The STM Library is a centre for fun, exploration, imagination, creativity and innovation. Developing a culture of reading in our school is a high priority. As such the library has a wonderful collection of fiction and non-fiction books, graphic novels, magazines, picture books and beginner chapter books. We encourage the students to foster a love of reading, to become independent readers and to have a curiosity for finding information.
Students have a library lesson every week where they learn about the library, how to find books and information literacy skills. They are exposed to a wide variety of different authors, illustrators and genres. Students are encouraged to borrow books for recreational reading and for researching information. They are also invited to take books home over the holidays to continue developing a love of reading.
Students have access to the Library catalogue at home. They also have access to online databases and subscriptions such as Storybox Library, Britannica Online, Clickview – a library of curated videos and Wheelers – online audiobooks and ebooks.
Throughout the year we run several different programs and celebrations including reading promotions, competitions, Book Week, Book Fair, author visits and National Simultaneous Storytime. We run a reading club for Year 3 students and have a quiet reading time in the Library during second break every Wednesday. During lunch breaks students in Years 4-6 are invited to be library monitors and assist with a variety of duties including shelving books, creating displays and helping on the circulation desk. We would be lost without our monitors!
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. Emilie Buchwald