Our annual Readers Festival has arrived again, so we’ve got some exciting events lined up this week. Bring the kids to an ABC Time performance, meet SA author Stephen Orr (left) at a special evening event, or learn about the ‘history of history’ in a fascinating talk by our Local History Officer.
We also have another Connected Seniors event coming up on Wednesday 8 August called ‘Your Internet Questions Answered’. If you are interested in this informative session (or know someone who might be), come along and master the basics of using the Internet.
Details of all events can be found on our website. Click the link to find out more, or call the Library on 8397 7333 to make a booking.
Is there a baby, toddler, or young child in your life?
Do you enjoy reading to/with them but aren’t sure which books to choose?
Would you like to learn more about your baby’s development and the best ways/times to introduce basic concepts like colours, shapes, or the alphabet?
Looking for some hints on using rhythm and movement?
This year’s Readers Festival at the Library has just the answer: Opening Doors to Early Literacy with Dr James Thomas.
Dr James Thomas
James has 30 years teaching experience in the USA, completing postdoctoral work in early childhood. He developed the special early literacy programs whilst a children’s librarian in the Pacific Northwest area of USA.
There will be two sessions run on Saturday July 2.
In the first, Ready to read - learn about the six early reading skills, how they relate to brain development, and ways to integrate them into daily life.
In the second, The Young and the Restless: Activities and Ideas for Captivating and Communicating with Ones, you will learn how to introduce concepts like alphabet, counting, shapes, and colours; developing self-concept; choosing appropriate book titles; using rhythm, movement and songs in everyday events.
All participants need to bring a blanket and teddy bear and wear comfortable clothes for sitting on the floor.
Time: 1.00pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Community Learning Centre
Bookings: 8397 7333
This Friday and Saturday, visit us at the Library for the 2011 Readers’ Festival.
The Festival kicks off on the morning of Friday 1 July. An official launch will be held from 5:30pm, with a special performance by local musician Chloe Irvine.
Refreshments will be provided and Mayor Miriam Smith will announce the winners of our ‘Judge a Book by its Cover’ competition.
At the Festival you can also:
- attend a fun and educational Early Literacy workshop by US literacy expert James Thomas
- try out a variety of e-book readers
- learn how to use the Library catalogue
- hear our Local History officer David speak about reading non-fiction for pleasure
- take the kids to see a performance by the much-loved Andy and the Bookworm
- and more!
Andy and the Bookworm
Click here to see the full program, and remember to book by calling 8397 7333.
There’s something for everyone at the City of Tea Tree Gully Readers’ Festival!
While we are holding a two day event about the love of reading, the Readers’ Festival has a visual element as well. As part of the Readers’ Festival we ran a graphic design competition. Children, youth and class groups were invited to redesign a book cover and go in the running for book and art vouchers and other prizes.
Winners in each age category will be presented with their prizes tonight, Friday 6 August, by Mayor Miriam Smith, at the official launch of the Readers’ Festival. Anyone is welcome to attend the launch, with booksellers and publishers here from 5pm and official proceedings from 6 – 6.30pm.
All entries into the book cover redesign competition are now on display, and will be available for viewing until Thursday 12 August. Including new covers for Possum Magic, The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe and Tomorrow When the War Began, among other titles, there are some great skills and creativity on show.
Winning designs on display in the Relaxed Reading Area
Argh and ahoy! Shivering Shellfish! Blistering Barnacles?! Captain Crabclaw and his most unusual pirate crew have hoisted their main sail and are on their way to the City of Tea Tree Gully Reader’s Festival!
When Captain Crabclaw advertised for a crew for his new ship, the Speedy Squid, he didn’t expect to get a duck, a cow, an elephant and a giraffe! This rollicking tale of swashbuckling and scrambled eggs will delight landlubbers young and old. So, bring along your children or grandchildren to the City of Tea Tree Gully Library on Saturday, the 7th of August, 2010 at 1:00pm for the Living Book Performance of ‘Captain Crabclaw’s Crew’ written by Frances Watts and illustrated by David Legge.
