Annual Library Report 2014
Highlights of the Year!
- Picture Book Shelving: We have had a long term goal of changing the picture book shelving to make it much more accessible and functional for the students especially those in the younger years. This year, with financial assistance from FOL, we installed new shelving which displayed the books with the front covers facing outwards. The younger boys can now easily choose their own picture books. The shelving changes were enthusiastically welcomed by both students and parents alike and we will be monitoring usage statistics to determine how the changes affect borrowing. You can see pictures of the new shelving in the gallery display below.
- Weeding: An essential exercise in keeping a library collection relevant and current is the weeding of resources that may be outdated, damaged, surplus or irrelevant to the goals of the school curriculum. Thus, this year, we have conducted a major weed of the Picture Book collection, the Non-Fiction collection and the Reading Adventure collection. In weeding the Non-Fiction collection we were able to remove books from some of the higher shelves which were awkward for the boys to choose from. We were able to pass on weeded resources to very resource-poor areas of PNG and the Solomon Islands.
- Online literacy resources: in consultation with the appropriate teachers, the library subscribed to an online, ebook literacy program, Sunshine Books. The levelled e-books are interactive, animated and multimodal. The feedback from the teachers has been overwhelmingly positive with one teacher calling the program "awesome!".
- Reading nooks: as part of this years' Book Week theme "Connect to Reading", the library established a number of reading stations around the library to illustrate the idea that boys can connect to reading where ever they are. We set up a tent (made by Maintenance and the library staff) with a sleeping bag, a hammock, some kitchen stools, beanbags and a large cushion. We turned off the lights in the underwater room and provided torches so boys could read by torchlight. These stations proved to be enormously popular with the boys who soon established an unwritten sharing roster so everyone had a turn of each station. Consequently, we are keeping some of the stations such as the tent and the torches as permanent fixtures and have purchased an egg chair in place of the hammock which was too large for the space.
- Library website: the library website continued to prove to be very popular with the boys. This year we used a month by month statistic counter widget to monitor usage. A graph of the usage is below, showing a very strong response to the Book Week page in third term. The statistics also show very healthy figures for other periods and we received a great deal of verbal feedback from the boys on the sites they like and revisit.
Book Week 2014:
- Book Week is a highlight every year for the library as we shine the spotlight on the importance of books and reading in children's learning and lives. This year the theme was "Connect to Reading" and the library was decorated with jigsaw pieces (one for each boy) listing a book they would recommend to someone else. The boys used these pieces in their own book selection which created a dynamic chain of peer connection and sharing of great reads.
- Our special Book Week guests were authors and illustrators Mark Carthew and Adam Wallace. Mark was highly entertaining incorporating music, rhyme and humour in his presentation that celebrated reading as entertainment. Adam Wallace conducted illustration workshops using poetry as inspiration. The boys really enjoyed his engaging presentation and we had great feedback from them about these workshops.
- By far the most popular event during Book Week was our Dress Up Assembly. The boys and staff came dressed as their favourite book character and many families put much thought and effort into creating imaginative costumes.
- SS Mentors: Senior boys assisting in the library is becoming a much loved tradition and this year several Senior School boys (some past Junior boys) generously gave their time to join us for Storytime. Nicholas Seow, Vinson Peng, Damian Chen and Patrick Lu made quite an impact on the groups of Year One and Preps that came in to listen to a story from them.
Yearly Library Website Statistics
- Non-fiction still remains the most borrowed collection with the boys wide range of interests being reflected in the varied borrowing.
- Year Two proved to be our most enthusiastic borrowers this year with numbers for the other classes remaining strong and on trend.
- Literacy boxes still take up a large portion of time in the loaning, returning and maintaining of them.
- The library website was used extensively as the statistics above show with the Book Week page receiving over 2000 hits in August!
- Overall it was a busy year in terms of loans, returns, reservations and shelving
TOP TEN MOST BORROWED FICTION BOOKS
TOP TEN MOST BORROWED NON-FICTION BOOKS
Garfield had a surge of interest this year and took out the top three spots. Diary of a wimpy kid remains popular as new boys discover them as their reading ability and interest widens. The Big Nate series, the Geronimo Stilton series and the Beast Quest series all were very popular this year. While the younger boys favoured the more humourous books, the older boys showed great interest in some of the popular Fantasy series such as Percy Jackson, The False Prince series and the Monster Blood Tattoo series.
Star Wars fell down the list of popularity this year but not very far! The perennial Dog Selector remained strong as did the LEGO books. The interesting factor in this list (in looking at the top 50 books borrowed) is the incredibly wide range of topics the boys are keen on reading about. Craft, animals, sport, mythology, cooking - this non-fiction borrowing list is far less generic than the fiction list and reflects the interest and personality of the boys. The Junior School boys are still very keen on the hard copy version of non-fiction books.
A number of goals from last year's report were successfully carried out this year:
Short term goals for next year:
Long term goals:
- We introduced ebooks for use in the classroom for literacy lessons and reading
- A large part of the literacy box collection was rehoused in new boxes with new signage
- A major weed of the Non Fiction area and Reading Adventure areas
- Rehoused the Picture Book collection in user friendly shelves
Short term goals for next year:
- Have the fiction shelves adjusted as they are too deep and the books need to be moved forward
- Continue the weeding programme concentrating on the Teacher Reference and the Guided Reading areas
- Establish regular storytelling sessions in the library at lunchtimes
- Have a TV screen erected in the Circulation area to show new book covers, book trailers, author highlights etc
- Establish a regular lunchtime makerspace area for the boys. A makerspace is seen as a ‘third space’ in a student’s life – a place that is neither home nor the classroom and where students can come together to tinker and create (you can read some theory here: http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/2014/06/18/educational-makerspaces/). We are planning a small introduction of play spaces to begin with.
- Invite grandparents to come and read to the boys at lunchtime in the library
Long term goals:
- Reclassification of the Non-Fiction collection away from the Dewey classification and into subject areas
- Removal of desk top computers and the large desk and replace them with small, touch screen devices for searching the library catalogue.
- With free space, provide more comfy nooks for boys to relax and read in
- Establish a biography/autobiography section
As always, our library relies on assistance from a number of people to maintain a quality service. We would like to thank our wonderful parent covering group, Friends of Library, Mrs. Catherine Casey, Mrs. Mounsey, Mrs Lewis and Mrs. Garrard for all their support and assistance this year. I would especially like to thank Ms Heather Falconer from the Senior Library for all her exceptional assistance this year.