Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The Library MI Time group have spent many weeks working on making a book to tell people about our school library. You can see the finished book here.  
They have worked very hard, and had a very tough editor (Kris), so we can spend the rest of our MI Time sessions doing other jobs like making sure the books are where they should be, writing book reviews, and promoting our Summer Reading Programme.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Summer reading

It seems like Term 4 is going really fast, so now is a good time to think about how you are going to get books to read over the summer holidays. As well as borrowing books from our library, we have the Duffy book offer that came out last week- buy 3 books for $10. Add 'books' to your Christmas wishlist if you make one, or ask for book vouchers. When I was at school ( a really long time ago!) my Great-Grandmother gave me a Whitcoulls book voucher every birthday and Christmas and I used to spend hours choosing which book to buy. She loved reading and was still getting library books when she was 98!
You could think about joining Hutt Libraries if you don't already have a card, it's free and if you have a tablet or ereader you can download ebooks to read even if you are on holiday. There are heaps of new children's ebooks now and you can reserve them like other books if they are out.
If you have seen my desk lately you might have seen me working on The Great Dyer Street School Summer Reading Challenge. It has a Kiwiana theme, and you will all take one home to do over the holidays, and all finished entries go into the draw to win some book prizes. 


Monday, 14 October 2013

Lovely to see so many of you in the library on the first day back at school. I love hearing what you have been reading over the holidays, you can always email me at library@dyerstreet.school.nz if you can't wait to share or need suggestions for what to read next. The last lot of new books for the year arrived yesterday- I listened to what you wanted and bought more books with a war theme. One of my favourites is The Midnight Zoo. If you enjoyed Morris Gleitzman's Once series you will like this. I also highly recommend Robert Westall's The Machine Gunners for years 5 and 6 students, I think some parents will enjoy this too.
There are also two new books in the fabulous My Story series- War Spy and The Battle of Britain.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

All the new fiction is now catalogued and processed and READY TO READ! Check out the new books display in the library and tell me what you think. Have you already read one of the new books? Leave a comment below.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

I borrowed one of our new books to read over the weekend and have been recommending it to everyone since. 
Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World is written by Katherine Hannigan. If you are a Judy Blume fan, and enjoyed The Bridge to Terabithia or because of Winn-Dixie, you will love this. It's a bit sad sometimes, but funny too.

I'm looking forward to reading some of the new Judy Blume books that arrived this term. I read  Are You There God?, It's Me, Margaret when I was about 10, and recommend that all year 6 girls read it.  

If you're in the mood to do some writing of your own, have a look at these new books.  Try your hand at a poem, a play, a SCARY story, or even a picture book. We have quite a few authors already at Dyer Street School!


Friday, 16 August 2013

It was great chatting with so many of you at our Scholastic Book Fair last week, I love watching the careful choosing of which books to buy, and was very impressed with how much money you had been saving up. We raised over $550 for the school library, and the library MI Time group helped choose some books for us to buy.  One of the things the Term 2 MI Time group thought would make the library even better was keeping the non-fiction section tidier, so I spent some of the money on new bookends, they are tall enough to stop the books falling over all the time which will make it easier to find the ones you want. What do you think? Did we make good choices with the money we raised?

Monday, 5 August 2013

All our senior students at Dyer Street School participate in a weekly MI Time(Multiple Intelligences) group.
After talking with students, staff and whanau last term we decided it would be a good idea to make a book about our library to show people how it works. This is how we asked for interested students: "Are you creative, imaginative and innovative? We want to make a book to tell people about our school library- how it works, why we have it, and how we use it. It will be in print and digital format, and we will share it on the library blog. You need to love our library and be able to work hard independently or in a small group". Our group is certainly creative and hardworking, and our draft copies look amazing. One of the biggest challenges is making a book that can be in both print and digital format, so we can show it off to the whole world.  We might have a sneak preview next week....

Monday, 29 July 2013

Lovely to see so many happy faces in the library on the first day of Term 3. Our new library MI Time group starts today, we will be producing a book about our library, and you will be able to read it on this library blog by the end of term.
Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be happening in weeks 2 and 3, so it will be a bit squashed in the library but lots of fun, and as always there will be a great range of books for sale. You can use EFT-POS and cash to buy books. 30% of the money raised goes towards buying new books for our library. Watch the foyer whiteboard for opening times.
I was lucky enough to spend some of my holidays with a lot of awesome school librarians from all over New Zealand at the SLANZA Conference, and have lots of great ideas for making our library EVEN BETTER!


Friday, 12 July 2013

If you need some games and activities to keep you busy in the holidays check out our Just for fun page. Challenge yourself with some I Spy games or create music with inudge music creator.
Visit any of the Hutt City Libraries for the When the Wind Blows school holiday programme.
I'll be checking my emails everyday, so if you are stuck for reading ideas or want to tell me what you are reading email me at library@dyerstreet.school.nz  or leave a comment below,

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Matariki in the library

The library MI Time group made seven gorgeous stars to decorate our Matariki display.