From Art to Coding: Kenmore Library Presents Unforgettable Kids Events!

 Kenmore Library is hosting a series of engaging and educational kids events for children of various age groups. There are two interactive activities prepared for kids ages 3 to 12, giving them the chance to express their creativity and participate in instructional games. 

Make and Create for Kids

On Monday, 3rd of July from 10 in the morning, Kenmore Library invites children aged 3-8 years to participate in a free art and craft extravaganza. This 6-hour event provides a space for children to unleash their creativity through hands-on activities and express themselves and engage with various art forms. The event is drop-in, meaning there is no need for prior bookings. 

Introducing Osmo

On 30 June beginning at 11 am and on 3 July from 1 pm, Kenmore Library will host an exciting one-hour workshop introducing Osmo, an innovative educational gaming system. 

Designed for children aged 5-12 years, Osmo merges tactile exploration with iPad technology to provide an immersive learning experience. With Osmo, children can embark on a journey where they can build, create, and learn in a fun and interactive way.

Spaces for the Osmo workshop are limited, so make sure to reserve your child’s place by contacting Kenmore Library. Parents can reserve a spot by calling Kenmore Library at 07 3407 0258.

All events will be held at Kenmore Library, conveniently located in Kenmore Village at 9 Brookfield Road. These kids’ events provide a fantastic opportunity for children to engage in creative and educational activities. Whether it’s unleashing their artistic talents or diving into the world of interactive learning through Osmo, these events cater to a range of interests and age groups. 

Don’t miss out on these enriching experiences that combine fun and education. Mark your calendars and join the library’s upcoming events to ignite your child’s imagination and love for learning.

Published 23-June-2023

Kenmore Library Lines Up Free Holiday Activities

It’s tough to keep children from getting bored during the school holidays and it’s tougher during the winter break when the weather isn’t ideal for play or outdoor sports. It’s a good thing then that the Kenmore Library has some amusing indoor activities lined up for the children during this school break. Best of all, they’re free! 

For a few hours a day, your children can check out the free events at the Kenmore Library at 9 Brookfield Road. Here’s what they can do to keep themselves occupied and amused until the new school term.

Photo Credit: Brisbane City Council

Holiday maker space A craft activity session for 5 to 12-year-old kidsDaily
1 to13 July 2019
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
Storytime scribingA drawing and storytelling session for 7 to 11-year-old kids with a creative imagination.Tuesday
9 July 2019
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tinker table: CubeletsA BNEtechkids workshop, where kids can create different robotic figures using modular Cubelets. Thursday
11 July 2019
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Parents, grandparents or carers may join in these workshops as well for a cool bonding time with the kids. These moments should make for lasting memories that they will recall with fondness when they are older. 

Although these are free public events, booking is still essential as space is limited. Please phone Kenmore Library at 07 3407 0258 to reserve your spot.

Kenmore Library to Host Talk from ‘The Kenmore War Memorial’ Author Judy Magub

Judy Magub, President of Kenmore & District Historical Society, is coming to Kenmore Library on Brookfield Road to talk about her book, “The Kenmore War Memorial,” on Friday, the 29th of March at 10:00 p.m. The free event is open to residents young and old who are interested to learn more about the history behind the construction of the monument.

Called the “Digger” and designed by A L Petrie & Sons, the monument originally stood at the center of Moggill and Brookfield Roads until its transfer in 1988 near the former site. It was erected to honor the men from the Shire who fought in the South African War from 1899 to 1902.

The Kenmore War Memorial subsequently included plaques of commemorations for other Australian soldiers who gave up their lives during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the conflicts in Malaysia, Borneo, and Vietnam.

Ms Magub will be highlighting the stories of 79 soldiers during her visit at Kenmore Library.

Photo Credit: Dr Christian Rowan MP/Facebook

Ms Magub served as a Toowong councillor for 13 years. She retired in 2007 and became one of the key figures of the Kenmore & District Historical Society.

She worked on “The Kenmore War Memorial” with journalist and military historian Philip Castle. The book was published in 2018 to coincide with the 100th Year of Armistice Day.

What’s on in Kenmore This June

Every month, Kenmore Library hosts several events and workshops for kids and adults. This month, learn different sets of skills from the upcoming workshops in the library including craft workshops, photo editing, writer’s workshops and more.

