Safe Four Wheel Driving


Monday 9 November 6.30 – 7.30pm

Imagine sitting around a campfire, under a myriad of stars, away from the glaring lights of civilisation, in the company of family and good friends.

Four wheel driving can take you to some unique, amazing places off road that you just can’t access in an ordinary car, such as remote beaches, the outback and some fabulous fishing spots.

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Joining a four wheel driving club is also an excellent way to find out how to properly operate your vehicle and learn about the regulations involved in four-wheel driving.  You get to meet and socialise with people with similar interests and go on trips. And driving is fun!

So whether you already own, or are considering buying a four-wheel drive vehicle to hit the open road, this session is definitely worth attending.

Greg Chase, vice president of 4WD Adventurers Club of SA, will speak about topics such as:  Different trip destinations, driver training, responsible 4WD activities, insurance, potential dangers and how to deal with them, such as how to recover your stranded vehicle.

You will also learn about the benefits of joining a 4WD club, what 4WD clubs do and how to choose and join one.

So why not come along and begin your adventure?  Book online or telephone the Library on 8397 7333.

When: Monday 9 November 6.30 – 7.30pm

Where:  Relaxed Reading Area, City of Tea Tree Gully Library

Cost:  Free.  Bookings are essential.

Christmas New Year Opening Hours


We will be closed over the Christmas New Year period on the following dates.

Tuesday 24 December open 9am to 12 noon.
On Christmas Eve  we have a special opening time of 9am so you can grab some last minute reading before the break!

25 December until 1 January inclusive –  Library will be closed.
The chutes on the Eastern wall next to the car park will be open if you need to return anything.
We reopen on Thursday 2 January at 10am.

We wish all our library patrons a happy and safe Christmas and New Year!

Merry Christmas from Anstey


Anstey the library mascot is getting ready for Christmas!  Come in to the library and borrow some of our latest Christmas books, CDs and DVDs.  If you would like to listen to some Christmas music, make some delicious festive food or enjoy a Christmas movie, come to the library and have a browse through our collections!  With the One Card system you will also be able to access items from other participating libraries.  Please come in and borrow your items before 4 pm on the 24th December, as the library will then be closed until the 2nd January 2013.   Have a safe and happy Christmas from Anstey!

When is the Library open over Christmas?

The festive season is upon us, and our holiday opening hours have changed this year. Here are the details of when we will be open:

Friday 21 December – 9:00am to 12 noon – note the earlier opening time!
Saturday 22 December – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 23 December – 1:00 to 5:00pm
Monday 24 December – 10:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday 25 December to Tuesday 1 January 2013 – CLOSED

We will reopen on Wednesday 2 January and resume normal opening hours fom then on.

You don’t need to worry about anything on your library record – all items checked out before this period will have an extended loan time, and holds will be suspended so you don’t miss out. If you need to return anything when we’re closed, the chutes on the Eastern wall of the Library next to the carpark will be open 24/7.

The staff of the City of Tea Tree Gully Library would like to wish all our patrons a very happy and safe holiday season!

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.


Did You Know…About New Years?

Did you know that not all cultures and countries celebrate the New Year as beginning on January 1? In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the civil New Year falls on 14 January on the modern Gregorian calendar,  which is January 1 on the older Julian calendar.

Chinese New Year occurs on the new moon of the first lunar month, which could fall anywhere between January 21 and February 21 on the Gregorian calendar. Iranian New Year (called Nowruz) is the day of the vernal or spring equinox, typically 20-21 March.

The Ancient Babylonians celebrated the first new moon following the spring equinox as the beginning of the new year. Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday occurring in July on the Gregorian calendar, commemorating the culmination of the seven days of Creation, and marking God’s yearly renewal of His world.

There are many, many more…

Did you know…About Christmas Trees?

The CTTG Library Christmas Tree

Did you know the first accounts of decorating an evergreen tree for Christmas were recorded in Germany, during the 16th Century?

In Denmark, the first recorded Christmas tree was lit in 1808 by Countess Wilhemine of Holsteinborg. Many years later, the elderly countess told the story of the first Danish Christmas tree to the writer Hans Christian Andersen. He had already published a fairy-tale called The Fir-Tree in 1844, recounting the fate of a fir-tree being used as a Christmas tree.

Lights have long been part of the tradition with candles and lanterns, both in holders and glued with melted wax directly to the tree. The electric Christmas tree light is attributed to Edward H. Johnson, an associate of Thomas Edison, and was first displayed on December 22, 1882. US President, Grover Cleveland sponsored the first electrically lit tree in the White House in 1895. Electrically lit trees would gain popularity during the first decades of the 20th Centrury, but due to their expense, remained beyond the reach of the average person until the 1930s.

Check out some of these books on the history and traditions of Christmas

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!

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!’ 🙂

When is the Library open over Christmas?

The staff of the City of Tea Tree Gully Library would like to wish all our patrons a very happy and safe holiday season!
Here are the complete details of our holiday opening hours.

If you need to return any items when we’re closed, the chutes on the Eastern wall of the Library next to the carpark will be open 24/7.