The word is out!

This Friday and Saturday, visit us at the Library for the 2011 Readers’ Festival.

Chloe Irvine

The Festival kicks off on the morning of Friday 1 July. An official launch will be held from 5:30pm, with a special performance by local musician Chloe Irvine.

Refreshments will be provided and Mayor Miriam Smith will announce the winners of our ‘Judge a Book by its Cover’ competition.

At the Festival you can also:

  • attend a fun and educational Early Literacy workshop by US literacy expert James Thomas
  • try out a variety of e-book readers
  • learn how to use the Library catalogue
  • hear our Local History officer David speak about reading non-fiction for pleasure 
  • take the kids to see a performance by the much-loved Andy and the Bookworm
  • and more!

Andy and the Bookworm

Click here to see the full program, and remember to book by calling 8397 7333.

There’s something for everyone at the City of Tea Tree Gully Readers’ Festival!

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!

Bedtime Storytime – Pyjamas at the Library!

Say Hello Rhyme

Last night we had a fabulous time when over 35 children and their families came to the library for a special Classic Tales Bedtime Storytime.

Everyone wore their pyjamas and brought their teddies to share lots of stories. We read some classic tales aswell as some modern family stories.

Along the way there was lots of  dancing and singing too. Luckily, we all had enough energy left to make a magical star wand, which everyone took home.

Sharing Stories

If you were here and shared the fun, let us know what you thought and if you have any ideas for the future.

Watch out for the next school holidays for more fun events at the library!

“Friday Night Live”

If you are looking for something exciting to do on the night of Friday 6th August, look no further than the City Of Tea Tree Gully Library’s “Friday Night Live” celebrations.  “Friday Night Live” is the official launch of The City of Tea Tree Gully’s first ever Reader’s Festival, an event which celebrates the joy of reading over two fun filled days of exciting programs for adults, families and young people. The evening kicks off at 5pm in the Library’s Relaxed Reading Area with the opportunity to meet South Australian publishers and booksellers as they showcase new release titles in a range of formats and titles for all ages. This is your chance to be the first to get your hands on the latest bestsellers! You are then invited to stay for the official launch, a celebration of the ‘Joy of Reading’. The wonderful world of reading comes to life with live performances,  the opportunity to speak with local authors, publishers and community groups, and share stories with the City of Tea Tree Gully Library Service. The winners of the primary and high school art competition for interpretation of the ‘Joy of Reading’ will be announced, and there will be guest speakers including prominent local authors and self help groups talking about the benefits of reading, with refreshments being served through the evening. No bookings are required. So join us in celebrating the wonderful, exciting and interesting world of books and reading. We would love to see you there!

April School Holiday program fun

A snapshot of the activities that children and young people around Tea Tree Gully participated in during April School Holidays:

  • 14 teenagers participated in the Autumn School of Rock, building on their Summer school experience.
  • Ever popular rock pet painting in the new Jublilee Community Centre
  • 30 children and carers visiting a farm at Littlehampton
  • Over 50 kids playing netball and basketball, and 70 learning circus skills at the Recreation Centres!
  • Library trails and self guided crafts very popular
  • Family painting workshop great fun!
  • Golden Grove Arts Centre hosted several shows with over 1200 attendees.

Some of the paintings from the Family Painting Workshop

Autumn School of Rock

Easter Egg Hunt

Looking for something free to do with the family in the lead up to Easter? Grab a trail sheet from the pillar near the Information Desk and look for the clues hidden around the library.

Every child who completes the trail receives an Easter Egg. The trail is on from Saturday 27 March to Thursday 1 April.

Check out the other activites during April School Holidays here.

More Living Books

What is it like to be a fireman? Have you ever saved someone’s life?

How does it feel to arrive in Australia from a refugee camp? How do you make a new life in a strange country?

You may want to ask these questions to the two Living Books who have been added to the collection available for our Curious @ your library event this  Saturday.

The Living Library will now include Andrew Sharrad, from the Metropolitan Fire Service, and Jacob Anyar, a leader of the local Sudanese community.

Andrew and Jacob add to the 15 Living Books that you can meet and chat to at the Living Library on Saturday from 11am to 3pm.

See the catalogue for more details on the full range of Books.

The event is free, and loans of the Books will be on a first come, first served basis. All ages are welcome.

Curious? What would you like to ask?