Check out the list below to see the events happening in Kenmore Library this June.

Library E-books for Android and iPad

Tuesday, 5 June 2018 (1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Photo credit: CC-BY/Cheryl Marble/Flickr

Learn how to get access to hundreds of free online ebooks and audiobooks from Brisbane’s libraries right at your own device. Ideal for young adults to seniors, this Brisbane Libraries Tech Connect workshop will teach you how to set up your iPad or Android tablet to read or listen to online library content.

Don’t forget to bring your own device, library card, and necessary information such as Apple or Google Play Store account and email account details.

Basic device skills are needed and bookings are required. Call the Kenmore Library on 07 3407 0258 to reserve your spot.

First Wednesday Book Club

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

Open for young adults to seniors, read, discuss and debate a fine selection of books with a friendly group in this book club.

Bookings are not required for this free event.

English Conversation Group

Thursday, 7 June 2018 (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
Open for learners of all levels, this friendly and informal group meets at the library every Thursday morning. Visit the library and make new friends while improving your English.

Bookings are not required for this free event.

Lord Mayor’s Writers in Residence Series: Meet Josepha Dietrich

Thursday, 7 June 2018 (6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

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Join Josepha Dietrich as she discusses her memoir, In Danger. Books will be available for purchase on the night or you can bring your own copy from home for Josie to sign.

In Danger is one woman’s powerful story of how her mother’s death saved her life. It explores Josie’s journey through life with breast cancer from inside the experience.  At its heart, this inspirational memoir delves deep into how it feels when everything you love is in danger.

This event is free. Book online at Eventbrite  or call the library 07 3407 0258 to reserve your place.

Kenmore Craft Group

Friday, 8 June 2018 •(9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Share your current project with fellow crafters at the informal Kenmore craft group. Bring a piece you’re working on and share ideas with other crafty people over a cup of tea.

Bookings are not required for this free event.

Simple Photo Editing

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 (1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

This Brisbane Libraries Tech Connect workshop will teach you how to organise your photos, make simple changes to digital photos before printing, and create your own photo books. You can bring your own photos or use sample images provided.

Basic computer and internet skills are required for this workshop.

The event is free but booking is required. Call Kenmore Library on 07 3407 0258 to reserve your place.

Kenmore Writers’ Group

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 (1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

Photo credit: CCO Public Domain / Ylanite Koppens
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Need some inspiration and support for writing? This writing group offers a creative and constructive environment for you to share your love of writing and develop your writing skills.

Bookings are not required for this free event and new members are welcome to join.

Android Skills One

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 (1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Ideal for first-time users, this Brisbane Libraries Tech Connect workshop will teach you how to use the basic features of an Android tablet. Explore apps, connect to Wi-Fi and search on the internet.

Don’t forget to bring your own Android tablet.

This event is free and bookings are required. Call Kenmore Library on 07 3407 0258 to reserve your place.

Before You Hit Send: a Social Media SOS for Parents + Tweens + Teens

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 (6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

Join Rebecca Sparrow, online columnist, podcast host and author, as she walks parents and students through the social media landscape teaching the audience how to have a more positive experience online.

From finding your tribe and building your emotional resilience to household internet agreements and privacy settings, she will explain how following a few simple rules will increase your child’s chances of having a healthier relationship with their beloved devices and a more positive experience online.

This event is free and bookings are required. Call Kenmore Library on 07 3407 0258 to reserve your place.

Garden Design One: Getting Inspired and Getting Started

Saturday, 23 June 2018 (11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

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Get ideas and inspirations on how to design the garden of your dreams. Presented by landscape architect and horticulturist Arno King, you discuss the issues to consider, and the steps to make your dream garden a reality in this workshop.

This event is free and bookings are required. Call Kenmore Library on 07 3407 0258 to reserve your place.

Android Skills Two

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 (1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Learn more about your Android tablet in this follow up workshop from Brisbane Libraries Tech Connect. Customise your tablet by organising your apps and adjusting basic settings and discover how to find and download useful apps on the Google Play Store.

Don’t forget to bring your own Android tablet and Google Play Store account details.

This event is free and bookings are required. Call Kenmore Library on 07 3407 0258 to reserve your place.

