Dyslexia Friendly Collection

The more you read, the easier it becomes. But for those who struggle with words, reading is not always fun, and it’s easy to lose heart and stop trying.

Tea Tree Gully Library has recently made it easier to find dyslexia-friendly books and audiobooks by putting them in their own space  in the children’s and teen areas. They now have signage and coloured labels so they are easy to find.

To search for dyslexia friendly books, type in ‘dyslexia’ in the catalogue, just like below, and from there you can select the ‘dyslexia’ boxes on the left-hand side.

dyslexia friendly

Dyslexia primarily affects the ability to learn, read and spell. Sometimes maths is affected as well.  It’s important to remember that having dyslexia is not related to someone’s general intelligence. It comes from a difficulty in dealing with the sounds of words. People with dyslexia often find it hard to remember lists of things they have heard, or to remember names or facts quickly, although they often have strengths in reasoning, visual and creative fields.

Features of Dyslexia Friendly Books:

  • A font style and size that is clear to read.
  • Off-white paper that is kinder to the eyes as it reduces glare from the high contrast of black against white.
  • Spacing between letters, lines and paragraphs
  • Age appropriate content and story lines but with less text to a page and more pictures
  • Shorter chapters to give the eyes natural ‘rest’ breaks

Where are they located?

Children’s Area: Find them in the area near the book series boxes.


Book stickers on Dyslexia Friendly Collection (DXF-C) in the children’s area of Tea Tree Gully Library


You can find dyslexia friendly books and audio books among the Children’s book series boxes in the Children’s Area.

Teens Area: You can find them on the last shelf facing the public computers.

Stickers on the Dyslexia Friendly Books in the Teen Area

Stickers on the Dyslexia Friendly Books in the Teen Area

Find the DXF-T books in the shelf that faces the computers (in the Teen Area).

Find the DXF-T books in the shelf that faces the computers (in the Teen Area).

We hope our new collections appeal to children and young people who have dyslexia or who are reluctant to read. May they inspire a new love of reading!

Hunger Games Scavenger Hunt and Feast Thurs 16 July

Hunger Games

An event for Hunger Games fans. Join us for an extreme scavenger hunt within the Library based on the books and then reward yourself by preparing and feasting on Hunger Games-themed foods.

Hunger Games Feast

Hunger Games Feast

For youth aged 13-17 years.

Bookings are essential. Phone 8397 7333 or book online

My Work Experience at the Library

Work Experince Student, Natasha(top left hand side), enjoying the Alice in Wonderland themed photo shoot.

Work experince student, Natasha (top left), enjoying the library’s Alice in Wonderland themed photo shoot.

One of my favourite hobbies is reading, so when I learned that I would have to do a week of work experience I thought the obvious choice would be the Tea Tree Gully Library. Having gone on their website and filled out the online application, I thought I would be waiting long, but I got a call later that week. An interview was scheduled and I was accepted. I was both excited and nervous. It would be out of my comfort zone, but I would be surrounded by books so the pros pretty much outweighed the cons.

When I walked in on my first day I was nervous, as I said; this was out of my comfort zone. I was scared that I would get in everyone’s way, work too slowly, or mess up. But my fear was not needed, everyone was very welcoming and took their time to explain the tasks to me and I caught on fast enough. The parts I enjoyed the most were probably shelving and working in the chute.

Doing my work experience at the library has helped me with my communication skills and has helped me become more confident when handling a task. If you’re looking for somewhere to do your work experience, I definitely suggest doing it at Tea Tree Gully Library.

Inky Awards

insideadog-smallMany avid readers of youth fiction would be aware of the website, Inside a Dog, a website provided by the State Library of Victoria that is all about books – by young people for young people. It draws its name from the famous Marx quote (Groucho not Karl): ‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read’ and features Inky the dog as the site’s mascot.

Gold_longlistedSince 2007 Inside a Dog has been hosting The Inky Awards –  ‘Awards that recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the longlist and shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by the teen readers.’ The awards are separated into two categories; Gold and Silver, for an Australian book and an international book respectively.

Last week the first longlist was released, featuring some great YA titles including Garth Nix’s latest fantasy installment Clariel, and The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson, bringing awareness of PTSD to a younger audience. You can see the full list here.

A shortlist is announced in August with the winners celebrated in October.

Young Writer’s Group at Tea Tree Gully Library

To all the budding young writers out there, consider coming to our new monthly Young Writer’s Group, starting Wed 11 March from 4.30-6pm. This group offers a brilliant opportunity for teens and young adults from all walks of life to come together and work on their writing and discuss different styles of writing they admire or loath.

It will be led by Kim Kirchner, our Youth Services Officer, who is also an ex-English teacher, literary enthusiast and passionate book lover!

The best way to become a writer is to start writing.

The best way to become a writer is to start writing.

Kim will also be there to provide feedback on personal work and inspiration to pat down a creative style.

If you, your children or anyone you know is interested in coming to the Young Writer’s Group, simply come along!

If you have any questions for Kim or would like to introduce yourself beforehand, by all means send her an email to  kim.kirchner@cttg.sa.gov.au 

Thrill Me! Kiss Me! Kill Me!

New Kindle and Kobo e-readers to come and try

New Kindle and Kobo e-readers to come and try

Come to the Library next week to keep warm, feel loved, get informed, have fun, cuddle up and act out!

Feel Loved…I Love You storytimes for 3-7 year olds on Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 10.15am

Feel loved … Romance authors share their stories Monday 6.30pm and a glass of wine

Get informed…get a feel for the latest e-readers and how to access e-books on Tuesday at 11am or Thursday 2pm

Get informed and have fun…kids can learn how to solve crimes like a CSI on Wednesday at 10.15 or 11.30am

Have fun and cuddle up…bring your family to the Dad’s Read Bedtime Storytime Wednesday at 5pm

Act out…play a part in a Murder Mystery, become a teen vampire or live to tell the tale from 6pm Thursday.

All this and more is happening for our Readers Festival… call 8397 7333 or go to our website for more information or to book.

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!