Wonderful World of Books

I am interested in many things, but the thing I enjoy doing the most is reading. Ever since I was young, I would sit in my local library for hours on end surrounded by books and graphic novels. I have many favourites, but I love Arthur Conan Doyle’s books and lately, I’ve been reading graphic novels like Bleach and Naruto. When I read, I feel as if I’m entering another world. My favourite quote is ‘Non-readers experience one life, readers experience thousands.’

Because of my obsession with books, I thought it would be a great idea to do my work experience placement with the City of Tea Tree Gully Library. So, I jumped online and researched everything I needed to know. I then went to the Library, and asked one of the staff there if they accepted year 10 work experience students, and was set a time and date for an interview. As soon as I found out I was accepted, I was thrilled. It is my first time trying something new like this, so I was both nervous and excited.

On my first day I was given a tour of the Library and a health and safety talk. I was introduced to various staff and taught how to shelve and check in and out books. At the “Ask Here” desk, I was also taught how to serve customers and what to do when they asked for something specific.

As I was shelving, I could not help but notice the titles and authors of books that I have read, or that I have always wanted to read. Thoughts like ‘I should borrow that one next time’ and ‘this one might be interesting?’ kept crossing my mind.

Learning how to work in a public library was lots of fun, and getting to know new people whether they were customers or staff, was a great experience.

Written by Michelle – Work Experience Student @ the City of Tea Tree Gully Library

A Fun Filled Week Of Work Experience

So, having returned from a fun filled week of work experience at the Tea Tree Gully Library, I am pleased to report that contrary to popular belief, it is not a building full of dusty books and irritating “Be Quiet” notices. Instead it is a thriving hive of activity, and I must say I enjoyed every second of it.

Work Experience Student Jacques

This leads to the obvious question: Why? Quite simply; you never sit still, you’re always doing something. Although to some people this may sound worse than getting keel-hauled, I found it quite invigorating. The stream of books that need to be shelved just never seems to end. Everyday there seemed to be a new activity. For example, one day was spent listening to an incredibly interesting “History of Christmas in Tea Tree Gully” lecture, after which we enjoyed a cup of Milo and some cookies.

But this was not the best part, no my biggest surprise was the sheer size of the collection. This is good, because you get a lot of variety, but I never really considered that there are people who actually have to put these books back where they belong. Nevertheless, this would not have been such a big job if not for the Interfiling Project, which sees all the Adult Fiction books being given new labels and being put back on the shelf. Soon the books will be taken down again, and the paperbacks will be mixed with the hardbacks. This will remind the patrons that there are in fact books at the back of the library as well.

But my favorite part of work experience was working at the customer service desk (CSD), to my surprise I got to serve people from the first day. I also got to work in the “Chute”, which is where all those books that you place down the holes in the wall go. I also attended a “Toddler Time” activity as well as participating in a School tour of the library and helped out at the Information desk. By “helped out” I mean I embarrassed myself with my dismally inadequate knowledge of library workings, and then quietly sat in the background while somebody who was actually qualified to do this came and repaired whatever it was that I did wrong/broke/damaged.

My final opinion? The people who work here are wonderful, I met a lot of interesting people, and doing my work experience has been exciting and informative.

So thank you.

What an Experience!

Stephanie having lots of fun covering books


Here at the City of Tea Tree Gully we pride ourselves on offering an awesome Work Experience Program. Check out the following blog post from one of our recent work experience students Stephanie.

“Having the opportunity to do work experience at the Tea Tree Gully Library has been great. I am a Year 10 student and having never done work experience before was very unsure about how I would cope working from nine to five. I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself getting along well with everyone and genuinely liking what I was doing.  I even enjoyed the first day when I was nervous and had no idea of what was expected of me, because the friendly staff were all very welcoming and attentive. They all said hello, introduced themselves and asked me how I was liking my work experience at the library.

