Torrens Primary School Library
Torrens Primary School Library is central to the school’s teaching and learning program in developing students as life-long learners. It has a comprehensive collection of resources that provides students and teachers with a wide range of up to date print, multi-media and electronic resources designed to match the student’s varied learning styles, abilities and interests. Its large non-fiction collection complements the School’s curriculum, while its fiction collection with its strong focus on quality literature works to increase student’s literacy skills. Additionally, the library has a bank of eight computers with access to an attached computer lab.
It is staffed by a full time teacher librarian who creates a relaxed, friendly environment that encourages optimum use of the library by students, teaching staff and its community to ensure the library’s goals are met.
The Goals of the Library:
- to assist students to acquire an interest in reading for enjoyment and to critically select and evaluate literature
- to provide learning opportunities aimed at developing students' information literacy skills to enable them to become efficient users of information and independent learners for life, and
- to provide a range of resources in varying formats to support students recreational reading and inquiry based learning as well as teacher lesson delivery of the school’s curriculum.
Each week all classes visit the library for a scheduled lesson conducted by the teacher librarian. During this time students participate in activities designed to promote appreciation of quality literature and development of information literacy skills.
Literature appreciation is developed by sharing books by many different authors and illustrators, all aimed at exposing students to a diverse range of themes and cultures. This is achieved through activities such as listening to book readings, participating in book discussions, responding to literature creatively and in undertaking author studies.
Similarly, information literacy skills are developed through age appropriate activities that incorporate specific information skills such as note taking activities or preparing bibliographies for older students or studying the features of a non fiction book and how to use these for younger students. These skills ensure students become competent information users as they learn the information literacy process of:
- defining the task
- locating sources of information
- selecting useful information
- organising and developing an answer
- presenting the finished work, and
- evaluating or assessing the task.
In addition to these scheduled lessons, many students frequently visit the library each day to work independently on class work using the library’s independent computer research area.
The library is open to students at lunch times Monday to Wednesday. Apart from exchanging books and reading during this time, students are able to enjoy many other recreational facilities the library offers such as board games, interactive educational computer programs and supervised use of the Internet. Students may also use this time to complete homework or research information.
Special Events in the Library
Each year the library celebrates the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book Week. During this time special events are arranged such as an author visit, literary performance, dress as a book character day and book based competitions.
Other events the library encourages are the National Simultaneous Story-time and the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge.
The library also runs an annual Book Fair designed to further stimulate student’s desire to read.