Happy Seventh birthday!

Today the Off the Shelf Library blog turns 7.

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It was August 28 2008 when we ventured into the world of social media and haven’t looked back.

However a significant date is a time to look back, so let’s have a gander at some of our blog stats over the years.

  • Our most popular day was October 24th 2011 when we had almost 900 page views. Oddly enough we didn’t post anything that day!
  • The most popular post this year has been about our Dyslexia Friendly collection.
  • The most popular post of all time is about the world’s oldest Library and is one of our early posts dating from March 2009.
  • The blog views dropped noticeably in mid 2011 when we started our Facebook account, illustrating the preferred format of our online audience. However the blog is still a well used format for information and is searchable via Google, unlike other forms of social media.
  • Australia tops the list of our audience view, which is no surprise at 64%, second is the USA with about 14% of views, the other 22% is made up of a number of countries, as far away and as varied as  the UK, Trinidad and Tobago, Morocco, Columbia, Mauritius and Nepal!
  • We’ve had over 210,000 post views since we started.Happy Blog Birthday to us!

Leah’s work experience story at the library

Work experience student Leah recently spent a week with us here at Tea Tree Gully Library. Like many other students, she was surprised to find how busy the library was and discover what goes on behind the scenes. Here’s what she had to say about her time:

“After managing to obtain work experience at the Tea Tree Gully Library for a whole week, I began my first day filled with anticipation and excitement, ready to experience first-hand what a work environment was like. Throughout the week I was so pleased with not only the variety of things I was able to engage in, but also the lovely people I worked alongside and the sense of responsibility I had while being in a work environment entrusted with important tasks.  The week started with a performance put on for primary school kids by the Splash Theatre Co. at the Golden Grove Recreation Centre (for Book Week).

Book Week 2015 at the Golden Grove Arts Centre

Book Week 2015 at the Golden Grove Arts Centre

Colourful characters from Splash Theatre Co., who performed at Book Week 2015


“Other tasks included working in the Chute Room, being on the front counter doing customer service, shelving books and hold items, going through old newspapers to find some hilarious old advertisements and stories. Also participating in the Fun For Under Fives activities open to the public, including Story Time where I read a book to some entertaining young children and sung songs and rhymes with toddlers and babies.
“Overall, my week’s work experience was busy and definitely introduced me to how hectic a job can be, but also incredibly fun and engaging. Not once did I find myself wishing I was doing something else and I actually looked forward to the next day and the tasks it brought. My favourite experience would have to be the Pick List (searching for a list of requested books/other items on shelves and then scanning them and printing dockets for customers to pick them up) as I was able to see every genre of book and move through the entire library, seeing just how much it had to offer. My work experience was incredible and I had a wonderful time!”

Leah Schamschurin

If you or someone you know is interested in doing a work experience placement at Tea Tree Gully Library, please complete the online form

Children’s Book Council – Book of the Year Awards

Book Week is upon us and with that means the announcement of this years Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year awards.

The shortlist was announced in April, and the overall winners in each category were revealed at a special event last Friday.

twoblanketsMy Two Blankets, by Irena Kobald and illustrated by Freya Blackwood took out the Best Picture Book. A story about  new ways of speaking, new ways of living, and new ways of being. Cartwheel has recently arrived somewhere new and finds security and safety in her old blanket. She discovers new friendships and sense of belonging as she weaves a new blanket. 

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Go to Sleep Jessie, written by Libbie Gleeson and again illustrated by Freya Blackwood was the winner in the Early Childhood area. demonstrating the love and also frustration of sharing a room with a younger sibling who will not sleep. This is a story that many families have experienced.

In the Young Readers category; The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present was the winner, written by the same team as Go to Sleep Jessie. The Goodreads website say it’s delightful, warm and irresistible, these stories show how a little girl with a big imagination can always find a way to have fun.

