Library Goober makes TV show!

Former Tea Tree Gully Library staff member, Ben Crisp, has had a series he wrote turned into a webseries on ABC iview.

The series, called Goober, is a short form comedy documenting the life of Harry, an Uber driver on the autism spectrum. “Harry loves his life, he loves his job, and he loves his gooberpassengers: so much, that he wants every one of them to be his next best friend. Goober is a light-hearted comedy series about a man who sees the best in every situation, despite what everyone else sees. It demonstrates that first impressions don’t always tell the whole story: Harry seems unusual due to the way his autism shapes his interactions, but, more often than not, his candor and naivety expose the hypocrisy of the “everyday” people around him.”

We caught up with Ben to ask him about Goober and to keep in contact in case he turns into a full-fledged success who might be worth mooching off of in the future.

TTG Library:   Congratulations on Goober. The Library is incredibly proud to have one of our own produce such a great show.

Ben:    Thank you so much!

TTG Library: Firstly is it pronounced Goober or Gūber?

Ben: Actually it’s spelt Goober but it’s pronounced Throatwobbler Mangrove. No, Harry the Uber-driver is definitely a “goober”: a loveable goofball who means well, but tends to get it wrong more than right.

TTG Library: Why isn’t it spelled Gūber then?

Ben: We considered it briefly, but thought that people might see the name and think it was a foreign-language show. Or misread it and think it was about the Gruber brothers, Hans and Simon Peter—you know, the bad guys from Die Hard 1 and 3. Actually that would be a pretty cool show too now that I think about it.

[we all think it would be a great show too, you could call it Now I Have a Gruber! – start writing]

TTG Library: In a lot of ways Gūber would have been funnier, do you now regret not spelling it that way?

Ben: We choose to listen to our fans, not our diacritics.

TTG Library: You are one of the Library’s favourite sons, how has the transition from library to screen writer been?

Ben: Libraries are hallowed ground for all writers, cathedrals built for stories, so working in a library was a special privilege. Particularly one with so many wonderful people on the team! And now I’m still just as lucky to be working with another amazing team of enthusiastic and dedicated people. Screenwriting is very different work, but hopefully serves the same essential purpose as library work: to deliver stories into people’s lives.

TTG Library: The series is both very funny and has a lot of heart and is often very poignant, where have you drawn inspiration from?

Ben: Lots of places! The initial spark came from the idea that it has become more and more common for people to have short, sometimes awkward, sometimes poignant interactions with strangers that only last the length of a trip in an Uber or a taxi. So we dreamt up a character who is a bit socially awkward, but works as a driver because he loves talking to people and trying to help them—even though he’s not always that good at it.

TTG Library: You manage to tell amazingly complete narratives in very short periods of time, was that difficult?

Ben: Part of the challenge with digital formats like ABC iview is engaging the audience in a short space of time. Some of it comes from the format: Harry gets life-coaching from his Dad over the phone, picks up his passengers and gets himself into mischief, then fumbles his way through a talk with Wendy, his crush who works at the drive-thru. I’m lucky to have a very talented and diligent team of collaborators in directors Brendon Skinner and Simon Williams, and producer Kirsty Stark—between us we whittle the story down to just what it needs to be. But we’ve only scratched the surface: there is plenty more to Harry’s story that we are just dying to share with everyone—enough to fill a whole television series!

TTG Library: Is it too late to change the spelling to Gūber?

Ben: Sure, why not? Remember how they renamed The Mighty Ducks as Champions? That wasn’t confusing at all.

TTG Library: Obviously the mentoring you received at the TTG Library, primarily from David and Holly, was instrumental to your success, how vital was it?: a) Incredibly vital b) More vital than can be expressed in English c) 100% vital d) All of the above.

Ben: Definitely D.

[Right answer]

TTG Library: What was the experience of seeing your written words turned into images on the screen like?

Ben: Amazing! We were so lucky to have such a fantastic cast. Our lead actor, Brendan Williams, is really what brings Harry and the show to life. He captures the loveable, dorky charm of the character with this textbook comic expressiveness that cracks me up. Ashton Malcolm as Wendy, the equally-gooberish drive-thru attendant, is just perfect. The whole cast is terrific: every episode has beautiful performances by the supporting cast who play the passengers, from a fretting bridal party to a grumpy grandmother, a nervous schoolboy, to a pair of loudmouth rappers. It’s awesome.

TTG Library: Shane “Kenny” Jacobson plays the voice of Harry’s Dad, did he suggest changing the spelling to Gūber?

