Australian Author Richard Flanagan takes out Man Booker Prize 2014

Congratulations must go to Australian author, Tasmanian resident Richard Flanagan who last week was named the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize,  one of literature’s most prestigious awards, for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Australian author Richard Flanagan

Australian author Richard Flanagan

The novel draws on Richard’s father’s experience as a Prisoner of War, working as a slave labourer on the Thai-Burma Railway.

Richard’s father was part of a group of men commanded by Weary Dunlop, who endured extraordinary hardships inflicted on them by the Japanese army.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North is available to borrow at the Tea Tree Gully Library, as well as several other SA libraries. Click here to place a hold on this award winning novel.

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.

The Topiary Pantry – A Hidden Gem in Tea Tree Gully

Our guest blogger, Lauren Hunt from Teacher Types  a blog ‘where teachers and parents of young children can be inspired’, has recently written about the Topiary Pantry – the cafe based in the Library foyer.

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Manager Liz at The Topiary Pantry

‘If you like toys, books, a playground and grassy ovals with your coffee, cake & lunch then this little gem might be the place for you! Nestled within the Tea Tree Gully Library/Council building, The Topiary Pantry is a beautiful and child friendly spot. In one outing with your little one you could attend Baby Bounce & Rhyme at the Library, borrow a book, borrow from the Toy Library, have a coffee & lunch and then wander across Civic Park to play at the playground. It has everything! Plus Tea Tree Plaza is just across the road.


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Some of the great meals and desserts on offer

At a glance:

  • High Chairs – Yes
  • Change Facilities – Yes in the Library Foyer area
  • Room for prams – Yes
  • Kids Menu – Yes
  • Play Area – no but Civic Park and the playground is right outside.
  • Activities Provided – not in the café but the Library and Toy Library do!
  • Healthy Kids Meals – Yes
  • Kids Eat Free Deals – No
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I’m just a little bit addicted to hazelnut flavouring in my coffee, and Topiary didn’t disappoint. And of course my little miss got a babychino and made a huge mess!

I’m just a little bit addicted to hazelnut flavouring in my coffee, and Topairy didn’t disappoint. And of course my little miss got a babychino and made a huge mess!

I ordered a delicious salad (pear, parsnip, cos, celery, walnut, feta, bacon & avocado) and house-made banana bread for my little one. The food at the Topiary Pantry feels that little bit more fancy that your regular café. Lots of other yummy choices too and some tasty kids menu treats!

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The great view from the Topiary Pantry

If you like ‘High Tea’ or feel like a Mum & Dad date night out – try the Topiary Café (owned by the same people) at 1363 North East Road, Tea Tree Gully, based at Newman’s Nursery.. Perhaps not as child friendly as the ‘Pantry’ but I’ve heard the food and atmosphere is amazing. It’s on my to-do list!’

You can visit Lauren’s blog here for tips on Early Learning and activity ideas for your little one. The Topiary cafe website is here, and they also have a Facebook!





Star Wars Costumes – the original trilogy

StarWarsCostumesThere’s no denying the popularity of Star Wars is still climbing. Now with Disney at the helm, a new film on the way, a new TV show recently launched, and a company that is no stranger to merchandising , there’s been a steady trickle of high quality, new Star Wars books coming into the Library.




A AJcket that caused years of controversy for fans. It looked blue in many scenes on screen, but was actually brown.

A jacket that caused years of controversy for fans. It looked blue in many scenes on screen, but was actually brown.

The latest to cross my desk is this one; Star Wars Costumes – the original trilogy. No doubt designed to re-capture the delight of the original fan, who is well into middle age by now, in preparation for the big things coming in 2015. The book contains many never before seen photos of costumes from the original trilogy, up close and personal with some parts and you can really see the details, or lack of detail in some parts and many of the background character outfits.



Did you know there was so many different pilot helmets?

With Episode Seven due out in December next year, I think we’re just seeing the beginning of a new wave of SW non-fiction, stories, graphic novels and all sorts coming into the library. You can check out on our catalogue the huge range of Star Wars stuff we already keep!

Starting your family history?

Do you need help with starting your family history or just want some practical advice on how to overcome problems with your research? Need to find the missing names, dates and relationships in your family tree?

Experienced volunteers are available in Tea Tree Gully Library’s Local History Room to assist you with your family history research every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11am-5pm.

Should you have a large family tree to uncover, or you require assistance to perform a more detailed family history search, you can book a special one-on-one session with a volunteer on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Our volunteers can help you to research several key resources that form the backbone of any family history research, such as:

  • Indexes of births, deaths and marriages.
    You’ll find indexes but full certificates are held by the registry office in the State that the event happened.
  • Passenger lists
    Look for indexes and lists of passengers immigrating to Australia.
  • Convict records
    Find records about sentencing, transportation, where convicts served out their sentences and maybe more.
  • Electoral rolls
    See where you ancestors were living.

Come into the Library any time to make an appointment or give us a call on 8397 7333.

Watch out, it’s Zombie Time!

Zombie Walk 2014The 8th annual Adelaide Zombie Walk is on this weekend on Saturday October 11 from around 3 pm at Rymill Park. This event gets bigger every year with several thousands of regular citizens donning costumes and make-up to become the living dead for a shuffle through Adelaide’s CBD. This year the walk returns to Rundle street, great  for zombies, but we’re not sure what the Rundle street diners will think!



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Some of our Zombie related items on display

We love zombies here at the library, we have a huge range of zombie related stuff for loan. You can even buy a Zombie Librarian calendar from here which features some of our current and previous staff as library zombies!

Spotlight on: Veronica Roth


Veronica Roth

It’s been ages since we highlighted a popular author (who hadn’t recently passed), so to reignite the spotlight series we’re focussing on the young adult author Veronica Roth. Roth herself is a young adult, having been born in 1988 and celebrating her 26th birthday in August.

Roth of course wrote the Divergent series. The runaway smash hit featuring a dystopian future society where people are sorted into ‘factions’ based on their core values and personal ambitions. Beatrice is born into Abnegation but doesn’t really fit into any specific faction when tested and is hence considered Divergent. This is not something you want to advertise, so the story revolves around her defection to another faction and the discovery of her society’s political motivations and sinister plans.

divergentDivergent spawned two sequels, Allegiant and Insurgent and a collection of short stories based on the point of view of another character called Four, and also a recent film starring Shailene Woodley.

Roth wrote Divergent during Summer break of her final year at Northwestern University studying creative writing, and sold the rights to the film just before she graduated. She lives with her husband Nelson Fitch in Chicago.