Love magazines and documentaries? Read on…

As a member of Tea Tree Gully Library you have 24/7 access to a variety of online resources, for both learning and leisure. All you need is your library card number and PIN.

A couple of really exciting resources the library subscribes to are; Zinio which allows you to download and read current, popular magazines and Beamafilm featuring streaming video of top quality Australian and overseas documentaries. Why pay for these things when you can get them free from the Library!

Zinio magazines onlineOur Zinio magazine collection covers a wide range of topics from entertainment, lifestyle, food and travel to sport, fitness, craft and technology. We’ve added new titles such as donna hay magazine, delicious, National Geographic, Inside Sport and Australian Country Style which are all available for you each month to download and read on your PC, tablet or smartphone.

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If you enjoy watching quality films and documentaries, Beamafilm is a resource you will love. There are many titles to choose from and new content is added regularly. Beamafilm’s catalogue has something for everyone with documentaries from Australia and around the world. Try it out today!

To access these fantastic resources and many more, visit the Online Resources page on our website, http://www.teatreegully.sa.gov.au/onlineresources.
Select your resource, login with your library barcode and PIN, select Tea Tree Gully Library and enjoy!

We are always happy to show you our full range of resources, so please ask us about them next time you’re in the Library.

Broccoli is good for you

Driving along on my way to work I listened to the dreamy psychedelic sounds of Queensland band, The Babe Rainbow, singing Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest. The song brought to mind an amazing book we have in our collection entitled Carl Warner’s Foodscapes.

English photographic artist Carl Warner has created a series of surreal landscapes composed entirely of different foods.

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Including of course, the Broccoli Forest, featuring mountains made of bread loaves and cauliflower clouds in the background. Carl can take up to five days to put together the elements for one of his fantastic Foodscapes, perfect and photograph it.

Viewing Carl’s work you will also be intrigued many other scenes such as the Spaghetti Western, the Great Wall of Pineapple, the London Skyline made of food, a White Chocolate Castle and a Candy Cottage – watch out Hansel and Gretal!

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Carl has also published a second book for children called A World of Food. A World of Food features scenes composed of food of predominantly one colour, accompanied by poems that help readers discover the ingredients for themselves in the images. The aim of the book is to alter children’s perceptions of food and encourage healthy eating.

You can find both Carl Warner’s Foodscapes and A World of Food at the Library. Enter the world of Carl Warner at http://www.carlwarner.com

“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/