Thank you for another great summer reading club!

With Summer Reading Club activities now all wrapped up for 2015, it’s time to reflect on the fun we had this summer at the Tea Tree Gully Library.

The Summer Reading Club is held every year and aims to promote a love of reading by encouraging young people and their families to visit the library and discover great authors and illustrators. This year’s theme was ‘Choose your own adventure.’


During the school holidays, all participants completed a booklet filled with fun activities requiring them to demonstrate their literacy skills and creativity. They also submitted reading logs and reviews on some of the books they read.

Everyone who participated in the Summer Reading Club received a participation pack that included bookmarks, tattoos, stickers, wrist bands and an invitation to our finale party. All participants were also registered in a  national draw to win  iPods and other great prizes.

Overall we received 180 reading logs and 28 book reviews – giving us a grand total of 1828 books read! The Tea Tree Gully Library’s Children’s and Youth Team found it difficult to decide on a favourite book review, due to the high quality of entries, but in the end we awarded it to the review written by 16 year old Sophie T.

Read Sophie Trenholm’s book review

Participants who submitted the most reading logs or outstanding book reviews were then invited to join the Children’s and Youth Team on a shopping trip to Pegi Williams Book Shop. Families received a $25 gift voucher to help select items for our Library collection, and to recognise their outstanding achievements.

Pegi Williams book shop

Prize winners shopping for new books at the Pegi Williams Book Shop in Walkerville

Pegi Williams

Browsing the aisles – so many books to choose from

At the end of the Summer Reading Club we invited all participants and their families to a finale party at the Library. We were entertained by Professor Flint and his T-Rex adventure; Mr Nifty the twisted balloon performer; face painting, games, self guided craft, door prizes and our energy levels were kept up with yummy drinks and nibbles!

Two pandas

Two pandas at the party, Eve and Tom


Count Dracula and his evil eyes spooked a few partygoers

Professor Flint

Professor Flint’s T-Rex Adventure, right before he got everyone up and dancing like a dinosaur


The food table always draws the crowds….although there is no food to be seen in this picture!

Mr Nifty the Balloon Man

Mr Nifty the Balloon Man!

Do you want to be involved in our next Summer Reading Club? Check our website later in the year for the December/January 2015-16 school holiday brochure or head to the Summer Reading Club website for more information.

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

Afternoon tea with the Mayor

You may remember our post about our Summer Reading Club program over the holidays. Participants up to eighteen years old were encouraged to read (or be read to) a minimum of 10 books over the summer school holidays.  The program aims to make reading fun and entertaining for everyone, particularly averse readers. The Library rewarded everyone who participated in the program by throwing a Grand Finale event on Wednesday 23 January. Over the school holidays we received 127 reading logs and 12 book reviews, covering an outstanding 1,282 books!

On Monday 18 February the top seven participants who submitted the most book logs or the most creative book reviews attended an afternoon tea with Mayor Miriam Smith.

Mayor Miriam Smith and Summer Reading Club book log and review finalists

Each finalist and their family received a $20 Nile book voucher, a Summer Reading Club pack and additional prizes before helping themselves to drinks and nibbles. Mayor Miriam Smith, along with the Library’s Children’s Services Officer Holly Marling, congratulated each finalist for continuing their journey into the magical world of books and participating in our program. The Mayor extended her recognition to the participants’ families for supporting their children’s development and fostering a passion for books, reading, literature and their public library.

The Summer Reading Club encourages children to continue reading and writing during the school holidays and to explore the amazing world of books. For more information about the Summer Reading Club please visit their website  and look out for our next Summer Reading Club Program during the December/January school holidays.

2012-2013 Summer Reading Club: Untangled Tales

This summer the  Library embarked on a journey into the magical world of books and got tangled up in fairytales, myths and legends by participating in the 2012-2013 Summer Reading Club. This year’s theme was ‘Untangled Tales.’

Participants ranging in ages from birth to eighteen years were encouraged to read (or be read to) a minimum of 10 books over the summer school holidays and submit a reading log or book review.  Each participant became a Summer Reading Club member and received a prize pack and an invitation to our ‘Untangled Tales Grand Finale’.

On the night of the Grand Finale participants and their families came dressed to the library as one of their favourite storybook characters. The Library was swarming with bumblebees, graced by elegant princes and princesses and terrified by the Incredible Hulk.

As the party started, everyone helped themselves to light refreshments, an assortment of delicious healthy nibbles and were given a raffle ticket before discovering their way through the Children’s Area to our various stations for games, activities, face painting and badge making.

Wobbles the Clown

At 6:30pm Wobbles the Clown made a guest appearance and captivated the crowed with his hilarious stage show. There were plenty of laughs as he fumbled his way through silly ticks and stunts. After the performance, the children paraded around the library in their costumes and the best dressed boy and girl where chosen to win a prize.  

