Welcome to the Cottesloe Primary School library. Our library was renovated in 2015, with fantastic new shelving to help make reading and using the library much more enjoyable. It is a bright, well resourced, busy place, staffed from Tuesdays to Thursdays, and used on other days by students and staff for small group work, TV watching, research and meetings.
We have a fantastic range of fiction and non-fiction books, audio books, DVD’s and graphic novels available for students to borrow. All children across the school, from Kindy to Year 6 are able to borrow books for a week at a time. Children can change their books more frequently if they prefer, or renew them. Kindy and Pre-Primary can borrow 1 book per week, Year 1-5 can borrow 2 books, and Year 6 can borrow 3 books. Please make sure your child has a sturdy library bag to protect their books. These are available from the Uniform Shop.
Please make sure you know when your child’s library day is and encourage them to share their books with you, even the older students. There has been a lot of research which shows that reading to your child, even long after they can independently read, helps them with all areas of learning. Dr Margaret Merga, lecturer at ECU has spent time researching reading aloud to 8-11 year old children and found that they miss this reading aloud time with their parents. So give it a go!
Thursday lunchtimes are noisy and busy, as children are able to come into the library to play board games, play Lego, read, draw, colour in, or just chat.
Book Week is celebrated each August with displays, visits to the Grove Library to hear author talks, and a dress up parade (find easy, low cost costume ideas here ). The theme for 2020 is ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’, Where will reading take you this year?
This year is also our Donate a Book to the Library Sale which is held every second year. It will be held after school on Tuesday 24th August to Thursday 26th August, from 3.10- 3.45pm, and straight after the dress up Parade on Thursday. Collins Booksellers in Napoleon St Cottesloe kindly let me have a great range of books available for parents and children to purchase and donate back to the school library. A donation sticker is placed inside the books, and the child gets first borrowing rights of the book. Books are in a range of prices, and can be donated individually, as a family or as a friendship group, so there is something for everyone. This is the last chance for children in Year 5 and 6 to be involved. It’s very exciting to explore the library and find the books that you and your family donated, and a great way to get new books on the shelves.
Thank you so much to the parents, children and staff who donated books from the Book Fair. It was an amazing success, with 140 books donated for a value of $3000 to the library. The children chose the books they wanted to donate, so they will all be a welcome addition to the library for many years to come.
Parents are always welcome to visit the library, just to have a look, to help shelve books or assist in covering new books. Volunteers are important in helping the library function smoothly, please pop in to see how you can help.