“There are many reasons why a child cannot read. There are no excuses.”

In November 2013, acclaimed children’s writer Jackie French was named the second Australian Children’s Laureate. She has written over 140 books for children, and is passionate about assisting those with learning difficulties, history and the environment. Jackie will be familiar to many Australian children, teachers and parents, as the recipient of several literary and children’s choice awards.

Australian Children's Laureate and acclaimed writer Jackie French

Australian Children’s Laureate and acclaimed writer Jackie French

As the Laureate, Jackie is a national ambassador for reading and has already started to act in a role as both a lobbyist and inspiration to the community.

Some of the aims that Jackie has articulated so far include:

“First, I wish to work for an acceptance throughout Australia that nothing – not a grassy oval, not an excursion to Canberra – is as important as ensuring that every child, in every school, learns to read. There are many reasons why a child cannot read. There are no excuses.

We have no greater educational responsibility than to make sure that every child can read. Let us share stories of a school that is fun. Let us share stories literally, with words on a page that every single one of us can read.”

Jackie’s personal passions:

Jackie has a well-known passion for history, which has been evinced in many of her novels and picture books.

“To understand today you need to know the past. History is stories. When we share them we not only find the past and understand today, but learn how to create our future, too. A child’s dream may be a story today. It can also be our future.

“Fiction gives children the power to imagine; Nonfiction gives children the information they need to create a world they dream of.”

Did you know that Jackie French is dyslexic?

She gets lost in cities and carparks, is bad with forms and numbers and feels passionately about highlighting the issue of learning disabilities.

“Closely woven into my form of dyslexia is the ability to read extraordinarily quickly; to remember and assimilate and correlate data. I read – and write – faster than anyone I know.

Did this contribute to my desire to be a writer? I suspect not. I loved books because they gave me thousands of lives, not just the boring – and sometimes frightening – world of my childhood. My dyslexia has meant I am a prolific writer; an historian and ecologist who assimilates source material faster than an adolescent boy absorbing ice-cream”.

Jackie is both a lover of words and an ‘ideas person’. Her passion for story, her energy and her spirit will make her a Laureate of real influence.

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Reading Hour 2014

Reading Hour 2014 is Tuesday 19 August, 6-7pm so cancel your plans, forget the housework and settle back with an old favourite or new book.

Reading seems to be considered a luxury these days but it is without a doubt one of the best things you can do for the mind and soul. All the research backs it up! If you’re not a regular reader, why not take the chance to become a member of the library and indulge in some quality reading?

This year’s Reading Hour ambassador is actor and writer William McInnes, who says ‘Reading makes me think about the world that’s been…makes me think about the world that is…and makes me think about the world that could be.’

Author and actor William McInnes is the official ambassador for Reading Hour 2014.

Author and actor William McInnes is the official ambassador for Reading Hour 2014.

The Reading Hour initiative reminds parents and caregivers that reading together doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking in their busy lives, and that sharing a book with a child for ten minutes a day – or just over an hour a week – will still give that child the best chance of becoming a good reader later in life, along with all the social and educational benefits it brings.

Discover and rediscover the joy of reading. Take an hour out of your day on Tuesday 19 August and sit back with a good book.

Discover and rediscover the joy of reading. Take an hour out of your day on Tuesday 19 August and sit back with a good book.

The Reading Hour supports all reading and literacy-related initiatives with the shared aim to unite everyone working together toward Australia becoming a nation of readers under one banner.

For more info, please visit http://www.love2read.org.au

Experiencing the Tea Tree Gully Library and the People

Written by Maegan, one of our recent Yr 10 work experience students.

Wondering about work experience at the Tea Tree Gully?

When the Year 10s were told back in 2013,  that we were going to be doing work experience next year, my automatic thought was to go to The Tea Tree Gully Library. Some people had thoughts on that, saying “Oh wouldn’t it be boring” etc, which of course I disagreed with and so I continued and filled in the application form.

The Tea Tree Gully Library got back to me quite fast, and I was told I would have an interview soon. I was really nervous going in for an interview, worried I might accidentally say the wrong thing or do something wrong, but I was nervous for nothing. Kate, one of the workers at the library, made me feel calmer and was very kind to me and gave me lots of information.

Story time at the Tea Tree Gully Library was one of the things Maegan enjoyed most.

Story time at the Tea Tree Gully Library was one of the things Maegan enjoyed most.

On the morning of my first day of work experience, I was extremely anxious of the unknown. My mum dropped me off and I met Melaina, another worker at the Tea Tree Gully Library, who was really nice and welcoming. We found Ethan, who was another student doing work experience and we went up to the office. Melaina explained to us about being safe and the library expectations, then handed us our schedules and lanyards which held a card that would help us open the doors to get from place to place without having to ask, or wait for someone going that way.

My first day was great and interesting and I met lots of kind people who always helped me. I think my favourite day though was probably Tuesday. On Tuesday I had ‘Story Time’ with Jessica and a lovely volunteer, Dianne. I was surrounded by little kids but, they made me feel more comfortable with the situation. Also on Wednesday, I did ‘Get Savvy with your iPad’ with Julian, which was really funny and nice. I met two women, who told me about their grandchildren. They were both very sweet and patient and they definitely weren’t afraid to ask questions.

Doing work experience at the library was definitely not boring. Overall, my week of work experience was interesting, tiring and fun. I learnt a lot of different things like doing the ‘Pick List’ with Ben, shelving with Chris G and the chute with Sonya. I would like to thank the library for giving me an opportunity to do work experience there as I don’t think I would rather do it anywhere else.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by books every day?