The best element personally, was when I was shown around the room where all the new arrivals are kept. I got the chance to see a whole collection of books, DVDs and CDs that hadn’t been put into the system yet.  I also had the opportunity to do processing, which entailed carefully covering the latest novels with contact. The books which had been covered and checked for the proper genre stickers and their barcode, went straight out onto the shelves ready for everyone to borrow.

As I was a new member of the Library the process of shelving has also helped me to improve the time I spend searching for items. Shelving is the procedure where items are neatly stacked alphabetically and or numerically, according to which section they are in. Whether I want a book, DVD or CD I can now efficiently find what I am after.  

The work environment is light and everyone is cheerful, which makes it an easy place to be. All members of the staff are organized, knowing exactly what they have to do and where to be. On the first day I was presented with a green folder which had my itinerary for the week. It also included additional information for me to read over. Having my work experience at the Tea Tree Gully Library was certainly the right idea and I would definitely recommend other students, who are interesting in reading or to see how a public  library operates, to do their work experience here.”

For more information on the City of Tea Tree Gully Library’s Work Experience Program contact us on 8397 7444.

Seon Meditation

 “Exercise, meditation and breathing”

The City of Tea Tree Gully Library is pleased to announce the arrival of Seon style meditation classes to the Community Learning Centre.
Run by the Suseonjae Mediation School these classes provide exciting and revitalizing stretching, meditation and traditional breathing methods that have been used for thousands of years in Korea. Redefined for modern people by Suseonjae, these breathing methods offer a recovery of your core health and enable you to be in charge of the tasks in your life with clarity. The Benefits are both mental and physical as well as spiritual and include: increased concentration; a fitter body and better mental health; anti-aging effects, self discovery and the ability to balance family and work life.

So, if you are feeling tired, stressed and in need of a little “me” time Suseonjae Meditation classes may just be what you need.
The classes are free and are held every Tuesday from 10 -11:30am in the Community Learning Centre.
Contact instructor Isabel for further information and bookings on 0431125820.
Email Isabel@suseonjae.org

For  information about booking the Community Learning Centre, please call Michelle Biar on 8397 7473 or Melaina Tate on 8397 7453.

Reader’s Festival

If you love reading then you are going to love The City of Tea Tree Gully Library’s first ever Readers Festival on the 5th & 6th August. Join us as we celebrate the joy of reading over two fun filled days of exciting programs for adults, families and young people.

If you have ever thought about joining a book group or even starting your very own then the Book Discussion Group (BDG) Open Day is for you. This event, on Friday the 6th August from 3:00pm – 5:00pm in the Library’s Relaxed Reading Area, provides an opportunity to learn what a Book Discussion Group is all about, join an existing group or speak with the Library’s Adult Programs Project Officer about starting your own group. Meet the members of local Book Discussion Groups. Hear what they have read and discussed; their loved and hated titles ands see the range of book sets available for loan. No bookings are required.

Booklovers looking to enhance their reading experience will love our Good Reading Online and Library Thing hands-on workshop on Friday 6th August at 3:00-4:00pm (early session) and 4:00-5:00pm (late session) in the Library’s Training Room.  Good Reading Online is a fantastic Australian database with thousands of easy to read independent book reviews, interesting Australian and International articles, author profiles, stories on writers’ houses, bookshops, short stories, book trivia and much more. Plus, learn how to use LibraryThing to review books, find similar authors and ‘tag’ titles – all from the Library catalogue. To make the most of the workshop, experience using the Internet is essential. Bookings can be made by phoning 8397 7333.

