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  • General

    How the library works Helpling Out Library Links

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    ~ St Joseph’s Primary School Library Guide ~

    2015

     

    ABOUT OUR LIBRARY

    Overview:

    Here at St Joseph’s our library is dedicated to encouraging a life long love of reading and learning. Our library can be a quiet learning place yet at other times it may be a hub of activity full of colourful art work, displays, fun and reading adventures. We believe reading is not limited to school and believe any time is a perfect time to read. Reading to and with your child can be a very special time spent together.

    Students are encouraged to borrow from our School Library every week and to participate in all our literacy activities throughout the year.

     OUR AIM

    To foster a love of reading:

    Our library has a large range of books on offer to students to suit all reading tastes and to encourage reluctant readers. We place importance on students’ needs and matching children to books. We have the following locations in our library;

    • Fiction
    • Non-fiction
    • Junior Picture Books
    • Senior Picture Books
    • Graphic Novels (comics)
    • Junior Chapter Books
    • Interactive eBooks (on iPad)
    • Talking Books (on DVD and iPod)
    • Purchase of the Australian Standing Orders books throughout the year. (This is a subscription service to school libraries which offers the best new releases complete with teacher notes from all publishers.)

     To provide an aesthetically pleasing learning environment:

    • Displays to promote new books and series
    • Information posters on how to use our library
    • Promotion of events such as ANZAC Day, etc
    • Displays of students art work during Book Week and assignments during the year
    • Computer based interactive Book Week activities
    • Research help for class assignments which includes all available resources such as DVD’s, posters, websites, info packs, etc.

     Activities during the year:

    • Our library celebrates Book Week each year with a Book Fair in September. (Our major library fund raiser)
    • Book Week study of this years short-listed books
    • Competitions and prizes
    • Book character dress-up day
    • Buddy reading
    • Author visits and workshops
    • Excursions to our Town Library
    • Read-on-a-rug
    • Participation in the Premier’s Reading Challenge for Kinder to Year 6 students
    • Participation in the National Simultaneous Story time for Infants
    • Acknowledgement and reward for consistent readers and respect of library and rules
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    help

     HELPING OUT:

    How can parents help out?

    • Join our library and resource group. We’d love to have your help and it’s a great way to meet other parents.
    • Choose an hour to come in and help tidy and re-shelve our books
    • Come when called to take new books home to be covered
    • Help identify and label Premier Reading Challenge books (PRC)
    • Help out with sales during the Book Fair
    • Encourage your child to be responsible for remembering his or her own library bag and books independently.

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
    — Groucho MARX

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    LIBRARY REWARDS:

    Every library lesson a child is chosen who displays the following qualities;

    ü  Respect for our library

    ü  Following library rules

    ü  Lovely library behaviour

    ü  Returning library books each week and remembering their library bag

    Years One & Two are rewarded by being able to choose a “Story Bag “to take home for the whole week. This comprises of a book and toy, sometimes a CD as well, and a certificate of recognition. This special reward is to enjoy with the whole family. We hope all the children will get to borrow this special treat.

     Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 are able to use the iPad during library lessons as a reward. We have many wonderful books available such as “Animalia” by Graeme Base, and "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" which is both a well-written story and an immersive animated movie all at once.

     

    What is the Premier’s Reading Challenge?

    St Joseph’s Primary School participates in the Premier’s Reading Challenge each year. All students from K-2 are required to experience 30 books.

    Students in Years 3-6, are required to read 20 books in one year.

     Parents and care givers are encouraged to support the challenge and assist in signing off students reading records after the child has shown that they have read the whole book.

     The Challenge runs from March through to the end of August each year.

     

     

     

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      PARENT LIBRARY

      Our school has a wonderful resource in our Parent Library. It is located in the glass cabinet in the office. Many of the books and DVD’s have been donated by the Catholic Schools Parent Assembly (CSPA) and offer some much needed advice, help and understanding on many issues we all face as parents and carers. Please feel free to browse through and see Mrs Ryder to record your borrowing. There is no strict borrowing time limit on these resources.

       Jo Gresham is our Parent Library Representatives.

          ~ Mem Fox’s 10 Read Aloud Commandments ~

      1. Spend at least 10 wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.
      2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.
      3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don't be dull or flat or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.
      4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.
      5. Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again and always read in the same "tune" for each book (i.e. with the same intonations on each page, each time.)
      6. Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, or anything else connected to the book; or sing any old song that you can remember; or say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or be noisy together doing clapping games.
      7. Look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books for young children and make sure the books are really short.
      8. Play games with the things that you and the child can see on the page, such as letting kids finish rhymes, and finding the letters that start the child's name and yours - remembering that it's never work, it's always a fabulous game.
      9. Never ever teach reading or get tense around books.
      10. Please read aloud every day, mums and dads, because you just love being with your child, not because it's the right thing to do.
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        Premier’s Reading Challenge?

        St Joseph’s Primary School participates in the Premier’s Reading Challenge each year. All students from K-2 are required to experience 30 books.

        Students in Years 3-6, are required to read 20 books in one year.

         Parents and care givers are encouraged to support the challenge and assist in signing off students reading records after the child has shown that they have read the whole book.

         The Challenge runs from March through to the end of August each year.

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