Library Resource Centre

library1.jpgThe resource collection at St Martin's Library Resource Centre (LRC) supports the effective implementation of the Australian Curriculum and provides students with a wide variety of reading materials.   Students, Teachers and Staff have access to a wide range of contemporary resources that support effective learning and teaching.

The LRC is staffed by a full-time Teacher-Librarian and a full-time Library Assistant.  It provides areas for flexible learning and teaching arrangements.  This allows for whole class or small groups to engage with print resources and digital devices, including interactive whiteboards, lap-tops, desk-tops and iPads. 

The collection is managed online through the OLIVER database.  

  • Access for parents is via the Parent Portal
  • Year 5 & 6 students have access to view the database and download e-books on their laptops via the Student Portal
  • Year 3 & 4 students use their individual log-on details using laptops and/or iPads in Library to view the database
  • Teachers & Staff have access via the Staff Portal

 A range of literature-based activities are organised throughout the year: 

  • Scholastic Book Fair (alternate years starting 2018)
  • Queensland Premier's Reading Challenge annually in Term 2 & 3
  • Children's Book Council of Australia (Qld Branch) Year 6 Readers Cup Competition in Term 2
  • Children's Book Council of Australia Book Week Celebrations: Dress-up Parade annual event in August
  • Perform Musicals celebrates Book Week (alternate years starting 2019)
  • Author Visits planned for every alternate year to Perform Musicals 

library2.jpgStudents are encouraged to make informed choices about what they borrow. Independent readers are introduced to the 5 Finger Test.  This provides guidance for students as to whether a book will be easy, challenging or too difficult for them to read. ( or google this term for more information)  

Each class visits once a week.  In addition to a Library book, the Preps, Year 1, 2 and Year 3 students borrow take-home readers during this time.  Students in these classes need a waterproof Library bag for borrowing.  These are available from the Uniform shop.

Students can visit during lunch-times from Monday to Thursday.  Designated days for Years 3-6 are established at the start of each school year.  Students have access to chess sets, cards, a small range of board games.  They can also use this time to return and borrow books.

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