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 –
Each class has one session in the library each week. In this time the students listen to a picture story book, return and borrow books and then settle down to sustained silent reading. Continue reading
It’s been a big year for Library – thousands of books borrowed (with some clear favourites on high rotation); Book Week and the Premier’s Reading Challenge. But that’s not all that happened in the Library – Ruth Woolven reports.
This term we have celebrated our reading achievements across the school. All students completed the Premiers’ Reading Challenge and received a certificate. Books are logged that students read at home, read in class and read in library. Sometimes the students complete the reading and logging themselves and sometimes the reading is shared and the books are logged by staff. The end result is that all students have experienced many, many stories. In fact a total of 20807 books were read between March and September – this is a huge achievement. One benefit in participating in the challenge is that students are required to read a certain number of books from the challenge list – these books are recognised as being quality literature. Continue reading
When I was at primary school, the MS Readathon was a much-anticipated event. You’d lock unsuspecting neighbours and grandparents into sponsoring you twenty cents per book read. And then you’d go forth and read eleventy million books – all short and quick ones, meanwhile racking up the funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Our hearts were in the right place, but I’m fairly certain that the MS Readathon did more for my maths than it did for my reading! Continue reading