Ms. Jocelyn Pride
Mrs. Deborah Parkinson
The Harbig Library is situated in the centre of the school over two floors and is always the hub of activity. Open for the entire school day (including before school, lunchtime and after school), the library provides opportunities for a range of experiences for the boys and staff.
Aimed at supporting and enhancing the classroom programs it comprises:
• A collection of non fiction and fiction books
• A class set of desk top Mac computers with a comprehensive selection of software and internet access (shared with the ICT department)
• Support materials for classrooms e.g. charts, posters, teachers reference books
• Relaxation areas to curl up with a book, puppet or magazine
• A selection of indoor games to challenge the mind
• A state of the art cataloguing and retrieval system (linked with the Senior School Library)
• A collection of DVD’s and videos
• Two interactive whiteboards (one downstairs and one upstairs) for hands on learning
The teaching and learning practices in the library lessons encourage the boys to:
• Foster a love and use of literature for a variety of purposes
• Use literature to stimulate and motivate the desire to read a wider variety of material
• Identify and study the various genres relating to literature
• Identify the characteristics of specific authors and their contribution to literature
• Participate in workshops with visiting authors and illustrators
• Develop reading and writing skills to assist with their academic progress
• Develop the information literacy process, i.e. defining, locating, selecting, processing, creating and evaluation strategies
• Develop strategies to assist with assignments and homework
• Use correct procedure with referenced material, e.g. bibliography
• Develop a discerning attitude towards the use of the internet within education and society
Our Favourite Authors:
Sites of Interest: The World Book Online is another excellent site to help you in your research. www.worldbookonline.com
The Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge
Term Three 2012
The library is alive with Olympic Fever and many activities have been planned to incorporate the library resources with classroom projects.
During the second week of term we are holding a mini Literature Festival in conjunction with Ford Street Publishing company for all our Year 4 and 5 students. This is a wonderful opportunity for our boys to attend workshops with some of Australia’s leading authors and illustrators including Hazel Edwards, Marc McBride and Michael Panckridge. Isobel Carmody will also be launching a new book Trust Me Too, an anthology of stories and illustrations by over 50 Australian authors. Many of the authors will be present at the launch.
We also have international author/actor/comedian, Ian Billings visiting the school later on in the term. He will conduct sessions for all classes.
In addition to the literature base, integrated topics to complement the class activities will be covered during the cyclic Library lessons.
The boys continue to borrow regularly from the Library and enjoy the ever growing collection of fiction and non fiction books.
Our magazine collection is also extremely popular and will be updated and added to during Term Three.
On cold Winter days many boys enjoy snuggling up with a book, playing a board game or using the computers during lunchtimes, before school or after school.