It’s school holidays!

There’s loads of Christmas decorating events, art/craft sessions, a kite building workshop, Lego Day, and a Harry Potter movie marathon in the mix. Don’t miss our pet-themed colouring-in competition either, you can win some prizes.

Find all these events + heaps more on our website.

Also check out what’s happening at Golden Grove Arts Centre, with their super cool SeaStar Rock event tomorrow! Original energetic fun music and dance for kids that promotes marine sustainability.

 

Books light up our world

The Children’s Book Council of Australia celebrates it’s 70th anniversary in 2015, with Children’s Book Week on again from 22-28 August. The theme this year is Books Light Up Our World.

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We hosted a performance of The Book Show by Splash Theatre Company at the Golden Grove Arts Centre today, for over 300 local school students.

The books they brought to life included:

The Book with No Pictures by B.J.Novak (one of our favourites!)

Wolves by Emily Gravett

The Pointless Leopard by Colas Gutman

The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon by Aaron Blabey,

Redback on the Toilet Seat by Slim Newton.

The actors also held a Q&A session after the performance, answering some great questions about how the show was written, how long it took to rehearse and what other books they would have liked to include in the show.

Thanks to Splash Theatre Company’s Andrew, Ezra and Mariana for a great show!

Happy Book Week everyone!

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New Early Learning Kits to help our kids

After being inspired by results from the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI), the Library has added more than 50 new early learning kits to its collection.

Julie, our Children's Librarian with some of our new early learning kits.

Julie, our Children’s Librarian with some of our new early learning kits.

With a focus on emotional maturity and social competence, the new kits contain material that can help children to learn, manage their feelings, make friends, and solve problems  by covering topics like:

  • Starting school
  • Friendships
  • Learning new things
  • Feelings
  • Sharing
  • Visiting the dentist or optician
  • Plus many more

These kits are a valuable teaching aid for parents and carers of young children, as well as professionals.. They have been created on The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia principles – Belonging, Being and Becoming.

Each themed kit is categorised into age groups – 0-2 years; 2-3 years and 4-5 years – so selecting the appropriate material for your child is easy. The kits contain books, activity toys and include Parenting SA Easy Guides that are appropriate to the theme.

Early learning kits have been in our collection for a couple of years and are very popular. They are available to loan for 2 weeks.

Environmental Care Show

One of the many school holiday activities this spring is the Environmental Care Show. Of course here at City of Tea Tree Gully we encourage everyone to recycle, reuse and be sustainable, but this show will present the messages in a fun and entertaining way to the youngest generation.

The show is put on by COOL 4 KIDS, an innovative children’s entertainment service developed by teacher and musician Tony Genovese and will feature Bella Butterfly and Digger Dog characters. Suitable for kids up to 12 years, the show will be interactive and tailored to the audience on the day.

The show is free to attend, but you will need to book a spot for each family member attending as places are limited. It all happens on Wednesday 8 October at 10.30-11.15am. Bookings open on Monday 15 September for this and all our Home Grown theme school holiday activites so click here on the 15th!

Thrill Me! Kiss Me! Kill Me!

New Kindle and Kobo e-readers to come and try

New Kindle and Kobo e-readers to come and try

Come to the Library next week to keep warm, feel loved, get informed, have fun, cuddle up and act out!

Feel Loved…I Love You storytimes for 3-7 year olds on Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 10.15am

Feel loved … Romance authors share their stories Monday 6.30pm and a glass of wine

Get informed…get a feel for the latest e-readers and how to access e-books on Tuesday at 11am or Thursday 2pm

Get informed and have fun…kids can learn how to solve crimes like a CSI on Wednesday at 10.15 or 11.30am

Have fun and cuddle up…bring your family to the Dad’s Read Bedtime Storytime Wednesday at 5pm

Act out…play a part in a Murder Mystery, become a teen vampire or live to tell the tale from 6pm Thursday.

All this and more is happening for our Readers Festival… call 8397 7333 or go to our website for more information or to book.

Junior detective solves the case!

Science-for-kids_Fingerprint-forensics-3If your 7-12 year old is curious and wants to know how things work, (and don’t they all?) book them in to our free Forensic Science workshop these school holidays. They will learn about footprints and fingerprints, microscopes, soil analysis and even ballistics. They will love to show off their knowledge of crime solving techniques.

The kids will work in pairs so invite a friend!

Two workshops will be held on Wednesday 9 July, at 10.15 or 11.30am. Book now online by clicking on the time of your preferred session or call 8397 7333.

 

Readers’ Festival coming 7-11 July

Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me! If you love reading romance and thrillers, or just love reading in general, then there will be an event for you in our Readers’ Festival 2014. There’ll be a romance author panel session, a teen Murder Mystery party, and a special Dad’s Read Bedtime Storytime. Not to mention a chance to play with the latest e-readers, and investigative kids workshops and lovely storytimes. Put the week aside in your diary and stay tuned for more details coming soon!