Maximising the use of the Library in Primary

A message from Mrs Atkins, Primary Teacher Librarian

Greetings from the Library. We have had a wonderful start to the year and it is lovely to see the Library alive with books being read and discussed.  Children are chatting, sharing and enjoying themselves in our lessons. Our focus this term is getting to know the library and caring for books as well as an emphasis on books written by Laureate Author, Leigh Hobbs.  Mr Hobbs will be visiting AISHK on Monday 20 March. You may like to have a look at his website


Our students are encouraged to borrow each week and may keep their books for two weeks if they take longer to read them.  Each year level is allowed to borrow the following amount of books:

  • Reception: 1 book
  • Prep – Year 2: 2 books
  • Year 3: 3 books
  • Years 4-6: 4 books

Classes from Reception to Year 4 are required to have a library bag, so that books are protected when travelling to and from home. Parents and Carers, could you please ensure your children bring in their bag on their Library Day and return their library books on time.

Care of Books

We treasure every book in our library and appreciate your assistance in caring for them at home.  The school policy for loss, damage or non-return is to request money to replace the books so that other students can enjoy the many favourites found in the library. If a student has overdue books, their borrowing is restricted and after a certain period you may be sent an email.

Library Lessons – The Teaching and Learning Programme

Throughout the year some learning tasks may include:

  • Library orientation – Introduction and revision on how to use the library to find information and recreation materials.
  • Reading / Book promotions – Storytelling, games and activities to promote books and encourage reading.
  • Author / Illustrator studies – Finding out about and writing to authors/illustrators.
  • Information and Research – Develop Information Literacy using the 6 steps of the Information process: Defining, Locating, Selecting, Organising, Presenting and Evaluating. A variety of resources including the Internet are used. Note-taking and plagiarism issues are monitored.
  • Information and Communication Technologies – Students use both computers and iPads including a range of software, multimedia and online projects appropriate to year levels to support their learning.

Book Week 2017

This year the Book Week theme will be ‘Escape to Everywhere’ Book Week will be celebrated in Term 3, Monday 21 August – Friday 25 August.

Book Week is run by the Children’s Book Council and celebrates outstanding books for children. It encourages children of all ages to consider how significant books can be, not only as a means of entertainment and escape, but as a way of informing their understanding of the world around us.

Let us continue to work together to show the children the way to this wonderland of thrills and happiness by giving them the key to the enchanted world of books that allows us to ‘Escape to Everywhere’. Get your thinking caps on for our parade; further details and ideas will follow closer to the date.

Atkins, Nicole

Niole Atkins | Primary Teacher Librarian