Glenealy Library News

November 2013


There has been a lot happening in the Library this month and we have even more coming up in our last 5 weeks of school!

Read below about Information Literacy, Battle of the Books, Author visits in November and December, HK Young Writers Awards and special festivities in the library during the month of December!

Teaching and Learning

The Library is a busy place - not just for book exchange sessions, but also for many teaching and learning opportunities throughout the week.

Mrs. Oliver works with class teachers to teach Information Literacy to all children across the school. Students move through the research process and learn important skills along the way. This happens during times outside book exchange. Each month the information literacy timetable changes to cater to different units and different year level needs.

Recently, Year 2 have been moving through the Research Cycle while learning about Natural Resources. They have been DEFINING what resource means and what natural resources are through brainstorming, group activities and questioning. This formed the basis of a graphic organiser used in later research. Year 2 then LOCATED books on natural resources and learned how to SELECT relevant information. Students ORGANISED information on their graphic organiser and began to understand how to cite sources by creating a simple bibliography. Mrs. Oliver and class teachers then worked with each student to collate their information into a booklet presentation.

Year 3 are learning about animals, habitats and human impact. They DEFINED by brainstorming what they knew then Mrs. Oliver and class teachers worked with students to devise focus questions which they will base their research on. Students LOCATED appropriate books and will SELECT information from books and websites as they research. This research takes place during special library times as well as in the classroom. Mrs Oliver recently taught Year 3 how to use keywords in text to write their own sentences, avoiding plagiarism.

Year 5 have been receiving support during dedicated library lessons for their Influential People unit, learning note-taking skills, features of a biography and about academic honesty - how to be Principled by not copying other people's work.

Battle of the Books!

What is Battle of the Books (BOB)?

Battle of the books is essentially a book club. There are 20 predetermined titles that students may select from to read.

The purpose of the Hong Kong Battle of the Books programme is to encourage reading. Students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature.

The game (competition) format creates additional interest and excitement. It is our hope that students improve reading skills, mature in their choice of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base.

Around March next year, students can choose if they would like to take part in the competition. The competition will start in March/April next year and many schools in Hong Kong will take part. We will need a team of about 12 students from Year 5 and Year 6 who are willing to travel to other schools (ESF and others) when we are scheduled to compete.

Who can participate?
Students in Year 5 and Year 6 are invited to join the Glenealy Battle of the Books team.

Each Friday during lunch playtime, from 1:05 - 1:30 in the library, Ms. Best and Mrs. Oliver meet with Year 5 and Year 6 students who are interested in reading and joining BOB. The team from Glenealy will be selected around February and parents will be provided with further details at that time. Students who would like to read the books and but not participate in the competition are very welcome to still join us in the library every Friday lunchtime.

If your child is interested in finding out more, please email me at or take a look at the official HK BOB website HERE.

December celebrations in the Library!

We'll have a range of holiday activities for students during lunchtimes in the library in December. These will include:

  • Mini cups of hot chocolate to warm you up on chilly days*
  • Holiday crafts*
  • Listening to staff and parents reading holiday stories
  • Special holiday movie showings

If parents would like to come in and help out at lunchtime on any day in December, or sign up to read your own story, or one of ours, to a small group of children, then please email us at - we'd love to hear from you!

*Please Note: Hot chocolate and some crafts will require donations of $2 and $10 respectively to cover costs. Any profit will go to the PTA to put towards the playground redevelopment.

Up-coming Author Visits

Year 3 and Year 5 students will have special writers workshops with author and journalist, Nury Vittachi in November. These visits will link closely with their upcoming Units of Inquiry.

Year 3 will see Nury on Monday, November 25, and Year 5 on Friday, November 29.

Year 3 and Year 5 students will receive a free book on the day.
Author Gail Clarke, will return to Glenealy this year on December 12 to share her latest book, "Cosmo the Curious Whale", with Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4.

Gail's books will be available to pre-order closer to the date, and students will have a chance to get them signed by Gail on the day.

Read more about Gail and her books HERE.

Scholastic Book Catalogues

Your child will bring home a Scholastic Book catalogue this week. If you would like to order books, please return it to school together with your cheque no later than MONDAY MORNING, November 25.

Orders received after this time cannot be processed.

Orders should go to the class teacher or directly to the library - NOT to the office.

Hong Kong Young Writers Awards 2014

The Hong Kong Young Writers Awards are fast approaching and Glenealy School is looking to submit entries from all year groups in the following categories:

Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry and Cover Art.

The subject this year is "New Tales of the Gobi Desert" with word count for Years 1 to 3 set at 500 and for Years 4 to 6 at 1000.

There is no word limit for poetry and the cover art should be drawn on an A3 sheet, portrait orientation and must not carry the title, student name or category on the front.

The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2014.

Interested students should speak with Ms. Best.

Parent Lending Section in Library

Our library is not just for kids - we have a wide variety of books available for parents too!

Our Parent Lending section is located in the Resources room next to the Library.

Please see Library staff if you would like to borrow a book !


We have lots of new books - picture books, chapter books and non-fiction books in the library this year. Many of these have been new purchases that the school budget has allowed for and others have been purchased using the Bookazine donation from the Bookweek sale last year.

Is your child looking for a certain book? Are you wondering if Glenealy Library has what your child wants to read next?

Click HERE to search for books in Glenealy library - you can search by title, subject or author!

When Can My Child Borrow Books?

Students are assigned one day per week as their 'Library Day'. This is when they visit the library with their class and have an opportunity to browse and exchange their books.

However, students are very welcome to change books ANY DAY before or after school as well as lunchtimes, providing they bring their striped folders.

Opening Hours

The Library is open to all students, parents and caregivers before and after school every day.

Opening hours Monday to Friday:
Before school - 8:00am - 8:30am
After school - 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Students are also welcome to visit the library during lunchtime from 1:05pm - 1:30pm.

Please stop by to see the new space or to read with your child. The library also provides nice, quiet areas where parents or caregivers can assist children with homework too!

Lost or damaged books

Books are expensive.
In the event that your child has lost or damaged their library book beyond repair, we ask parents to pay a fine that covers the replacement cost for the book, shipping fees and administrative fees associated with the new book.

Fees for lost or damaged books are:

$60 per leveled home-reading books
$150 per paperback book
$200 per hardcover book

Please send a note in the diary for Library staff should this happen and a notice/receipt will be issued. In the event the book is later found, or it shows up at school, a refund will be issued.

Community News


Please note that the following activities taking place in our school or at outside venues are provided by independent organisations and therefore are not endorsed by Glenealy School.


Kidsfest coming to Hong Kong in January & February 2014!

ABA Productions is an international theatre production company dedicated to creating and promoting a wide variety of performance styles from all corners of the world.

To find out what's showing when, follow the link here.

Glenealy Library

Library Staff:
Trish Oliver - Teacher Librarian
Gisele Stones - Resources Manager
Theresa Fung - Library Assistant
Hardeep Jandu - Library Assistant