Small wonders

Who or what rules the earth? President Obama? Nope.  El Nino weather patterns? Not that either. According to science writer Idan Ben-Barak, Microbes rule our world.

Idan will be in the Library on Fri 13 Nov (spooky) to talk about the microscopic world of microbiology. Bacteria, genes, viruses and such teeny lifeforms have a massive impact on our lives, but we can’t even see them!

Idan is a funny guy, check out his blog. I particularly like the post about when he helped a customer in a Library – “Excuse me, I’m a microbiologist, can I help?” Where is a microbiologist when you need one?

Or read more about the book Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World.

The talk is open to school class groups and the general public.


Photos from Library events

Photos from several of the events in the library over recent months have been uploaded to the blog.  Simply click on the ‘More Photos’ link under the three photos on the right hand side of the blog page.

You can see pics from author and poet visits, including Jill Wherry, Jeannette Rowe, Ken Vincent and Stephen M Irwin. There are also images from Children’s Book Week, which had a Safari theme this year. Many of the posters designed by school classes are able to be viewed. A highlight is the photos from the Living Book performance by our Childrens and Youth Services team, of Captain Crabclaw’s Crew…aaarrrgh me hearties!

What’s on Guide

Whats on guideWant to get involved in your community but don’t know where to start? Would you like to keep your mind and body active, but don’t know how to find the right programs and activities for you?
The City of Tea Tree Gully’s  ‘What’s On Guide’ features the huge range of programs, activities and events run by Council or held in Council owned facilities. The guide has dedicated sections for educational programs, events, exhibitions, craft and hobbies, health and fitness, literacy and computer training, children and youth, social activities and support and specialist services.

The October – December issue has just been released, so you can download a PDF version of the What’s On Guide or it can be sent to you by contacting the Council on 8397 7444. You can also pick one up at the Library, the Civic Centre reception, rec centres and neighborhood houses.

What happens after a death?

West terrace cemeteryPeter from the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority is giving a seminar on Tuesday August 25th about what to do when someone dies. “The death of someone is a difficult and emotional time, and uncertainty as to what needs to be done can only make this period worse.” Peter will discuss what action needs to be taken, what happens with burials, cremation, who to contact, and what help is out there. The library is taking bookings, and more info is available from the website.

Curious @your library – What do you want to ask?

13-Promotion_Graphical_FULL.inddJuly 25 sees the first Living Libraries  event held at the Library, where you can meet some Living Books!

What is a Living Book?
A Living Book is a person! They may be someone representing a stereotyped group, or a person who has lead an interesting life and has many stories to tell. Some of the Living Books include: A Halal butcher, a lesbian tattoo artist, a person who married into an extended family from a different land, an international  relief aid worker, someone living with mental illness, a police officer, and a variety of others!

How does it work?
Meeting a Living book will be a positive, informal experience. You can browse the catalogue of Living Books to see who is on offer and when the people you would like to speak to are available. You will borrow (reserve) a block of time to have a conversation with one of the Living Books on offer. Each loan period between a borrower and a Living Book would be 15-20 minutes. There will be several Living Books for loan and you may borrow as many as you wish in the allocated time. Library staff will be on hand to assist you with this process.

What do I do to meet a Living Book?
Book your place for this event at the Library or telephone: 8397 7333. More information will be available from our website.

Did I do that? Weeds – your garden escapees.

weedsEver popular local plant man, Jeff Reid will be back to host a new seminar on June 20. This one is about the trouble he and his conservation group have with clearing weeds from local native vegetation areas and that a large proportion of these weeds are regular garden plants that have escaped from your yard. Bookings are essential for Jeff’s events as they always fill up. More details are available on the website.

Meet and hear local author Ken Vincent

No shoesButterfly girl coverKen Vincent, poet and writer is launching two books at a special event on May 27th. His novella, ‘Butterfly Girl’ and poetry collection ‘No shoes and the day was freezing’ both draw on his 40 years of experience in social welfare, giving a very in-your-face account of the lives of the less fortunate, and how easy it can be to lose everything. Both books will be available for purchase at this emotive event, and winemaker KT and the Falcon will be on hand with a variety of types to taste. More information is available from the website.

Let’s see what’s out there…

mawson-shipIn the lead up to the new film, Stuart Blair from Star Trek Club, Starship Mawson, will present a talk on the cultural diversity of Star Trek and the similarities of our own civilisation, touching on religion, business, lifestyle and exploration. Bookings essential. A assortment of props and memorabilia will be on display in the library from April 20th with a competition to win tickets to Hoyts Tea Tree Plaza!  More information is available from the website.