Library Report January and February 2015





Snow interrupted Celebrate our reading week. The theme this year was really appropriate as we had three snow days. So our students got to live out the theme of any book, any place, any time – everyone. Thanks to everyone who showed what they were reading through the book photos (pictured above). One of the outcomes we wanted from this week was to make our reading visible. As students see others reading and celebrating what they read they begin to see them as ‘readers’ and their motivation to join the conversations and the reading community grows, (Leland, Lewison, & Harste, 2013, p.21). On the two days we did have of Celebrate our Reading week the children at Hisar created book nooks, they also had their dress up day and enjoyed their teachers’ enacting the story The Paper Bag Princess’. While at Marmara Campus we enjoyed a very successful PTA book swap and the stairs being decorated with book spines.


Anna Wilson – author visit. On Friday 23 January we had Anna Wilson at Marmara Campus working with our students in EY5 – grade 4. She did a wonderfully creative writer’s workshop with the students. I wanted to capture it for our Hisar students so here is the i movie I made about it. Lindsey and I used it with both grade 1 classes at Hisar last week – 12 February. They enjoyed the writing activities Anna introduced to us at Marmara.

Battle of the Books – soft, snow covered launch. We were going to launch the grade 5 and 6 battle of the books today (19 February) but instead we went online to do it. This library blog post was used to launch the concept and this i movie shows the students some of what is involved in a BOB. We have five titles and will hold the final Battle in June. The students now have to read the books and make up practice quiz questions about them.


Extended Essay workshops. Patricia and I worked together on the introduction to the Extended Essay with Grade 11. This year we invited them to read extended essays from previous years, look at sources of information and discuss the process with the seniors in the school. They are currently working on possible topics and creating an abstract to give to potential supervisors.


Challenges and Opportunities.


Writer in residence – Donna Jo Napoli. In just over two weeks time Donna Jo Napoli will be with us. I want to thank the leadership team for their support as I have tried to work out her programme. I will share it with you in the next few days.


Invitation to present a workshop at IASL conference in June. The 44th Annual International Conference & 17th International Forum on Research in School Librarianship is being held from June 28 – July 2, 2015, in  Maastricht, The Netherlands. One of the themes is “The school library as a space and place: meeting, sharing, discussing. Collaborative learning and growing.” Two colleagues from our International School Librarian Network and I created a workshop proposal around the use our Network and the Book Chats we have been running since October as a Professional Learning Community. We wanted to show others how to set up PLCs and how our one works. At our last meeting 12 February we looked at using the Inquiry Cycle as a way to investigate our impact as librarians on student learning in our schools. This is a marvellous opportunity.

Quote and possible theme for Celebrate our reading week 2016

“Be awesome! Be a book nut!” — Dr. Seuss



Leland, C., Lewison, M., & Harste, J. C. (2013). Teaching children’s literature: It’s critical!    New York: Routledge.