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JUNE 2021
The Mitcham Library Service is continuing to operate due to COVID-19 in a safe manner.

We monitor and review the situation and provide regular updates on our social media channels and website.
KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE IN 2021
Most services have now resumed although there may be some changes to ensure we follow protocols with added COVID-19 safe precautions.

Please contact the libraries if you have questions about specific programmes.
PUBLIC HOLIDAY CLOSURE
The Mitcham Memorial Library and Blackwood Library will be closed on Monday 14 June for the Queen's Birthday public holiday.

The after hours returns chutes will be open. When full they will automatically close off. Please do not leave items outside the library as you will remain responsible for these items.
LIBRARY DOLLARS MAKE SENSE
The Local Government Association is calling for State Government funding for council libraries to be maintained.

You can help by emailing or writing to your local MP to let them know that library dollars make sense.

Click here to email your local MP or ask library staff for a hard copy letter to sign.
You can view the email/letter here.
NEW ONLINE CATALOGUE - COMING SOON
The Mitcham Library Service is set to launch a new online library catalogue website to provide a better experience for the community.

Key features include a simplified design with familiar and powerful search functions, a mobile interface, quick-access menus to our events and services, a dedicated library catalogue just for kids, new digital resources, ‘one click’ access to material in languages other than English, social media and much more.
For updates, visit our Facebook page @Mitchamlibrary or the website www.mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au/libraries.
ART GALLERY EXHIBITION - NAIDOC WEEK
Mitcham Memorial Library | 3 June - 30 June
Melissa (Milly) Sumner is a Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri woman. Her exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art focuses on family, using pastel colours.

Art work will be available for sale. 

Emma Harrison will also display small woven pieces.
MITCHAM GREEN LIVING WORKSHOPS
This series of Green Living events is brought to you by the City of Mitcham.
CLIMATE READY TRAINING
Mitcham Memorial Library | Saturday 5 June and Saturday 12 June
12.30pm - 4pm
The Climate Ready Communities Program empowers people to understand the risks they currently face, the way these are changing, and what they can do to build their resilience.

The 2-part training sessions cover:

  • local climate impacts and ways to avoid them
  • adaptation & mitigation
  • values based messaging & motivation
  • strategic community action planning

Presented by Australian Red Cross.

Free | Bookings essential through Eventbrite here
WATER SENSITIVE DESIGN
Mitcham Memorial Library | Thursday 17 June | 2pm - 4pm
Online | Thursday 1 July | 7pm - 8pm
Learn how to apply Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) principles in your home and backyard including rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse and water conservation.

Presented by Water Sensitive SA

Bookings essential:
Mitcham Memorial Library | Free | via Eventbrite here
Online | Free | via Eventbrite here
TREES ARE COOL: TREE PLANTING
Mitcham Memorial Library | Thursday 24 June | 2pm - 4pm
Looking at planting trees in your garden and not sure what ones to choose and how to care for them?

Learn about selecting trees and plants that are suitable for the hills and plains, including soils and aspect, with a focus on species endemic to the region. Includes information on:
  • Planting - preparation, planting, aftercare
  • Maintenance - watering, fertilising, pruning
  • Propagation - seed collection, storage, sowing, preparing and planting cuttings

Presented by Horticulturist Peter Wilson.

$5 | Bookings essential through Eventbrite here
NATIVE BEES IN YOUR BACKYARD
Mitcham Memorial Library | Thursday 8 July | 2pm - 4pm
Make a Native Bee Hotel and explore the special role of these fascinating creatures in our environment. Take home three native bee “restaurant” plants to feed native bees in your garden.


