2015 … the year that was … #4 It’s NOT Book Week … Book Week

Last November I put up THIS POST explaining how we celebrated It’s NOT Book Week … Book Week!  Our Primary Production was our focus during the ‘real’ Book Week, and we didn’t want to miss out – so we moved it along to Term 4!

Because the year’s theme was Books Light Up Our World the PALs decided that our display would be sharing the books that light up our world and the joy they bring to our lives.

Each class did a great job of illustrating the books that were special to them … and the string of bulbs that went right around the Primary Library made the place glow with joy!  We all had trouble choosing just ONE!

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What book lit up YOUR world?

Mrs H xo

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2015 … the year that was … #3 @ Drawing Club

Primary @ The Library are very lucky to have an ‘Artistic Consultant’.  He is not only a talented artist but, in collaboration with a friend who loves to write, is illustrating a series of books – which we are looking forward to being able to share through our Library as eBooks.

As well as designing signs and sharing artistic ideas with us, he runs a  Drawing Club in our Monday’s Makerspace.

How lucky are we???

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Mrs H xo

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2015 … the year that was … #2 @ The Library Makerspace

Schools are busy places and I think students (and teachers) of all ages can benefit from simply getting together and making ‘stuff’ – just for FUN!

Over the past couple of years I’ve had the opportunity to find out about the Maker Movement … in schools … and school libraries – and I’m hooked!  Makerspaces bring together learning in a fun, unstructured, collaborative, let’s-have-a-go-and-see-if-it-works way.

In Makerspaces we …
… share materials, skills and ideas
… laugh a lot
… make mistakes – and have another go
… experiment
… create
… plan
… learn from each other
… collaborate
… have fun!

Why wouldn’t I want to develop one in the Library??

So – over the year I started to plot (plan) and gather a variety of things we can use.

The first to come out into the Library space is the Lego – a bulk, mixed lot sourced for a song (!) online (washed thoroughly in lingerie bags in the washing machine).  I purposefully decided on an odd bulk lot because it has NO ‘how to’ booklets and is made up of odd mixed bits and pieces that aren’t meant to make any one particular thing.

The PALs debated the ‘best’ way to store it … by colour? size? one huge box?  In the end we decided to give ‘rough’ colour groupings a go, with little specialty pieces in smaller tubs.  If it doesn’t work we’ll simply try something else.

1This meant sorting ALL the pieces – a painstaking task!

2Hmmm … is there enough?

3They will be stored in a trolley within the Primary Library Space – easy access and quick to put away.  We hope! 🙂

The only thing left to do is to put it out and see what happens.  How exciting!

Mrs H xo

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2015 … the year that was … #1 National Simultaneous Storytime

WAY BACK on Wednesday 27th of May at 11am we joined Libraries all around Australia to listen to 2015’s National Simultaneous Storytime‘s story … The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey.

National Simultaneous Storytime is organised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). It is always a fun event, and our aim is to promote the value of reading and literacy.

Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

We loved The Brothers Quibble … the story made us think about our families and our relationships with our brothers and sisters.

This year we wore our ‘crowns’ (like Spalding in the book) … it was a right royal affair! 🙂

We’re very  much looking forward to NSS 2016.

Mrs H xo

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A new year … but first … a catch up!

Welcome to the Primary space @ The Library for 2016.  I have LOTS of exciting plans for this year … including blogging regularly!

2015 was a VERY full year @ The Library … SO much so that most of it didn’t get documented here on the blog.  Therefore, before I launch into 2016 … here follows the year that was …

Mrs H xo

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