New smartphone app for library catalogue access!

As a member of the One Card network we now have the BookMyne smartphone app available to our users, offering access to all the participating library services.
The app is available free for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the relevant app stores by searching for Bookmyne.

What you can do using BookMyne

  • find libraries, their locations and opening hours
  • search the library catalogues via keyword, author, title subject or barcode
  • place holds and cancel holds
  • access your account details
  • access best seller lists and reading recommendations from Goodreads
  • get assistance using the inbuilt user guide with full instructions on all features
  • use the camera in your mobile to scan barcodes on books in bookstores etc to check if the library stocks the item. (Only available with iOS devices with autofocus cameras ; iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, otherwise barcodes can be entered manually on all iOS devices.)

 Give this new app a try to access all these features and let us know what you think!

Search the catalogue on Facebook!

One of the nice things we can do now we are part of the One Card network is offer you access to the Library catalogue via our Facebook page,
Look for the Search our Catalogue link under our banner photo.

You can search for items held at all the One Card network libraries, place holds, access your library card, do renewals all from Facebook and of course Like and share things with your friends.

Good reason to like us on Facebook too!

We’d love to see what you think, so give it a try, then leave us a comment about your experience.


Classic Graphic: Moby Dick

Written by Herman Melville , adapted by Roy Thomas and illustrated by Pascal Alixe for Marvel Comics.

There have been film and television adaptations of Herman Melville’s classic American novel Moby Dick and even an opera, which was recently performed in Adelaide.  Now we can read the graphic novel.

Set in the nineteenth century America, Moby Dick is the story of Ishmael, a young American man who goes to sea in order to relieve a bout of depression.  His plans do not go as expected when he secures employment among a strange, multiracial crew on the whaling ship Pequod, under the command of the fanatical Captain Ahab.  Rather than fulfill their whaling contract, vengeful Ahab leads his crew into mortal danger across the world in pursuit of killing the white whale they call Moby Dick.

Roy Thomas has attempted to remain faithful to the tone of the original text rather than modernising the language for his graphic novel.  He provides the reader with an introduction to Herman Melville’s original novel and a concise biography of the author.

Pascal Alixe’s illustrations are excellent.  Alixe uses subdued tones of blue, grey, green and brown to create an atmosphere through which we can visualise the cold, bleak coast of New England and what it would be like aboard a sailing ship in treacherous seas.

Facial expressions superbly convey the emotions of each character, especially the crazed Captain Ahab and add to the high drama of the story.  Those readers who are familiar with Moby Dick on film will not be disappointed by the graphic novel’s rendition of the Polynesian harpoonist Queequeg, who is a favourite character of many people.

After the horror of seeing Japanese whaling vessels pursuing whales on the television news at least you can rest assured that when reading Moby Dick that the whale will come out on top.  As a modern reader, I found it interesting to consider that the issue of whether the whale would survive to be important to me but to readers in 1851, the morality of whaling probably did not come into question.  Moby Dick is even referred to as a great fish!  Moby Dick was essentially about one man’s obsession, to the point of madness, in seeking revenge against the greater force of nature.  Reading Moby Dick, one learns not only about the superstitious nature of sailors but also of how much people used to believe in the concepts of fate, omens, retribution and the wrath of God.

Readers should be aware that this graphic novel features illustrations of whales which have been hunted and killed.

You can search the Library’s online catalogue to reserve the graphic novel Moby Dick or Herman Melville’s original novel, a DVD or even a children’s version of his classic work.  Or enquire next time you visit the Library.

The stories behind the world’s favourite books

We’ve had it for years, but I only just discovered the book ‘Behind the Bestsellers this week. It’s a fascinating collection of the stories behind the stories – anecdotes and experiences that led to the creation of some of literature’s most famous places, characters and books.

Did you know that the tales that good friend Bertram Russel told Arthur Conan Doyle about ghostly demon dogs that roamed Dartmoor, were the basis for the creative return of Conan Doyle’s most famous character? Sherlock Holmes had been killed off in The Final Problem  eight years earlier, but returned in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Orwell’s 1984was a culmination of his life’s political beliefs and experiences. His work with the Indian Imperial police in Burma, his involvement with the Spanish Worker’s Party during their Civil War and producing BBC wartime propaganda moulded his hatred of ‘the man’ with it’s bureaucratic secrecy and hypocrisy.

