Happy 5th birthday!!
It’s hard to believe that it was five years ago in November 2011 that we moved into our brand new library…time flies when you’re having fun!
Many of our current students don’t know about our original and much loved cosy little library that we had for 28 years or how we moved into the GECCO (our hall) for two years and transformed it into a library as we waited for our brand new library to be built. Read about it on our New LRC page and watch the video below…
The LRC is the place to be on PhotoPeach
St Martin’s has been nominated as a
“Great School Library”
In October 2015, FAIR (Freedom of Access to Information and Resources) joined with library associations and EducationHQ to seek nominations of Great School Libraries across the nation.
They were looking for libraries that help children and young people find reliable information; use the information effectively; think critically; make informed decisions; work productively with others; build knowledge and understanding of the world; safely navigate the internet; communicate and share their ideas; and find great reads to meet personal interests and abilities.
Nearly 600 students, teachers, parents, principals, library staff and other members of the community nominated more than 200 school libraries across Australia.
A BIG thank you to Joaquin and his mum Madriel who nominated our library at St Martin’s. It is an honour to be on this list of Australian school libraries. You can read the 10 questions that nominators had to respond to HERE and scroll down to find our library on the list of Victorian schools.
Sadly there are many primary schools in Australia without a qualified teacher librarian and some schools that no longer even have a library. We are fortunate at St Martin of Tours to have both a library and a teacher librarian where our library is highly valued, much loved and where The LRC is the Place to Be…
Happy Library Lovers’ Day!
February 14th is Valentine’s Day and Library Lover’s Day!
February is also Love Your Library Month. Click here to remember the fun we had celebrating Love Your Library Month last year.
Blind Date with a Book:
February is also a perfect time to visit our LRC and have a Blind Date with a new author, book character or genre. You can also choose a book you have enjoyed reading and recommend it as a Blind Date for a friend.
Have you seen the Little Free Library that is shaped like a space rocket at the park opposite the Macleod shopping centre? Isabella in 6Z and Mia in 3JC at our school help to look after the library on behalf of the Macleod shopkeepers and they are doing a great job!
The Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone can stop and pick up a book to read. When you finish reading the book you can return it for others to read or donate one of your own books. You don’t need to be a member or even need a library card! The idea is to “Take a book, return a book”
Little Free Library Story from Beargrass Media on Vimeo.
The Little Free Libraries first began in Wisconsin in the USA in 2009 and there are now more than 25,000 Little Free Libraries around the world. The libraries can be in public spaces or in people’s front yards (You might like to put one in your family’s front yard!).
Take a look at the Little Free Libraries website HERE and photos of Little Free Libraries HERE
I wonder if we might be able to set up a Little Free Library at the front of our school…what do you think? Leave your suggestions or ideas in the comment section…
If you walked into our library at the moment you wouldn’t be left in any doubt that February has been “Love Your Library Month” and we love our library at St Martin’s…
Some classes have been trying Blind Dates with books by ‘dating’ an author or genre they haven’t read or recommending a book they have enjoyed as a Blind Date Book for a friend.
The Year Two classes have written Valentines to their favourite book characters with Billie B Brown and Hey Jack firm favourites.
The Prep and Year One classes have enjoyed library stories including Winston the Book Wolf where they discovered ‘reading is eating words with your eyes’; Walter’s Wand and used wands to create some ‘reading magic’ and Library Lion where they met our very own Library Lions, had fun roaring and discussed the importance of our library rules.
The Year 3-6 classes have spent the past two weeks creatively making bookmarks that you can see here.
To celebrate and enjoy “Love Your Library Month”, I invited any students who were interested to have some fun and share what they loved or liked about our LRC. Thank you to the many students who took up the challenge…you never cease to amaze me with your creativity and enthusiasm! Our Circulation Desk is proudly displaying your ‘library love’…
Students shared their ‘library love’ in many ways including posters, models of different types, Minecraft, PowerPoint, dressing as their favorite book character, videos, poems and two Year 6 students re-wrote the words to two songs and performed them! Enjoy watching the two slideshows below…
Library Love @ St Martin’s on PhotoPeach
Library Love @ St Martin’s on PhotoPeach
Why do you love your library?