Where were you when you read that book you liked so much?

When you remember a book you once read and enjoyed, chances are you will also remember where you were when you were reading it.

Regardless of where your book was read – whether it was from a cosy old bed or an exotic beachside hammock – it’s likely you will remember the surrounds as vividly as the book itself.

reading location

Where you read a book says as much about you as the books you read

Is your favourite book one you read while travelling? Perhaps a crime or thriller you once read had its edges taken off because you read it in a peaceful garden, or maybe your jerky daily bus commute made a humourous piece all the more absurd and enjoyable.

Before I travel to a place I’ve never been to before, I like to purchase a new book to read so I can enter a new fictional world at the same time. It’s an incredible experience to enter two worlds at once!

Some write their name in every book they buy. New York journalist and cultural observer Lesley M.M. Blume does that and always records where and when she reads a book.

She has written:

“..for example, Nancy Cunard: Heiress, Muse, Political Idealist was read on my honeymoon; The Sheltering Sky was read while I was travelling through Morocco, D.V. was first read on the beach in Dubai. Taking these books off the shelves and reading the inscriptions takes me back to these evocative journeys..”

If we are what we read, then perhaps it’s time to record where we read, if only to give ourselves the beauty of more memories.

Young Writer’s Group at Tea Tree Gully Library

To all the budding young writers out there, consider coming to our new monthly Young Writer’s Group, starting Wed 11 March from 4.30-6pm. This group offers a brilliant opportunity for teens and young adults from all walks of life to come together and work on their writing and discuss different styles of writing they admire or loath.

It will be led by Kim Kirchner, our Youth Services Officer, who is also an ex-English teacher, literary enthusiast and passionate book lover!

The best way to become a writer is to start writing.

The best way to become a writer is to start writing.

Kim will also be there to provide feedback on personal work and inspiration to pat down a creative style.

If you, your children or anyone you know is interested in coming to the Young Writer’s Group, simply come along!

If you have any questions for Kim or would like to introduce yourself beforehand, by all means send her an email to  kim.kirchner@cttg.sa.gov.au 

2014’s Top 20 Most Borrowed DVDs

1. Lincoln


2. The Help

The Help

3. The Impossible

The Impossible

4. Red Dog

Red Dog

5. We Bought a Zoo

We Bought a Zoo

6. Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

7. Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher

8. World War Z

World War Z

9. Hitchcock


10. New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve

11. We need to talk about Kevin

We need to talk about Kevin

12. War Horse

War Horse

13. Bad Teacher

Bad Teacher

14. Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

15. Captain America, the First Avenger

Captain America

16. Life of Pi

Life of Pi

17. Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2

18. Skyfall

Skyfall 007

19. Hit & Run

Hit and Run

20. Flight


Click on any title or DVD cover above and you will be taken directly to the library catalogue reference, where you can place a hold on the item.  Since you can borrow 20 DVDs at a time, you may like to place requests on all of the above titles at once!

Street Craft – the next step from Street Art

STREET-CRAFT-EDP-8631910This cute book is soon to join the collection. Street Craft, by Rikka Kuittinen is a collection of art works, including street sculpture, yarn bombing, ‘urban crochet’, light installation and more, which are transforming tiny corners of cities around the world.

28 artists are featured, each providing a short bio and then what inspires them, followed by some glorious photographs of their works. Works range from the dark to bright and cheerful and are all emotive.

Street Craft

Street Craft is becoming a cultural phenomena, you’d be hard pressed to find a populated area that doesn’t feature some ‘guerrilla art‘ – not always legal, sometimes unappreciated, but always making a comment.

This and other street art books are available at the Library.

Everyone ought to live like a Parisian. Apparently.

A suite of lifestyle guides based on the lives of Parisians have been published over the years. You may have seen titles like French Women Don’t Get Fat, French Women Don’t Get Facelifts, French Women for All Seasons,  French Children Don’t Throw Food and the recently published, How To Be Parisian Wherever You are.

French women don't get fat

The book that started the ‘French women do it better’ genre….Mireille Guiliano’s French Women Don’t Get Fat

All the books aim to sell a certain idea of the Frenchwoman to we the less sophisticated foreigners. From start to finish, pages are filled with illustrations, photographs, lists, recipes, how-to’s and plenty of no-nonsense advice for improving your life by adopting Parisian ways and customs.

The latest offering, ‘How to be Parisian Wherever You Are’, is written by four accomplished French women, who have set out to explain “the art of beauty —the Parisian way.”

Their advice includes:

‘Smoke like a chimney on the way to the countryside to get some fresh air.’

‘Don’t feel guilty about infidelity.’

‘Cheat on your lover with your boyfriend.’

