Our Reader’s Festival falls on the first week of the school holidays and we have Phil Cummings ready to read some of his stories to children as a Dad’s Read event. On Wednesday 9 July between 5-6pm children can come dressed in their PJ’s for a bedtime read. This is a free family event and no bookings are required so come to the warm welcoming environment of the library and give the kids an opportunity to meet one of their favourite authors. An adult must accompany all children.
Phil Cummings has written over sixty books for children in a career that has spanned over 25 years. He is an ambassador to the Premier’s Reading Challenge in South Australia, for the Dad’s Read campaign with the State Library and was an ambassador for the National Year of Reading in 2012. Phil has received a number of honours and awards in Australia and overseas for his work. In 2008 his novel Danny Allen was here, a book based on Phil’s childhood memories of growing up in a small country town, was shortlisted for the prestigious children’s literature awards at the Adelaide Festival of Arts.
Phil’s bestselling book ANZAC Biscuits was published by Scholastic in March 2013 and has been shortlisted for the Western Australian Young Book Readers Awards and has been named a Notable Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. This work also received the honour of having a spread chosen from the book by the Australian Publishers Association and Books Illustrated for display at the international book fair in Bologna in March. The book has also been chosen by the SA Festival of Music to be the basis for a new commissioned work to commemorate the Gallipoli centenary in 2015. 2013 also saw the publication of the picture book Night Watchwith Working Title Press and publisher Jane Covernton who published Phil’s first book Goodness Gracious! with Omnibus Books back in 1989! Night Watch was shortlisted for the 2013 Australian Speech Pathology Children’s Book Awards.
Phil’s books ANZAC Biscuits,Boom Bah! and Night Watch were presented to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a gift to their son Prince George to commemorate his visit to Australia in 2014.
Dads Read is an early childhood literacy initiative, developed by State Library of Queensland in 2010 and launched statewide in 2012 as part of the National Year of Reading, to promote family literacy.
Dads Read recognises that fathers reading to their children strengthens literacy, models positive reading behaviour and builds children’s self-esteem around reading (especially for boys).
For more information on our Reader’s Festival or school holiday events go to our website.
The Pet Pals Family workshop was a fantastic school holiday session run in collaboration with Inspectors Gary and Kate and our Children’s and Youth Services team. The star of the show hands down was Reggie the most gorgeous Beagle in the City of Tea Tree Gully!
The session was very fun but most importantly informative; teaching children how to approach dogs, deal with stray aggressive dogs and how to care for pets.
Fifty-five children participated in the Summer Reading Club, reading at least ten books each. Some have read significantly more than that, with a combined total of over 1000 books read so far.
One girl has even created her own charity fundraiser reading project after being inspired by the program.
Forty-one attended the finale with their parents, with activities including making marshmallow snowmen, alfoil sculptures, races with cotton wool stuck to their noses with Vaseline, badgemaking, face painting and Splash Theatre’s Mr Badger telling stories from Wind in the Willows.
We gave out lots of prizes for best book review, best costume and raffle draws. Staff enjoyed dressing up as much as the children but the winner was our Little Emperor.
It was a great night, which the children and parents really enjoyed and appreciated.
Celebrate the Festive Season with the Giggly Kids Christmas Live show at the Tea Tree Gully Library. Enjoy your favourite Christmas songs such as ‘Silver Bells’ and ‘All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth’ as well as Giggly Kids originals for you to sing and dance along to on Tuesday 20 December at 10.30 am. Suitable for primary and pre-school aged children. It’s free but bookings are essential so call the Library on 8397 7333. Ho ho ho
My name is Holly and I am Tea Tree Gully Library’s new Children’s Services Officer. I come from a teaching background and am so excited by my change in career. I feel like I have the best of both worlds by still working with children and being surrounded by fabulous books, CD’s, DVD’s and magazines!
I am a mum of two young children and I love music, art, technology, cooking (particularly the eating part) and gardening.
The Child and Youth Services team are a talented, friendly and passionate bunch of people who are planning some exciting school holiday programs and supports for schools.