WASLA Awards

WASLA is the peak body for teacher librarians and other school library staff is WA – so it’s kind of nice to be officially recognised by them as the joint winner of the Library Officer / Library Technician of the Year for 2015.

From my nomination:
“Her true love is children’s fiction and her knowledge has seen a turn around within the quality of the collection and this has results in higher borrowing rates.”
“Sandi’s great strength is to provide an informative, welcoming and effective library environment to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding and enjoyment of literature, no matter the situation the school has been placed it. This guarantees a well-used and functioning library.”

WASLA Joint Winner 2015

WASLA Joint Winner 2015

 

WASLA Winners 2015

WASLA Winners 2015 – Hanneke Van Noort (Joint Winner LO/LT) Leonie McIlvenny (Teacher Librarian of the Year) & Me! (Joint Winner LO/LT)

So I thought this might be a good time to show off how pretty my library is at the moment.

Historical Fiction & Biographies

Historical Fiction & Biographies

Non Fiction

Non Fiction

Picture Books

Picture Books

Junior Fiction

Junior Fiction

Senior Fiction Corner

Senior Fiction Corner

 

And the Displays …

 

Read Local - Our West Australian Authors

Read Local – Our West Australian Authors

 

Fairy Garden (Currently Invaded by the Dwarfs)

Fairy Garden (Currently Invaded by the Dwarfs)

 

ANZAC Display

ANZAC Display

 

Dewey Number of the Week

Dewey Number of the Week

Harry Potter Wands

There’s been a little influx of students this term into our book-club group that seems to have evolved into a makerspace. It’s possible that word of the wand making has spread and this may have had something to do with it.
I was a little concerned with the inflated numbers at first, but this year’s group get on very well together. I’m sure when they look back on these days they won’t remember the times I thought I’d tear my hair out in reaction to decisions that involved the addition of just one more decoration, or a little extra detail to another section. There were times when I thought we’d never finished these wands – at all, let alone this term!

Despite my worries, the older girls have helped the younger girls, and in turn the younger girls have helped the newcomers. And by the end of term everyone has managed to complete their wand. Just in time for the wrap-up party. And what a wrap-up party it was. Is there anything better than a group of bookworms having a party in the library and running around shouting “Expelliarmus!” with a Harry Potter wand that they’ve made themselves?

Some of the book-club girls with their Harry Potter wands

Some of the book-club girls with their Harry Potter wands

In fact, I too seem to be forgetting all those hair pulling moments, because I’m seriously contemplating making dragon eggs with them next term.

That’ll go smoothly – right?

Out of the Ashes, Moving Back Home

It’s seems like we’ve been gone longer than two and half years, but the school has now been rebuilt after the fire in 2012 which destroyed 85% of the buildings and 60% of the library collection.

 

Day 1 Tuesday 27th Jan 2015

Coming from a rather cosy demountable building, this seems like a lot of space!

Sadly, not all removalists are created equally. Some are a little ‘special’.

 

 

Sadly, not all removalists are created equally. Some are a little ‘special’.

Sadly, not all removalists are created equally. Some are a little ‘special’.