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For the teens, The Protected, by Claire Zorn won the Older Readers category. Following an accident that left Hannah an only child, this book delves into the horror, guilt and depression that followed and Hannah’s story of rebuilding herself. Raw and deep one not to be missed.

All of these titles are available from the Library, and you can see the full list of winners and honourable mentions here.

This week’s Guilty Pleasure film – Cinderella (G)

In June and July we polled our Facebook audience what their guilty pleasure movie choices were, and now we are screening them throughout August!


CinderellaThis week we are showing Cinderella (G –  2015)

Young Ella’s s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger – a reimagining of the timeless classic.

August 26, 6.30pm – 8.10pm (approx.)

Popcorn is supplied! Bookings essential. Phone 8397 7333 or book online.

 

Book Review

Cats & Lions

Cats & Lions by Mitsuaki Iwago

Ailurophobia is the persistent, irrational fear of cats. Doubtless, a former colleague of mine suffered from this condition, for when looking at a photograph of a reclining cat, she exclaimed in horror “It’s just like a wee lion!”

Remembering this incident, I was drawn to reading Cats & Lions by award winning wildlife and nature photographer Mitsuaki Iwago.

Iwago tells us that “Cats are small lions. Lions are big cats.” In a series of beautiful and distinctive photographs, Iwago cleverly sets out the lives of domestic cats in urban areas and African lions in the wild, side by side. He reveals the similarities between the two species and captures the natural beauty of the different environments in which they live.

He compares these cats’ musculature and movement, when walking, feeding and hunting. We see them when they are at rest or gazing into the distance, thinking who knows what and scenting the air. Other outstanding photographs focus on the close bonds between feline families – parents with kittens or cubs, grooming each other and playing together.

Iwago’s work is atmospheric, which is partly due to the amount of detail the he captures in both the subjects and backgrounds of his photographs. Colours are intense and the lighting stunning. You can almost feel the snow falling, hear the murmur of the wind moving through the grass of the savannah, or anticipate the sound of thunder in the distance, preceding the rain.

I think that Iwago aims to create an emotional response from the reader. His photos invoke happiness, especially if you like cats.  They will make you happy but also perhaps, a little sad.  Iwago explains in his introduction to Cats & Lions that “The Lion is a wild animal and does not have an easy life.” His images show us that while lions are supremely adapted to their environment, they must compete and hunt for food. Their only shelter from danger and the harsh elements of heat, drought and driving rain is the long grass and some sparse acacia trees.

You can reserve Cats & Lions through the One Card Network library catalogue, or enquire when you visit the Library. Mitsuaki Iwago is also the author of Curious Cats, In the Lion’s Den and Mitsuaki Iwago’s Whales which are available through the One Card Library Network.

Books light up our world

The Children’s Book Council of Australia celebrates it’s 70th anniversary in 2015, with Children’s Book Week on again from 22-28 August. The theme this year is Books Light Up Our World.

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We hosted a performance of The Book Show by Splash Theatre Company at the Golden Grove Arts Centre today, for over 300 local school students.

The books they brought to life included:

The Book with No Pictures by B.J.Novak (one of our favourites!)

Wolves by Emily Gravett

The Pointless Leopard by Colas Gutman

The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon by Aaron Blabey,

Redback on the Toilet Seat by Slim Newton.

The actors also held a Q&A session after the performance, answering some great questions about how the show was written, how long it took to rehearse and what other books they would have liked to include in the show.

Thanks to Splash Theatre Company’s Andrew, Ezra and Mariana for a great show!

Happy Book Week everyone!

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This week’s Guilty Pleasure film – Raiders of the Lost Ark

In June and July we polled our Facebook audience what their guilty pleasure movie choices were, and now we are screening them throughout August!

Indy watercolourThis week we are showing Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG –  1981)

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
August 12, 6.30pm – 8.30pm (approx.)

Popcorn is supplied! Bookings essential. Phone 8397 7333 or book online

Next week we will be showing the recent Disney live action film, Cinderella (G)