Celebrating Our Successes: Heritage Heroes Award

(L-R): Geoff (Local History Volunteer), Pam (Local History Volunteer), David (Local History Officer), June (Local History Volunteer), Melaina (Librarian, Library Partnerships)

Did you know the City of Tea Tree Gully Library’s Local History Volunteers were recently recognised as finalists for the Heritage Heroes Award?

 The Heritage Heroes Award is an annual award which celebrates South Australia’s heritage. It is open to volunteers working in a heritage field or organisation. The “One on One Family History Help,” project was nominated, which developed in 2009 in response to a growing interest in family history. It has gone from strength to strength over the past year with its popularity far exceeding initial expectations. Collectively the Local History Volunteers have donated 2,594 hours of their time and assisted more than 850 people during 2009 to 2010.

 In addition, Melaina Tate, Librarian for Library Partnerships, here at the City of Tea Tree Gully Library recently gave a short presentation at last weeks Council meeting on the 14th September to celebrate the Heritage Heroes Award and acknowledge the time and dedication our Local History Volunteers share with the community.

 The City of Tea Tree Gully Library simply could not achieve all the things we do without the support, hard work and ideas of our volunteers.

 If you are interested in making a booking with our fabulous Local History Volunteers for One on One Family History Help please contact the City of Tea Tree Gully Library on (08) 8397 7444.

Adult Learners Week

The City of Tea Tree Gully Library aims to provide social, cultural and technological learning through a regular program of events, and through the provision and access to a wide range of physical and electronic resources for the whole community. This includes classes in Basic Computer Skills, Searching the Web, Local and Family History; practical seminars and workshops on health and wellbeing, finance, gardening and travel; author events and interactive reading workshops; access to multimedia items and computers every day of the week.

 Adult Learners Week highlights to the City of Tea Tree Gully Library the importance of providing these opportunities. We aim to provide a series of opportunities for individuals to participate in learning and gather a deeper understanding of what our area has to offer on an ongoing basis.

Adult Learners Week is celebrated annually from the 1-8 September. The theme of this Adult Learners Week is, “Your Learning Journey: Take the next step.”

Participants learned about environmental and cultural literacy options in their local community where they can continue to grow and develop: learning more about the environment in which they live and play, and how they can contribute back to the environment through more sustainable living and best practices. The other half of the learning was focused on the importance of local and family history: the impact that our stories have on bringing us to where we are today and where we will be in the future.

The Tea Tree Gully Walk of Environmental Literacy began with an enthusiastic introduction to the environment of the City of Tea Tree Gully, and then headed out to the Wynn Vale Community Garden. Participants also learned about the Gully Wetlands and various environmental initiatives of Council, as well as experience the beauty of nature. Morning tea was served with guest speaker, Penelope from the City of Tea Tree Gully Council, and then the group headed back to the Civic Centre through the Kingfisher Reserve.

The Cultural Literacy Bus Tour took participants on a journey through the streets as they took in our local history. Participants learned about our history with a tour of Houghton Cemetery, had morning tea and a tour of Highercombe Museum, then headed through the Wynn Vale Community Garden as they explored the impact and importance of our flora and fauna on the development of the character and culture of the City of Tea Tree Gully.

Get involved and discover the contribution that learning makes to the prosperity, health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and organisations.

Adult Learner’s Week

Do you want to feel more confident in speaking, reading or writing English? Or do you need assistance on the computer? Or perhaps you are looking to participate in a historical community bus tour of Tea Tree Gully?

If this sounds like you, then join the City of Tea Tree Gully Library on the 1st-8th of September 2010 for Adult Learner’s Week!

Adult Learner’s Week is celebrated annually from 1-8 September. It aims to celebrate and promote all forms of adult and lifelong learning, highlighting the importance of literacy within the community.

Discover…

  • Email Clinics for beginners
  • Basic Computer Skill Sessions
  • Adult Literacy programs
  • Highercombe Museum
  • Houghton Cemetery
  • Neighborhood development
  • The Gully Wetlands
  • Chat with SA Water about conservation
  • And much more…

Get involved and come discover the contribution that learning makes to the prosperity, health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and organisations.

Be a part of the Adult Learner’s Week 2010!

Captain Crabclaw’s Crew – Living Book Performance

Argh and ahoy! Shivering Shellfish! Blistering Barnacles?! Captain Crabclaw and his most unusual pirate crew have hoisted their main sail and are on their way to the City of Tea Tree Gully Reader’s Festival!

