Library

The Mount Pleasant Primary School Library Resource Centre aims to engender a love of literature and lifelong learning for our students. With a collection of over 30,000 items, it provides a wide range of print and electronic resources to support student learning and meet the recreational needs of all students. The collection has been funded using the school’s budget, P&C donations and a book club bonus points incentive scheme. The library resource centre seeks to deliver services and programs that develop confidence and skill in reading. By working collaboratively with the teaching staff we aim to provide learning opportunities where the students can locate and use information effectively.

The library has a number of teaching areas where teachers are able to take literature sessions as well as ICT lessons. There is a computer lab with 30 computers connected to the Internet and Public Access Program. An interactive whiteboard offers teachers flexibility in demonstrating how to use specific software packages, access digital resources, introduce lessons and allow students to actively participate in learning activities. Additional areas within the centre allow for our Senior Volunteers to mentor selected students, cater for lunch-time student activities such as playing board games, using construction materials or simply relax and enjoy reading a book.

The Library Resource Centre is run by a Library Officer who maintains the collection, is responsible for purchasing and cataloguing resources and attends to customer services.  Each week, every class from Kindergarten to Year 6 has at least one timetabled library session.  Additional sessions can be arranged by staff members when necessary.

Staff can access the library every day of the school week.  The Library is open to students on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 8.30am – 8.45am in the mornings and 2.55pm – 3.15pm in the afternoons.  Students can also access the library at lunchtimes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 12.55pm and 1.15pm.

Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 may borrow up to 2 books at a time.  Students wishing to change their books more frequently may do so between Tuesday and Thursday, either before school or after school and at lunch time on Wednesday.  Student loans are for one week with an extension for a further week available if the child has not finished reading the book in that time.

 

Our library program incorporates many aspects:

Literature Appreciation – engaging students in a love of reading utilising a variety of strategies such as:

  • Reading aloud to students
  • Highlighting different literary genres e.g. humour, fantasy, adventure, fables, mystery, fairy tales etc
  • Author / Illustrator Studies
  • Developing Literacy Partnerships e.g. Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge, Better Beginnings, Links with the Melville Public Libraries etc.
  • Displays for themes and special events e.g. Summer Olympics, Book Week, Anzac Day etc

 Information Literacy – assisting students to access and use information effectively:

  • Library shelf organisation (Dewey Decimal Classification)
  • Using the library’s Public Access program to locate resources.
  • Cybersafety.
  • Conducting effective Internet searches
  • Using the enquiry approach to research