Glenealy Library News

September 2019

Here comes Glenealy Book Week 2019

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Dear Parents,

Below is all you need to know about our mini Book Week, coming next month!

We have planned exciting author/presenter visits for all students, challenging competitions, a Book Swap led by our Green Team and a picture-perfect book character dress up parade!

Mark your diaries now. The book character Dress Up Parade is on Friday morning, October 18th 2019. Don't forget to get your costumes ready!

Please read all the important details below.

Kind Regards,

The Library Team

Wednesday 16th October to Friday 18th October 2019

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Author Visits

We'll have some wonderful authors and storytellers visiting us during Book Week in the Centre!


  • Daniel Peters, aka Aussie Dan, has over 10 years of experience working as a Native English teacher at all levels of education in Hong Kong. His experience with animals is extensive, he was licensed as a snake catcher in Australia and has experience with the most venomous snakes and spiders in the world. He founded Animal Adventures in 2016 in order to share his experience and love of animals with city dwellers in Hong Kong. Dan will bring a fantastic array of wild animal species (all non-venomous and suitable to handle!) and share his hands-on knowledge of animal behaviour, adaptation, and habitats on Wednesday 16th October.

  • Suzanne Younan, a true animal and nature lover, has published her first book, "The Green Dragon". Beautifully illustrated with endearing characters, it aims to educate children on the dangers of plastic pollution. The book follows a young dragon and his friends as they set out to take action and save the islands and beaches of Hong Kong. A keen dragon boater, Suzanne is the founder of Green Dragon HK Initiative which focuses on eliminating the use of single-use plastic bottles in dragon boating and on beach clean-ups. Suzanne will spend all morning with us on Thursday 17th October.

The Book Character Dress-Up Parade on Friday 18th October 2019

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The Book Character Dress-Up Parade for students and staff will be on Friday 18th October 2019.

Children should come to school dressed up as a book character. This year's theme is 'Upcycling'. Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials or unwanted products into new materials or products. Let's try to be creative and put a homemade, upcycled touch to our costumes!

We will have the Book Character Parade in the morning right after drop off, at 8:40 am in the Lower Playground. All parents are welcome to attend and see their child's class on parade!

The PTA is providing complimentary tea, coffee and nibbles on the morning of the please come along, grab a coffee and enjoy the show!

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Book Week Games

During Book Week there will be several different games for the children to participate in:

1."Guess Who's Reading" - Which Glenealy teacher is hiding behind the book?

2. "Catch Me Reading" photo competition - details below

3. "Name the Book Character" - from book illustrations

4. "What's in the Jam Jar?" - from strips of book covers stored in jam jars, guess the title of the book!

Entry forms will be available from the Library from 30th September 2019.

All correct entries will go into a hat and be drawn for small prizes at Friday's Assembly!

'Catch me Reading' Photo Competition

Take a photo of your child reading somewhere, anywhere. The wackier, the better!

They can get ‘caught reading' at the dinner table, brushing their teeth, walking the dog, beside the pool, at the beach, on the playground, at a restaurant etc...

When you have the perfect photo, please email it to One photo per child please and include your child's name and class. The deadline for submission is Tuesday 15th October 2019.

Small prizes for the most creative photos will be awarded at the Book Week Assembly on Friday, 18th October 2019.

Below are some examples from previous entries to inspire you...

Story Time in the Library at Lunch

Students are invited to come to the library at lunchtime during Book Week where they can listen to Glenealy School Staff or parents reading a story!

Parents, if you would like to come and read your favourite book in your home language, please let us know as soon as possible at so that we can plan your visit in our schedule.

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Books for Birthdays (all year around, not just for Book Week!)

Here's how our school Books for Birthdays program works...

1. If your child is having a birthday, they can bring in $100 to the library and choose a birthday pencil, eraser and wristband to keep as well as a brand new book from our special box of books, that they borrow to read and then donate back to our library.

2. A special birthday dedication with your child's name is put inside the book.

3. Your child takes the book to class and shares it with their teacher and friends and the whole class partakes in a short reading session/celebration!

4. Your child takes the book home to share with you and then returns it to library, where we cover it and put it on the shelf for all to borrow and share.

Your child can come to the library independently, or parents are welcome to accompany them.

This is a fantastic way to help our school build up a great collection of books in the library.

Please note: This is an optional program.

A big thank you on behalf of the Glenealy School community to the students below who bought a book for their birthday, as part of the 'Books for Birthdays' program.

August and September Birthday Students

Glenealy Battle of the Books Reading Club

Year 5 and Year 6 students are welcome to join the 2019-2020 Battle of the Books Reading Club.

It is designed for students who love reading and would like to explore a variety of authors and texts.

Interested students should sign up and join the meetings which will be held at lunch time on Mondays in the Library.

You can see this year's new Battle of the Books list here and the book covers below.

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Thanks from the Glenealy Library Team. We look forward to seeing you in our wonderful library very soon.