The clock was ticking and little Cinderella couldn’t be home too late so we kicked off the raffle. Raffle tickets were flying as the eager children waited for their numbers to be called. The children did not need to worry though, because each child received a prize for participating in our Grand Finale.

Last but not least, congratulations to our participants on behalf of the City of Tea Tree Gully Library was in order as we calculated a grand total of 129 reading logs and 14 book reviews; that was an outstanding 1,304 books read over the school holidays.

The Summer Reading Club is a great opportunity for children to explore the amazing world of books and stories during the summer school holidays. For more information about the  Summer Reading Club please visit their website.

Join the party… Summer Reading Club Finale

The school holidays have been lots of fun at the Library with the ever-popular Summer Reading Club. If you haven’t joined in the fun already, collect a reading log or book review form next time you visit the Library to be in the running for some great prizes.  Most importantly, don’t forget to come along to our Summer Reading Club Finale! 

Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood are looking forward to the Summer Reading Club Finale.
Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood are looking forward to the Summer Reading Club Finale.

The Summer Reading Club Finale starts at5pm on Wednesday 23 January, with special prizes and activities for SRC members. Come on the night dressed as one of your all-time favourite storybook characters and take part in a range of activities including a performance from Wobbles the Clown, a fancy dress parade and raffle draws.  

Everyone is welcome at this fantastic free event – call us on 8397 7333 and book now!

School holiday activities

IMG_5678_2Christmas may be over for another year, but that doesn’t mean we’re finished with our School Holiday Program yet!

We’ve been having a great time with lots of themed Storytime sessions and crafts, and are off to a great start with our Summer Reading Club. Grab a reading log or book review form next time you visit us and be in the running for some great prizes.

And of course, we’ve still got our regular IMG_5716_2activities happening each week. Our popular Baby Bounce and Toddler Time sessions are on every Thursday, while older children can grab a Trail from the Ask Here Desk and follow the clues throughout the Library to get a prize at the end.

Escape from the heat and come visit us in the nice cool Library! For more details, take a look at our School Holiday Program here.

Summer Reading Club prizes

On Monday Feb 6th our Mayor Miriam Smith presented the winners of our Summer Reading Club prizes at an afternoon tea in the children’s area of the Library with our Library Manager Helen. The children won book vouchers and other goodies. Out of the 1710 books that were read by children from Tea Tree Gully Library, our winner Clarisse read 240 books. Her brother Andrew came in second reading 110 books and equal third place went to Brittany and Amber for reading 80 books each. Well done!

Helen, Brittany, Mayor Miriam Smith, Amber, Clarisse and Andrew.

As Dr Suess would say: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.”




The Summer Reading Club ‘The Amazing Read’ Finale

Fifty-five children participated in the Summer Reading Club, reading at least ten books each. Some have read significantly more than that, with a combined total of over 1000 books read so far.


One girl has even created her own charity fundraiser reading project after being inspired by the program.

Forty-one attended the finale with their parents, with activities including making marshmallow snowmen, alfoil sculptures, races with cotton wool stuck to their noses with Vaseline, badgemaking, face painting and Splash Theatre’s Mr Badger telling stories from Wind in the Willows.

We gave out lots of prizes for best book review, best costume and raffle draws. Staff enjoyed dressing up as much as the children but the winner was our Little Emperor.

It was a great night, which the children and parents really enjoyed and appreciated.

Amazing reads and terrific trails

We’re having a short break from our School Holiday programs at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun at the Library!

If you like books, you’ll love the Summer Reading Club. The theme this year is The Amazing Read and all you have to do is read ten books, grab a reading log or book review sheet next time you’re in the Library and tell us about what you’re reading. You can enter as many times as you like for more chances to win great prizes.

Need a break from reading? Try our School Holiday Trails. Find the fake books, fill in the answers and receive a prize at the Information Desk once you’re finished.

For more information about any of these activities see our School Holiday Program.

Summer Reading Club finale

Check out the photos (see the Flickr box, left) of the Summer Reading Club Scare up a good book finale, where over 60 children and their parents celebrated the books that have been read over the school holidays. Highlights were the fantastic scary costumes worn by the kids (and staff), and the Monsters Aren’t Real puppet show by Sue Harris.  I think the Pin-the-Spider-on-the-Web game was a hit, as well as the face painting, witches brew trail and craft activities.

The top three readers from the Summer Reading Club are about to be determined, and they will be invited to a special afternoon tea with Mayor Miriam Smith, and receive their book voucher prizes from

Well done to all participants, and thanks for joining in our party!