Gotta Keep Reading.......
Mr B sings "I love it when you read to me."

Sandy Beach Public School (SBPS) library is organised to create a warm and inviting ambience that promotes reading and learning.  Students are encouraged to come into the library before school for the Homework Hub and at lunch time for recreational activities, research, reading, quiet time....


 We foster our students become competent and keen readers at a young age so they can live up to their SBPS motto: “learn to live.” The  library program, “Kids who read, succeed”, strives to build towards the development of our students multi-literacy skills. These skills are vital to their future. They will  allow them to have a rich and meaningful life, living and working in an information society.


 One of the main goals with the “Kids who read, succeed” program at SBPS, is to encourage the acquisition of literacy skills through the enjoyment of literature. We want kids to want to read, first and foremost. The students need to develop an understanding of readings’ importance in their lives. Literacy remains as the key priority. (Todd, 2004)

One of the elements of the program is that our students undertake many higher order thinking activities to examine WHY we need to read and the many situations that call for reading and literacy skills.  They are encouraged to build an understanding that we need to read for many reasons.

Real-World Reading.

You need reading to survive. If you get behind in reading, you'll have trouble in every subject.

Information Age Reading.

You need reading for a career. Internet = Reading. Keeping up in a changing world requires good reading skills.

Communication Reading.

You need reading to communicate whether you're writing or reading a letter, email, or report.

Pleasure Reading.

You need reading for leisure. It's the only thing you can do on a plane, on the beach, or in a line that doesn't require batteries! You can read anywhere.

Life Long Learning.

You need reading for learning. Life is about learning. You need reading for life.  

~~Annette Lamb, 2001.

At SBPS we encourage the children to understand and value:

“The more you read, the more you know.  The more you know, the smarter you grow."

when interacting with multiple text types and information formats. Todd (2004)

Library lessons help develop  life-long learning skills 

The teacher librarian seeks to use as many strategies as possible to encourage children to read and to help them to be able to seek and find relevant information effectively and efficiently. These strategies lay a foundation that will benefit the children now and in the future as life-long learners. 

Listed below are some of the literature activities undertaken in the library:
* Author studies:including Author of the Week

* Explicit teaching of strategies to assist students to choose books that they will enjoy reading.

* How to choose a “good” book -other than looking at the front cover!! 

using BLIPA and the five finger test

* Story time -reading a wide range of books, reading blurbs, listening to audio books, CD-ROM or on-line, viewing and listening to books on video, DVD or e-books.

* Premier's Reading Challenge (since 2004) for all classes from Kinder to Year 6.
* Leisure reading in the library
* Genre studies
* Series studies
* Theme studies
* Book discussions/literature appreciation

* Book talks/reports

* Student initiated discussions
* “New” books display

* Author displays and "author of the week"

* Blogging- (persuade other students to read the books they enjoyed)

* Creating book trailers (advertise great reads)

* Assist students to recognise and find books on topics they are interested in


Students are given opportunities to learn how to apply these skills in a meaningful application both in group and individual exercises.
Students are encouraged to use a wide range of resources and to acknowledge the author/s when taking notes on the special note taking paper. Older students are required to provide a bibliography when undertaking a research project.

Note taking paper-all lines

Note taking paper for diagrams