When Captain Crabclaw advertised for a crew for his new ship, the Speedy Squid, he didn’t expect to get a duck, a cow, an elephant and a giraffe! This rollicking tale of swashbuckling and scrambled eggs will delight landlubbers young and old. So, bring along your children or grandchildren to the City of Tea Tree Gully Library on Saturday, the 7th of August, 2010 at 1:00pm for the Living Book Performance of ‘Captain Crabclaw’s Crew’ written by Frances Watts and illustrated by David Legge.

Frances Watts has worked as a bookseller, editor and author. Her first book for children, Kisses for Daddy, also illustrated by David Legge, was shortlisted in the 2006 Children’s Book Council Picture Book of the Year Awards. Her second project with David Legge, Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books was the Eve Pownall award winner in this year’s CBC Awards.

There’s something for everyone at the City of Tea Tree Gully Reader’s Festival!

Practical Workshop on Reading Aloud to Children with Ruth Carson

Does your child or grandchild love having you read stories to them? Do you want to learn how to help your child or grandchild develop important language skills? Would you like to bond with your child or grandchild through an interactive and engaging experience at the City of Tea Tree Gully Library?

Then bring your little ones and their favourite book along to the City of Tea Tree Gully’s Practical Workshop Event; ‘Reading Aloud to Children,’ featuring guest speaker, Ruth Carson. This special event will be held in part of the Reader’s Festival on Saturday, 7th of August, 2010 from 11:00am to 12:00noon in the Children’s Area of the Library.

Ruth Carson is a foundation member of the Storytelling Guild of South Australia, as well as a member of the National Storytelling Network in the United States and the Australian Network of Storytellers. Ruth has worked in public libraries for 40 years and believes the love of reading and storytelling is the greatest gift we can give children.

There is fun for the whole family at the City of Tea Tree Gully Reader’s Festival!

Judge a Book By Its Cover Competition

Judge a  ook By Its Cover Competition…

 

Do you love to read books? Or do you enjoy drawing and designing? Do you think you can design a better book cover than the book sellers? Well, the City of Tea Tree Gully Library is looking for you!

 As part of the Reader’s Festival, the City of Tea Tree Gully Library is hosting a ‘Judge a Book By Its Cover’ competition for children under 7 through to teens up to the age of 18 years. The City of Tea Tree Gully is looking for the best new cover designs for the following books:

  • Under 7 year olds you need to design a better book cover for Possum Magic by Mem Fox or Wang Wang and Funi by Phil Cummings. First prize will be awarded a $40 voucher, second prize will be awarded a $25 voucher and last but not least, third prize will be awarded a $15 dollar voucher.

 

  • 8-12 year olds you need to design a better book cover for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis or Just Disgusting by Paul Jennings. First prize will be awarded a $50 voucher, second prize will be awarded a $30 voucher and last but not least, third prize will be awarded a $20 voucher.

 

  • 13-18 year olds you need to design a better book cover for Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden or Twilight by Stephanie Meyers. First prize will be awarded a $100 voucher, second prize will be awarded a $70 voucher and last but not least third prize will win a $50 voucher.

   With all competition entries, please make sure to include the Title, Author, Spine labeling, Blurb about the book, ISBN, and eye-catching illustrations! You can pick up your entry forms in front of the City of Tea Tree Gully Library Information Desk and return your forms to the Library by the 30th of July. Winning entries will be announced on the 6th of August, 2010 and displayed at the Reader’s Festival. The competition is on so get ready, get set, and get creative!

Graphic Design Poster Competition for Teens…

    Graphic Design Poster Competition for Teens…

Do you love to read books? Or do you enjoy drawing and designing? Do you think you can create a vibrant poster promoting the City of Tea Tree Gully Library for your fellow peers? Well, the City of Tea Tree Gully Library is looking for you!

As part of the Reader’s Festival, the City of Tea Tree Gully Library is hosting a Graphic Design competition for teens aimed at promoting the City of Tea Tree Gully Library to youth by youth. The poster should focus on why your fellow peers or youth should use the library and what does your poster offer?

With all competition entries, posters need to be A3 in size. Age categories for entrants are split into two groups, 13-17 or 18-25 years of age. Winning entries will receive $100 of book and art vouchers and your poster will be used for future promotional purposes. In addition, winning entries will be displayed at the Reader’s Festival. Winners will be announced on the 6th of August, 2010.

Entries close soon, so don’t miss out! You can pick up your entry forms in front of the City of Tea Tree Gully Library Information Desk or in the Teen Area of the library. Please return your forms to the City of Tea Tree Gully Library by the 30th of July. Winning entries will be announces on the 6th of August, 2010 and displayed at the Reader’s Festival. The competition is on,  so get ready, get set, and get creative!