Libraries are evolving spaces – yes, they are home to books but they are also places for learning in all sorts of ways; they provide a sanctuary when we need some ‘quiet time’; and they are meeting spot for various other activities. I happened to listen to a fantastic podcast this week, Palaces for the People, which described libraries as ‘social infrastructure’, and stresses the importance of them in our lives. If you have time, the podcast is certainly worth a listen but if not, know that the KPS Library is doing all the things that we need from good ‘social infrastructure’. Our librarian, Ruth, gives us a snapshot of a week in the Library –
During lunchtimes the library is a busy place. On any day there might be a craft activity, building, chess and of course reading.
During lunch on Friday, the chess club meets in the Library and on Friday afternoons, the Literacy Action team meets there. This week the Literacy Action team went on an excursion to the book shop to select books for the Senior School class libraries. When we returned the students labelled the books for the class library.
This week the Premiers’ Reading Challenge started. This program is designed to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students and enable them to experience quality literature. It’s a challenge, not a competition, for each student to read, to read more and to read more widely – the KPS Library is a good place to visit if students are looking for a book to kick-off their challenge.