Chinese New Year Fun

January 23rd will mark the start of the Year of the Dragon and here at the library we’re getting pretty excited about it. To get into the Chinese New Year spirit we’ve hung lots of lanterns and there might even be some dragons around over the next couple of weeks.

If you’re after some school holiday fun, why not come and help us celebrate the New Year with the Chinese New Year Storytime on Monday 16, Tuesday 17, and Friday 20 January from 10:15am to 11:00am. Join our Library family in a session of enchanting stories, songs, activities and rhymes. Create your own Chinese Lantern to take home.

Start the year with a roar and let your imagination run free! Join in the Design-a-Dragon Workshop and create your own colourful dragon to take home. The workshop is on Wednesday 11 January from 10:30am to 11:30am. Bookings essential. For booking details check out the School Holiday brochure.

For the adults, qualified Tai Chi instructor Brenda Hum will be providing two free Tai Chi sessions, one on Monday 23rd at 11.00am and again on Tuesday 24th at 11.00am. Bookings are essential for these as well.


Giggly Kids Christmas Musical Performance

Lots of little people loved the performance in the library on Tuesday by Giggly Kids. They rocked our world! We will have a copy of their CD ‘Ready Set Giggle’ in our collection soon.

For more school holiday fun, grab a brochure from the Library or our website.

Helping hands make a Christmas tree

The festive season is here once more and the Children’s and Youth Services Team have been busy spreading Christmas cheer to local primary school students with Christmas Storytelling workshops here in the library.  At the workshops students heard some wonderful Christmas-themed stories and sang a few well-known Christmas songs. They also joined in fun activities, such as tracing their hands onto green paper to add leaves to our giant Christmas tree (it’s a handsome affair) and making a shooting star ornament to take home.








Giggly Kids Christmas Musical Performance

Celebrate the Festive Season with the Giggly Kids Christmas Live show at the Tea Tree Gully Library. Enjoy your favourite Christmas songs such as ‘Silver Bells’ and ‘All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth’ as well as Giggly Kids originals for you to sing and dance along to on Tuesday 20 December at 10.30 am. Suitable for primary and pre-school aged children. It’s free but bookings are essential so call the Library on 8397 7333. Ho ho ho

School Holidays are fast approaching…

…which means that it is time for the School Holiday brochure and all the wonderful activities and events that it contains.

You can collect a copy of the brochure here at the Library or from the Golden Grove Arts Centre and the Turramura Rec Centre or from HIVE 12-twentyfive.

You can also access an online copy on our website or on your smart-phone by scanning this QR-code:

So much to do these holidays

Get ahead of the rush - book your places in the events soon!

There’s so much on offer for children and youth in the City of Tea Tree Gully these holidays – we hope to see you there!

“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 or take a look at the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2011 Book of the Year Winners,

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.

“Hello” from the new Children’s Services Officer

Hello everyone!

My name is Holly and I am Tea Tree Gully Library’s new Children’s Services Officer. I come from a teaching background and am so excited by my change in career. I feel like I have the best of both worlds by still working with children and being surrounded by fabulous books, CD’s, DVD’s and magazines!

 I am a mum of two young children and I love music, art, technology, cooking (particularly the eating part) and gardening.

The Child and Youth Services team are a talented, friendly and passionate bunch of people who are planning some exciting school holiday programs and supports for schools.

Please say “hi” if you see me in the Library. 


A Fabulous Pink Boa + ASO’s Amazing String Quartet = Holiday Magic!

Miss Lily’s Fabulous Pink Feather Boa, performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s String Quartet, was an enchanting School Holiday event at the Library this week. Margaret Wild’s classic Australian picture book was brought to life in the Library’s Relaxed Reading Area through a lively narration by the Storyteller and an emotive music score on strings. The audience joined the little Last Potoroo on a journey of friendship and fun at Miss Lily’s Boarding House. Featuring many fabulous pink feather boas and a tango-dancing crocodile, the performance was a celebration of music and storytelling.

Two violins, a viola, a cello and an enthusiastic teller of tales.

The children were thoroughly engrossed in the story.

What will she do?

Oh no! Potoroo! What are you doing?

How far will a Potoroo go for a piece of boa?

The Potoroo regrets her rash action...

Summer Reading Club finale

Check out the photos (see the Flickr box, left) of the Summer Reading Club Scare up a good book finale, where over 60 children and their parents celebrated the books that have been read over the school holidays. Highlights were the fantastic scary costumes worn by the kids (and staff), and the Monsters Aren’t Real puppet show by Sue Harris.  I think the Pin-the-Spider-on-the-Web game was a hit, as well as the face painting, witches brew trail and craft activities.

The top three readers from the Summer Reading Club are about to be determined, and they will be invited to a special afternoon tea with Mayor Miriam Smith, and receive their book voucher prizes from

Well done to all participants, and thanks for joining in our party!