Tea trees and eucalyptus

Many types of eucalyptus trees frame the Library’s setting here in Tea Tree Gully. They cluster together to form a shady space for our patrons to wander through and enjoy a quiet spot to read or eat a meal.

The eucalyptus tereticornis

The eucalyptus tereticornis

Tea Tree Gully was named for its abundance of white flowered ‘tea trees’  (Leptospermum lanigerum) that grew in the creeks. Their leaves were brewed as a tea substitute by early settlers.

Blue gums, river red gums and grey gums are just some of the eucalyptus you can see here. Their heady eucalyptus scent is one of the best things about the walk into the library.

Gorgeous pink flowers of a eucalyptus, at their peak in summer

Gorgeous pink flowers of a eucalyptus, at their peak in summer

Summer seems to be the season for gum trees. With their leaves illuminated by the Aussie sunshine, and their colourful floral bouquets, they are truly looking their best right now.

If you love eucalyptus trees, come into the Tea Tree Gully Library and leaf through some of our many books on gum trees, or put a hold of them online. Many books also provide practical household tips on how to use eucalyptus oil for cleaning and therapeutic uses.

Around the world in 92 minutes

Fast becoming the world’s first celebrity astronaut of recent times, Canadian Chris Hadfield has recently published his second book titled; You are here: Around the world in 92 minutes.

you are hereLeaping to fame via a range of social media stunts performed whilst commander of the International Space Station, Hadfield has successfully made modern space travel accessible, if not in person, at least vicariously through social media to the general public.



This book is primarily a photography book, but as Hadfield says ‘I didn’t want my pictures to look like satellite images, I wanted them to have a human element, to express a point of view.’ They certainly are a view, featuring many secrets of Earth’s topography that are influenced by the light, weather, the seasons, new growth, destruction.

chris-hadfield-s-you-are-here-1099702-TwoByOneThe book brings some of the sense of awe Hadfield and his colleagues felt every day from orbit, and provides a greater perspective, both physically and philosophically of Earth. Definitely worth a look!

Hadfield’s previous book, An astronaut’s guide to life on Earth is also available from the Library.


Thanks Tea Tree Gully, for giving the Gift of Reading

You can change a child’s whole life with the gift of a book. This year the Tea Tree Gully Library received 62 children’s books donated by members of our community – a great show of kindness and goodwill. All of the books have been presented to the Tea Tree Gully Salvation Army and will be distributed to children in need within our community. For some children, this will be the first book they have ever owned.

The books our patrons donated at the base of the Tea Tree Gully Library's Christmas tree!

The books our patrons donated at the base of the Tea Tree Gully Library’s Christmas tree

The ‘Give the Gift of Reading’ program encourages members of our community to purchase a new children’s book and donate it to the Library, to pass on to children from needy families. The initiative was first developed and implemented by the City of Playford Library in 2012 to address shortfalls in literacy skills within their community. This year, over 24 public libraries participated in South Australia.

Eleanor and Jenifer from the Tea Tree Gully Salvation Army receiving our books. They will be distributed to needy children

Eleanor and Jenifer from the Tea Tree Gully Salvation Army receiving our books. They will be distributed to needy children

A room full of toys for kids this Christmas....the donated books are on the left

A room full of toys for kids this Christmas….the donated books are on the left

To recognise our appreciation of our patron’s generous donations, the Library asked participants to fill out a ‘wish tag’ to be in the draw to win a $100 ABC Shop gift voucher. This year our winner was awarded to William Ireton, age 13.

William the winner

William the winner

A book is a gift that can open again, and again. The early years in a child’s life are an important time as they develop literacy skills that will be used over a lifetime.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to purchase a children’s book and come into the library to put it under the Christmas tree. We were overwhelmed by your kindness and are happy to see the community spirit is alive and strong in Tea Tree Gully. Merry Christmas and happy festivities to all.

Twice the Fun

Work Experience Student, Jemma, making a new friend

Work experience student, Jemma, making a new friend

This year I had the pleasure of doing work experience not once but twice at The City of Tea Tree Gully Library.

When I did my initial work experience in July, I learned the basics of how the library works including shelving and returning books. I was amazed at the hard work that goes into preparing the books so they are ready for the public to borrow.

Staff were also busy assisting patrons with queries, sorting out IT problems, as well as planning and presenting events so the public can enjoy some fun with friends and family. I even had the chance to be involved in the Animals Anonymous school holiday session and had the opportunity to hold a snake.

It is now December and I am back to do the second half of my placement and I am feeling a great deal more confident. I can work faster and everything is much easier. Most of the tasks that I have done so far are similar to what I have done previously. Some new tasks have been introduced and there will be new events happening later on in the week which should be exciting to do.

