Glenealy Library News

September 2014

Welcome back to school!

Books For Birthdays

Glenealy Library has a "Book for Birthdays" programme that has run very successfully over the last 2 years.

Here's how it works...

1. If your child is having a birthday, then they can bring in $100 to the library and choose a book from our special birthday tub of books (all of which are brand new)

2. Your child chooses their book and a special birthday dedication is put inside the book so the whole world (Glenealy world) knows who donated the book

3. Your child takes the book to class and shares it with their teacher and friends - at which point your child's teacher makes a big fuss 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.

If your child would like to participate and buy a book for the school library through this programme, parents are welcome to come to the library with their child to choose a book or your child can come independently.

This programme is for students who would like to do something special at school and help the library build up a great collection of books.

Please note: This is not compulsory.

Mother tongue Book Donations

Many thanks to the families who donated some wonderful mother tongue books to the school library from their summer travels.

If you are travelling to another country over the year and you happen to go into a bookshop, the library would be very grateful to receive one picture book from you that is written in another language to add to our ever-growing collection of mother tongue language books.

A dedication will be placed in the front of the book with your child's name.

Thank you for your support!

Borrowing from the Library

The library is open every day from 8:00 - 3:30.

Students can borrow every day before school from 8:00 - 8:30 and after school from 3:00 - 3:30.

The library is also open to students at lunchtime from 1:05-1:30, when they can change library books, play chess, read or just hang out with friends.

The Library is for PARENTS too!

Parents are welcome to use the library from 8:00 - 8:30 and 3:00 - 3:30 every day.

Scholastic Book Orders

Almost all book orders have now been filled and books will come home with students this week.

Please contact the library if you have any questions.


Author, Christina Matula-Hakli is originally from Canada and has lived in Hong Kong since 2007. She was inspired to adapt Chinese legends and fables to share with her children and hopes that her book will spark an interest in Chinese culture in young readers. Learn more here.

Christina will be reading her beautifully illustrated book, The Shadow in the Moon to Year 2 and Year 3 students on Thursday this week.

This book may be borrowed from our school library.


The Year 5 students participated in a writers workshop with UK-based author, Candy Gourlay recently, when she visited Glenealy for a half day.

Candy shared her story of becoming an author through her "Hero's Journey" presentation and then did a cartoon writing activity with Year 5. It was informative and lots of fun. Year 6 also heard her presentation too. Photos below.

To learn more about Candy and her books, click here.

Battle of the Books - starting in October

We will soon start the 2014/15 Battle of the Books (BOB) reading club for students in Year 5 and Year 6. Interested students in Year 5 & 6 should register their interest with Mrs. Oliver in the library.

The book choices are again all excellent books that range from a variety of genres and authors. We had a very successful book club last year and our school BOB team did extremely well in the semi-finals. Most importantly, it was a lot of fun.

Below is a list of this year's titles. All are available in the library.

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Caldecott Award Winners

Find the 2014 Caldecott award winners and others in the school library!

For more information on present and past award winners, click here.
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Kate Greenaway Award Winners

Find these Kate Greenaway Award Winners in the library!

Learn more here.
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Newbery Medal Award Winning Books

Find these Newbery Award-winning books (below) in the libary.

Visit the Newbery Medal Home Page to learn more and see the award winners from 1922 to 2014.

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The all-new Hong Kong Golden Dragon Book Awards

The Golden Dragon Book Awards were founded in 2014. This program aims to provide students with internationally-minded balanced book selections with appealing, quality literature at appropriate reading levels. Learn more about the awards here.

See books below that have been shortlisted for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Young Reader Nominees aged 4-6

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Middle Reader Nominees, aged 7-10

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Older Reader Nominees, aged 11-14

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Borrowing with Striped Folders

All students need to have their striped folder to borrow and return books. Our striped folders help to protect the books from damage and keep them clean.
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Brainpop Online

Did you know? Glenealy School subscribes to Brainpop and Brainpop Jr.

Brainpop is an amazing award-winning resource! It is an online bank of educational videos, activities and quizzes. You'll find many links to units of inquiry, literacy and mathematics concepts explained in easy-to-understand language for your child.

Brainpop Jr is good for Years 1-4, while Brainpop is good for Years 4-6.

Parents and students can find links to Brainpop and Brainpop Jr on the Glenealy Globe Library page through your child's log-in.

Thank you to the PTA who funded this whole-school subscription.

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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.

ABA Productions - Books brought to life

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.
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Glenealy Library

Library Staff:
Trish Oliver - Information & Digital Literacy Coordinator
Theresa Fung - Library Assistant
Gisele Stones - Resources Manager