6 Years Young!

6 birthdayToday marks the day 6 years ago that the Library ventured into Web 2.0 territory and launched our Off the Shelf Blog!

In that time we have written 818 blog posts, received 286 comments and have been visited 198,073 times!

Our busiest day was 24 October 2011 when we were visited 892 times, with the Zombies in the Library post being the most popular that day.


Our most popular post ever is Bob the Builder storytime, from 2009 being viewed 32,448 times, with a far off second place by Ever wondered what the oldest Library in the world is? with 14619 views.

And if you love statistics as much as I obviously do, the location of most of our visitors is of course Australia, followed by the USA, UK and with Germany coming in 4th place. Those Germans really love Bob the Builder it seems. We’ve also been visited by people in Iceland, Grenada, Guatemala and Tajikistan!

Do you have a favourite blog post from the archives?

Do you “like” your library yet?

It’s been less than a month since we went ‘live’ on Facebook and already 136 people have confessed their ‘like’ for the Tea Tree Gully Library. Certainly makes us all feel very warm and fuzzy about the work that we do and the wonderful people who make use of the services we offer.

Looking ahead, we can see two significant milestones approaching rather quickly, much more quickly than we ever could have hoped – 150 and 200 ‘likes’ of our Facebook page. We plan to celebrate these milestones by rewarding the Facebook users who become the 150th and 200th people to ‘like’ us.

So isn’t it time you ‘liked’ your library? It’s a great way to stay in touch with what’s been, what is, and what will be happening at the Library, as well as links to events and information we think may be of interest to you.

What’s been happening in Local History?

It’s been a busy few weeks in the Local History Room, with the volunteers hard at work and Local History Officer David setting into his new role.

Wednesday evening saw the final session of the Family History Course for Beginners, where ten eager genealogists in training attended four sessions to learn about how to kick-start their family history research. There was a very positive response and it will be great to see the progress they make with their family trees.

The Web 2.0 and Genealogy sessions have also been going well. This year saw the introduction of these specialised courses to show family history enthusiasts how to use Web 2.0 technology such as Facebook, blogs, Google and wikis to help them in their research. The next sessions will be held on Monday 11 October and Thursday 14 October and we’ll be looking at message boards and forums. Bookings open Friday 24 September, so stay tuned for more information!

Another feature of the Local History program of events that was newly introduced this year was Lunch Time Bites – informal talks about various areas of genealogy, where you can bring your lunch and chat to other like-minded researchers. Our next one is called “An illustrated field guide for cemetery explorers”, and David Wald will be in to talk about the wealth of information to be found in cemeteries. It will be on Wednesday 15 September from 1:00pm and there’s no need to book.

As always, our friendly volunteers are available for one-on-one Family History help on Thursdays, so phone 8397 7333 to book some time with them.