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Welcome to our Library Page. Here you will find general information about how our library operates, and different events that we run throughout the year. Our School Newsletter also contains information about things happening in our library for the following fortnight, as well as advance notice about events happening soon, so please read the Library News every fortnight.

We are very fortunate at Aspley State School to have an amazing collection of resources in our library. Classes in Preparatory and Year One have a one hour Information Literacy Lesson in the library every week. They also borrow and return their books in this time. Other year levels arrange a regular weekly time to come to the library and swap their books. Your child's class teacher will communicate your classes' library day to you. This information is also included in the School Newsletter for your convenience.


COVID-19 and Library Borrowing

We are continuing to follow the latest health advice in regards to our library borrowing and returning procedures. Returned books are handled and quarantined in accordance with current health protocols. In the event of a lockdown, changes to our “Covid-19 Normal" borrowing policy will be notified via email or in the School Newsletter.

 

Parents and Caregivers, can we please ask you to be vigilant when your child is reading our library books at home. In particular, we would appreciate your assistance with the following:

  • Making sure that everyone washes their hands thoroughly before and after handling library books,
  • Refrain from licking fingers to assist in turning pages and 
  • If you or your child is unwell, please do not handle our library books.

 

Caring For Our Books By Always Using a Waterproof Library Bag

One of the easiest ways we can care for our library books is to always have a waterproof library bag when borrowing and returning our library books. It is also important that the bag can close securely so our books can be kept safe and dry. Your support in ensuring that your child only uses a suitable library bag rather than a calico/cotton bag or a plastic folder is appreciated. The Aspley Shop sells the recommended library bag (green). Students will not be able to borrow if they do not have the correct style of bag with them.

 

Overdue Student Library Books and Continued Borrowing

At Aspley State School, we are committed to encouraging students' reading in its many different forms. Promoting responsible borrowing of our library resources is a critical element. Thank you to those families who have been unearthing missing library books and returning them to the library as this ensures that we have resources that are available for everyone to use.

 

As we want to encourage students to read as much as possible, students who have one overdue book (due back that day and not at school is considered “overdue") will be placed on Restricted Borrowing. This will allow them to borrow one book while they are looking for their overdue book. Students who have more than one book overdue will be unable to borrow until the overdue books are either returned or the invoice is paid (if one has been issued). This will also apply to students who still have carry-over overdue book/s from the previous year/s.

 

Please note:

• Roll Class Overdue Notices are printed fortnightly and class teachers remind students and communicate with parents/caregivers via their regular communication channel e.g. notes home, email, Class Dojo, class newsletter, etc.

• Invoices for the replacement of the overdue book/s are issued via the parent/caregiver's regular invoice method when it is overdue by six calendar weeks. They are also issued at the request of a parent/caregiver when the book/s is/are known to be lost or damaged. 

• Once the book is returned or the invoice is paid, the student will then revert to the regular borrowing allowances for their year level.

 

When Can We Borrow?

Students are able to come to the library:

  • before school from 8:15-8:40am, using a Before School Library Pass (see below),
  • at second break,
  • with their class on their borrowing day or
  • after school from 3pm – 3:15pm.

 

Students who wish to borrow BEFORE school from 8:15 until 8:40am will need to collect a Before School Library Pass from the staff who are on duty in the Hall area before school. Any students who come to the library without a pass will be sent back to the Hall to collect one. After borrowing, the student must return to the waiting area at the hall.

 

The Library is also open during playtime at second break for borrowing, browsing, scheduled activities or quiet reading. We also are open in the afternoons, Monday to Friday from 3.00 – 3.15pm for students to borrow. Please check the School Newsletter for the current Playtime Activity Schedule.

 

Prep students borrow in their weekly class library lesson time. Parents/Caregivers are welcome to come to the library to return or borrow library books with their Prep student before school from 8:15 – 8:40am or after school from 3:00 – 3:15pm if they miss their lesson that week due to being absent from school or if they finish their books earlier and would like to borrow more. These books will then be due back on the student's regular library borrowing day, regardless of when they were borrowed.

 

What Can We Borrow?

How many books your child can borrow largely depends on their year level. As students show a greater degree of responsibility, so their loan limits increase.  Currently, the borrowing limits are as follows:

 

Prep students - two books for seven days:

  • 2 Junior Fiction Books
  • Books changed at their weekly class information literacy library lesson or if a parent or caregiver brings them before or after school

Year 1 students (Terms 1-3) – up to four books for seven days:

  • 2 Fiction (Junior Fiction and/or Junior Chapter Fiction - depending on Home Reader level)
  • 2 Home Readers (levels 1-30)
  • Books changed at their weekly class information literacy library lesson and second home reader time.
  • Able to borrow/change before school, at second break and after school

Year 1 students (Term 4) – up to five books for seven days:

  • 2 Fiction (Junior Fiction and/or Junior Chapter Fiction – depending on Home Reader level)
  • 1 Non-Fiction (Non-Fiction and Magazines)
  • 2 Home Readers (levels 1-30)
  • Books changed at their weekly class information literacy library lesson and second home reader time.
  • Able to borrow/change before school, at second break and after school

Year 2-3 students – up to six books for seven days:

  • 2 Fiction (Junior Fiction, Junior Chapter Fiction, Graphic Novels and Fiction)
  • 2 Non-Fiction (Non-Fiction and Magazines)
  • 2 Home Readers – levels 1-30, if appropriate
  • Books changed at their weekly class borrowing time
  • Able to borrow/change before school, at second break and after school

Year 4-5 students – up to eight books for fourteen days:

  • 3 Fiction (All Fiction excluding Senior Fiction)
  • 3 Non-Fiction (Non-Fiction and Magazines)
  • 2 Home Readers - levels 1-30, if appropriate
  • Books changed at their weekly class borrowing time
  • Able to borrow/change before school, at second break and after school

Year 6 students – up to eight books for fourteen days:

  • 3 Fiction (All Fiction including Senior Fiction)
  • 3 Non-Fiction (Reference for seven days, Non-Fiction and Magazines for fourteen days)
  • 2 Home Readers - levels 1-30, if appropriate
  • Books changed at their weekly class borrowing time
  • Able to borrow/change before school, at second break and after school

Students will also continue to have access to eBooks through the Queensland Education Department's Digital Library and to additional levelled Home Reading eBooks through Literacy Planet and any other platforms as communicated by their class teacher.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the staff at the library.


Linda Hamilton

Teacher in Charge of the Library


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Last reviewed 20 October 2021
Last updated 20 October 2021