Vampires in the Library These School Holidays


zombie carlyThese school holidays when the library has closed and the lights are out, it will transform into the Terrible Castle of Baron Castain. Teens are invited to spend an evening of mystery and adventure at the library where they will navigate their way through a series of challenges, vampires and murder, in true Murder Mystery Party style. Guests will need to engage their acting and improv skills while they mingle with fellow guests and find their way through the winding castle to safety – but they must be wary of who they can trust! With awards and prizes on offer for best acting, best costume and most dramatic death (as well as many others) guests will be sure to put on an incredible performance while they solve the grizzly mystery.

If you are 12 years or over, then join us for dinner and fun – if you dare!

Find this event and our full school holiday program here.

Who: Ages 12-18

When: Thursday 10 July, 6.00-8.00pm

Where: The Terrible Castle of Baron Castain (City of Tea Tree Gully Library)

Cost: Free

Dinner provided

Bookings: Essential on 8397 7333

Give the Gift of Reading this Christmas

Give the Gift of Reading and donate a new book to children in the Tea Tree Gully community and help share the love of reading this Christmas.

The Library is partnering with the Salvos for this special promotion.

Donate to go into the draw to win a $100 ABC Shop gift voucher!
To participate,  purchase a new children’s book and drop it off, unwrapped, at the library before 15 December 2013. We will place it under our Christmas tree.

You can then fill out an entry form so you can have a chance to go in the draw to win.

Your book will then be presented to the Modbury Salvation Army on your behalf.


Para Hills High School students join the Library Team

This school term we welcomed four enthusiastic students from Para Hills High School Special Needs Unit into the library for a four-week work experience placement. The placement was designed in collaboration with the school to provide the students with the opportunity to gain real life work experience and life skills. During their placement the students participated in children’s programs including Baby Bounce and Toddler Time, assisted with the preparation and facilitation of school programs, reshelved books and buddied up with staff to witness the inner workings of the library.

The students showed great enthusiasm during their placement and gained some new skills:

“I enjoyed working in the library because I learnt new skills”  – Ramin

“Shelving helped me with alphabetical order” – Ben and Adam

Thank you to the wonderful students who were involved in the program, as well as their teachers. We look forward to hosting more successful tailored work experience placements to compliment our existing work experience program.

The Youth Space Has Had a Facelift!

This year the youth space in the library has seen some colourful changes including the addition of new coloured shelving, comfy cushions and couches, and snazzy study facilities. The final addition to this funky yet functional space is a painted mural that has been designed and produced exclusively by a team of artistic young people aged 13-19 years of age. Over a period of two months, the creative youth team has worked hard to create a visual representation of what they think reading is all about, and the finished product displays an eclectic mix of images symbolising the endless possibilities of the imagination.

A big congratulations to the team for their efforts and an open invitation to all to visit the new youth space and check it out!

Do you know someone who would be interested in becoming a Volunteer Literacy Mentor?

The Cities of Salisbury and Tea Tree Gully are seeking volunteer mentors to work one-on-one with young people to improve their literacy skills using a program called Multilit.
People who are passionate about literacy, have experience working with young people and are a good communicator would be suitable for this role.

The role will involve conducting at least three, one-hour, one-on-one sessions a week, at either Bagster Road Community Centre Salisbury or HIVE 12–Twenty Five Modbury.

All relevant training, such as Child Safe Environments and training in the Multilit model will be provided before commencement of the mentoring role on 23 July 2012.

Get your volunteer expression of interest in by Friday 8 June.
Volunteer expressions of interest, can be made at

For more information please contact Kate Walker on 8253 9928 or

School Holiday Art!

These school holidays were brimming with budding young artists! With the aid of a wonderful professional, Hannah, as well as our resident Picasso, Megan, we ran two Manga Art Drawing classes where participants learnt invaluable techniques in drawing the unique Japanese style cartoon. The results were inspiring! Children and youth ranging from 6 years to 16 years proudly displayed their completed works. We will be keeping an eye out for the next Tite Kubo to emerge from Tea Tree Gully!

Read Mob

Monday was a perfect day to be outside enjoying the sunshine, and it proved an excellent backdrop for the National Year of Reading Read Mob event held in Civic Park. The event kicked off when over 80 primary school students, as well as parents and staff, gathered in the park with their favourite read, while simultaneously other groups were hosting their very own Read Mobs all over South Australia.

All of the participants celebrated their love for reading by planting a National Year of Reading flower, creating a gorgeous artistic display!

The highly talented (arguably…) Children’s and Youth Services team put on a stellar performance of author Lane Smith’s picture book “It’s a Book” and our resident pirate, Stephen, was a huge hit with all the kids.

Our Read Mob was a fun and successful day so a huge shout out to all those who got involved!