Glenealy Library News

March 2014

Less than 2 weeks until ............. Book Week !

Glenealy School will celebrate Book Week starting on Monday, March 31.

We have lots of exciting events planned -- see details below...

All about Book Week...

Visiting Authors

We will have many Authors visiting us during Book Week!

Including:
  • Sarah Brennan. Sarah will spend all day Monday with us and see every class in the school. The PTA are generously sponsoring her visit.
  • Theadora Whittington, author of several children's picture books
  • Kelly Yang, children's author and SCMP journalist
  • Tony Banham, historian and author
  • Paul McGuire, journalist and author
  • Mio Debnan, author of the "Go Kids" travel guides
  • Anjali Mittal, author of several adventure stories for children
  • Martha Keswick, author of the well-known "Max and Mei" and "Pangu" series will visit us on Monday, April 7

Each class will have the chance to visit with at least two of these authors over the week.

Book Week Character Dress-Up is Thursday, April 3

Character dress-up day for students and staff will be Thursday, April 3rd.

Children should come to school dressed as a book character. We will have a costume parade in the morning after drop off, at 8:45 in the downstairs area. Parents are invited stay to see their class on parade!

Please don't feel you need to spend a lot of money on a store-bought costume - simple, home-made costumes are best!

Bookazine Book Fair

We are excited to welcome back Bookazine this year as our vendor for the Book Fair sale!

Bookazine will set up a small 'shop' in the Library on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during Book Week. Children may bring some money to school to purchase a new book to take home. We recommend about $100 per child - books will be priced from as low as $20. Teachers and library staff will be there to assist with student choice.

Bookazine will also set up a table downstairs on the playground on Thursday morning of the parade.

Bookazine has generously offered to give the Library 15% of the total proceeds as in-store credit - so when your child buys a book, you are helping to purchase new books for the library! We thank you for your support.

Parents are very welcome to stop by the Bookazine 'shop' with your child before or after school, or to meet your child at lunchtime to look at the books together!

Geronimo Stilton special appearance

This year, the famous book character - Geronimo Stilton, will visit our library during Book Week on Tuesday, April 1 at lunchtime! (This is not an April Fool's joke!)

Students are invited to see Geronimo on Tuesday and have their photo taken with him.

Book Week Fun Competitions

During Book Week there will be several different competitions for the children to participate in as follows:

1."Guess The Teacher Reading" competition - children need to guess which teacher is hiding behind the book.

2. "Guess the Picture Book" competition - children see a portion of the cover and guess the title of the book.

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

All entry forms are available from the Library and correct entries will go into a hat and be drawn for prizes at Friday's Assembly.

All good fun!

'Catch Me Reading' Photo Competition!

Ask a family member to take a photo of you reading – somewhere, anywhere! You can get ‘caught’ reading in the bath, at the dinner table, brushing your teeth, walking the dog, beside the pool, at the beach, on the playground, at a restaurant etc – be creative!


Photos should be emailed directly to Mrs. Oliver in the library – libraryevent@gs.esf.edu.hk.


All entries in by Monday, March 31st please.

Book Swap - led by the Glenealy Green Team

Time to spring clean a few books from your bookshelf!

If your child has one or two children's books at home that are gently used and in good condition but no longer needed, please ask your child to bring the book to school on the first day of Book Week - Monday, 31 March.

Children will be able to swap the book with another to take home! All these second-hand books will be housed in the library and children will come on Thursday or Friday to exchange their books for others. Mrs. Sexton and The Green Team will be there to help!

The book swap will run on Thursday, April 3rd and Friday, April 4th.

Please note: this is not compulsory, but is an optional activity.

Story Time in the Library!

Children are invited to come to the library at lunchtime during Book Week on Wednesday and Friday where they can nibble on popcorn and listen to Glenealy School Staff reading a story!
Wednesday, April 2 - Year 1 - Year 3
Friday, April 4 - Year 4 - Year 6

PTA Coffee Morning during Book Week

Glenealy PTA will host a coffee morning for parents on the playground on Thursday, 3 April - the same morning of our book character parade. So grab a coffee and watch the parade in style!

There will also be a book sale by Bookazine on the playground at the same time as the parade, so please support our library by buying a book or magazine for home (the library will receive 15% in store credit from each purchase to buy new books for the library) !

We hope to see all parents at the Book Week parade on Thursday morning - April 3!

Free Magazine

During Book week, there will be a "take-one-free" box in the playground full of Bayard Magazines that students might like to take home. Including "Story Box", "Adventure Box" and "Discovery Box" magazines. Help yourself.

Brainpop and Brainpop Jr.

Our school now 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 best for Years 1 - 4, while Brainpop is best 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 HERE.

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

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Glenealy Library

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

Opening Hours:
Monday - 8:00 - 3:30
Tuesday - 8:00 - 3:30
Wednesday - 8:00 - 3:30
Thursday - 8:00 - 3:30
Friday - 8:00 - 3:30