Way back when, Wednesdays

Adelaide’s famous duckling

TTP Children's show with Winky Dink

On page 16 of the edition dated 17 January 1973, in the section entitled Tea Tree Plaza News, The Leader Messenger promoted its forthcoming school holiday programs.  The caption accompanying the photograph stated that kids could see shows featuring celebrities such as Channel 9’s Hot Dog and Cheryl.  But who is that little bird sitting in a bucket, pictured in the centre of the photograph?  If you grew up in the 1970s or 1980s and watched Channel 9 after school, you will probably remember that small pink duck with fondness.

Winky Dink was a sweet-natured, happy young duck. The puppet was operated and voiced by children’s author Wendy Patching. Winky starred on the Adelaide children’s show the Channel Niners, produced by NWS-9.  The show screened in the afternoon from Monday to Friday.

Pam Tamblin and Ashleigh Mac originally hosted the Channel Niners. They were later replaced by Patsy Biscoe and Ian Fairweather.  The final presenters of the show were Joanna “Joey” Moore and “Robby” Robin Roenfeldt. Channel Niners was repackaged during the mid 1980s as C’mon Kids, screening from 1986 to 1990.

Winky often made references to the duckpond where he lived, looking down through the aperture in the desk. Winky Dink’s favourite treat was sugared worms.  I remember one episode of the Channel Niners in which a young viewer once sent Winky a small box of sugared worms.  The contents resembled Allen’s Snakes coated in sugar!

Pink Winky Dink

The fabulous Winky Dink

 

If you found Winky Dink to be too sweet or you just didn’t like his voice, the early days of the show also featured zany, rude Wilbur Worm. Wilbur would make funny, insulting remarks to Winky (by the standards of a children’s program) which their human comperes would have to counteract. However, Winky had pluck. Winky could hold his own and was usually ready with a quick reply to Wilbur’s jibes, creating a humourous interchange between the two characters.

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From left:  Channel 9 children’s characters: Wilbur Worm, Humphrey B. Bear, Hot Dog and Winky Dink

Deb’s ‘BIG THINGS’ road trip 2016

During the recent Easter school holidays, Library staff member Deb and her family set off on a road trip around Victoria with a mission: to see as many ‘big things’ as possible.

Decked out in their special ‘Big Things’ t-shirts, Deb’s family and three other families racked up thousands of miles to make it to 16 big Aussie icons.

Deb says: ‘Suffice to say with 8 kids and 8 adults in tow, our road trip was anything but boring!’

BIG MALLEE FOWL

1. The Big Mallee Fowl at Patchewollock

 

BIG MURRAY COD KIDS

2. Arnold the Big Murrary Cod at Swan Hill

BIG STRAWBERRY

3. The Big Strawberry at Koonoomoo

BIG NED 2

4. The Big Ned Kelly at Glenrowan

BIG EARTH WORM

5. The Big Earthworm at Bass

BIG COW

6. The Big Cow at Newhaven

BIG WAVE

7. The Big Wave at Newhaven

BIG TAP

8. The Big Tap at Cowes

BIG KOALA 1

9. The Big Koala #1 at Cowes

BIG PURSE

10. The Big Purse at Melbourne

BIG CHICKENS

11. The Big Chickens at Geelong

BIG BOOMERANG GOOD

12. The Big Boomerang at Geelong

BIG BIRD

13. The Big Pheasant at Gumbuya Park

BIG SPHYNX

14. The Big Sphinx at Geelong

BIG MINER

15. The Big Miner at Ballarat

BIG LOBSTER

16. Larry the Big Lobster at Kingston

Inspired by Deb’s trip? Read about more Aussie’Big Things’ in the library book The Little Book of Big Aussie Icons. Borrow it here

Summer Reading Club 2015-16 Wrap-Up

Well done to the 54 children who participated in the recent Summer Reading Club, held over the summer school holidays.

Tea Tree Gully Library received 70 logs and 46 reviews of books – and we are proud to say after totaling all of the figures, a grand total of 746 books were read.

Congratulations!

This high number of books read is a credit to our young readers who live in the Tea Tree Gully area. Reading is incredibly important not just for education and comprehension, but also for developing communication skills, empathy, logic & reasoning and a greater ability to focus and concentration. If you need greater convincing, check out more reasons for why children should read here here and here.

Some of the children who read lots of books or submitted some stand-out book reviews were invited with their families to the Pegi Williams Bookshop in Walkerville to purchase new books for the children’s collection. They also received a Pegi Williams Book Shop voucher to buy a book for themselves. We had so much fun selecting new books together.

Look out for the new books on our shelves soon. And keep reading!

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

In car entertainment for your driving holiday

If you and the family are heading off on a driving holiday this summer, or even a day out, and want to ward off boredom and endless games of ‘I Spy’, take a look at the audio book collections in the Library.

Books on CD and MP3 are available for kids and adults, with titles ranging from Storytime with Peppa Pig to My Sporting Life: Sir Jackie Stewart. They can be borrowed for up to 4 weeks, so grab a few to have in the car and keep everyone amused.

audio booksAnd if you run out, you could always borrow more from the public library at your holiday destination, if they are part of the One Card network, and return them here when you get home!

Funky fit fun!

Funky Fit Kids Yoga was a fun school holiday event at the Tea Tree Gully Library.
In the Community Learning Centre a group of excited children (and some excited parents) discovered the fun of jungle dancing, yoga poses, songs and games.
Children came on a journey through the jungle complete with lions, tall trees and lotus blossoms.

Yoga fun in the school holidays

 

Featuring many fun yoga poses and stories, the workshop was a celebration of strength, flexibility and self-confidence.

School Holiday Art!

These school holidays were brimming with budding young artists! With the aid of a wonderful professional, Hannah, as well as our resident Picasso, Megan, we ran two Manga Art Drawing classes where participants learnt invaluable techniques in drawing the unique Japanese style cartoon. The results were inspiring! Children and youth ranging from 6 years to 16 years proudly displayed their completed works. We will be keeping an eye out for the next Tite Kubo to emerge from Tea Tree Gully!