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School librarians and reading teachers play a key role in creating readers alongside parents and teachers. School librarians are the CEOs of the library. They know where, when, and how everything happens inside their libraries. Students become readers when they understand the importance of reading for pleasure and are guided by their teachers. Both the reading teacher and librarians instruct students in selecting and using research materials and technology; plan, organize, coordinate, oversee, and provide library services at school.

The duties of the school’s reading teacher include helping students read fluently, comprehend what they’re reading, and train them in phonetics, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary memorization. She works in her classroom with students from both the Infant and Junior blocks. Our overall goal is to help our students to be well-rounded in all subject areas and their career choices as they prepare for the future.

One of the best ways to get students into the school library is to hold inspiring events, organize book competitions and offer exciting library activities to encourage children to read.  That’s why at the Charlestown Primary School Library we organize events such as Book Banquets, Reading Competitions, Parents’ Read Sessions and lots more fun activities. We also design fun bookmarks for children as well as educate them on the importance of reading. 

Our school library offer services for learning and research.  We not only have reading books for children to access, we also have a wide collection of Reference books, Teacher Resource books as well as other reading and research materials for teachers and students alike.
The students visit the library on a daily basis for library sessions.  These sessions include:

  • Using the library
  • Accessing information in the library
  • The difference between fiction and non-fiction books
  • The dewey decimal classification system
  • The different sections in the library
  • Using encyclopedias
  • Doing research in the library and on the computer and   much more interesting topics

We also do follow-up fun activities that will not only enhance their reading levels but will boost their self confidence and help them become more independent, information- literate and lifelong
learners.

Our plans for the future are to organise more fun activities that will inspire and encourage the school’s population to read and explore more.

Library Rules

The Charlestown Primary School has a number of rules and guidelines for students to follow in order for the smooth operations of the library.  The following are some of these guidelines.

The Library hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The library is also open for the first two weeks of vacation. Any student borrowing library books will be responsible for them until they are returned to the library.  If a book is damaged or lost the student is required to replace that book. Students who have long overdue books will be denied the privilege of borrowing from the library until the books are returned. Books can be renewed by students at any time. Each student is allowed to borrow a book for the period of one week. Students are expected to follow these rules when visiting the library.

  • Obey all rules of the supervising classroom teacher.
  • Remain seated at the end of the library session (unless checking out or returning materials).
  • Avoid standing at/in the doorway at the end of the scheduled library period.
  • Understand that conversation related to the session is expected, but the volume should be controlled and kept to a minimum to avoid disturbing others.
  • Only leave the library with permission from the supervising teacher or librarian.

Library Tips

  • Take care of your library book
  • Keep your library book in a safe place
  • Don’t eat or drink while reading
  • Keep your book away from water, your baby brother or sister and away from pets
  • Don’t colour, cut or use a pair of scissors while reading
  • Use a bookmark to save your place in the book

 

        Ten Great Reasons Why You Should Read

  1. Read to understand the past.
  2. Read to explore your world.
  3. Read to plan for your future.
  4. Read to visit new places.
  5. Read to create great things.
  6. Read to make a good decision.
  7. Read to have fun.
  8. Read to exercise tour mind.
  9. Read to keep in touch.
  10. Read because you can.