We consider our libraries as the hub on each campus. They provide a safe, friendly place to go and our staff are very friendly and helpful, assisting both students and teachers to find the resources they need to access.
We have a vast range of resources – Fiction, Non-Fiction, Text books, Reference and Teacher Resources. Our library database, Oliver, is accessed by all 3 campuses. Our ebooks from Overdrive are also available on this system and the Sora application allows for the ebooks to be accessed at home.
My position as Teacher/Librarian involves ensuring the smooth running of each library and acquiring resources required by both teachers and students. My job of course is made much easier with the assistance of the wonderful librarians at each campus – Stephanie Bowhay at Bath St [Transition to Year 4]; Toni Weir at Traeger [Yrs 5-8]; and Andy Cortissos at Sadadeen [Years 9-12].
Each library caters for different needs
At Bath St Library, as our students are learning and developing their reading skills, we have lots of supporting resources:- Picture books, Home readers, Guided readers, Big books, Class sets of novels and a Lexile collection (Literacy Pro). Classes have library lessons and Steph is a great story teller! Bath St also hold two Book Fairs a year with different themes. Children’s Book Week is also celebrated each year with a Book Parade and voting for the “Bath St Book of the Year”. Steph also makes sure Bath St is involved in National Simultaneous Storytime.
Traeger campus also has a Lexile collection to continue with the development of reading skills.
Both Traeger and Sadadeen campuses have text books and sets of novels that students can borrow – resources that are appropriate to support the Australian Curriculum. They also are both open at lunch time for students to utilise computers, games and other resources. The library also manages the Clickview database (a vast resource of educational videos and movies), Snowflake (online mathematics texts yrs 6-12), Papercut (photocopier usage), and Literacy Pro (Lexile) plus other online resources.
As I spend most of my time at Sadadeen, the library there is open from 7.30 to 4.30 most days and we have homework centre Monday to Thursday with a teacher in attendance. The library is well utilised before school, recess, lunch and after schools – chess and UNO being very popular. Our computer lab is used for those who want a quiet place to study or catch up with assignments.
Having the Promethean screen in the main library allows for meetings and large class groups to utilise the space. Supervised Study groups are also in the library. The Sadadeen library also monitors the laptop system and students can come to us for assistance.
Our libraries are very busy places, a pleasure to work in and a safe, welcoming place for all.