Overall, everything is the same as last time; the staff are still hard at work, talking with patrons, sorting out problems, cataloguing and shelving books, etc. Doing work experience here has really boosted my confidence and skills. I now have a good knowledge of what the public like to read, watch, and listen to as well as the sorts of events they like to attend.

Those who are looking for a place to do their work experience, especially those who like reading books, should look no further than the CTTG Library. Doing a placement here is not only great for experiencing what it is like to work in a public library but a great way to get inspiration for other careers to. The shelves are packed with both fiction and non fiction books on history, health, life, science, art and much more.

Spotlight on: Lena Dunham

‘Not That Kind of Girl’ is the title of actor and writer Lena Dunham’s new memoir, which has announced her as a fresh and vibrant literary voice.

  1. Actress, writer and 'it' girl Lena Dunham and a copy of her new memoir 'Not that Kind of Girl:  a young woman tells you what she's "learned" '

    Actress, writer and ‘it’ girl Lena Dunham and a copy of her new memoir ‘Not that Kind of Girl: a young woman tells you what she’s “learned” ‘

If you’ve ever seen her in the HBO series ‘Girls’, which she writes, directs and stars in as lead character Hannah Horvath, it is easy to wonder whether it really is a self-indulgent opportunity to play herself.  Both women reside in Brooklyn, talk incredibly fast with wit, smarts and brutal honesty and wish to establish themselves as writers and ‘voices of their generations’.

Even if Lena Dunham’s real life is the basis for Hannah Horvath and all of the other characters from Girls, she is a talented writer who is funny enough, smart enough and genuine enough to justify a memoir at just 28 years of age.

Lena’s book is an easy and a fun read. It’s a collection of personal essays (and many hand-drawn illustrations), with each essay based on an episode from her life which she defines as ‘part of making one’s way into the world’. Her life experiences are varied and cover a lot of ground: falling in love; feeling alone; being ten pounds overweight despite only eating health food; thoughts on death and dying; the joy of wasting time and having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age.

Personally I love how Lena constantly refers to her mum and dad throughout her book, using their experience and back stories to shade and colour her anecdotes. Both her parents are established artists and there is no doubt their support and creative nurturing have helped Lena’s talents to flourish. Lena has devoted two chapters to her parents in her book:  ’15 Things I’ve Learned from My Mother’ and ’17 Things I Learned from My Father’.

Some gems from her Mother:

  • ‘It’s okay to ignore the dress code if you’re an “artist.” People will think you’re operating on a higher plane and feel suddenly self-conscious.’
  • ‘Why spend $200 once a week on therapy when you can spend $150 once a year on a psychic?’
  • ‘Keep your friends close. Buy your enemies something cool.’

And these from her father:

  •  ‘There are no bad thoughts, only bad actions.’
  • ‘All children are amazing artists. It’s the grown-ups you have to worry about.’
  • ‘A rising tide lifts all boats. That being said, it’s horrible when people you hate get things you want.’

f you would like to read ‘Not that Kind of Girl’, or watch the TV series ‘Girls’, both items are available to borrow from the Tea Tree Gully Library. You can also place a hold on both items here

Top books of 2014

As we head towards the end of the year, the time of the top lists are popping up.  Top songs of 2014, top films, top cars and so on. There’s been a few top books of 2014 in recent days which we’ll share here.

Narrow road deep northThe New York Times published their top 100 books of 2014 on Wednesday with a large number of non-fiction making the grade. It’s unsurprisingly quite US-centric, but it’s nice to see the Booker Prize winning The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Aussie Richard Flanagan featured, along with several other aptly timed war themed works.


The Sydney Morning Herald, released it’s own Top Ten list on Friday. This list also highlights Flanagan, but also regulars like Peter Carey, Hilary Mantel, and a return of David Malouf, this time in a collection of poems called Earth Hour.

If you love lists, you’ll love Goodreads magazine’s lists! Goodreads provides dozens of top books for 2014 lists as voted on by their website followers and members. They break them down into genres,so have a look at theirs here.

What is your favourite book to be released this year?

The Library will be closed Tues 9 and Wed 10 Dec

The Library will be closed from 9-10 December to allow for the installation of new lighting, some electrical work and painting.

If you need to return any items, the chutes adjacent to the car park will be open.

Why not stock up on items beforehand or check out our e-book collection here: http://bit.ly/1xQDPMX

We will re-open at 10am on Thursday 11 December. If you have any questions, please give us a call on 8397 7333.