How to be Parisian wherever you are

Take some notes when you read How to be Parisian Wherever You Are…or don’t.

Still, you have to wonder – how many actual Parisians resemble these stereotypes in real life? UK Guardian journalist Hadley Freeman once lived in Paris and believes there is no such thing.

She recently wrote on this very topic: ‘…the funny thing is, in all my life of being related to Parisians, visiting Parisians and eating baguettes with Parisians on their scooters, I have never once come across a single woman who fits the stereotype peddled by these books. These idiotic guides present an image that is about as representative of Parisians as Four Weddings and a Funeral is of the average Brit.’

Whether or not real Parisian women truly fit the stereotypes by always looking chic, having lovers, eating baguettes and staying thin, the books are beautifully laid out, compact (most will fit in your handbag) and present stunning images of French life. They will certainly provide inspiration and give you a chuckle or two.

You can borrow any of the above mentioned books from our library catalogue. ‘How to be Parisian Wherever You Are’ was released in late 2014 and is available to borrow here

Why reading to your preschooler is important.

Literacy is a vital skill in our society yet it is a struggle for many children and adults. Reading with your children from birth gives them the best start for their brain development, early language and literacy skills.

Preschooler reading

Parents who regularly read to their preschool aged children are laying the foundations for significant cognitive and learning benefits in their child for schooling and education.

Many studies have shown that reading to children before they start school makes a significant difference in how well they learn at school, protects them from later reading problems, supports their vocabulary and cognitive development, and facilitates bonds between adults and children.

Parental reading to children at age 4 to 5 has positive and significant effects on reading skills and the cognitive skills of children aged at least up to age 10 or 11. So a small investment of 3 books a day now can make a big different for many years!
But what books should you read to your child?

Preschoolers love books that have humour, adventure and characters they relate to. Your preschooler is growing up and stories will help them understand new experiences and feelings. Be guided by their interests. Stories or factual books are all valid reading material. Books are a great way to discover the world. All children love predictable books, books that have a pattern, a predictable plot and lots of repetition.

Preschoolers playing

Preschoolers love patterns, rhythms and predictability.

When you read to your child, run your finger under the words from time to time as you read them. This will teach them that you read from top to bottom and left to right.

What do preschoolers need to know to help them learn to read?
Early literacy skills include:

  • Being able to recognise and name letters of the alphabet.
  • General knowledge about print, for example, which is the front of the book and which is the back, how to turn pages of the book.
  • The ability to identify and manipulate sounds.

Parents may also stimulate reading by their children through

  • buying children’s books
  • taking them to public libraries
  • talking about reading through the day and in everything you do
  • giving the example of reading yourself.

Some tips for when you are reading aloud:

  • Think about the words the author has chosen, and the rhythm, repetition or fun they have built into the story. Try to emphasise those elements.
  • Sound words – make them ‘sound like the sound’ so “clickety-clack” is sharp and short, emphasising the consonants, or ‘whoooosh’ is a long dynamic word.
  • Take your time, ensure each word is separated and easy to understand. Compared to when a child hears a song and learns the rhythm but can’t always distinguish each word, a child being read to should be able to hear each word in the story.
  • Follow cues from the words ie ‘up’ or ‘down’, ‘quiet’ or ‘loud’. Have your voice do the same.
  • Have fun and enjoy the special time with your child!


More online resources:

Reading to Young Children: A Head-Start in Life? Guyonne Kalb and Jan C. von Ours, Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series, Working Paper No. 17/13, 2013

http://www.better-beginnings.com.au/research/research-about-literacy-and-reading#Families as First Teachers




2014’s Most Borrowed Books

We have compiled a countdown of the Top 10 most borrowed books from Tea Tree Gully Library in 2014. How many have you read or want to read? Do any of the titles or authors in this list surprise you?

No. 10 KING AND MAXWELL by David Baldacci

King and Maxwell by David Baldacci

No. 9 ALEX CROSS, RUN by James Patterson

Alex Cross Run by James Patterson

No. 8 THE FIFTH WITNESS by Michael Connelly

The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly

No. 7 A WANTED MAN by Lee Child

A Wanted Man by Lee Child

No. 6 THE DROP by Michael Connelly

The Drop by Michael Connelly

No. 5 NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child

Never Go Back by Lee Child

No. 4 ZERO DAY by David Baldacci

Zero Day by David Baldacci

No. 3 INFERNO by Dan Brown

Inferno by Dan Brown

No. 2 THE AFFAIR by Lee Child

The Affair by Lee Child

No. 1 CROSS MY HEART by James Patterson

Cross my Heart by James Patterson

The most borrowed book of 2014

Remember you can still borrow all of these titles! Click on any of the titles above and it will take you to the Library catalogue where you can put a hold the item.