The school library strives to reflect and support the philosophy of the school, sharing and implementing the school’s aims and objectives. Core to the teaching and learning process, it is a centre from which the educational activities radiate.
The library caters for all levels and abilities through selection of a wide, balanced, comprehensive and up-to-date collection of materials.
A stimulating and helpful environment is provided so that the students enjoy reading experiences and are encouraged to use the library facilities for independent learning.
- The Teacher Librarian is at school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
- Each class has a library period of 60 minutes per week during which the students also have time to borrow books.
- Year 5 & 6 Library Monitors collect library returns on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. The books are then re-shelved by the Library Monitors and parent helpers, to ensure that all students have access to all resources when they come to borrow items.
- Students can borrow books every week and can keep their books for a 2 week period if they wish to do so. Children can renew their books for another 2 week period or until they have finished with them unless it is requested by another student or teacher.
- Students must return their books before they can borrow other books.
- Replacement costs must be paid for lost or damaged books.
- All students should come to the library with a library bag and pencil case with pencil, coloured pencils or crayons etc for written work.
- The library is also open at lunchtime on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1.25 – 1.50pm for borrowing and browsing.
Children’s Book Week is celebrated each year in Term 3. The Children’s Book Council of Australia aims to foster children’s enjoyment of books by organising exhibitions and activities during Children’s Book Week, by providing information and encouragement to authors and illustrators, and by sponsoring the Children’s Book of the Year Awards.
A shortlist of six titles is chosen in each of the five categories and a winner is selected for each category. The Awards are presented annually in August for a book written by an Australian, or a resident of Australia. The shortlisted titles are purchased for the library and a variety of activities are organised at St Rose School to celebrate Children’s Book Week.