Saturday Storytime!

Can’t get to the Library during the week? Consider joining us for a new Saturday Storytime session, starting May 30. Tea Tree Gully Library would like to encourage all parents and carers who can’ make our regular story time sessions to come along, as well as anyone who wants a lovely story read to them on a Saturday afternoon. These sessions will be held every four weeks and will run from 1-1.45pm. For children aged 2-5 years. Hope to see you there.

Saturday Storytime

Why not borrow some books for the little ones at the same time?

Get Spooky in the Library this Halloween

Little ones are welcome to attend a Halloween story time, while for older kids there will be a Haunted House Treasure Hunt, with plenty of creepy crawly fun. There’ll be awesomely gruesome touch and feel boxes, spiders to make and take home, puzzles to complete and creatures to find.


Children’s Halloween Story time will be held from 3.30-4pm and is suitable for ages 3-7 years. We will be sharing a mix of ghostly tales and songs, followed by trick or treating.  No bookings necessary.

The Haunted House Treasure hunt will be held from 4-5pm and is suitable for ages 5-12 years. Bookings are required. Phone 8397 7333 or click here to book.

Hey dads – read to your kids 10 minutes a day

Author Phil Cummings with dads and kids at the Tea Tree Gully Libray's Dad's Read Event on 9 July.

Author Phil Cummings with dads and kids at the Tea Tree Gully Libray’s Dads Read Event on 9 July.

Children’s writer Phil Cummings blessed us with his presence at Tea Tree Gully Library last night, reading to mini bookworms and dads dressed in their PJs, for our Dads Read event.

We were lucky to hear Phil read his soon-to-be-released children’s book, ‘Bridie’s Boots’, due out in September.

The Dads Read initiative encourages fathers to invest in their child’s future by choosing to read to them every day. It was developed following recent research highlighting the importance of dads reading to their children during their early developmental years, before they start school.

The research shows that reading to children for just ten minutes a day is all that’s needed to strengthen their reading/writing skills, to improve their behaviour and build their self esteem.

Phil offered a lot of good advice to dads: ‘Reading to your kids doesn’t have to be overwhelming – if we spend just ten minutes a day reading with our children, talking to them, maybe sharing our stories of what has happened in our day or a story from our own childhood, that will develop a lifelong love of reading. That’s all, just ten minutes a day.’

Here’s some more great tips that you can use to engage your child through reading:

  1. Read aloud every day
    Ten minutes of reading aloud every day makes an important difference to your child’s language and literacy development.
  2. Make reading fun
    Read stories with enthusiasm! Change voices for different characters and alter the volume of your voice to build excitement.
  3. Talk, play and tell stories to your children
    Tell your child stories every day about your day, their family, exciting things you’ve seen or done. Reading, storytelling, talking and play helps your child listen and develop social and language skills.
  4. Read anywhere
    Read in a variety of places to your child. Read outdoors – in the park, at the beach and on the bus. Just like adults, children enjoy reading in different contexts and times of the day.
  5. Read anything!
    Storybooks and picture books stimulate imaginations and foster a love of literature. But read recipes, newspapers, brochures, maps and other texts to support your child’s literacy levels in all aspects of their life.
  6. Listen to and praise your child reading aloud
    Listen to your child read. Consistent reading aloud improves children’s reading and confidence. Wait patiently and let your child work out more difficult words. Praise them when they succeed and for their reading effort.
  7. Ask questions
    Encourage your child to ask questions about what they are reading before, during and after reading. Ask them what happens next, why something stated is important, and discuss their feelings about events and opinions in the texts.
  8. Discuss the language in the texts
    Move your finger under the words from left to right as you’re reading. Encourage your child to do the same when they are reading. Stop now and again and discuss a particular word. Ask what it means and what other words are like it.
  9. Don’t forget the pictures!
    Focus on, celebrate and explore the visuals that go along with the text. These can be illustrations, maps, photographs or graphics and often help your child understand the book or text being read.
  10. Be seen reading!
    Model reading to your child. Let them see you reading for entertainment and information. Ask them to join in when reading the newspaper, measuring something from a recipe, or viewing a text message.


Our Reader’s DadsReadTitleBlock-NoDevice-LoResFestival falls on the first week of the school holidays and we have Phil Cummings ready to read some of his stories to children as a Dad’s Read event. On Wednesday 9 July between 5-6pm children can come dressed in their PJ’s for a bedtime read. This is a free family event and no bookings are required so come to the warm welcoming environment of the library and give the kids an opportunity to meet one of their favourite authors. An adult must accompany all children.

Phil Cummings hasDSC_0304 written over sixty books for children in a career that has spanned over 25 years. He is an ambassador to the Premier’s Reading Challenge in South Australia, for the Dad’s Read campaign with the State Library and was an ambassador for the National Year of Reading in 2012. Phil has received a number of honours and awards in Australia and overseas for his work. In 2008 his novel Danny Allen was here, a book based on Phil’s childhood memories of growing up in a small country town, was shortlisted for the prestigious children’s literature awards at the Adelaide Festival of Arts.