“Friday Night Live”

If you are looking for something exciting to do on the night of Friday 6th August, look no further than the City Of Tea Tree Gully Library’s “Friday Night Live” celebrations.  “Friday Night Live” is the official launch of The City of Tea Tree Gully’s first ever Reader’s Festival, an event which celebrates the joy of reading over two fun filled days of exciting programs for adults, families and young people. The evening kicks off at 5pm in the Library’s Relaxed Reading Area with the opportunity to meet South Australian publishers and booksellers as they showcase new release titles in a range of formats and titles for all ages. This is your chance to be the first to get your hands on the latest bestsellers! You are then invited to stay for the official launch, a celebration of the ‘Joy of Reading’. The wonderful world of reading comes to life with live performances,  the opportunity to speak with local authors, publishers and community groups, and share stories with the City of Tea Tree Gully Library Service. The winners of the primary and high school art competition for interpretation of the ‘Joy of Reading’ will be announced, and there will be guest speakers including prominent local authors and self help groups talking about the benefits of reading, with refreshments being served through the evening. No bookings are required. So join us in celebrating the wonderful, exciting and interesting world of books and reading. We would love to see you there!

The Results Are In!

The results from the 2009 City of Tea Tree Gully Library and Toy Library Survey are in!  The Survey provided an invaluable opportunity for us to find out what you think of your Library and the services and programs we offer. The things you like about it, what you don’t like and the things that you think we can do differently. We have collated the results into compliments, comments and complaints and staff have provided responses to many of  your concerns and comments. The results will be on display in the Library over the next couple of weeks so come in and check it out or can be viewed from the Library’s News and Events page

Blu-ray is Coming!

It is with great excitement that we announce the impending arrival of Blu-ray discs to the City of Tea Tree Gully Library. With an expectant launch date of mid June, the Library is well and truly in the grip of Blu-ray fever as we prepare for this new and exciting addition to our collection.

What is Blu-ray and what does it mean for you? Blu-ray, also known as Blu-ray disc, is the name of a next generation optical disc format. The format offers more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs and enables the recording, rewriting and playback of high definition video (HD). Why blu–ray over standard DVDs you might ask? The simple answer is HDTV. If you have ever seen high definition video on an HDTV, then you know just how incredibly sharp the picture is and how incredibly vivid the colours are. In fact HD offers five times the amount of detail compared to standard definition (SD). So, with one of our Blu-ray discs, a Blu-ray player and a HDTV you can have the ultimate HD experience.

If you have a Blu-ray player at home or are thinking of purchasing one in the near future then look no further than the City of Tea Tree Gully Library for all of your Blu-ray needs, including the latest in new releases as well as your old time favorites. Stay tuned for further information.


Cultural Extravaganza!

This year The City of Tea Tree Gully Library celebrated Harmony Day over two fabulous and fun filled weeks. In the first week of celebrations we held several Harmony Day themed Storytime sessions and Hand Decorating workshops both specifically designed for the littler members of our Community. These sessions were not only lots of fun but also educational, promoting respect, fairness, inclusion and a sense of belonging for all.

In the second week the Community was invited to an evening of culture when the Library played host to the annual Kulture Klub event. Held every year to mark Harmony Day, this event, run by the City of Tea Tree Gully Council’s Youth Development Team, is a celebration of cultural diversity featuring dance, art and cuisine from around the world. Those in attendance were treated to displays of Tai Chi, Karate, Irish Dancing, Salsa and African Drumming. Guests were also given the opportunity to sample multicultural food including Japanese, Italian and Indian as well as participate in various craft workshops.

With the key message of Harmony Day this year being ‘Everyone Belongs’ it was fantastic to see so many people  joins us in celebrating this very important event.

Burundian Drummers performing at Kulture Klub Event

Harmony Day 2010

Harmony Day is a nationwide event held on 21st March each year. The key message of Harmony Day is ‘Everyone Belongs’ with the aim of highlighting and addressing issues of cultural, racial and religious intolerance by promoting respect, fairness, inclusion and a sense of belonging for all.

This year to celebrate Harmony Day  the City of Tea Tree Gully Library held several ‘Hand Decorating Workshops’ specifically designed for children.
Each child was given a paper hand to decorate in any way they chose, along with lots of glitter, sequins, pom poms and stickers. The end result was absolutely fantastic with each hand representing the uniqueness and individuality of that child. The hands are on display throughout the Library for the next week or so, as a symbol of the cultural diversity and inclusiveness of our community.
So come and check them out!