Recipe book review – Deceptively Delicious

Most kids don’t like eating vegetables, and there are a number of recipe books out there with ideas of how to hide vegies in food. Jessica Seinfeld’s book Deceptively Delicious is one of them, and it was recommended to me by a few other mums.

While it’s not a new book, and it is American so does have some different ingredients to how I would normally cook, but the basic principle is quite nifty. Jessica recommends pureeing batches of vegies and have them in the freezer, ready to add the purees to a range of yummy recipes. There is a range of main meals and treats to choose from.

I found a few recipies that would work for our family and photocopied them at the Library. I have since written on the pages to convert to metric measurements and Celsius, and my son has written some scribble on there to leave his own mark.

My early attempts at cauliflower puree in choc chip muffins went down well, and the carrot, banana and peanut butter muffins (below) have been eaten too.

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Pretty sure these will be staples in our house for a while, and I will try a few more recipes.

Reading Hour 19 August 2014

Discover and rediscover the joy of reading. Mark Tuesday 19 August 6-7pm in your diary and help us celebrate why reading is important.

The Reading Hour initiative reminds parents and caregivers that reading together doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking in their busy lives, and that sharing a book with a child for 10 minutes a day – or just over an hour a week – will still give children the best chance of becoming a good reader later in life, along with all the social and educational benefits it brings.

You can find out more about Reading Hour 2014 here: http://www.love2read.org.au/

AVCon is coming!

Now in it’s 12th year, AVCon, Adelaide’s Anime and Video Game convention, will be blasting off from next Friday 18 July through to Sunday 20 July at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

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From humble beginning at Adelaide University in 2002, AVCon has grown to be one of the largest Anime and Gaming conventions in the country featuring a range of activities, competitions, panels, gaming, cosplay, traders and special guests.

Did you know that the Library has a huge collection of resources to suit the AVCon attendee?

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Are you an Anime, Manga or Graphic Novel fan?
Check out our gigantic Graphic Novel, Manga and Anime collection! From Antman to X-men, Aegis to xxxHolic, and Anime covering classics like Astroboy, Bleach, OnePiece and Naruto to the complete Studio Ghibli collection, there’s something to suit you.

The_Art_of_The_Last_of_Us_05Are you a gamer? Interested in the background of game design or perhaps the artwork of some of the latest interactive masterpieces?
We have a large range of titles on game design, becoming a skilled gamer, and glorious game art books like The Art of The Last of Us and Valve Presents; The Sacrifice and other Steam powered stories.

 

Perhaps you’re a Cosplayer? Steampunk fashion
Check out our costume resource collection with books on sewing, craft, and DIY. We also have a growing collection on Steampunk fashion and accessories.

You can check out everything happening at AVCon over on their website or visit their Facebook page for up-to-the minute news.

Hey dads – read to your kids 10 minutes a day

Author Phil Cummings with dads and kids at the Tea Tree Gully Libray's Dad's Read Event on 9 July.

Author Phil Cummings with dads and kids at the Tea Tree Gully Libray’s Dads Read Event on 9 July.

Children’s writer Phil Cummings blessed us with his presence last night, reading to mini bookworms and dads dressed in their PJs, as part of our Readers Festival Dads Read.

Plus, we were super lucky to be the first group ever to hear Phil’s latest children’s book, ‘Bridie’s Boots’, which comes out in September!

The Dads Read initiative  encourages fathers to invest in their child’s future by choosing to read to them every day. It was developed following recent research that highlights the importance of dads reading to their children during their early developmental years, before they start school.

The research shows that reading to children for just ten minutes a day is all that’s needed to strengthen their reading/writing skills, improve their behaviour and build their self esteem.

Phil offered a lot of good advice to dads: ‘Reading to your kids doesn’t have to be overwhelming – if we spend just ten minutes a day reading with our children, talking to them, maybe sharing our stories of what has happened in our day or a story from our own childhood, that will develop a lifelong love of reading. That’s all, just ten minutes a day.’

Here’s some more great tips that you can use to engage your child through reading:

  1. Read aloud every day
    10 minutes of reading aloud every day makes an important difference to your child’s language and literacy development.
  2. Make reading fun
    Read stories with enthusiasm! Change voices for different characters and alter the volume of your voice to build excitement.
  3. Talk, play and tell stories to your children
    Tell your child stories every day about your day, their family, exciting things you’ve seen or done. Reading, storytelling, talking and play helps your child listen and develop social and language skills.
  4. Read anywhere
    Read in a variety of places to your child. Read outdoors – in the park, at the beach and on the bus. Just like adults, children enjoy reading in different contexts and times of the day.
  5. Read anything!
    Storybooks and picture books stimulate imaginations and foster a love of literature. But read recipes, newspapers, brochures, maps and other texts to support your child’s literacy levels in all aspects of their life.
  6. Listen to and praise your child reading aloud
    Listen to your child read. Consistent reading aloud improves children’s reading and confidence. Wait patiently and let your child work out more difficult words. Praise them when they succeed and for their reading effort.
  7. Ask questions
    Encourage your child to ask questions about what they are reading before, during and after reading. Ask them what happens next, why something stated is important, and discuss their feelings about events and opinions in the texts.
  8. Discuss the language in the texts
    Move your finger under the words from left to right as you’re reading. Encourage your child to do the same when they are reading. Stop now and again and discuss a particular word. Ask what it means and what other words are like it.
  9. Don’t forget the pictures!
    Focus on, celebrate and explore the visuals that go along with the text. These can be illustrations, maps, photographs or graphics and often help your child understand the book or text being read.
  10. Be seen reading!
    Model reading to your child. Let them see you reading for entertainment and information. Ask them to join in when reading the newspaper, measuring something from a recipe, or viewing a text message.