Frances Watts has worked as a bookseller, editor and author. Her first book for children, Kisses for Daddy, also illustrated by David Legge, was shortlisted in the 2006 Children’s Book Council Picture Book of the Year Awards. Her second project with David Legge, Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books was the Eve Pownall award winner in this year’s CBC Awards.
There’s something for everyone at the City of Tea Tree Gully Reader’s Festival!
Does your child or grandchild love having you read stories to them? Do you want to learn how to help your child or grandchild develop important language skills? Would you like to bond with your child or grandchild through an interactive and engaging experience at the City of Tea Tree Gully Library?
Then bring your little ones and their favourite book along to the City of Tea Tree Gully’s Practical Workshop Event; ‘Reading Aloud to Children,’ featuring guest speaker, Ruth Carson. This special event will be held in part of the Reader’s Festival on Saturday, 7th of August, 2010 from 11:00am to 12:00noon in the Children’s Area of the Library.
Ruth Carson is a foundation member of the Storytelling Guild of South Australia, as well as a member of the National Storytelling Network in the United States and the Australian Network of Storytellers. Ruth has worked in public libraries for 40 years and believes the love of reading and storytelling is the greatest gift we can give children.
There is fun for the whole family at the City of Tea Tree Gully Reader’s Festival!
If you are looking for something exciting to do on the night of Friday 6th August, look no further than the City Of Tea Tree Gully Library’s “Friday Night Live” celebrations. “Friday Night Live” is the official launch of The City of Tea Tree Gully’s first ever Reader’s Festival, an event which celebrates the joy of reading over two fun filled days of exciting programs for adults, families and young people. The evening kicks off at 5pm in the Library’s Relaxed Reading Area with the opportunity to meet South Australian publishers and booksellers as they showcase new release titles in a range of formats and titles for all ages. This is your chance to be the first to get your hands on the latest bestsellers! You are then invited to stay for the official launch, a celebration of the ‘Joy of Reading’. The wonderful world of reading comes to life with live performances, the opportunity to speak with local authors, publishers and community groups, and share stories with the City of Tea Tree Gully Library Service. The winners of the primary and high school art competition for interpretation of the ‘Joy of Reading’ will be announced, and there will be guest speakers including prominent local authors and self help groups talking about the benefits of reading, with refreshments being served through the evening. No bookings are required. So join us in celebrating the wonderful, exciting and interesting world of books and reading. We would love to see you there!
Judge a ook By Its Cover Competition…
Do you love to read books? Or do you enjoy drawing and designing? Do you think you can design a better book cover than the book sellers? Well, the City of Tea Tree Gully Library is looking for you!
As part of the Reader’s Festival, the City of Tea Tree Gully Library is hosting a ‘Judge a Book By Its Cover’ competition for children under 7 through to teens up to the age of 18 years. The City of Tea Tree Gully is looking for the best new cover designs for the following books:
- Under 7 year olds you need to design a better book cover for Possum Magic by Mem Fox or Wang Wang and Funi by Phil Cummings. First prize will be awarded a $40 voucher, second prize will be awarded a $25 voucher and last but not least, third prize will be awarded a $15 dollar voucher.
- 8-12 year olds you need to design a better book cover for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis or Just Disgusting by Paul Jennings. First prize will be awarded a $50 voucher, second prize will be awarded a $30 voucher and last but not least, third prize will be awarded a $20 voucher.
- 13-18 year olds you need to design a better book cover for Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden or Twilight by Stephanie Meyers. First prize will be awarded a $100 voucher, second prize will be awarded a $70 voucher and last but not least third prize will win a $50 voucher.
With all competition entries, please make sure to include the Title, Author, Spine labeling, Blurb about the book, ISBN, and eye-catching illustrations! You can pick up your entry forms in front of the City of Tea Tree Gully Library Information Desk and return your forms to the Library by the 30th of July. Winning entries will be announced on the 6th of August, 2010 and displayed at the Reader’s Festival. The competition is on so get ready, get set, and get creative!