Reading is for anyone – Necessities: time and ability to read.

Do you believe that you dislike reading? Perhaps because of that, you may believe reading isn’t your thing? I once believed that I disliked reading but ever since finding a book called The Giver by Lois Lowry, I came to a realisation that I have a passion for reading.

giverYou may ask, how exactly did this book make me realise my passion for reading? Well, as a student I am required to read at least one book each term of the school year as a part of my English studies. I randomly choose a book each term and this particular term I choose a book that was soon to become the first book that I enjoyed, which was The Giver. At first getting into the book was quite tedious because back then as I disliked reading, yet I had to quickly finish it because the term was nearly coming to an end. What did I do? I read whenever I had the chance, and soon enough, without realising, I had already been seduced by the book. To an extent, when I think about it, it was like I was being pulled in by the book, making me continue to read it.

Looking back, it’s almost unbelievable how much this book has changed my opinion on reading. Just because a person thinks that they dislike reading doesn’t mean they actually hate it, it’s just that they probably never gave it much of a try. I myself am proof of this. As the title says, reading is for anyone – anyone who has time, and anyone who can read. Even if you think you dislike reading, it’s just a matter of finding the right type of book for you, whether it is sci-fi, comedy, or perhaps even horror. There are so many different kinds of books available, that I am almost certain that everyone has a book out there that is suited to them.

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As regular visitor of the Tea Tree Gully Library, I know how easy it is to find a book that I feel is suited to my taste. The catalogue that is available within the library makes it easy and convenient to search for books and there are also friendly library staff members who can help you find the items that you are after. At the Library it is also possible to access resources from many other libraries using the catalogue. While you’re busy finding books, you can also borrow other types of resources such as DVDs, CDs, and even Magazines. Discover the reader in you, it’s easy.  Try different books and if you get bored after reading a few pages, you can always stop reading. There’s no rule saying that you have to finish a book once started.

Written by: Jedwin – Work Experience Student @ City of Tea Tree Gully Library

My Work Experience placement and what I learned from it…

Have you ever wondered what it is like to work in a library? Well let me tell you it is not at all boring, but actually an exciting adventure.

In the Library you are not just given one task to do all day but instead everyone is given a different task to do each hour. One hour a person may be working on the “Ask here” desk and the next hour they may be placed in the chute room and then perhaps they may do some shelving.

001The Library also has special events or programs. Some programs are scheduled for certain days. For example, on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:00am the Library hosts a program called Baby Bounce which is aimed at children 0 to 2 years old. The library hosts another program called Toddler Time, which is also on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30am to 12 noon aimed at children aged 2 to 4 years old.

During my work experience placement I did so many different things. Some of the things I did were Baby Bounce, Toddler Time, Storytime, working in the chute room and many other things.  My favorite task during my placement has been working on the customer service desk because I got the opportunity to interact with a range of different people from the community. During my placement my least favorite task was processing (which is putting contact and labels onto the new books) because putting the contact onto the new books is hard and if you make a mistake you have to start again, which can be very frustrating.

I really enjoyed my time working in the Library which was due to the friendliness of the staff that helped me while I was there. I have liked working at the Library as it is fun and am now considering becoming a librarian in the near future.

Being in a library isn’t boring as some people may think, but instead it’s a great adventure.

Written by: Robert – Work Experience Student @ City of Tea Tree Gully Library

More Connected Seniors

This year in the Library we have been running a new program called Telstra Connected Seniors. This program has included several different sessions that have allowed us to introduce seniors to being able to use their mobile phones and the Internet.

These classes have been extremely popular – so popular that we have decided to put on an extra session of “Introduction to mobile phones”. In this class we will show you how to use your mobile phone, covering topics like:

  • adding a contact to your phone
  • sending a text message
  • making a phone call

Or perhaps you would like to learn how to do something a little more advanced like take photos!
We encourage you to bring along your questions and we will do our best to answer them all. This session will be held on Tuesday 9 October, a three-hour class that will run from 1:30 – 4:30pm. Places are limited so please book now by ringing the library on 8397 7333.