Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Samoan Language Week

Samoan Language Week begins May 29

We have several books in the Samoan language and books about Samoa in English. Come to the library and enjoy what is on display.

Talofa - hello
fa'afetai - thank you
tofa - goodbye
fa'amolemole - please
tulou lava - excuse me

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Wet Monday in the Library

Senior Students reading to the Junior Students

Boys reading and sharing

Queit reading alone

Sharing spaces (and chairs) 

Quietly reading together

Enjoying the library space. Graphic Novel series 'Amulet' is 
very popular at the moment among Yr 5/6 boys.

K'nex has become popular again.

Senior Student Librarians reading on duty.

Is the library still open?

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Quote: Dr. Seuss

Quote: Neil Gaiman

Books by Dr. Seuss

“If you never did you should.
These things are fun and fun is good”
~ Dr. Seuss
One sunny day, while swimming in a pool, my husband and I overheard a lady proclaiming to the world that Dr. Seuss’ books were absurd and should not be read to children. Her reason: incorrect use of the English language. Oh lady, you’ve really missed the whole point, haven’t you?! Here are five reasons you should love Dr. Seuss, including his absurdity:
1. Great for Beginning Readers and Mastering Phonics
A child who is learning to read is learning to connect the sounds that go with letters so that he can then put them together to make words … which then become sentences. Repeating sounds frequently, help a child master this skill. Dr. Seuss is the master of repetitive sounds and engaging stories, while using limited vocabulary—an ideal combination for a beginning reader. A good example: Hop on Pop.
2. Great Read-Aloud Books
Thanks to his clever rhyming, Dr. Seuss’ books sound great when they are read aloud. Did you know that reading to an infant helps with brain development, speech skills, and bonding between parent and child? There are a lot of Dr. Seuss books available in board book format (Bright and Early, Board Books), which are the perfect size and durability for little hands and curious mouths. Example: Put me in the Zoo
3. Great for Reluctant Readers
Sometimes the hardest part of reading is getting your child to read. I think you would be hard pressed to find a child that would not be entertained by the sheer absurdity of Dr. Seuss’s wacky plots and zany characters. Example: I Wish that I Had Duck Feet. Sometimes a little fun and excitement is all that is needed to get kids reading.
4. Great for Teaching Life’s Lessons
With enchanting worlds and wonderful creatures, both familiar and unfamiliar, Dr. Seuss teaches readers many admirable life lessons. Example: The Lorax is a great book for teaching children the importance of taking responsibility for the earth.