Phil’s bestselling book ANZAC Biscuits was published by Scholastic in March 2013 and has been shortlisted for the Western Australian Young Book Readers Awards and has been named a Notable Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. This work also received the honour of having a spread chosen from the book by the Australian Publishers Association and Books Illustrated for display at the international book fair in Bologna in March. The book has also been chosen by the SA Festival of Music to be the basis for a new commissioned work to commemorate the Gallipoli centenary in 2015. 2013 also saw the publication of the picture book Night Watch with Working Title Press and publisher Jane Covernton who published Phil’s first book Goodness Gracious! with Omnibus Books back in 1989! Night Watch was shortlisted for the 2013 Australian Speech Pathology Children’s Book Awards.

Phil’s books ANZAC Biscuits, Boom Bah! and Night Watch were presented to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a gift to their son Prince George to commemorate his visit to Australia in 2014.

Dads Read is an early childhood literacy initiative, developed by State Library of Queensland in 2010 and launched statewide in 2012 as part of the National Year of Reading, to promote family literacy.

Dads Read recognises that fathers reading to their children strengthens literacy, models positive reading behaviour and builds children’s self-esteem around reading (especially for boys).

For more information on our Reader’s Festival or school holiday events go to our website.


Have you met our Early Learning Program Volunteer… Daisy?


Library Volunteer – Daisy.

Storytime, is an active and vocal session aimed at pre-schoolers who enjoy themselves with a mixture of picture book story reading, singing much loved rhymes and craft activities. Early Learning Program Volunteers assist on this program by preparing the children’s area and craft activities ready for the young people and facilitating the session. Daisy is an Early Learning Volunteer and shares her thoughts.


What do you like about volunteering at the Library?
In my role as a Storytime Volunteer I get to meet and interact with other people and especially the children, which I love.

Do you have a memorable moment you would like to share?
Every Storytime session brings pleasure to see the ‘littlies’ faces light up as they listen to stories and sing their favourite songs. I love to see that!

What has volunteering brought to your life?
I am a widow, my daughter lives in Victoria and my son and his family (two of three grandchildren and a great grandchild) live in Mount Gambier, so volunteering fills this gap in my life and provides me with a chance to meet people of all ages, not just ‘oldies’ like me!

The  Library  is celebrating National Volunteers Week 13th-19th May 2013. We have over 140 volunteers in the Library, across 9 different programs. To all of our volunteers we say, ‘thanks a million.’

Bob the Builder Storytime!

bob-the-builder[1]As part of the library’s school holiday program, kids can meet the ‘We can fix it!’ building crew in a session of fun stories, songs, activities and rhymes! Children will be able to make a tool belt, complete with tools. You don’t need to book, but of course all kids must have an accompanying adult. These free sessions are on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the first week of the holidays at 10.15am until 11.00am. The school holiday program can be seen here.

Livia loves the library!

Livia1This is Livia. Livia loves being read stories…..and now, loves to read stories all by herself!!!

Livia is 16 months old. Her favourite things are: cuddles from her pet beagle Lily and her rabbit Missy; she loves eating bananas and avocados; really enjoys bath time and her favourite stories are Monkey and me and The very hungry caterpillar.

She visits the Library every Friday with her cousins Milly, Ruby and Oliver, her Aunt Amanda and her mum Bridgette.

They all come to the Library on Fridays for Storytime and enjoy listening to stories, singing songs and making crafts.

Storytime is held @ the Library each Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings.

Follow Livia’s progress on our Blog site to hear more about Livia and her Library experiences!!!

Launch of new program for preschool kids!

If you have ever had to entertain a child (or grandchild!) under five years of age, you might have been to a storytime at a Library, somewhere, sometime.

The range of activities for preschoolers is now expanding, so for babies up to two years old we have Baby Bounce & Rhyme, and for Toddlers we now have Toddler Time! Once the littlies are happy to sit for long enough to listen to a few stories, then they are ready to move up to Storytime.

Baby Bounce, Toddler Time and Storytime are not only held at the Library at the Civic Centre on Montague Road, they are now also held each week at Holden Hill, Surrey Downs and Greenwith Community Centres. And it’s all free, and a great way to socialise and improve your child’s language, movement and literacy skills.

Grab a brochure next time you are at the library for times, or visit our website.

To celebrate the launch of Toddler Time, any child aged 2-4 years who is joined as a Library member, will receive a free book, during the month of May.


Get active at Parks Alive! 2008

Be a part of Parks Alive @your library at scenic Civic Park on Sunday 26 October.

Lots of fun activities will be happening on the day including storytime for dads, demonstrations by local recreation groups as well as hopscotch, cricket and totem tennis.
For more information visit the Library website.