Tasmanian schools have revelled during the past week in various takes and interpretations of finding their treasure. It is wonderful to see the creativity, dedication and amazing work of school libraries around the state creating the magic that surrounds reading for pleasure and engaging with a treasure trove of literature. We conclude this week's post from a little further afield with a Victorian contribution that didn't quite make last week's entries.
MacKilliop Catholic College
Tricia Scott, Teacher Librarian and past CBCA Awards Judge
Book Week at
MacKillop Catholic College was an opportunity to encourage students into the
library and to renew their acquaintance with the collection, new resources and,
in particular, the CBCA shortlisted titles. Displays were created to entice
students with footprints leading up the stairwell in order for them to Find Your Treasure.
Up! To Book Week!
was delivered to all Year 7 students as part of the Literacy Program focussing
on the CBCA judging process as well as the sharing of some of the shortlisted
titles. The Early Childhood
picture books were very popular and students’ attention was ensured by the
Readers’ Cup element of the session using the questions
developed by the Awards Sub-committee. Many thanks to the Tasmanian Branch for
ensuring our school was aware of the array of resources available for promoting
and enjoying Book Week.
Smithton Primary School
Thanks to Cindy Mathewson
St Thomas More’s
Catholic Primary School
Rebecca Thomas - Librarian
Book Week is a time of great celebration at
St Thomas More’s. Both students and staff embraced this year’s theme “Find Your
Treasure” as we looked to find new book treasures and rediscover old
favourites. The Library was
decorated with treasure chests filled with books, treasure maps and pirate
ships. During our Library lessons,
we shared the shortlisted books and voted for our favourites in each
category. Members of our
leadership team visited classrooms to share their favourite children’s
books. Students participated most
enthusiastically in a Library Hunt (courtesy of Susan Stephenson www.thebookchook.com) and in our
dress-up parade. Each student was presented with a CBCA bookmark as a
The Friends' School
Katie Stanley & Sharon Molner, Teacher Librarians
|It's a Mopoke!|
St. Mary’s College, Hobart
Marylouise Jones, Teacher Librarian
Beautiful books, beautiful costumes and a beautiful library!
This amazing week for celebrating books is almost over, but here at St. Mary’s College, I know that the thrill will continue well into what’s left of 2018. Yesterday’s book parade allowed the students, school and our Student Resource Centre to sparkle. As I watched everyone parade, I smiled from ear to ear in awe and appreciation of the support, commitment and enthusiasm our school community has for this event and what it represents. The dressing up is a small part of what we herald this week; colouring in competition, poster design, book fair, debate, ‘pets with their favourite books’ photos and treasure hunt; all help encourage our students to embrace their love of literature. In the library we opted to run with a fairly literal display of this year’s theme…a fun thing to play with.
|Mr McGregor & Peter Rabbit|
The bunting created by each junior school student submitting a flag with their favourite book written upon it, helps create a vibrant space. All in all, this week reminds us that our library helps connect our K-12 cohort with a common thread; a love for books and reading. It is a hub of the school that offers everyone an opportunity to immerse themselves in learning, and I am grateful for the talented, professional library staff we have to making this place the fabulous and successful resource that it is.
|Moses parts the Red Sea Winnie the Pooh and Friends|
Orchard Road Primary School, Victoria
Ruth Thatcher, Teacher Librarian
|Brrrr! Penguins in Antarctica!|
Editor's Note: What a fantastically creative array of book displays and activities. Many thanks to the teacher librarians and fellow library staff that help make Book Week such as wonderful and special celebration of children's literature. And from all our readers - Thank you for sharing!