At Deepdene we are fortunate to have a well-resourced and attractive library. Our experienced and extremely knowledgeable Library Technician organises and manages the resources. Students attend regular sessions for all classes 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 BiblioTech Library 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 materials which can be divided into:
Non-fiction - Factual books on various topics.
Fiction - Novels and chapter books for readers of all levels.
Picture fiction - Picture storybooks.
Reference - Encyclopedias, handbooks and other information. Books for use within the library and for research purposes.
Parent library - Books on parenting skills.
Teacher reference - Resources to assist the teaching staff in various aspects of their work.
Others - These include audio cassettes, audio CDs, video cassettes, DVDs,big books, computer software, posters, and maps.
As well as normal school hours, the Library is also open for quiet reading, research and borrowing on the following days:
8.45 a.m. - 9.00 a.m.
1.25 pm - 1.50 pm
3.30 p.m. – 3.45 p.m.
8.45 a.m. - 9.00 a.m.
1.25 p.m. – 1.50 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 have the opportunity to read all of the short listed books. The celebrations for Book Week include a Book Character dress-up day, and a talk by an author or illustrator. The library also coordinates the Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge and the children are encouraged to participate on a voluntary basis.