Students and parents are able to enjoy our beautiful library and our wonderful books each school day from 8.30am until 3.30pm. We have nearly 26,000 resources to choose from, including audio books, English as and Additional Language Dialect texts, parenting resources and a large range of engaging fiction and non-fiction books.
During lunchtimes students can come into the library to browse, borrow, read, draw and play a selection of board games.
Please feel free to come into our lovely library and borrow for yourself and your family. If you are short on time we have parent bags ready to go that contain a collection of picture books for you to read with your children. If you have some spare time before or after dropping your children at school, we are always pleased to have volunteers to help in the library. From shelving to covering books, we can find something for you. We are extremely busy this term covering the new quality literature for Home Readers in the Junior School. We eagerly accept donations of books, so if you have any books your children have finished reading at home, we are more than happy to add them to our library.
Each year the school participates in a variety of special reading events.
Book Week is held in August each year. Students can dress up in their favourite book character for the annual Book Week Parade.
Our Book Fair is coming up in Weeks 4 & 5 of Term 4 this year. The theme is Story Laboratory. Watch out for details of opening times to view and purchase books ready for Christmas.
The Chief Minister's Reading Challenge is held annually with students required to read 12 books in the set period of time, with 8 books to come off the Chief Minister's List. In 2013 we had 419 students complete the challenge.
Each class has a designated library borrowing day each term. Please check your child's day with their teacher. To borrow, students need to remember a library bag. Library bags protect our books from possible accidents with liquids and damage from transportation to and from school. Palmerston School library bags are available to purchase through the front office.
During 2013 we have added more than 900 new resources to the library. Over 17,000 books have been borrowed during 2013. We know how much our students love to borrow and read books and we are looking forward to this continuing in 2014.
The school library may be closed over the holidays, but don't forget the local public library, Gungahlin Library. It is located at the corner of Hibberson and Gozzard streets, Gungahlin.
Other options for holiday reading include these web based sites:
Reading Eggs and Reading Express – can be accessed by using student logins
Tumble Book Library – a fun and interactive range of books to read online
Starfall – lots of activities and eBooks