Quiz Night: Television Shows

Get your team together and join us after work on Friday May 24th for the annual library quiz night, the biggest night on the library calendar!

Join us on Friday May 24th at the Walkerville Town Hall (66 Walkerville Tce, Gilberton). Please arrive from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Zahra Foundation

Tickets are $15 per person and payment is on arrival, by card or by cash. Funds raised will be donated to the Zahra Foundation, in support of South Australian women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Television theme costume is optional but encouraged. There will be prizes for winning tables and for best dressed.

Once again, the Adelaide branch of the Country Women’s Association will have food available for purchase. You are also welcome to BYO picnic basket with food and drink (including alcohol).

Tables have a maximum of 8 seats and bookings are essential. If you don’t have a full group and still want to come, let us know and we’ll find a spot for you.

Submit booking

See you there!

Review: City History Tour

Adelaide City Archives

On 13th February, 15 curious library types met in Topham Mall to tour the Adelaide City Archives. Jane Ratcliff and Rob Thornton kindly showed us through their facilities and talked about their work.

The Adelaide City Council was the first council in Australia. They have a mandate from State Records to manage their own records, whereas other councils send all their records to State Records for management. Their records include 6000 shelf metres of council records, building plans, IT backups of council systems and a historical civic collection which includes over 4000 objects and 500 paintings. They have an amazing collection of historical photographs which have been digitised. Some of the historical items are on display in the Town Hall. The objects are cared for by an in-house conservator.

Adelaide Town Hall and General Post Office, c. 1930
Adelaide Town Hall and General Post Office, c. 1930 – City Archives reference HP1366

They receive approximately 2000 visits a year, as well as online visitors. 40% of their enquiries are from architects and engineers who want to look at construction plans and documents.

The Archives have been in their Topham Mall site since 1986, and before that, they were in the Town Hall basement. The Topham Mall site was built for purpose so includes atmospheric regulation controls and  a gaseous fire prevention system. It was fascinating to walk through the compactus and see the range of material they held.

They are open for enquiries at their counter or by phone, 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and their search room is open for research 10am – 4pm, Tuesday to Thursday.

Adelaide City Library

After the archive tour, the group trekked over to the Adelaide City Library to get an introduction to the Adelaide City Council History Hub from Jess Curtis, Digital Services Coordinator at the Library, and Cyprian Maynard, SALIN committee member and former volunteer with the History Hub.

The History Hub has dedicated computers for research, provides access to digitised collections, and runs information sessions and workshops, thanks to the help of a team of dedicated volunteers. The Library works with the Archives to use their collections to make displays. They also work with partners to run larger programs and events such as author talks and History Month activities.

There is an additional History Hub at the North Adelaide Library and Community Centre.

Library Lovers’ Day: double history tour + drinks

In honour of Library Lovers’ Day, SALIN invites you on a great double tour on Wednesday 13th February.

Discover our history at the Adelaide City Archives, explore the historical collections of the Adelaide City Library, then round off the adventure with social drinks and a book swap.

Tour 1: Adelaide City Archives at 4:30pm

Shop 10/20 Topham Mall (off 54 Waymouth St), Adelaide

Tour 2: Adelaide City Library at 5:15pm

Francis St (beside Rundle Place, 77-91 Rundle Mall), Adelaide

Drinks and book swap: Bibliotheca from 6:00pm

27 Gresham St, Adelaide

Please bring a wrapped book if you would like to participate in the book swap.

Questions or RSVP to Pixie Stardust.

Library Tour: SA School for Vision Impaired

SALIN is teaming up once more with the SA School for Vision Impaired, Australia’s only public school dedicated to vision impaired children.

Join us on a tour of this unique resource, and learn how your libraries can better assist readers with visual difficulty. Discover the effort that goes into producing large print, tactile and multi-sensory books, along with an amazing range of assistive reading technologies. Continue reading “Library Tour: SA School for Vision Impaired”