Leah’s work experience story at the library

Work experience student Leah recently spent a week with us here at Tea Tree Gully Library. Like many other students, she was surprised to find how busy the library was and discover what goes on behind the scenes. Here’s what she had to say about her time:

“After managing to obtain work experience at the Tea Tree Gully Library for a whole week, I began my first day filled with anticipation and excitement, ready to experience first-hand what a work environment was like. Throughout the week I was so pleased with not only the variety of things I was able to engage in, but also the lovely people I worked alongside and the sense of responsibility I had while being in a work environment entrusted with important tasks.  The week started with a performance put on for primary school kids by the Splash Theatre Co. at the Golden Grove Recreation Centre (for Book Week).

Book Week 2015 at the Golden Grove Arts Centre

Book Week 2015 at the Golden Grove Arts Centre

Colourful characters from Splash Theatre Co., who performed at Book Week 2015

“Other tasks included working in the Chute Room, being on the front counter doing customer service, shelving books and hold items, going through old newspapers to find some hilarious old advertisements and stories. Also participating in the Fun For Under Fives activities open to the public, including Story Time where I read a book to some entertaining young children and sung songs and rhymes with toddlers and babies.
“Overall, my week’s work experience was busy and definitely introduced me to how hectic a job can be, but also incredibly fun and engaging. Not once did I find myself wishing I was doing something else and I actually looked forward to the next day and the tasks it brought. My favourite experience would have to be the Pick List (searching for a list of requested books/other items on shelves and then scanning them and printing dockets for customers to pick them up) as I was able to see every genre of book and move through the entire library, seeing just how much it had to offer. My work experience was incredible and I had a wonderful time!”

Leah Schamschurin

If you or someone you know is interested in doing a work experience placement at Tea Tree Gully Library, please complete the online form

Children’s Book Council – Book of the Year Awards

Book Week is upon us and with that means the announcement of this years Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year awards.

The shortlist was announced in April, and the overall winners in each category were revealed at a special event last Friday.

twoblanketsMy Two Blankets, by Irena Kobald and illustrated by Freya Blackwood took out the Best Picture Book. A story about  new ways of speaking, new ways of living, and new ways of being. Cartwheel has recently arrived somewhere new and finds security and safety in her old blanket. She discovers new friendships and sense of belonging as she weaves a new blanket. 


Go to Sleep Jessie, written by Libbie Gleeson and again illustrated by Freya Blackwood was the winner in the Early Childhood area. demonstrating the love and also frustration of sharing a room with a younger sibling who will not sleep. This is a story that many families have experienced.

In the Young Readers category; The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present was the winner, written by the same team as Go to Sleep Jessie. The Goodreads website say it’s delightful, warm and irresistible, these stories show how a little girl with a big imagination can always find a way to have fun.


For the teens, The Protected, by Claire Zorn won the Older Readers category. Following an accident that left Hannah an only child, this book delves into the horror, guilt and depression that followed and Hannah’s story of rebuilding herself. Raw and deep one not to be missed.

All of these titles are available from the Library, and you can see the full list of winners and honourable mentions here.

It’s Book Week! Saturday 16 to Friday 22 August

CBCAThe Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced this year’s Children’s Books of the Year.

rules of summerPicture Book of the Year:
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan – A story about two boys, one older and one younger, and the kind of ‘rules’ that might govern any relationship between close friends or siblings. Rules that are often so strange or arbitrary, they seem impossible to understand from the outside…

the-swapEarly Childhood Book of the Year:
The Swap by Jan Ormerod – Caroline Crocodile’s baby brother dribbles. But all Mama crocodile Ever says is how Gorgeous he is. Caroline is very jealous. So she goes to the Baby shop and tries to swap her dribbly brother for a new baby. The trouble is, there’s just something not quite right with any of them…

very unusual pursuitYounger Readers Book of the Year:
City of Orphans: A very unusual pursuit by Catherine Jinks –  Monsters have been infesting London’s dark places for centuries, eating every child who gets too close. That’s why ten-year-old Birdie McAdam works for Alfred Bunce, the bogler. With her beautiful voice and dainty looks, Birdie is the bait that draws bogles from their lairs. One  day, Alfred and Birdie are approached by two very different women. Both of them threaten the only life Birdie’s ever known.

wildifeOlder Readers Book of the Year:
Wildlife by Fiona Wood – In the holidays before the dreaded term at Crowthorne Grammar’s outdoor education camp two things out of the ordinary happened. A picture of me was plastered all over a twenty-metre billboard. And I kissed Ben Capaldi… Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program – but friendship complications, and love that goes wrong? They’re extra-curricula.

jeremyEve Pownall Award for Information Books:
Jeremy by Christopher Faille – A tiny kookaburra, only a few days old, falls out of his nest and is brought home by the family cat; the family name him “Jeremy”. Luckily, Jeremy is a fighter and as the weeks go by he grows stronger and stronger, until the time comes when he must say goodbye.

All of the CBCA winners are available from the Library, you can find them on our catalogue.






“One World, Many Stories”

City of Tea Tree Gully Library's Book Week 2011 display

The City of Tea Tree Gully Library celebrated Book Week last week, 20th-26th August!
What is Book Week? Founded by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 1945, Book Week is a volunteer run, not-for-profit organisation.


Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia, celebrating its 65th birthday in 2010.
Each year, schools and public libraries from all over Australia spend Book Week celebrating books, especially those by Australian authors and illustrators.

To help celebrate Book Week this year, the City of Tea Tree Gully Library’s Children’s and Youth team presented workshops to various school groups based on this year’s theme, ‘One World, Many Stories’.
The workshops highlighted the ways in which cultural differences can be expressed and celebrated through literature.

“Big Rain Coming” by Katrina Germein, “Immi” by Karin Littlewood and “Anna Hibiscus’ Song” by Lauren Tobia Atinuke were just a few of the beautiful books read aloud to local primary school students, ranging from Reception to Year 7. Students were also delighted to view several of the books nominated for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2011 Awards.
In addition, students actively participated in singing rhymes, making a fun craft, and taking a tour around the library.
To view the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2011 Book of the Year shortlist, go to http://cbca.org.au/shortlist_2011.htm or take a look at the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2011 Book of the Year Winners, http://cbca.org.au/winners2011.htm

See a ‘One World, Many Stories’ Book Week book you like? All of this year’s nominees are available at the City of Tea Tree Gully Library.