We are very pleased to have added a selection of computers in our library classroom!
If your child is in Year 4 and up, they can now use these computers for homework after 2.30pm (please note there are no printing facilities).
This is also a good opportunity to talk with your child regarding internet safety. Although this topic is extensively discussed in the classroom, it's always good to remind them about online safety and respectful behaviour towards others. Common Sense Media has lots of information and tips on this topic.
This year we’ve been reminding the children how the library is used, e.g. for quiet reading and drawing. This has been a great success and many children and parents are now enjoying a much quieter library environment during the school day and after lessons. Parents, we would like to ask for your support in promoting a calm environment. Firstly, by placing mobile phones on mute and popping out of the library if you wish to take a call. We would also like to ask that, although parents are more than welcome to enjoy the library's facilities during school hours, if classes are using the space then priority is given to student learning. We are very grateful for you helping us to keep the library such a pleasant place.
Books of the Week
Ada Twist , Scientist by Andrea Beaty (age 5+)
The creators of the New York Times bestselling picture books Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect are back with a story about the power of curiosity in the hands of a child who is on a mission to use science to understand her world. Ada Twist, Scientist, from powerhouse team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, is a celebration of STEM, perseverance, and passion.
Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!
Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink, but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out, she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should.
For younger readers:
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary (age 8+)
Ramona likes that she’s old enough to be counted on, but must everything depend on her? Mrs. Quimby has gone back to work so that Mr Quimby can return to school, and Ramona is expected to be good for Mrs. Kemp while her parents are away, to be brave enough to ride the school bus by herself, and to put up with being teased by Danny the Yard Ape. In Ramona’s world, being eight isn’t easy, but it’s never dull! Note: full series available from the library
For older readers:
‘The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill (age 9+)
When Ned and his identical twin brother tumble from their raft into a raging river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived. Across the forest that borders Ned’s village, Áine, the daughter of the Bandit King, is haunted by her mother’s last words: “The wrong boy will save your life, and you will save his.” When the Bandit King comes to steal the magic Ned’s mother, a witch, is meant to protect, Áine and Ned meet. Can they trust each other long enough to cross a dangerous enchanted forest and stop the war about to boil over between their two kingdoms?
New in Non-Fiction
Leaving My Homeland: A Refugee's Journey from Syria by Helen Mason (Crabtree Publishing Company)
Imagine having to leave your homeland because you are not safe. You must leave most of your friends, family, and belongings behind. Leaving my Homeland helps explain why some people must flee their country, and the challenges they face as refugees.
An example of a Leaving my Homeland is A Refugee’s journey from Syria:
Five-year-old Roj’s home is bombed during the civil war that has been raging in his homeland of Syria. He and his family are forced to flee the country secretly by boat, and they end up in a camp for refugees in Europe. Interspersed with facts about Syria and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. The book looks at the efforts being made around the world to assist the millions of refugees. Readers are encouraged to consider how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world.
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High School Library
Thank you STA!
We really appreciate all your visits and strong support for the High School library. Since the official opening last Monday many students, teachers, staff and parents from the St Andrews community have visited the library to read and/or check out their favorite books, collaborate with their peers, do homework, use the computers and printer, or just wait for their children after school. The number of visitors has consistently exceeded 400 per day during the normal school week. It is very encouraging that the library has been used for lessons and activities from English, World Languages and various ECAs. Please be informed that the library is always available for all teachers and students to use for their lessons and activities during working hours.
In general most library users already know and follow the library rules and policies well, namely keeping the library a relaxing, comfortable and quiet place. We thank you for speaking softly while in the library.
We would also like to remind you that library users are not to play any kind of games in the library including PC games, smartphone games, card/board games, etc. Please make to use your smartphone and/or digital devices appropriately, so that our library can play a constructive role as a pleasant learning environment.
We look forward to seeing you in the library as often as possible. Should you have any suggestions/questions, please do not hesitate to contact the High School library at firstname.lastname@example.org.