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Library

It is not true that we have only one life to lead; if we can read,
we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
~ S. I. Hayakawa

 

Our purpose built Library, opened early 2010, is a modern, flexible learning area. It is well resourced with an extensive collection of books and other resource material, computers, laptops, iPads and Interactive Whiteboards. It is equipped with wireless technology.

The Library provides library and information literacy programs and resources, extending across all key learning areas. These programs, developed by the Teacher-Librarian in conjunction with classroom teachers, aim to foster a love of reading and the development of information literacy skills including technology skills. During school time, class groups come to the Library for class borrowing time and also for Library Activity time. In activity time, the children work with the Teacher-Librarian and the class teacher to complete research, computer based activities or literature activities. All activities are related to the classroom curriculum.

Opening Hours

The library is open from 8.30am every morning and during both lunch breaks for games, reading, borrowing and computer access.  As the Library stays open until 3.15pm on most afternoons, it is also possible for children to borrow books after school.

The Library catalogue is computerised using BookMark. Children are trained to use the system to return and borrow their resources.

The current borrowing alloances are:

  • Prep and Year 1 can borrow 2 books for 2 weeks.
  • Years 2 to 7 can borrow 4 resources (books or audio books) for 2 weeks.
  • Those children who are avid readers and who have not had overdue books during the year are able to borrow 8 – 10 books over the Christmas holidays.
  • Younger brothers or sisters of children already at Sunnybank are also able to borrow books from our Library.
  • Prep children also visit the Library on a daily basis to borrow books. 

Children are encouraged to ensure their library books are returned on time. Overdue notices are sent to classrooms on a fortnightly basis. Payment is requested for lost or damaged books. This cost will vary according to the age of the item.

Annual Events 

Library events held during the year may include Scholastic Book Club, Celebrating National Simultaneous Storytime and Literacy and Numeracy Week, Premier’s Reading Challenge and Literacy Planet Word Mania. A special event is Sunnybank ‘STARS’ (Sunnybank Sits Together And Reads Stories) where buddy classes sit together and read.

Book Fair

Sunnybank State School hosts a Book Fair each year in Term 3. All students and families are welcome to visit the fair and purchase from a wide range of books, posters and stationery. We run competitions where students have the opportunity to win vouchers to spend at the fair! This event is a fundraiser for the library, where a percentage of the sales is given to the school as commission to purchase current and popular resources.

Book Week

This is a children's literature event held in late August. During the week the students participate in a range of activities celebrarting Australian children's authors and books. In celebration of Book Week all students and staff are encouraged to come to school dressed as a book character and prizes are awarded at parade for the most creative costumes. This year's Book Week theme is: 'Escape to Everywhere'.