Everyone is getting ready for Christmas

Santa's elves have arrived in suburbia

Santa’s elves have arrived in suburbia

Did you know that the North Pole has an outreach service? At this busy time of the year, Santa has joined forces with the Library. Santa’s elves will be spreading Christmas cheer throughout the City of Tea Tree Gully, by visiting local primary schools for some special Storytime sessions. Until the end of the school term, the jolly folk will be reading Christmas themed stories and singing carols to a total of 23 classes of children. That’s a lot of happy little people!


By giving the Gift of Reading you can help share the love of reading and foster the Christmas spirit. Once again, the Library will partner with our local Salvation Army branch who will distribute books to disadvantaged children in our community. We are asking for donations of new children’s books suitable for 0-16 year olds (No wrapping please).

One lucky person will win a $100 Westfield gift voucher by taking part in the program. Just place your donation under the Christmas tree at the Library and fill out your contact details on the back of a wish tag. Then drop the wish tag in the lucky draw box at the Library’s Ask Here Desk.

Book donations need to made by Tuesday 15 December. The prize will be drawn on Wednesday 16  December.



International Games Day @ The Library Sat 21 November

Anyone can play games, whether you’re 1 or 101!

International Games Day

On Saturday 21 November, Tea Tree Gully Library will be joining thousands of libraries across the world for the eighth annual International Games Day @ Your Library

There will be everything from charades, chess and Monopoly, to giant Pacman and a cricket play-off. You are welcome to bring along your favourite games to share with other players on the day.

Plus we’ll have an assortment of board games to try, like Pictionary, Upwords, Jenga, Cranium and more.

You can choose to join in a group session or play any game at your own leisure.

We’ll be hosting sessions on playing:

12-12.20pm Pictionary Play-Off

12-12.30pm Come and Try a New Board game

12.30-12.50pm Uno Tournament

1-1.20pm Outside fun in Civic Park

1.30-1.50pm Twister in the Teen Area

2.30-3pm Cricket in Civic Park

No bookings are required. Just come along on the day. Bring your family and friends and anyone else you’d like to get competitive with!

Free Hearing Checks Friday 20 November

Get your hearing checked for free in just 15 minutes.

Australian Hearing will be at Tea Tree Gully Library on Friday 20 November 10am-1pm.

A hearing check is painless, unobtrusive and measures what sounds you can and cannot hear. Getting your hearing checked is a simple way to learn more about your hearing and what can be done to help.

Phone 8397 7333 to make a booking.

Safe Four Wheel Driving


Monday 9 November 6.30 – 7.30pm

Imagine sitting around a campfire, under a myriad of stars, away from the glaring lights of civilisation, in the company of family and good friends.

Four wheel driving can take you to some unique, amazing places off road that you just can’t access in an ordinary car, such as remote beaches, the outback and some fabulous fishing spots.

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Joining a four wheel driving club is also an excellent way to find out how to properly operate your vehicle and learn about the regulations involved in four-wheel driving.  You get to meet and socialise with people with similar interests and go on trips. And driving is fun!

So whether you already own, or are considering buying a four-wheel drive vehicle to hit the open road, this session is definitely worth attending.

Greg Chase, vice president of 4WD Adventurers Club of SA, will speak about topics such as:  Different trip destinations, driver training, responsible 4WD activities, insurance, potential dangers and how to deal with them, such as how to recover your stranded vehicle.

You will also learn about the benefits of joining a 4WD club, what 4WD clubs do and how to choose and join one.

So why not come along and begin your adventure?  Book online or telephone the Library on 8397 7333.

When: Monday 9 November 6.30 – 7.30pm

Where:  Relaxed Reading Area, City of Tea Tree Gully Library

Cost:  Free.  Bookings are essential.

Shock, soldiers and seances – Attempts to contact the dead after WWI

Explore a different dimension of our nation’s past on Friday 13 November, at the Tea Tree Gully Museum. This historical talk will look at some of the supernatural methods used by grief-stricken families to try and make contact with loved ones after World War I.

Please note this event is an information session only – no seance or supernatural acts will be performed.

When: Friday 13 November 6.30-8pm

Where: Tea Tree Gully Museum, 3 Perseverance Road Tea Tree Gully

Cost: $10 (to be paid at arrival)

Book online or phone 8397 7333

Safe Four Wheel Driving – provided by the 4WD Club of SA


Are you looking to explore the outback when you retire, or something to do in a friendly environment on weekends? Perhaps you have a 4WD and have yet to venture off-road?

Discover the exciting world of four wheel driving at a special info session provided by the South Australian 4WD club. Topics covered will include:

  • Why join a 4WD Club?
  • Responsible 4WD activities
  • Driver training
  • Trip destinations
  • Insurance
  • Potential dangers and how to deal with them eg recovering stranded vehicles

Free event.

Book online or phone 8397 7333.


Wow it’s Italian! Experience the essence of Italian Cooking

Come along to a delicious book launch on Monday 2 November, from 6.30pm.

Written by Yarra Valley cooks Hilda and Laurie, Wow! It’s Italian is full of recipes and tips to create the perfect rustic Italian meal, based on their time living in a tiny Italian village high up in the Apennine Mountains.

You’ll learn how to make classic dishes like traditional Italian meatballs and crusty bread and gain insights into growing and preserving food for the harsh long winter months – a la the Italians.

Book online or phone 8397 7333.