The Library at Melton Primary School is the focal point of information and literature in the school and plays a vital role in supporting the curriculum
The Library at Melton Primary School is a welcoming relaxed open space which provides students with learning contexts, processes, skills as well as opportunities for wide reading, personal growth and enjoyment. The Library is being designed to meet the students’ recreational reading needs as well as providing a variety of resources to support and enhance the curriculum.
The collection contains many picture story books, emergent novels to ensure the transition of our developing readers and novels of all genres. Non-fiction books are available on a wide range of topics and are used in the classrooms to support inquiry, curriculum and extend the students’ knowledge. Teachers are supported with mentor texts of well-known authors and illustrators to support literacy development, personal development and general interests.
The selection of resources is based on the following criteria:
- Relevance to the current and future curriculum
- Appropriateness of the level of intended users
- Appropriate physical format and appearance of material
- Cost, value and suitability for library use
- Accuracy and currency of content
- Authority and reputation of authors, producers or publishers
- Treatment of subject matter, taking into account language, bias and approach.
- Organisation and accessibility of information and text features of non-fiction
The library collection is continually evaluated to ensure it is relevant to the staff and students at Melton Primary School. New material is constantly added and updated.
Our Library is open for borrowing books at 8.15 – 8.30, during lunch time – 12.40 – 1.20 and after school -3.00 -3.10 every day and open times to return books is before school – 8.15, recess – 10.25, lunchtimes 12.40 and after school – 3.00 every day. Students and parents most welcome.
Each year a group of students are carefully selected to be Junior Librarians for the school. These students are given many special responsibilities which include supporting students with borrowing, locating books, using the search computers to find books or resources, assisting in the effective running of lunchtime library activities and whole school events such as Book Week. This year the following students have obtained this sought after leadership position: Back Row-Gloria Banek, Graeme Robertson, Shontaine Barker, Jade-Amanda Falzon-Tabone, Jemma Fielding. Front Row-Ashanti Crawford, Brie Cato, Tia Bourne
LIBRARY FOCUS FOR ALL YEAR LEVELS
- Students have the opportunity to choose and explore reading material for their personal leisure or to support their classroom learning whether that be the author and/or the illustrator or the content
- To introduce a range of reading material suitable to the students’ stage of development.
- To teach the student how to be responsible borrowers of the resources and then to return all resources within a two week time.
- To teach the student how to find the resources they want to borrow.
- Researching and investigating using fiction and non-fiction resources
- Deepening comprehension through the discussion of literature
- Engaging students to question and think critically about literature
- The Library sessions aim to encourage and inspire our students to develop a love of reading and to engage in lifelong learning.
- Our library promotes a reading culture and a positive attitude to reading.
Melton Primary School offers and opportunity for membership with Scholastic Book Club for all our families. The online catalogues offer some terrific book bargains for everyone and all items ordered, earn Bonus Points for our school which we redeem for books or resources. You can order and pay online. Go to the Scholastic website and register, follow the online directions remembering to link to Melton Primary School. When ordering, use ‘LOOP for Parents’
Twice a year Melton Primary School has a Book Fair where all students and parents are welcome to browse through and purchase from a great collection of books. The Books Fairs are organised for May and November and provide the school with bonuses of books and resources.
- Book Week
- Literacy and Numeracy Week
- Dress up days
- Classroom activities and special days
- Author and illustrator visits
The Library is supported by:-
Sandra Pizaro, Connie Parkhill, Tania Strawbridge, Sally Heggarty, Janelle Spicer