Blackout – currently closed!

There is currently a blackout in the City of Tea Tree Gully area. As a result we are currently closed. However, the return chutes are available for you to return your library materials.

We have heard that the power is likely to be back after 2pm. Once our systems are up and running, our doors will be open again for you!


Our top 10 list for 2010

While the year is but a few days old, let’s take a moment to reflect on our  highlights in 2010 (in no particular order):

  1.  Launch of new Adult Literacy Tutoring program run by volunteers to  assist individuals to improve their english.
  2. Family History volunteers being finalists as part of SA Heritage Heroes award.
  3. Completion of stocktake of the Library collection.  This was a large amount of work for all staff, well organised by our Systems team.
  4. Inaugural Reader’s festival.
  5. Launch of the Blu Ray DVD collection – currently 320 available for loan.
  6. Improved access to Environmental resources within the adult non-fiction collection.
  7. Welcomed 388,853 people through the door.
  8. 733 programs/events were held of which 28,851 people attended!  Children’s Book Week and performance of the Christmas Wish were a couple of outstanding highlights.
  9. Growth in Library Access Services program – assisting individuals to access the service who can’t due to health or infirmity
  10. Added over 30,000 new items added to the collection.  Congratulations to our technical service team as that is an increase of over 3,000+ items from 2009!
  11. Come ‘n’ try e-books: featuring Kindle, I-pad, Sony e-reader touch, and Kobo.  They are still on display – come and play! 

… and here comes 2011 – another exciting new year!

Oh Christmas Tree…

If you have visited the Library in the lead up to Christmas, hopefully you have noticed our lovely Christmas tree.     Having the tree on display at this time of year is a joy for everyone, we get to experince the delight in the young faces of children and their parents or grandparents as they approach to see themselves reflecting back in the decorations.    Each year the tree is decorated by a couple of dedicated staff who have a passion for decorating – and they do a great job.   Many thanks Sonya and Maria for evoking the Christmas spirit in us all!

Congratulations Pam!

If you are a regular to the library, you would be familiar with a number of friendly faces who have worked here for many years.   There are even a couple who have been here for 22 years – amazing!  Staff are an important part of our business, and we recognise these individuals as they have a wealth of knowledge and experience they bring to the library service!   Today was no exception,  as Pam was presented with a certificate recognising her 15 years of service.  Congratulations Pam – and thank-you!

“It has been great working with such pleasant, talent and supportive staff and it has been a lot of fun.  Plus I have enjoyed being kept up to speed with all the changes in technology and our resources that has occurred during this time”

Meet “Dave”…

Laptop computers are designed to be taken anywhere and set-up on any flat surface. Dave However any laptop owner will tell you that extended use on your lap will result in a very warm legs and bad posture.   Over time we’ve received a number of your suggestions “why don’t you purchase some laptop tables?”.

Well, we’ve listened and purchased one as a trial, and his name is Dave.  The surface can be tilted or flat, height adjusted and holds up to 6kg.  If you are a laptop user, give Dave a test drive on your next visit.  We would love to hear your feedback!

Back in 1975

It’s clean up week this week across Council, and  everyone is participating.  While going through old files in the filing cabinet  I found this visual representation of library statistics that plots the changes in loans, borrowers, staffing and total book stock from 1975 through to 1985.

Here are some statistics about the library service as it was in 1975 from the graph and statistics we collected at the end of the previous financial year 08/09: 

Book stock  1975: 27,787     2009: 141, 477

Active borrowers  1975:  2713     2009: 38,190

Loans  1975:  11138     2009: 1,195,086

What a difference!

Writers’ Week

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but there is so much happening at the moment it’s hard to keep track of everything!  The Adelaide Festival and Fringe is always a highlight – but for anyone who has a love of reading, Writers’ Week is the pinnacle event in the Festival calendar every two years.

For me attending Writer’s Week is not always about listening to authors whose books I’ve read, but the inspiration they provide to explore new or unheard of titles.  I attended on Sunday and listened to the following authors

  • Audrey Niffenegger – Popular author of the Time Traveller’s Wife.
  • Sarah Dunant – recent novels set in the Renaissance.
  • Geoff Dyer – writer of non fiction, reccent novel is his first foray into fiction.
  • Sarah Waters – Her novel Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

However, there is still a couple of days left to discover new authors.  The program is available on-line here.

Highlights in 2009!

The New Year is a time for lists, reflecting on the successes of the previous year and making resolutions.    Many things happen within the life of a Library Service on any given day, but here are our  top 10 highlights:

  1. Library Thing installed as part of the catalogue.  Enables everyone to write reviews of titles, and quickly link to similar titles or recommended reads within a click of the mouse.
  2. 27892 new items added to the collection for you to borrow.
  3. Easier access to the cookery, craft, travel, and parenting sections in the Non-fiction collection, through changes made to call numbers and adding shelf guides.
  4. Star Wars Family Day held on 15 July attracting 2200+ people to the Library Service participating in a variety of activities for all ages.
  5. Launch of the Carer’s collection to enable easy access to information for carers within the community.
  6. Launch of the Toddler-Time program for children aged 2-4 and their parents, aimed at developing literacy skills. 
  7. Health and Wellbeing Expo held over two days.
  8. 17 authors highlighted at Library events during the year.
  9. Technology Demystified workshops run in conjunction with Council of the Aging.
  10. Access to 1000+ Newspapers in a variety of languages from around the world using Library Press Display accessible from the Library Website.
  11. SMS Pre-overdue reminders launched  (always wanting to cram in an extra one!)

What were your library highlights for 2009?