10 minute Tuesdays have started!

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This year the library is running short topical sessions in the GLC at recess on Tuesdays. About 10 minutes long, the topics are varied, so we’re certain you’ll find something of interest. As a special consideration we are permitting food to be eaten during this session.

We kicked off the series last Tuesday with my presentation on “How to Spot Fake News” which was well received (as far as I could tell) – something we hear a lot about these days, sadly.

These sessions will sometimes take a lecture-style format, and other times they will be more interactive. They will all be short and sweet so please come and sample.

Next Tuesday March 14 we have a session from Ms Morton on “What’s your goal? Setting your study goals.

On March 21 we have “How to read poetry” by Mr Mahoney

On March 28 Ms Morton is running a session on “What’s the difference between homework and study?

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Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea at Melbourne High

Our annual cancer fundraiser, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, is always a fun, whole staff, event – today being no exception.  A huge thanks to Lynette and Paulette for organising everything and bringing in so many home-cooked foods. On a cold, dreary day it was lovely to have the warm baked aromas fill our library. Thanks to all who continue to bake/cook for this (Flanno cookies are always a hit), to the FIG boys who drove a full Woollies trolley full of food they’d sourced as donations (and who helped with the food preparation), and to everyone who came and donated to this very worthy cause.

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There comes a time when it’s all the same.

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When I added the above photo to our library Pinterest board, it suggested similar photos so I thought I’d share one of them.

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The library is a learning commons – we learn from our students

Our library houses our book and magazine collection and electronic resources, but, without a doubt, people are our most valued resource. We like to think that we provide a positive learning environment here for our students, and we watch them learn from and with each other in the library. Our students are a wonderful resource to us also, and we often look for experts who can help us or help other students with a variety of things.

The value of technologies in a learning context is often their ability to connect us to people. Using social media with this intent will lead to the most valuable and satisfying kind of learning. People are our greatest resource.

Recently I found a comic I couldn’t understand so I stuck it on our “Learning Commons” common (whiteboard) hoping that a student might be able to help me. In this case, it was a student who pointed a teacher in the direction of a book.

Welcome to the Gymbrary! – Year 12 muckup installation

It was amusing watching students come into the library this morning, the day of year 12 Muck Up, the day the library became a little like a gym and the gym looked a bit like the library. This was the creative effort of year 12s and we quite like it. Why not mix up spaces like this on a regular basis?

Oh yes, the students’ reactions as they came in – some were amused and surprised while others just walked straight past the gym equipment as if it wasn’t there and went straight for the table, sat down and into serious study. Well, it is Melbourne High after all.

The literary gym:

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Dress up for us as well.

We were given 1 kg weights. How offensive! We can do at least one and a half.

I’ll probably post more photos at the end of the day.

Heart of the school – St Martin of Tours Primary Library

Today I was delighted to be invited by Kim Yeomans to visit her library at St Martin of Tours Primary School. Kim is a super teacher librarian with a massive heart who brings the library to life with the help of a library technician who comes once a week – although if you stepped into the library and looked around at the evidence of the wonderful things that take place there you would think that it was staffed by many more people.

As a secondary school teacher librarian, I appreciate stepping into a primary school library because it reminds me of all the hard work that occurs before students start secondary school. What I saw today was a beautiful space lovingly and thoughtfully created and recreated regularly for the pleasure of children who come to immerse themselves in the worlds of books and reading.

Kim’s library walls are creative, visual displays of the worlds that prep-grade 6 children step into when they read and create. It’s a warm, enticing and stimulating communal space with nooks here and there, soft seating and areas with tables and chairs inviting children to gather in small groups or as a class. Oversized 3 dimensional book characters, some created by children and parents,  are reminders of worlds that come to life through reading and shared activities.

This is a world in which you want to linger, snuggle into a beanbag or sunny corner with a view of trees, escape the mundane and make time stand still. The colourful reading chair seems to be shifting impatiently, ready for a story with an eager audience. What better environment than this to introduce a love of reading, fantasy, ideas and creative possibilities? What better place than this to grow literacies without the pain of prescribed lessons? Where would you find community as happily as in these walls?

Who would be mad enough to envisage a primary school without the library, without the teacher librarian whose role description and daily roster would intimidate the most hard working leading teacher? And yet there are schools who forget this – perhaps in the busyness of day to day routines or in the name of change and technologies – how absolutely precious and indispensable all primary school libraries are, just as they continue to be in secondary school and higher education.

Thank you, Kim, for inviting me into your gorgeous library and chatting to me about all the wonderful things you make happen for the children you love so much. You can read more about what happens in this library by reading the St Martin of Tours library blog.