Library News 24 May 2013 - Glasshouse Christian College

Library News 24 May 2013

  • May 22, 2013

Library Hours 

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
Homework Club:
Every Thursday (Year 7-12)   From 3:00pm – 4:00pm


Library and Information Week is held annually across Australia from May 20-26. We celebrated it in the library with a number of special events for students to participate in. Many Primary students took part in National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday, reading the Wrong Book by Nick Bland. Bree from the Beerwah Library was our special guest at NSS this year and spoke to the students about borrowing books from the Beerwah Library. Middle school students where encouraged to take part in the Minute Mob Reading Challenge and the Middle/Senior students were invited to a behind the scenes tour of the library.  It was a wonderful week to promote our passion for reading!



As part of the National Month of Reading we have a number of families taking part in the Read More in May competition sent out earlier in the month. We will reward the top 3 families from the College in Primary, Middle and Secondary with a $25 Book Club Voucher and send all entries to Scholastic for the National Read More in May competition. The top 10 families that record the most Reading Minutes in Australia will WIN $150 worth of vouchers to spend on Scholastic Book Clubs and Book Fairs. While families are encouraged to take part, entry in the competition is optional. For those taking part please return your Read More in May form to the library at the end of the month.


Thank you to those families who are taking part in the 2013 Premier’s Reading Challenge. We are still accepting registrations and encourage all students from Prep – Year 7 to get involved. Currently there are just over 100 students registered but our goal is to reach 180! Please pick up a registration form from the library or print one out from the “Parent Notices” tab of the GCCC website. Please come and see us in the library or contact us at if you are waiting on a Reading Record or have any questions.

The Challenge is a state-wide initiative for all Queensland state and non-state school students from Prep – Year 7. The Premier is challenging every student from Prep to Year 2 to read or experience 20 books, Years 3 and 4 to read 20 books and Years 5 to 7 to read 15 books between 14 May and 6 September 2013. The Challenge aims at improving literacy and recognises the range of student abilities in Queensland classrooms. All students are encouraged to participate because the Challenge is not a competition, but a way to provide greater involvement and to encourage a passion for reading.

Students interested in participating must register through the school by returning the PRC permission slip to the library.  Once registered students will receive a Reading Record. Students can read books from home or any library as long as they suitable for their age group and reading ability to ensure they are a challenge. I wonder which classes will have the highest number of participants this year? Stay tuned for an update in the coming weeks.



Andrew McDonough, a Christian author/illustrator of the popular Lost Sheep series is speaking to the Prep – Year 6 students on Monday May 27. Andrew’s visit will be a fantastic opportunity to promote reading and writing, and for students to get a behind the scenes view of how a book is created and produced. Parents, Caregivers and Grandparents are very welcome to attend the sessions, which will be held in the Church. A selection of books by Andrew will be available for $7 (cash sales only) and Andrew will be available to sign them. Please see Andrew’s timetable on the GCCC website under the “Parent Tab” for more details.


Congratulations to Kiana Reeves for achieving her Gold Lexile award. Kiana is always keen to borrow books and completes Lexile quizzes regularly. She has read consistently throughout the year, allowing her to achieve such amazing results. She is now working on setting new personal goals to keep progressing through the Lexile program. Fantastic effort Kiana!



Special thanks to the following library monitors who assisted on Open Day: Katie Todd, Hannah McCredie, Jesse Woods and Rory Tait. The students assisted with a range of tasks and were an amazing asset to our library team as new and existing families visited the library.


One of the benefits of running the Scholastic Book Club at the College is purchasing new resources with the commission raised from our sales. Recently we received a bundle of books to add to the library collection purchased with the commission earned in Term 1. The books will be a wonderful asset to the College and will be used by staff and students across Prep – Year 12. They include a class set of Primary atlases that will be well used in Primary classrooms. Many thanks to the families who regularly order products from the Scholastic and Koorong Kids Book Clubs. Your support is greatly appreciated.


See you in the library,

Vanessa McKellar


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