Library News 17 February 2017 - Glasshouse Christian College

Library News 17 February 2017

  • February 15, 2017

Library News 17 February 2017

Library Hours

Prep – Year 6 Students:     8:00am – 3:15pm

Year 7-12:                          8:00am – 4pm

Homework Club

Every Thursday  (Year 7-12)   From 3pm – 4pm

Library News

A huge welcome to the new staff, students and families that have joined the GCC community this year. We look forward to getting to know you and working alongside you this year.

We recently farewelled Mrs. Sandra Brahim who has been a much loved member of our library team and who not only worked with us, but also graciously spent many years volunteering in the library in the early days of the College. Sam Swanson has replaced Sandra and is working as a Library Assistant on Thursdays and Fridays. Sam has been a relief team member, regular volunteer book coverer and a great support to the Book Club team. Although we are sad to see Sandra leave, we are excited at the plans God has in store for her and to have Sam join our team.

Primary News

Amazing Book Club Achievements

We recently received our 2016 Book Club Certificate of Achievement. As a College we earned an amazing $5083 worth of Scholastic Rewards via our Book Club and Book Fair purchases last year. Special thanks to everyone who purchased items to help achieve this phenomenal result. Extra special thanks to the fantastic team of volunteers, led by Debra James, who work tirelessly behind the scenes ensuring Book Club runs so smoothly.

Scholastic Book Club Issue 1 has now finished, but there’s plenty more to come in 2017! There’ll be 7 issues altogether, as well as our annual Book Fair in August. Scholastic sources popular books from more than 50 publishers worldwide to bring the best possible range of children’s books direct to our College — providing great choices to engage students. Book Club contains core ranges specifically chosen for selected interest levels and a wide range of gifts. Keep an eye out for the gold coin super specials in every issue, making it easy for families to purchase books at discounted items.

Last year Scholastic gave Australian schools more than 11 million dollars worth of learning and literacy resources through the Scholastic Rewards program, where schools earned rewards for purchases made. We are proud partners of the rewards program and greatly appreciate the benefits it brings to the College. We look forward to partnering with families in 2017 to continue promoting Book Club and raising readers at GCC.

Koorong Books Online

Have you checked out the GCC Koorong at School Webstore? In 2016 we transitioned to the new online version of the popular Koorong Kids programs. The Koorong at School Online Program is a convenient way to browse and purchase Christian resources. Every purchase made will earn commission for the College. The products are updated twice a term and all books have been carefully selected to be uplifting and encouraging with a relevant Christian message. You can also explore the Koorong Store for other titles by searching for Titles, Keywords or ISBNs in the tab above our school logo.

Click on this link to browse our Webstore and simply add items to your basket to purchase and enjoy the convenience of home delivery. Shipping costs are noted on the GCCHub, under the iRead (P-12) tab > Books Clubs > Koorong at School Online page.

Summer Reading Club Winner

Did your child take part in the Summer Reading Club? Dylan Wood from 6W participated through the Beerwah Library and won the Super Hero Prize Pack for reading over the holidays. To participate entrants had to read five books and record them on their Reading Log. Reading Logs could be entered for every 5 books read.

Led by the State Library of Queensland, in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association and other state and public libraries, the Summer Reading Club is an annual program that aims to encourage a continued love of reading and ongoing multi-literacy skills development among children and young people during the summer holidays.

Although the summer of ‘heroes, villains, sidekicks and more’ has come to an end and the competitions have ended there is still lots to do online:

Secondary News

It was wonderful to welcome students and families at the beginning of the school year  when laptops and textbooks were collected during ‘Admin Week’.  First term is in ‘full flight’ and assignment deadlines are not too far away!  Secondary students can access research assistance at the library and are welcome to borrow from our print and eBook collections. The library provides a range of resources and activities to support student learning and reading for pleasure.

Homework Club

Homework Club is held every Thursday afternoon in the library for Year 7-12 students and is a great opportunity for students to seek 1-1 support from teachers and library staff. Secondary teachers are available to help students with queries about homework and the Library team are on hand to assist with research inquiries for assignment tasks. Research sessions are held across the year at some of the Homework Club sessions and can be booked by emailing Mrs Morris.

Secondary Book Club

Book Club will be held this year during Thursday lunch break for all secondary students keen to share about their latest great read. A number of different activities are planned for the year including reviewing some of the new books, helping recommend books to other students via the ‘Book Buzz Blog’, create new displays or participate in a relaxed book chats. Further information will be shared in student notices and all students are welcome.

Text Books

Print and digital textbooks have been issued for the year, with many subjects across Year 7-10 using eBooks via their ‘Macs’. Students are reminded to take care of all textbooks and to regularly check they are using the copy they borrowed. It is recommended that books borrowed by students are kept safe and not left in classrooms even when used regularly. All books remain the responsibility of the student who borrowed them and need to be cared for respectfully and kept in good condition. At the end of the year or when the textbook is no longer required, books need to be returned directly to the library by the student not via staff or other students. A replacement cost will be required for unreturned books or books damaged beyond repair. Students are encouraged to see the Library staff if they have a damaged or misplaced/lost textbook.

Wheeler’s eBooks

Secondary students can borrow eBook novels and non-fiction titles from our Wheeler’s ePlatform that can be accessed via our Library Website – GCC Hub ( or at

A wide range of eBooks can be downloaded 24/7 downloaded and read on any device. Students need to use their school login when downloading/borrowing the ebooks. New titles are added each term – take a look and borrow one today!

Students are encouraged to email or see Mrs Morris with questions about eBook borrowing or assistance with their research and inquiry tasks.

See you in the library,

Vanessa McKellar and Beryl Morris

Teacher Librarians

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