Free mags to read in Spring

Spring is here, it’s time to get out in the garden, get growing and get crafty. There are a number of magazines relating to gardening and crafts that you can access for free online via the library.

gardening australia coverABC Gardening Australia is our nation’s number one monthly gardening resource, relating back to the popular TV program. The September edition is a bulb special – to lift or not to lift, that is the question! Experts also discuss the top 10 vegies to plant, how to lay turf, grow tasty tomatoes and gorgeous grevilleas.

Backyard and Garden Design Ideas is a good one to read if you are planning a backyard makeover. You can access back issues of this and other magazines so you are sure to find projects and ideas that will suit your needs.

good orgWhen are you ready to get your hands dirty, Good Organic Gardening is an earthy read, all about productive gardening, from seed to table. Find out what to plant when, explore new plant varieties, even learn about pesky pests and useful gardening tools.


homespunAustralian Homespun is a local craft magazine covering quiliting, knitting, sewing and all things stitching that come complete with patterns. A great read for some homegrown time with your sewing machine or needles.



You can read all these magazines using Zinio, via the Online Resources page on our website.


There are also gardening magazines in hard copy to borrow, of course, including Better Homes and Gardens, Your Garden, Australian House and Garden.

Love magazines and documentaries? Read on…

As a member of Tea Tree Gully Library you have 24/7 access to a variety of online resources, for both learning and leisure. All you need is your library card number and PIN.

A couple of really exciting resources the library subscribes to are; Zinio which allows you to download and read current, popular magazines and Beamafilm featuring streaming video of top quality Australian and overseas documentaries. Why pay for these things when you can get them free from the Library!

Zinio magazines onlineOur Zinio magazine collection covers a wide range of topics from entertainment, lifestyle, food and travel to sport, fitness, craft and technology. We’ve added new titles such as donna hay magazine, delicious, National Geographic, Inside Sport and Australian Country Style which are all available for you each month to download and read on your PC, tablet or smartphone.

If you enjoy watching quality films and documentaries, Beamafilm is a resource you will love. There are many titles to choose from and new content is added regularly. Beamafilm’s catalogue has something for everyone with documentaries from Australia and around the world. Try it out today!

To access these fantastic resources and many more, visit the Online Resources page on our website,
Select your resource, login with your library barcode and PIN, select Tea Tree Gully Library and enjoy!

We are always happy to show you our full range of resources, so please ask us about them next time you’re in the Library.

Read current magazines online free!

Zinio magazines onlineWe’ve recently subscribed to a new online resource, Zinio, which allows you to read  popular magazines in full colour digital format on your PC, Mac, iphone, ipad, android device or tablet via a browser or app. All for free!

The collection covers news, sport, technology, entertainment, home, lifestyle and more. Some of the titles currently available are Inside Out, Martha Stewart Living, Bride to Be, GQ, Gardening Australia, Practical Parenting and FilmInk, with more titles coming soon.

To use Zinio, please go to the Library Online Resources page and login with your library barcode. Then click the link to Zinio.

You will need to create a couple of accounts to login to the Library’s Zinio collection and to read the magazines, so we recommend you read the handy User Guide or watch the video on the Zinio landing page to assist you with this.

Zinio landing page

Create your account and access the User Guide and video

We’d love to hear what you think of Zinio, so please leave us a comment!

Good Reading for $5? Bargain!

This month Good Reading Magazine is celebrating the launch of the National Year of Reading with a bumper edition. Get your copy of this special magazine from the Library for just $5 (normally $8.95) to read their interview with Marion von Adlerstein about the role of women in advertising, browse the books that define Australian life and meet Australia’s first Children’s Laureates. Plus, read about how books are changing the lives of prison inmates, find out how you can help to improve Indigenous literacy and discover why reading for an hour a day will strengthen your bond with your family.

Not quite Woman’s Day

Magazines…there are so many to choose from! Take a walk down the magazine aisle of a newsagent and there are titles for every hobby and interest group. 

CTTG Library has a pretty wide range of mags too,  and not just your everyday gossip magazines.  For something different, check out Frankie (one of my top picks),  Dance AustraliaGreat Hair (really useful for showing the hairdresser what cut/colour you want), Better Photography, or  Tattoo.  If fashion is your thing but Vogue is a bit out of your price range, try Yen.

Guys might like to grab a copy of The Skateboard Mag, Australian Mountain Bike, or Street Machine.

If there’s a magazine we don’t have that you want, let us know!

Who do you think you are?

SeptCoverSeen the show… now read the magazine! The Library subscribes to the WDYTYA magazine and September’s edition is now here. This edition looks at Devon ancestors, WWII ancestors and Kate Humble.
If you prefer to watch the TV program and enjoyed the first Australian series, you’ll be pleased to know that the second series of WDYTYA is due to start on Sunday, September 27th. It will feature Ron Barassi, Sigrid Thornton, Ben Mendelsohn, Maggie Beer, Christine Anu and John Butler.

The Library has the following DVDs of  Who do you think you are? available for loan:
UK Series 1
UK Series 2
UK Series 3
UK Series 4
Australian Series 1

We also subscribe to Australian Family Tree Connections magazine and Family History Monthly.
Your one stop shop to finding out who you are!