Dan Brown’s father was a mathematician, creating codes, puzzles and cryptic clues as elaborate treasure hunts for his children on their birthdays and at Christmas. His college years in New England, surrounded by Masonic Lodges and ‘Founding Father’ clubs, piqued an interest in secret societies, and an incident at school when Secret Service agents arrived to detain a student culminated in his fascination of  government agencies.  All three put together form the basis of The Da Vinci Code.

I could go on all day, there’s the background to 50 books listed!

Top books of 2011

Now the year is coming to a close, its a good time to look at the books published in 2011 and see what has been popular, what have you read and what have you missed?

There are a few Top 10 lists around though: The Neilsen ratings , New York Times best books for 2011, or The Book Depository’s (UK) Trends list is a quirky one. They can tell you the most popular Zombie books, Lego books, or what time of year more people buy cupcake books. Love it!

Readings bookstore also have some Australian lists for Best of 2011, including Best SciFi and Fantasy, Best Art and Design, and Best Graphic Novels.

What was your favourite new release this year?

Classic Graphic

The Odyssey: adapted from the epic poem by Homer

Adapted by Thomas Roy and illustrated by Greg Tocchini

Get back to the classics! The Library now has graphic novel adaption of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. The great bard’s exciting adventure lives on in a new format for a modern audience.

It can be difficult to plough through the original verse of the Odyssey and readers who have read the prose version or who like Greek or roman myths will particularly enjoy reading the graphic novel. Although more concise, Roy’s adaption remains faithful to the content of the original epic poem (would he dare to do otherwise?). The Odyssey graphic novel also features a section on what we know about Homer’s life and works.

What I have always enjoyed about reading classical literature was imagining the gods and mythical creatures. So the graphic novel format lends itself to these tales through the colourful illustrations of the Greek gods and specifically in The Odyssey, monsters. The Mediterranean countryside and architecture are also well illustrated. As expected, the illustrations depict the larger than life heroes as handsome and muscular and the women beautiful and curvaceous. Both wear clothing that shows off their attributes! Parents should be aware that The Odyssey contains adult themes.

Search the online catalogue on the Library’s website to check out our growing collection of classics in graphic novel format.

Get some career help at the Library!

Northern Futures is a community based, not for profit organization offering career coaching and guidance to people living in the Northern Adelaide communities.
You can book a free one on one interview to get some skills coaching and to help develop a career action plan.  Skills include resume writing, responding to the selection criteria and interview skills.
These opportunities are offered to community members who:

. Have left school and are looking to find a career that best suits them and will also further their education
. Graduates who are looking for a career and are in need of some guidance
. People who are considering post-graduate study and need help choosing the course that suits them best
. People who are considering a career change and need assistance to do so

Career councillors Vaughn Koen and Phil Jobson can be found in the Library on Thursday and Saturday between 10am and 4pm.
To book or for more information call 1800 619 933, Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 4:30pm, or e-mail

The Project: Interfiling the Adult Fiction Collection (merging the paperbacks and hard backs)

Over the next month or two our fiction collections may be in a bit of a mess!

The problem: Currently we shelve and classify our hardbacks separately from our paperbacks. Also, our paperbacks have single letters on their spines, our hardbacks have three-letter codes on their side. You have told us that this is confusing.

 The solution: We are therefore going to shelve them together; hardback and paper back, side-by-side. And we’ll be adding the 3 letter code to the spine of every item (this code actually spells out the first three letters of the author’s name). We will keep the books in their genres (Thrillers, Romance, etc.), and even add a new genre for Historical Fiction (with a white dot). Plus the Horror genre will receive a makeover and will be renamed Supernatural.

 This is a complex process, and may disrupt your trip to the library if certain parts of the collection become unavailable for a few hours. But in the long run we believe that finding the books that you want to read will become easier. Please ask our staff if you have any concerns.

Inheritance is here!

The first copies of Inhertance, or, the Vault of Souls, the fourth volume in Christopher Paolini’s saga of dragon rider Eragon and his blue dragon Saphira have arrived at your library!

Be among the first to place a hold and lose yourself in the fantasy and adventure!

New wheels for the community

Celebrating the arrival of the new bus.

In October the City of Tea Tree Gully got a brand new community bus!
Natalie Thorn, Council’s Activity Program Coordinator, says  “The bus is an exciting new addition to the Council. It has been a long time coming and being brand new, offers great advantages such as flip up seats, two spaces for wheelchairs and easy access.”
Great news is the Library has access to the bus, which is used by the Home Services Volunteers to bring Home Services Clients to the Library and take them home again.
Not only will it be used by the Library but also by Council to offer other great services within the Tea Tree Gully community.