Readers’ Festival coming 7-11 July

Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me! If you love reading romance and thrillers, or just love reading in general, then there will be an event for you in our Readers’ Festival 2014. There’ll be a romance author panel session, a teen Murder Mystery party, and a special Dad’s Read Bedtime Storytime. Not to mention a chance to play with the latest e-readers, and investigative kids workshops and lovely storytimes. Put the week aside in your diary and stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Our Easter trailblazers

You may have seen the lovely photo of three children promoting our Easter Trail school holiday activity on the cover of this week’s Leader Messenger newspaper. Please be aware that the Library is not open the actual Easter long weekend (or Anzac Day), but the trail and other school holiday activities will be available for the rest of the school holidays until Sunday April 27. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause.



3D printing is coming…for one night only!

In addition to face painting, games, the costume parade and prizes, we are very excited to announce that Fab Lab Adelaide will be doing a 3D printing demonstration at the Summer Reading Club (SRC) Investigation Finale Party.

To join the party, grab a SRC pack from the Library, read  10 books or submit a book review, and book your spot! There will be prizes for best Investigation costume, raffle prizes and also science demonstrations. Hurry, the party starts Wednesday 22 January at 5pm.

Summer Reading Club Logo

Tour Down Under – Bike art display


In the lead up to tomorrow’s Santos Tour Down Under, Bupa stage 4 starting from Civic Park, local families decorated some donated old bikes during a very successful School Holiday program.



The pictures tell it all, much fun was had kids and adults alike,  and the bikes are outside on display on the mound next to Civic Park today and tomorrow! If you plan on coming down for TDU, check out the kids’ work and also our cycling display in the Library foyer.


bike9smallThe TDU tomorrow starts with festivities from the crack of dawn at 5.30am, with the Bupa Challenge ride heading off at 6.30am. The official Tour leaves at 11.00am. It will be a great morning of entertainment and perfect weather on  Civic Park!

Tour Down Under is coming!

TDUSome of you, especially the cycling fans amongst us, will know that Tea Tree Gully is hosting one of the key stages of Tea Tree Gully next year. Cycling has a rich history in Tea Tree Gully, did you know that one of the first competitive races in South Australia ended at Modbury? Did you know that Tea Tree Plaza car park was the scene of organised races in the 1970s?

We are developing a display in the Library foyer in the lead up to the event based on the cycling history of the region called ‘Life with your bike’ – a collection of photographs of people who live, work or play in the City of Tea Tree Gully with their bike. Do you have a photo or yourself with your first bike? Or perhaps out with your family? Maybe you raced BMX in the 80’s? A short story to accompany your photo would be great! We will copy the images and return the originals to you.

If you can help with our display please email David our Local Historian.

Pet Pals Family Workshop

The Pet Pals Family workshop was a fantastic school holiday session run in collaboration with Inspectors Gary and Kate and our Children’s and Youth Services team. The star of the show hands down was Reggie the most gorgeous Beagle in the City of Tea Tree Gully!

The session was very fun but most importantly informative; teaching children how to approach dogs, deal with stray aggressive dogs and how to care for pets.

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.