more information about this event please contact Gympie Regional Council’s Economic Development Unit on 1300 307 800 or email

Wed 13 March    Tin Can Bay Library meeting room 11am-12pm

Wed 13 March    Rainbow Beach Library 2pm-3pm

Bookings are essential for some of these events. To reserve your place, visit Eventbrite or phone the library on 5481 0859.

Asbestos removal from Gympie Regional Library

Work began last month to remove asbestos tiles from the Gympie Library.

The Gympie Regional Library has been closed due to ongoing construction work and the suspected discovery of asbestos in the floor of the history room that was damaged in the recent hail storm. This issue was identified within the back areas of the library and not in the main public space area.

A specialised asbestos company has been engaged to remove the tiles which contain asbestos within the history room, and to clean and decontaminate the Gympie Library building.

The work will also include the removal of approximately 40,000 books, magazines and DVDs which will go into storage as the work is carried out.

Over 60 samples have been taken from the library and tested for asbestos, with the only positive results found within the tile fragments.

“It’s been really pleasing to see that the laboratory analysis has not detected any loose asbestos fibres in settled dust in any location at the library, however when dealing with something like this, we need to ensure the safety of both our staff and our library community,” said Pauline Gordon, Director of Corporate and Community Services.

Although the majority of work will be to remove the remaining tiles from the history room where the construction work took place, part of the work will also see all carpet removed from the building.

“Once this is complete and the building has been cleared by the external asbestos company, work will commence to repair any damage and to replace the carpet, however at this stage we don’t have a confirmed date to reopen the library and will keep the community up to date with our progress.

“We would like to thank the community for their understanding and patience, we know closing the library has affected our clients at a particularly busy time. Unfortunately, the timing also meant many businesses and trades were also closed over the Christmas period, meaning it will take a little longer to reopen the library,” Pauline explained.

The pop-up library will continue to operate from the Civic Centre during this time.

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