Library


Deepdene Primary School has a well-resourced Library, which is stocked with resources for both educational and leisure purposes. Students attend regular weekly library sessions which develop library skills, promote literature studies, and enable students to borrow resources, both for leisure as well as research purposes.

 

The Library program aims to introduce students to a wide variety of literature and to promote reading as a worthwhile leisure activity. The children have a lot of fun exploring literature in its variety of forms. Children are strongly encouraged to develop consistent borrowing habits. A developmental program of library skills, basic research and study skills is taught. Students become increasingly confident and independent users of reference materials including the use of learning technologies for research activities.

 

 

The Library is also available for research purposes by class and groups of students when normal library classes are not in operation. It is fully computerised with the installation of the Access-It library management system. There are networked computers in the library for student instruction in the use of the internet for research purposes as well as for access to the library catalogue.

 

 

 

 

The Library has an excellent collection of resources consisting of:

  • Non-fiction -Factual books on various topics
  • Fiction –Novels, chapter books and graphic novels for readers of all levels
  • Picture fiction -Picture storybooks
  • Reference –Sets of encyclopedias for use within the library and for research purposes
  • Teacher reference -Resources to assist the teaching staff in various aspects of their work
  • Others -These include audio cassettes, audio CDs, DVDs, big books, posters, and maps.

The Library also subscribes to the following online resources :

  • ClickView – provides access to thousands of digital educational videos, mapped to the Australian Curriculum.
  • StoryBox Library - showcases Australian children's books, read by a diverse range of local storytellers, and
  • World Book Online – provides online access to the World Book encyclopaedia, atlases and timelines. This website can be accessed by all Deepdene families at home.

 

As well as normal school hours, the Library is also open on the following days before and after school and during lunchtime.

Monday                                                Wednesday

8.45 a.m. - 9.00 a.m.                            8.45 a.m. - 9.00 a.m.

1.25 pm - 1.50 p.m.                              1.25 p.m. – 1.50 p.m.

3.30 p.m. – 3.45 p.m.                           3.30 pm - 3.45 pm.

 

The Children’s Book Week is held in Term 3 and during the lead up to Book Week the children will have the opportunity to read all the shortlisted books. The celebrations for Book Week include a Book Character dress-up day, and a talk by an author or illustrator, as well as an annual Book Fair.

The Library also coordinates the Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge and students are encouraged to participate on a voluntary basis. The Library also runs an annual Book Fair as well as a Book Clubs.