My Work Experience at the Library

Work Experince Student, Natasha(top left hand side), enjoying the Alice in Wonderland themed photo shoot.

Work experince student, Natasha (top left), enjoying the library’s Alice in Wonderland themed photo shoot.

One of my favourite hobbies is reading, so when I learned that I would have to do a week of work experience I thought the obvious choice would be the Tea Tree Gully Library. Having gone on their website and filled out the online application, I thought I would be waiting long, but I got a call later that week. An interview was scheduled and I was accepted. I was both excited and nervous. It would be out of my comfort zone, but I would be surrounded by books so the pros pretty much outweighed the cons.

When I walked in on my first day I was nervous, as I said; this was out of my comfort zone. I was scared that I would get in everyone’s way, work too slowly, or mess up. But my fear was not needed, everyone was very welcoming and took their time to explain the tasks to me and I caught on fast enough. The parts I enjoyed the most were probably shelving and working in the chute.

Doing my work experience at the library has helped me with my communication skills and has helped me become more confident when handling a task. If you’re looking for somewhere to do your work experience, I definitely suggest doing it at Tea Tree Gully Library.

Saturday Storytime!

Can’t get to the Library during the week? Consider joining us for a new Saturday Storytime session, starting May 30. Tea Tree Gully Library would like to encourage all parents and carers who can’ make our regular story time sessions to come along, as well as anyone who wants a lovely story read to them on a Saturday afternoon. These sessions will be held every four weeks and will run from 1-1.45pm. For children aged 2-5 years. Hope to see you there.

Saturday Storytime

Why not borrow some books for the little ones at the same time?

Spotlight on: Ruth Rendell

Ruth RendellAnother great author passed this year when prolific crime writer Ruth Rendell died on May 2 following complications from a stroke.

Best known as the creator of Chief Inspector Wexford, Rendell authored over 50 novels and numerous novellas, short stories and even a few non fiction titles.

The daughter of two teachers, Rednell was born in London in 1930, becoming a writer for the local Essex paper straight out of high school. Her first published novel came in 1964 with From Doon with Death, featuring the enduring Inspector Wexford. Rendell was known for providing a human side to many of the criminals in her stories, portraying them not as mindless evil stereotypes, but real people with desires, lives, families, and often mental illness.

Many stories were made into telemovies in the Ruth Rendell Mysteries in the 1980s.

She became a political figure in her later years, sitting in the House of Lords and providing large donations to the Labour party.

Spotlight on: Vivienne Westwood

Fashion doyenne and political activist Dame Vivienne Westwood believes the living deserve respect.

And this style maven, who at 74 continues to pump out a new collection for Paris Fashion Week every year, has just released her long-awaited autobiography, co-written with fashion journalist Ian Kelly.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood, today

It’s a thick book and despite the frequent photos and design sketches, it’s one that will take awhile to read. Westwood doesn’t directly author the book, but instead provides quotes throughout the book, which Ian Kelly uses to tell her story. It is an epic read that explores her evolution from shy primary school teacher, to original member of the London punk scene, her influence on world fashion and the rise of Vivienne Westwood the designer label.

The autobiography covers the origins of British punk fashion, when Dame Vivienne met Malcolm McLaren and managed the Sex Pistols alongside their infamous clothing shop SEX on King’s Road, right up to her career as a fashion designer. It is said her cutting skills reinvented the concept of traditional British tailoring and gave a lifeline to the British tweed industry.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood being made a Dame at Buckingham Palace

She is still heavily involved in her activism work for Greenpeace and her human rights organisation Liberty.The book criss-crosses a wide range of topics- social upheavals, change of governments, the progression of the human rights movement; to the utterly glam – life behind the catwalk from the early Eighties onwards. It also features contributions from many of Westwood’s friends, including the likes of Pamela Anderson, Naomi Campbell,  Prince Charles and Julian Assange.

Vivienne Westwood and Margaret Thatcher

Another famous friend….or foe? Westwood with former British PM Margaret Thatcher.

This is the authorised life story of Dame Vivienne Westwood, told for the very first time.

You can borrow this book from our library here

Printing and Photocopying Services will be unavailable next week

Tea Tree Gully Library’s printing & photocopying services will be unavailable from Monday 18 May 3-8pm and all day Tuesday 19 May, due to new printer machines being installed and tested.

Please visit another SA library if you need to get printing or photocopying done during these times.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Interested in volunteering at the Library?

There are currently a number of volunteering opportunities available at The City of Tea Tree Gully Library.


Volunteers are being sought for the following roles:

  • Library Access Service Bus Volunteer
    When: Monday and Wednesday – monthly
    Time: 9am – 12pm or 12pm – 3pm

We are seeking an enthusiastic person interested in assisting customers access the Library via our bus service. This role involves collecting patrons from their door, helping them on and off the bus and assisting them with their Library selections. Opportunities for chats and coffee in the Library before making the return trip.

  • Community History Service Volunteer
    When: Monday, Friday & Saturdays – weekly or fortnightly
    Time: 10am -12pm or 2pm – 4pm

Interested in community history and keen on sharing your knowledge and skills? This one-on-one role involves assisting patrons to research community or family history queries, using library databases and resources. The role will also involve liaising with the Community History Officer around history and community events.

  • Early Learning Program Volunteer
    When: Monday to Friday
    Time: 10am – noon

Come and join our fun Early Learning team and help deliver our programs. This role will involve reading of stories, singing songs, set up/pack up, explaining the craft activities and promoting the 0-5 program. You will engage with children and their parents/caregivers in a meaningful, professional and enthusiastic manner and supporting the group facilitator is required.

  •  Library English Literacy Tutor Volunteer

When: Weekly/ Fortnighly sessions
Time:  1 hour each

We are seeking an enthusiastic and understanding person with an interest helping people develop their English Literacy skills. This one-on-one role involves providing high quality English literacy tutoring to improve the skills of clients from diverse backgrounds. You will be required to evaluate and assess individual clients to develop a literacy program to meet their needs.

This could be a perfect opportunity for yourself or anyone you know looking for an opportunity to contribute to our community in a meaningful way.

Visit our website for more info

NBN Community Info Session

What is the NBN? When is it coming? How much will it cost? How do you get ready for it? How do you connect?

NBN Info Session

NBN Info Session

To answer these and other questions, NBN Co and the City of Tea Tree Gully invite you to attend an NBN Community Information Session: You and the NBN – getting ready and getting connected.

This is your opportunity to hear from NBN Co and telephone and/or internet service providers on

  • What to consider before you connect
  • How to connect
  • Pricing and packages

When: Wednesday 13 May
1 – 2pm sit-down presentation
2 – 5pm drop-in for a coffee & a quick personal Q&A
6 – 7pm sit-down presentation (repeat)

Bookings are essential. Phone 8397 7333 or book online