Ben: If he did, we certainly would have listened to him! Shane is a legend, in comedy and drama, and he really knows his stuff. He understood the character straight away and had some great suggestions when he recorded the lines in the studio with Brendan. It’s a tough ask for an actor to deliver that emotion when he’s just a voice on a phone, but Shane knocked it out of the park. He captures it perfectly: Harry’s Dad is a regular bloke who loves and supports his son more than anything in the world. TTG Library: Thanks.

Ben: Thank you! Congratulations again Ben!

Catch Goober on ABC iview or through We want to see more so if you love it too let ABC know.


Inheritance is coming…

All fans of Christopher Paolini‘s saga of Eragon, his dragon Saphira and the world of Alagaësia…rejoice!

The next volume, entitled Inheritance, is scheduled to be released on the 8th November this year!

The library has already ordered copies, however we cannot place holds until we have taken delivery so keep your eye on the library catalogue.

In the meantime, why not prepare by revisiting Eragon and Saphira’s earlier adventures: Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr or learn more about the world of Alagaësia.

Mmm… scones anyone?


Tea Tree Gully Library staff have becomes fans of my scones.  I add a special touch and make sultana or chocolate chip scones. ;o)

The secret is a simple recipe from the book 4 Ingredients.
Some of you may be aware of the popular, simple cookbook series, 4 Ingredients, 4 Ingredients 2,
4 ingredients : gluten free
4 ingredients : fast, fresh & healthy
Kim McCosker and Rachael Bermingham.  There is even a 4 Ingredients in the large print collection.
I wasn’t aware until recently that there is also a DVD.

Check out their website, where you can download recipes and an iPhone application via iTunes.

Currently in Coles and Bi-Lo supermarkets when you buy any two of the fresh Gourmet Garden herbs and spices tubes you can receive a free limited edition of 4 Ingredients cookbook  (offer valid until 9th March 2011).

Tip: Scones need a hot oven, bake in a preheated oven at 220C (425 F) for 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Get cookin’…!

It’s the week for love

"Must Love Dogs"

Have you ever had beloved family or friends arrange a blind date for you?
Ever wondered about online dating?  Some of you may have your own amusing tales about the search for love.

Must Love Dogs is an entertaining romantic comedy about Sarah Nolan,
a newly divorced women, rediscovering romance with help from her enthusiastic, often misguided, well-meaning family.
(Check out the trailer!)

Starring Diane Lane, John Cusak and Elizabeth Perkins,  Must Love Dogs is adapted from the novel by Claire Cook.

New books for the holidays

One of the great things about working in the Library is seeing the new books arriving. I was lucky enough to select some new books at a gorgeous gift shop recently and wanted to let the world know we have them! Check out (yes, it’s very girly)  What Would Audrey Do?: Timeless Lessons in Grace and Style to get tips on living like Audrey Hepburn.

Also for the girls, I suspect, or those with an interest in personal growth, are Now Is The Time, It’s Never Too Late, Be Happy and What I Wish I Knew at Eighteen. Might help with those New Years resolutions?

If you are crafty, you might like Blackwork: Fifty Simple Embroidery Projects In Traditional Black and White.

And one for the guys – Fifty Cars That Changed The World.

Just the thing for some chill out time after Christmas.

Some of the new light reads

VAMPIRE ACADEMY – By Richelle Mead

In the wake of the success of the Twilight series, numerous authors and publishing houses have rushed to release their own vampire related stories, or what I sometimes like to call ‘Twilight Spawn’. At the same time, vampire tales that actually pre-date Twilight (such as Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter, the Southern Vampire Mysteries or True Blood and The Vampire Diaries) have also been ‘discovered’ by new readers.

One such ‘Twilight Spawn’ is the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

With the seventh and final volume, Last Sacrifice, having just been released on December 8th and the film rights to the first book being optioned (don’t expect to see anything for 2-3 years however), I decided to sit down and read the first volume.

Man, was I surprised!

Yes, much like Twilight, these books are written with the teenage audience (and more specifically, teenage girls) in mind. There is romance, teen angst, all the stuff you might expect from a book like this, but what surprised me was Mead’s mythology, the world she has created for her stories.

Her vampires are different from the ‘traditional’ vampire, but not in the ‘sparkle in the daylight’ of Meyer’s books. In Mead’s world, there are three distinct vampire species. First of all, there are the Moroi. These are the ‘pure blood’ vampires. They require blood to survive and have mystical powers tied to the four elements (earth, air, fire, water), but they can go out in daylight and are mortal. They also reproduce exactly like regular humans (no bite a person to turn them).

