Welcome to the library!
Since 2008, this multi-purpose space has been home to many events and activities. We maintain a focus on flexibility, offering different spaces for students to pursue their interests, as well as encouraging students to engage in the rich world of reading for pleasure.
Our library houses our extensive collection of books, of course, but there is much more to explore within the space. We have a dedicated careers and further education corner, with up to date vocational and educational information for students, as well as regular visits from advisory staff. In other areas of the library you will find spaces for learning support, individual and group study. An English class may be tucked away in the reading area, enjoying one of their regular reading sessions, and Science tutoring takes place in the library on Thursday afternoons. Study space is available for students both before and after school, and library staff are also available before and after school, as well as during recess and lunch, to help students with research, printing and technical issues. IT support is also available in the library!
Some of the key resources, developments and events for the library in 2020 are:
READING FOR PLEASURE
Recently, our library staff have completely rearranged our fiction collection (containing over 7000 books!) into genres, such as adventure, mystery, comedy, romance, sport, science fiction and fantasy. Students can now more easily find books that they enjoy, as so many ask for a particular type of novel or short story.
To reward dedicated readers, two students receive a $30 book voucher each term in recognition of their interest and participation in reading.
The library has a range of Christian fiction; biographies and autobiographies; graphic novels and manga; French and Indonesian texts and picture books.
A wide selection of resources is available for loan to families, which may help with at-home study routines, stress management, managing anxiety disorders and internet safety. The College chaplains and psychologists have recommended and supplied many of these resources and texts.
RESEARCH FOR ASSIGNMENTS
Students can borrow or access a range of texts to assist with the completion of assessment tasks. Our library catalogue is available online here.
As well as providing access to over four thousand non-fiction books, the College also has online resources available to students and staff. Britannica is an online encyclopedia subscription offering a huge variety of up to date information and referencing information, including the College-preferred APA style. Students are encouraged to use this website for researching their assignments in all subjects, please contact our library staff for access.
CBCA BOOK WEEK
The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week will run from 17-23 October this year, with quizzes and competitions during the week. Please look out for more details closer to the date.
HOUSE READING AWARD
Established in 2018, this prize is awarded to the House whose members have contributed the most significantly to the reading culture of the College by borrowing books, suggesting additions to the College collection and demonstrating enthusiasm for reading. So far, Murray has been the most successful House.
We hope to see you on a visit to the library soon!
— Written by Lynne Sim, Teacher/Librarian