Developing a Reading Culture
The library plays a valuable role in developing a reading culture in St. Andrew's College. The purpose of library time is to promote reading for pleasure. Many new books are chosen just for their appeal to children, and our outstanding collection of fiction and non-fiction books is growing all the time.
Our 'Wish List' of student and librarian suggestions and the Birthday Book Donation programme have put many books on our shelves. The Junior School library is run by volunteer parents. New volunteers are always welcome. It is a great way to meet parents of children in your own child’s class, you can get to know their classmates and get to know our collection. Sessions are for 40 minutes once a week per class. Students may borrow two books and must return them the following week. There are no overdue fines but if a book is damaged or lost, the book needs to be paid for so it can be replaced.
Volunteers meet occasionally to plan activities such as book fairs, competitions (bookmark and book reviews) and displays on celebratory days. On occasion we also co-ordinate guest speakers such as authors, storytellers, illustrators and mystery readers. The mystery reader is a person from the community who shares their love of reading with the students. To date, we have had Mr. Godsil and Gordon D'Arcy.
You are invited to see our New Junior Library Blog, for news or upcoming events. Any activity that encourages interest in reading, and enables children to come into contact with books offers them a chance to become lifelong readers and learners. We aspire to 'place the right book in the right hands at the right time and encourage a lifelong love of reading' (Barlup.1991).