Free Computer and IT Skills Training at the Library

Tea Tree Gully Library continues to provide free classes for learning new computer and Internet skills at the Digital Hub each month.

Tea Tree Gully Digital Hub

Tea Tree Gully Digital Hub

You can choose to attend a group training session on the monthly timetable or book a one-on-one session at a time that suits you.

GROUP TRAINING SESSIONS

Group sessions are conducted in an informal, supportive and friendly environment in the Tea Tree Gully Library.

Each month we hold classes for beginners learning how to use their iPads, Android tablets, Windows 8 and many more.

Visit our Events Calendar to see what’s on offer each month and make an online booking.
Bookings can also be made at the Library or by phoning 8397 7333.

One on One Sessions

If you would like a more personalised session, book in for a one-on-one session with a professional IT trainer at the Library. All of these sessions are free and run for 45 minutes.

We can offer assistance with:

  • iPads and Android tablets
  • Windows 8
  • Basic computer and internet skills
  • Setting up an email account
  • Online banking, job seeking and online forms
  • Social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, WhatsApp etc)

Bookings are essential and can be made at the Library or by phoning 8397 7333.

RELATED WEBSITES

Career Counselling at the library

Seeking a career change? Been out of the workforce for awhile and no idea how to re-enter? Got too much energy to retire? Don’t know where to start?

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Career Counsellor Vaughn Koen from Northern Futures Inc. is in the library every Thursday, from 10am-4pm.
They can help you with:

  • Assisting in career selection
  • Graduates looking for career guidance and advice on their employment option
  • Individuals considering post-graduate study and seeking advice on courses
  • Discussion around the ‘right career’ if unsure about current career direction

Please phone 1800 619 933 to make an appointment or phone 0450 694 850 if you have a general enquiry.

Note: The service is also available from HIVE 12 Twenty Five on Tuesdays; Golden Grove Shopping Centre on Fridays and the Northern Futures building in Salisbury on other days.

Inky Awards

insideadog-smallMany avid readers of youth fiction would be aware of the website, Inside a Dog, a website provided by the State Library of Victoria that is all about books – by young people for young people. It draws its name from the famous Marx quote (Groucho not Karl): ‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read’ and features Inky the dog as the site’s mascot.

Gold_longlistedSince 2007 Inside a Dog has been hosting The Inky Awards –  ‘Awards that recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the longlist and shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by the teen readers.’ The awards are separated into two categories; Gold and Silver, for an Australian book and an international book respectively.

Last week the first longlist was released, featuring some great YA titles including Garth Nix’s latest fantasy installment Clariel, and The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson, bringing awareness of PTSD to a younger audience. You can see the full list here.

A shortlist is announced in August with the winners celebrated in October.

Topiary Pantry Recipe: Cornflake Cookies

There’s truly nothing better than a Cornflake Cookie from the Topiary Pantry to go down with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Made fresh on-site next door to the library, these biscuits are made from a simple recipe, with the perfect combination of sweetness, cornflake-y crunch and juicy sultanas.

Cornflake Biscuit

Get your daily dose of cornflakes from these sweet babies

The Cornflake Cookies are made by Sue the pastry chef, who inherited the recipe from her mother. Sue recalls the recipe originally appearing in an old Lutheran Church cookbook, but wasn’t sure which one! No matter – she knows this recipe by heart as she makes a fresh batch every week. They are for sale $4 each – and now that Sue has generously passed on her recipe – you can have a go at making them yourself!

Cornflake Biscuits

A fresh batch of Sue’s Cornflake Biscuits not long out of the oven.

Cornflake Biscuits – makes 24

Ingredients (NB quantities have been converted from Imperial measurements)
230g butter
340g sugar
2 eggs
455 g self-raising flour
2 cups of sultanas
1 bowl of cornflakes

Method
Cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs, SR flour and sultanas. Stir until mixed. Roll dessert spoonfuls of the mixture into balls and then roll them in the bowl of cornflakes, gently pressing the cornflakes into each ball.

Put the balls on a baking tray and gently press them down with your hand. Bake at 160 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Let the biscuits cool on a wire rack.

Dried apricot bits and choc chips also work well in this recipe – simply substitute them for sultanas.

Thanks again Sue for sharing your recipe!

Did you know…About April Fools Day?

Everybody knows that April 1st is April Fools Day, but do you know why?

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The so called “April Fools Day” may actually have its origins in the middle ages or an even earlier time in history. In Europe during the Middle Ages, new years day was celebrated on March 25 with a week-long celebration ending on April 1st. It is suggested that those who use the now traditional January 1st as New Years made fun of those who did not.

It is interesting to note that the 13th day of the Iranian New Year, which falls on either April 1 or April 2, is a day of practical jokes. Called Sizdah Bedar it is believed to be the oldest such tradition in the world, dating as far back as 500BC or earlier. The Romans also celebrated the festival of Hilaria on the 25th of March.

Why not check out the library catalogue and find out more about the origins of folklore and superstitions like the book Black Cats and April Fools by Harry Oliver.

Anstey recommends: ANZAC Biscuits by Phil Cummings

To commemorate ANZAC Day, Anstey the Library’s resident mascot thought it might be fitting to review the children’s picture book ANZAC Biscuits, by South Australian children’s author Phil Cummings.

Anzac Biscuits by Phil Cummings

Anzac Biscuits by Phil Cummings

This touching story is about an Australian family torn apart by war. Set during the time of World War I, Rachel and her mother are at home on their farm in their warm and safe kitchen, while a young soldier is miles away across the ocean in the trenches of a cold dark battlefield.

“Let’s make some biscuits for Dad,” suggests Rachel’s mother, and she and her daughter begin to mix ingredients and set about baking biscuits.

With each turn of the page the story moves back and forth, from the warm family kitchen where Rachel and her mum are baking the special biscuits, to the cold bleak battlefield where the young soldier is struggling to stay warm.

Illustrator Owen Swan has done an amazing job with his pictures. The kitchen scenes are painted in warm yellow hues which contrast with the grey illustrations of the soldier’s world. As the scenes flit back and forth some clues are given to the identity of the young soldier. The final pages reveal the young soldier to be Rachel’s father and how he is very grateful for a gift from home.

“These are the best biscuits ever … Daddy will love them, won’t he?” said Rachel. And he did.

You can borrow Anzac Biscuits from the library here. There are lots of other books on ANZAC Day as well.