Earlwood Public School

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The library supports the educational program providing access to a range of instructional and recreational materials.

All classes visit the library each week to borrow and enjoy literature. Class teachers and the teacher librarians work together to assist students in the development of information skills, thereby encouraging independence in the learning process. All students have regular access to the library during school hours. The library has 30 windows computers that consist of desktop and laptop computers. Students also have access to sets of iPads within the library and classrooms. These allow greater scope and development of 21st century skills, internet based research skills and assists students in locate books by using the school library enquiry link.

Parents and students can access the school library enquiry at home via their student portal to locate books and other items. Searches can be conducted using the online enquiry. It is a simple process of entering keywords, titles, authors, subjects or other more complex search methods.

The library is also open during the second half lunch from 1:30pm to 1:55pm. During these times students are encouraged to visit the library to browse. They may exchange and borrow books and participate in a number of activities like, card or board games, quiet reading, Internet research, drawing, colouring and audio stories.

Students from Kindergarten to Year 4, wishing to borrow books to take home must have a library bag to help protect the library books. It is important that students bring a library bag, with their name on it to library classes. These bags help to protect books and help students identify where they are. Books must be returned by the due date to borrow new items.

Lost, overdue or damaged books.

Students will be reminded of any overdue books they have out, once a term. Students with long-term overdue books, which have been kept for longer than a term, will be sent a reminder note, which will include the cost of replacing the book. If any book is accidentally damaged by a student, or by anyone else while the book is in their care, it is the responsibility of the student to pay the School for the cost of the book. The student has the responsibility to report any damage to the book that they notice before borrowing the book.

Students must pay for any library books that they lose. A student's borrowing privileges may be suspended if they have overdue,lost or damaged books that haven't been paid for. If a student returns a book, but the computer systems indicates it is still on loan, a search for the book will be made by the teacher librarian.

The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC)

The 'PRC' aims to encourage in students a love of reading and expose them to a wide variety of quality literature. Kindergarten to Year Six students can participate in the challenge by reading books from the PRC book list and keep track of books read. Students who successfully complete the challenge receive a certificate and appear on the PRC Honour Roll. Students interested in participating in this challenge will be given information about how to enter at the beginning of Term 1 each year. For further information, visit the Premier's Reading Challenge website.

Book week

Every year (usually August) we celebrate the joy that books bring to us during Book Week. The Children's Book Council of Australia selects a new book theme every year.  Many schools and public libraries from all over Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. During Book Week students have the opportunity to dress up as book characters in accordance with the theme for the year.

Book Club

A book club operates twice a term. Pamphlets listing a variety of books that may be ordered are sent home with the children. The books on offer are chosen for their interest level and appeal to various age groups.

The order form with payment is to be returned to school before a nominated date or alternatively you can pay online directly to scholastic loop.  Simple click on the scholastic image below and follow the prompts.  A few weeks  after the closing date the orders are delivered to the classroom. While there is no obligation to buy, the school does receive bonus books from purchases.

Some important details to look out for:

1. Put name and class on form and envelope.

2. Correct money is to be enclosed. No change will be given.

3. Please observe closing date for each issue. We usually allow one week from distribution of booklets. Due dates are on glass door on "F" Block, in Kindergarten rooms, on Library door and the school bulletin.

Late orders will not be accepted as limited time is available to process all the orders. Your co-operation would be greatly appreciated.