The library is open Monday-Friday during term time.
Prep – Year 6 Students: 8:00am – 3:15pm
Year 7 – 12 Students: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Every Thursday (Year 7-12) From 3:00pm – 4:00pm
MAY IS NATIONAL FAMILY READING MONTH
May is National Family Reading Month and we are encouraging students and families to take part in the following reading activities. While families are encouraged to take part, entry in each event is optional.
PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE (For Prep – Year 7 Students)
Many thanks to the families who have returned their P.R.C. slips already. Reading Records will be sent home to students in the coming weeks. It is definitely not too late to register! The Challenge is an initiative for all Queensland students from Prep – Year 7 and we hope to see as many GCCC students participating as possible. The Premier is challenging every student from Prep to Year 4 to read 20 books and Years 5 to 7 to read 15 books, between 20 May and 5 September 2013. Students who complete the Challenge receive a signed certificate from the Premier. Last year participants also received discounted theme park tickets. Students interested in participating need to register through the school by returning a P.R.C return slip to the library. These were emailed home to parents and are available in the library. Prizes will be awarded for classes with the most participants.
SCHOLASTIC READ MORE IN MAY COMPETITION (Prep – Year 12)
Scholastic is running the annual Read More in May competition this month. Last year 500 schools participated in the competition and 8000 children took part. Our very own Kaylee Utting in Year 11 came 7th place in the National competition. To get involved students simply record the total number of minutes they read each day on the Read More in May Calendar available at www.scholastic.com.au/readmoreinmay. We also have copies available in the library. The total reading minutes are then submitted online on 1 June. Students are also encouraged to submit their Reading Calendar at the end of the month at the library and we will reward individuals and the classes with the highest number of reading minutes and participants. The child in each State and Territory that records the highest amount of reading minutes will win a trophy and $250 worth of vouchers for their family to spend on Book Clubs and Book Fairs. The winning child’s teacher will receive a class set of books worth $400.
Scholastic is running a competition to celebrate Geronimo Stilton’s 10th birthday! The challenge for students is to create a birthday card of any design or shape for him. All entries need to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 May. We have recently updated our Geronimo and Thea Stilton collection and have plenty of books for borrowing if students need inspiration. Scholastic will be choosing the top 5 entries to receive a Book Prize Pack valued at $100. We would love to have entries brought in to the library to display and will be choosing our very own top 5 GCCC winners. Look out for the Geronimo display in the library foyer!
As you can see there are loads of events to keep us busy and promote a love of reading during May. We are also looking forward to celebrating Library and Information Week in Week 5 with an author visit by Narelle Oliver for Prep – Year 2 on Monday 19 May and National Simultaneous Storytime with Primary students on Wednesday 21 May. Thank you in advance for partnering with us to encourage a passion for reading. For more details on any of the events mentioned please come in and speak to library staff or email Vanessa McKellar at email@example.com. For more information about the value of reading for parents go to http://readmoreinmay.scholastic.com.au/ParentsTeachers Students can access loads of great activities to promote reading at http://readmoreinmay.scholastic.com.au/Kids
Make sure you read more in May!
Vanessa McKellar, Head of Library Services