Tea Tree Teens LOUD lock-in these school holidays

It’s time for teenagers to take over the Library…well, for one night at least. This Thursday night (20 Jan) from 6pm to 9pm there will be music and games and run of the Library for 13-18 year olds. Choose a CD from the collection to play on the stereo, then challenge your friends to a game on Wii Sports or Playstation.

Have some laughs with Twister or Celebrity Head, check out your favourite sites or do some random net surfing. It’s up to you! To book in, give us a call (8397 7333) and have your Library card handy. I promise no one will ‘Shhhh!’ ūüôā

Playing with Paper?

To be honest, until we were looking for ideas for the Dec/Jan holiday programme, I’d never heard of 3D Papercraft. And then another member of the CYS¬†team showed me the book “We Are Paper Toys” by Louis Bou, which features the work of a wide variety of artists, designers and other creative minds using paper to create amazing and unique 3D toys/models from paper.

Front Cover Image

The book that gave us the idea...

Google 3D Papercraft and you’ll get approx. 1,350,000 results – including recreations of people’s heads from photo images, tugboat models, iconic computer game characters, buildings… the list goes on. It seemed like a perfect choice for a workshop aimed at 13-18 year olds.

Of course, this meant that now I got to play with paper myself in order to create the examples that would go up around the library as advertising for the workshop. And what an experience that has been!

First I found out the hard way that you really need to be working with at least a large A4¬†pattern… cos A5¬†is toooooo small. Also, ordinary paper is just too flimsy, poor little guy can barely stand up.

Oh boy, was he a fiddly little beast to make...

For something so small, he sure took a lot of time and effort...

Working on Max also reminded me to have glue on hand at all times… he’s held together with sticky tape for the most part and it just doesn’t look as good.

My next efforts were on a slightly larger scale… Undead George and Werewolf Michael Jackson.

It was around Halloween... so there was a theme to my choices this time.

More lessons on what not to do when playing with paper...

With Undead George I discovered that printing the pattern out in greys doesn’t look very good and colouring in with texta only mildly improves things.
However, he did teach me that the simpler patterns are definitely the easiest ones to work with. (Not really a big surprise, that one.) And that scoring the fold lines before you start trying to make the model does, in fact, make things much easier!

Werewolf Michael Jackson was a very good lesson in why you can’t use a glue stick to make these awesome toys/models – it just doesn’t work. The glue doesn’t hold things together and takes too long to dry… very frustrating when working with something as intricate as this pattern turned out to be. So sticky tape came to the rescue again… until craft glue stepped in and saved the day entirely.

Cute little bunny...

This little bunny proved a challenge.

And finally, I took all the lessons that I learned from the previous three toys/models and had a go at “Nodder” …

Simple but adorable

Ta daaaaa!

and another simple pattern that creates this little guy:

Say hello to my little friends...
Come along to the workshop and see what you can make for yourself!

 

 

Craft glue may be fiddly and scoring fold lines may take time, but it is totally worth the time and effort for the end result.

So if you’re 13-18 and would like to have a go at making some 3D Papercraft¬†models/toys of your own, we would love to see you at the workshop on January 20 from 3pm-4pm!
Make your bookings via the library.
All the equipment and 3D Papercraft patterns will be supplied.

Your Library@AVCon 2010

 
Your Library Staff @ AVCon
The annual Adelaide Anime and Video Game Convention took place this last weekend (July 23-25) at the Adelaide Convention Centre. For the second year running Public Libraries SA had a presence at the event, with a dozen staff from seven metropolitan public library services operating a booth promoting library services for youth. 

 

Even though this was the second time Public Libraries SA had participated in the convention, it was a major revelation to people that libraries have collections of Manga, Western Graphic Novels, Anime DVDs and videogames available for loan. Indeed, many people could scarcely believe it when told that Tea Tree Gully alone has more than 2200 titles in its collection.  In addition to promoting the library collections through a graphic novel display and Play Station games, a competition was held with first prize being a $100.00 gift voucher for Pulp Fiction Comics. 

Librarian's don't come much cooler than this!

We also took advantage of the event to promote the forthcoming Tea Tree Gully Readers Festival which will be held on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 August 2010 as well as take suggestions from the public on how they thought their libraries might provide improved services. It was great to see, when reading these suggestions, that many of them(such as allowing members of the public to participate in the selection of books for the library) were already being undertaken by the Tea Tree Gully Public Library.

 

What the author might look like if he were a Manga character

As a fan of Manga and Anime, I can honestly say that this is a great event. There are talks on costume making, a forum with representatives from Madman Entertainment, CosPlay (Costume) competitions, local artist (who will do sketches of you in manga style), Video Game Tournaments and special screenings of new release Anime. This year, the Australian Costumers Guild even did a presentation on SteamPunk (you really had to see this to appreciate it).      Once again, it was great to get out there and promote library services to this enormous and relatively untapped audience. See you there next year for AVCon’s 10th Birthday when we go RETRO!!! 

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‚Äôs Festival, the City of Tea Tree Gully Library is hosting a ‚ÄėJudge a Book By Its Cover‚Äô 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‚Ķ

    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!

The Dragon is renewed

Regular visitors to the youth area of the Library will have seen the pillar painted with a purple dragon, originally designed by our former Childrens and Youth Services Officer, Pam. 

Several walls in the Library have been given a fresh coat of paint recently, as part of routine maintenance.

Artist Nicky King has been in the Library for the last two days to give the Dragon a refresher, too, and make sure he lives on.

Check out the finished product on your next visit.