Thanks Tea Tree Gully, for giving the Gift of Reading

You can change a child’s whole life with the gift of a book. This year the Tea Tree Gully Library received 62 children’s books donated by members of our community – a great show of kindness and goodwill. All of the books have been presented to the Tea Tree Gully Salvation Army and will be distributed to children in need within our community. For some children, this will be the first book they have ever owned.

The books our patrons donated at the base of the Tea Tree Gully Library's Christmas tree!

The books our patrons donated at the base of the Tea Tree Gully Library’s Christmas tree

The ‘Give the Gift of Reading’ program encourages members of our community to purchase a new children’s book and donate it to the Library, to pass on to children from needy families. The initiative was first developed and implemented by the City of Playford Library in 2012 to address shortfalls in literacy skills within their community. This year, over 24 public libraries participated in South Australia.

Eleanor and Jenifer from the Tea Tree Gully Salvation Army receiving our books. They will be distributed to needy children

Eleanor and Jenifer from the Tea Tree Gully Salvation Army receiving our books. They will be distributed to needy children

A room full of toys for kids this Christmas....the donated books are on the left

A room full of toys for kids this Christmas….the donated books are on the left

To recognise our appreciation of our patron’s generous donations, the Library asked participants to fill out a ‘wish tag’ to be in the draw to win a $100 ABC Shop gift voucher. This year our winner was awarded to William Ireton, age 13.

William the winner

William the winner

A book is a gift that can open again, and again. The early years in a child’s life are an important time as they develop literacy skills that will be used over a lifetime.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to purchase a children’s book and come into the library to put it under the Christmas tree. We were overwhelmed by your kindness and are happy to see the community spirit is alive and strong in Tea Tree Gully. Merry Christmas and happy festivities to all.

Give the Gift of Reading this Christmas

Give the Gift of Reading and donate a new book to children in the Tea Tree Gully community and help share the love of reading this Christmas.

The Library is partnering with the Salvos for this special promotion.

Donate to go into the draw to win a $100 ABC Shop gift voucher!
To participate,  purchase a new children’s book and drop it off, unwrapped, at the library before 15 December 2013. We will place it under our Christmas tree.

You can then fill out an entry form so you can have a chance to go in the draw to win.

Your book will then be presented to the Modbury Salvation Army on your behalf.


The Amnesty is Over!

salvos-logoThe Library’s Overdue Books Amnesty – “Food for Fees” – finished on 16th January 2009. Over six weeks Library patrons took the opportunity to return thousands of overdue books (up to six years overdue, mind you!), have 1000’s of dollars of fees waived, and make hundreds of food donations to the local Salvation Army. Staff and community members alike reported that the program was a positive “feel-good” experience. Most importantly, our efforts provided much needed support to local families in need, through the Salvation Army.

Food for Fees – An Amnesty on Overdue Books

Don’t you just hate those overdue book fees? Yes? Well, we have a solution …
Simply visit the library between 1st December and 16th January, make a donation of food to the Salvation Army, and we’ll waive your fees! All you need to do is place one non-perishable foodstuff for every $10 owed into the Salvo’s bin provided. Everybody wins! The community will benefit from getting its books back, borrowers will benefit from returning to the library and getting their fees waived, and more than 100 local families in need will benefit through the donations made to the Salvos!

For more information please telephone the Library on 8397 7333.

Please note, this only applies to overdue fees for late returns. The Amnesty does not apply to money owed for lost books. But if you wish to donate to this valuable cause regardless, then please feel free!