Second are the Dhampir or half-blood vampires. These are the result of a union between human and Moroi. They have the vast strength and speed normally associated with vampires, do not require blood and can only reproduce with a Moroi. For this reason (among others) Dhampir serve as protectors or Guardians for the Moroi royal houses.

Finally, there are the Strigoi and it is with here that we find the most ‘traditional’ vampires. Strigoi are the immortal, undead vampires, created when either a Moroi kills while feeding or by infection when a Strigoi bites a Moroi. Strigoi cannot go out in the daylight, are will not die of old age, can only be killed by stake, beheading or fire and are stronger and faster than even a Dhampir. They do lose their element-based powers when they are turned, however.

The stories focus on Vasilisa “Lissa” Dragomir (a Moroi princess and last of her line) and her best friend/Guardian in training Rosemarie “Rose” Hathaway (a Dhampir) and the trials they face both at the Vampire Academy and in the world at large ,as the Strigoi are slowly wiping out the Moroi.

These books are a surprisingly good read that I would recommend to anyone looking for another vampire series to sink their teeth into.

Check Out Our New Environmental Collection!

Are you keen to find out more about environmentally hot topics such as tips and techniques for growing an organic pest-free garden or environmentally safe practices in your home or workplace?
Then come and explore the Library’s new Environmental Collection, which features books written by prominent local and international authors on environmentally hot topics, issues and concerns.
You’ll find them in  Adult Non Fiction around 333.1 or browse our catalogue for some titles.

This collection was unveiled to the public on 26 October, as part of the International Year of Biodiversity and provides a wonderful opportunity to learn, grow and share as a community and to better understand the world we live in and how we can make a difference to help preserve it.

For more information about our Environmental Collection or environmentally friendly programs, events and resources, please check with staff  at the desks in the Library…and while you’re there grab yourself a copy of our “What’s On” Guide! for details of citywide programs and events.

If you have an environmentally friendly tip you’d like to share, please leave a comment so we can all learn something new to help save the planet!

Great new stuff on our library catalogue

Have you searched the Library catalogue lately?
If you have in the last couple of days, you will have noticed some extra features when you found the title you were after.

The Library now has LibraryThing for Libraries as an enhancement to our catalogue which uses the resources created by users of the LibraryThing website. 
Each title features book reviews , ratings, suggested titles “you might also like…” and tag browsing to help you find other titles of interest to you.
You can even review and rate titles you have read, directly in the catalogue by simply clicking on Review this yourself and starting a New reviews account. We look forward to seeing some reviews from our Library patrons!

So if you haven’t visited lately, go to the catalogue, search for some titles and check out the new features. We’d love to hear your feedback about it, so please add a comment telling us what you think.

Have a suggestion for something the library should stock?

suggestion-for-purchase‘Suggestion for Purchase’ forms are available from both the Customer Service Desk and the Information Desk in the library, or can be accessed online.

So if there’s a particular book, DVD, CD or any other resource that you think other people in the community would also be interested in, fill out a Suggestion for Purchase form and library staff will consider purchasing your suggestion! You can even add your name and library barcode number and if possible the processing team will try to add the new title as a borrower request for you.

Autumn reads

Library staff have continued to do a lot of recreational reading over the months and we’ve collected some short reviews of titles we’ve read this Autumn.

heaven1Heather recently  read ‘The five people you meet in Heaven,‘ by Mitch Albom. “I loved the gentle language that Albom uses and his insights that assist people who consider their lives unimportant, to realise their lives really have tremendous value and are worthy of appreciation.” It’s a great read which makes you laugh and cry.

danielcraigSonya has just finished reading the biography of current James Bond actor, Daniel Craig. ‘Daniel Craig‘ by Sarah Marshall tells the story of how he wished to be an actor from a very young age and was actually supported by his mother in his decision. She encouraged him to move to London to pursue his dream, first gaining bit parts in variety of television shows and appearing on the stage before his break into film where he would normally play the villain. An interesting look into the actor’s life.

bridge‘Bridge to Terabithia’  by Katherine Paterson, which in 2008 was made into a film, was reviewed by Carly.  “It’s about a boy called Jess who befriends a new girl at his school and the friendship that forms between them when they create an imaginary kingdom in the woods. It surprised me because when I read it I was expecting some extremely clichéd story about friendship and magic. Instead, the story tackles some difficult issues using language that is easier for younger people to understand. I think this book would be suitable for readers of any age, but particularly those aged 10-12 who are starting to read longer novels.”