$10 per person or per family sharing one bee hotel (up to four people)
Bookings essential through Eventbrite here
JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
Myths and Legends
DRAWING WORKSHOP
WITH PAUL RUTTER

Mitcham Memorial Library | Tuesday 6 July
5 to 7 years | 10am - 10.50am
8 to 10 years | 11am - 11.50am

Blackwood Library | Friday 9 July
5 to 7 years | 10am - 10.50am  
8 to 10 years | 11am - 11.50am
 
Blackwood Library | Monday 12 July
5 to 7 years | 2pm - 2.50pm
8 to 10 years | 3pm - 3.50pm

Mitcham Memorial Library | Tuesday 13 July
5 to 7 years | 2pm - 2.50pm 
8 to 10 years | 3pm - 3.50pm
Join Paul Rutter for drawing workshops on mythical creatures, including demonstrations. These workshops will show students how to draw and develop a mythical character using various styles and techniques.

Each student receives a special activity book.

$5 per child | 45 to 50min session | Bookings essential through Eventbrite here
COLLECT A CRAFT
Mitcham Memorial Library and Blackwood Library
Scratch Dragon Puppet
Design your own dragon and create a puppet show.
Monday 5 July to Sunday 11 July

Your key to the castle
Everyone needs their own key to their castle - unlock the mysteries with your own personalised key.
Monday 12 July to Sunday 18 July

Free | No bookings required
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS STORYTIME
10.30am

Dragons
Mitcham Memorial Library | Mon 5 and Thurs 8
Blackwood Library | Tuesday 6

Trojan Horses
Mitcham Memorial Library | Mon 12 and Thurs 15
Blackwood Library | Tuesday 13

Free | No bookings required

DRAGON EGG - YOUTH CRAFT
Blackwood Library | Thursday 15 July | 2pm - 3.30pm
Have you daydreamed about owning your own dragon egg? You can now create your own! Maybe it will hatch!

$5 | 12-17 years | Bookings essential through Eventbrite here

COMMUNITY CENTRES
SCHOOL HOLIDAY EVENTS
Winter Wonderland Snow Globes & Critter Rings / Help Make Our Fairy Garden
Cumberland Park Community Centre | Wednesday 7 July | 9am - 10.30am | $5
Cumberland Park Community Centre | Wednesday 7 July | 11am - 12.30pm | $5
Mitcham Cultural Village | Wednesday 14 July | 1pm - 2.30pm | $5
Mitcham Cultural Village | Wednesday 14 July | 3pm - 4.30pm | $5

Drawing Workshop with Paul Rutter - Myths and Legends
5 to 7 years | Mitcham Cultural Village | Wednesday 7 July | 1pm - 1.50pm | $5
8 to 10 years | Mitcham Cultural Village | Wednesday 7 July | 2pm - 2.50pm | $5

Dungeons & Dragons, Board Games & Chill - Sunday Session
Hawthorn Community Centre | Sunday 11 July | 2pm - 6pm | $5

Bookings essential through Eventbrite here
PLASTIC FREE JULY CHALLENGE
Mitcham Memorial Library | Thursday 1 July | 10am - 11.30am
Learn practical, easy solutions to replace single use plastic items with reusable and more sustainable options.

Learn how to make your own beeswax wraps, with a DIY take home kit included.

Free | Bookings essential through Eventbrite here
or contact Megan at East Waste megan@eastwaste.com
TAX HELP
Blackwood Library | Thursdays | 10am – 12pm
Mitcham Memorial Library | Fridays | 12pm – 2pm
Tax help starts from 22 July.

The Blackwood and Mitcham Memorial Libraries now have a recognised MyTax consultant to assist people, who earn around $60,000 or less, with their tax returns. For more information visit the Australian Tax Office Tax Help Program.

Free | Bookings essential, phone 8372 8244 (Mitcham) or 8372 8255 (Blackwood)
NAVIGATING AGEING WELL
Mitcham Memorial Library | Wednesdays monthly | 2pm - 4pm
16 June (last session)

How to access home care packages through My Aged Care.

Come to a drop in session to chat with an LGBTI volunteer about future aged care support options for you and your loved ones.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR
Mitcham Memorial Library
8372 8244

Blackwood Library
8372 8255