Winter Lunch Times

We can all go a little bit crazy at this time of the year, and exercise can be hard to achieve. This is what we were getting up to in our library on Tuesday!

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Knitting Club’s First Stitches!

Well, Zoe has really launched something wonderful here! A bigger group attended and knitted last week than were able to be photographed before I left for the Junior School.

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There have been a number of emails requesting the time of the next meeting. Thursday lunchtimes from 1.05 pm until 1.45 – and parents, teachers and students are all welcome.

Parents, please sign in with Reception before coming in to the library.

Book Club and Book Crossings

Hooray – we finally had a Tuesday that was uninterrupted by other events, much to our leader Lachlan’s pleasure. Members got to see new arrivals from Lamont Books, and they had the opportunity to choose one title to read first.  Another enthusiastic meeting of a mainly male crew.

We have our first book ready to be set free as part of the Book Crossing program. The book will be launched  “into the wild” in a zip-lock page (for waterproofing) with a notice saying what Book Crossing is and a unique code number. The person who adopts the book will be asked to log its journey on the website using the unique code. If you live near Heywood, keep an eye open for a small package left lying in a shop!

 

 

Knitting Club is launched

knitting 1knitting 2On Thursday last week Zoe’s long held dream of starting a knitting club came to fruition.  We were all delighted by the number who came, and very pleased to see so many Year 11 boys stepping up to the mark. Days and times are now set (Thursdays at recess or other times as requested), wool and needles have been sourced, and a scarf pattern booklet has been purchased for these amazing young men to use for reference.

There will be lessons available for beginners – which I believe is the category of this cohort – and we have some Year 8 students who intend to come along.

New members will be welcome – and as Zoe told members: learning a new skill can count towards Duke of Edinburgh awards, as can social service. As we intend knitting for the aged and or the homeless, two boxes can be ticked off by attending one event for a few weeks until we finish a scarf or a square!

Book Club – Discussions About Books and BookCrossing

Another wonderful meeting today with our younger set as the only attendees. Charlie had rustled up a few mates and Ashley bravely participated in the discussions as the lone female other than Mrs. Smith and myself.

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Some good reads were shared, (and some biscuits, this time with a contribution from Lachlan), and as we have come to expect this term, everyone listened to each speaker with a high level of interest.

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We also discussed participating in BookCrossing as written about in The Age Good Weekend on Saturday 25th March. Next term we are going to have a go at leaving some titles in different locations and tracking what happens to them. It should be exciting.

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Professional Learning

It is really important for school library staff to maintain contact with others in the profession, particularly when so many of us work by ourselves in our schools.

Recently our local South West District School Library Association, a branch of the School Library Association of Victoria, met after school in the Hawkesdale P-12  Library (see slides 15 and 16).

A number of people were present representing primary and secondary schools from Hamilton, Portland and Warrnambool.

Discussions revolved around our spaces, our interests and our current relationship with electronic resources compared to books.

We adjourned from the Library to the Customs House Gallery, which is in the main street between the swimming pool and the Post Office. This small and beautiful space is owned by Des and Helen Bunyon who specialise in original art and prints by Australian Book Illustrators.  We saw works by:

Kerry Argent, Julie Vivas, Terry Denton, Graeme Base, Shaun Tan, Patricia Mullins to name a few.

You can visit their website here: https://customshousegallery.com.au/

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Photographs courtesy of Margaret Sinnott. Venue courtesy of Faye Matters.

 

 

 

Book Club Members Chewing and Choosing!

Members of the Book Club meet each Tuesday at recess, share some food and talk about enjoyable books. This week there was a special task – selecting titles from two big tubs delivered to our library by the wonderful staff at Warrnambool Books. Lots of impromptu reading (Mopoke by Philip Bunting) – and just like Leo, aged 3, whose comment appears on the landing page at the end of the web link, Lachlan laughed and said: “rude word”. Jarrod gave us a mellifluous rendition of That’s NOT a Hippopotamus!  – a very funny book from a New Zealand publisher. Zoe was critical of Mem Fox’s latest title: I’m Australian Too as she felt that the people in the story were stereotyped too much. What do other readers think?

Liam was delighted to have chosen the newest of the Star Wars books – a beautifully illustrated guide based on the latest movie, released in mid December last year. He was delighted to have it processed and delivered to him in class this afternoon.

This club is taking on a life of its own and developing a group personality which is delightful. Members should be congratulated on their inclusive approach to meetings and their shared leadership model.

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