Last Friday social club: Bring back beautiful butterflies to our backyards

Friday, 29 June 2018 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Learn more about how to promote biodiversity in your garden in this workshop with Helen Schwencke, author of Create More Butterflies. This workshop will teach you how to encourage butterflies and wildlife by selecting butterfly host plants, including tips for urban environments.

This event is free and bookings are required. Call Kenmore Library on 07 3407 0258 to reserve your place.


Kenmore Library to Showcase and Sell Student Artwork from Art Classes Brisbane

Next month, Kenmore will be the home of an art exhibition by 15 students of Art Classes Brisbane at Kenmore Library.

Their works of art will be on display the whole month of September and will be available for sale. There are different themes of art as well as different forms of art techniques.

Photo credit: The Weekend Notes

Art Classes Brisbane is located on Paltarra Steer in The Gap. They hold morning, afternoon and evening lessons. They also hold several workshops and they also welcome parties. Just recently, the school has opened a slot for Psychic Readings as well performed by psychic reader Valerie, who is also a regular at Woodford folk festival.

On the 30th of September, all purchased artworks will be available for collection or you can get them from their school in The Gap.

Entry to the event is FREE.

Beekeeping Event to be Held in Kenmore, Aims to Go Beyond Sweet Talk

In anticipation of Honey Month this May, the Queensland Beekeepers Association(QBA), a group of apiarists and passionate beekeepers all over Australia, will host a talk called “Beekeeping: More Than Just Honey” from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Kenmore Library in Kenmore Village on Thursday, the 20th of April. The event is free but bookings are required.

Beekeeping in Australia started in the 1820s, when Australians started keeping apiaries. Since then, beekeeping has become a flourishing business in all parts of Australia, including Kenmore and other areas in Queensland, where interest in beekeeping is very much alive.

Photo credit: Honey Australia
Photo credit: Honey Australia


A Sweet Deal

Beekeeping helps boost crop productivity in the horticulture sector. In Australia, commercial pollination is a growing sector of the beekeeping industry. The biggest sector of the beekeeping industry, though, is still honey production.

Australia is an exporter of honey. All honey has antibacterial properties but the champagne of all honeys, manuka honey, is widely sought for its healing and medicinal properties.

Photo credit: Honey Australia
Photo credit: Honey Australia

Manuka honey is produced with pollen from the Leptospermum tree species. New Zealand has two species of this plant, while Australia has over 80 species.

New Zealand currently dominates the lucrative world market, in terms of manuka honey exports. Manuka honey sells for up to $40 per kilogram. In New Zealand, the industry is worth an estimated $75 million a year, so there is a lot of export potential for manuka honey in Australia given the diversity of Leptospermum species.


Liquid Gold

In 2015, Capilano Honey, Australia’s largest honey producer completed a multimillion-dollar takeover of KirksBees, the Australia-based manuka honey producer. It then financed a study to see how Australian manuka compares with its New Zealand counterpart. The study will also look at different types of honeys made from different species of plants. Comvita, a medicinal honey producer, is also helping finance the project. Initial results have shown very similar properties between Australian manuka honey and its bestselling New Zealand counterpart.

According to Trevor Weatherhead, the executive director of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council, New Zealand doesn’t really have a monopoly on manuka. “We have exactly the same plant that they have,” he said, adding that made-in-Australia manuka is similar in quality to New Zealand manuka.

Professor Liz Harry of the University of Technology in Sydney says that, “We should be reaping the benefits of Manuka honey, for farmers, beekeepers and for the medical solution it delivers.” She also said that as the public became more aware of the medicinal properties in honey, the price of honey will rise for producers.

She is also quick to point out that Australia produces many types of honey from commercial beekeeping. “All honey is anti-bactericidal, so not only will the value of Leptospermum species of honey increase, but the value of all honeys will increase because of public perception,” Prof. Harry said.

Big business notwithstanding, most beekeeping enterprises in Australia are family-run and operated. Reaching out to the public with more information on beekeeping is precisely what Queensland Beekeepers Association President Robert Dewar wants to do, with talks like the one that they have scheduled in Kenmore.

Photo credit: Melanie Vujkovic / ABC News
Photo credit: Melanie Vujkovic / ABC News

QBA aims to help more people become aware of the benefits and issues surrounding beekeeping in Australia, and how it will impact their local beekeeping business and their community.

Photo credit: CC-BY / Don Hankins / Flickr