Glenealy Library News

April 2013

Book Week is next week!

Glenealy School will celebrate Book Week next week from April 15 - 19.

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

This Week - A Free Magazine for all students

This week all children will bring home a free sample from Bayard Magazines. This will be either a "Story Box" magazine, an "Adventure Box" magazine or, for the older children, a "Discovery Box" magazine.

These have been given to the school as a promotion for our upcoming Book Week with absolutely no obligation. However, order forms are available from the library if you would like to subscribe.

All about Book Week...

Visiting Authors

We have a total of FIVE Authors visiting us during Book Week!

Our Authors include:
  • Sarah Brennan. She will spend all day Tuesday with us and see every class in the school. The PTA are generously sponsoring her visit. Learn more about Sarah and her books here.
  • Martha Keswick, author of the well-known "Max and Mei" and "Pangu" series
  • Tony Banhan, author and story-writer
  • Paul McGuire, who writes short, narrative stories
  • Mio Debnan, non-fiction author of the "Go Kids" travel guides

All classes will have the chance to work with at least two of these authors over the week.

Book Week Character Dress-Up is next Friday

Character dress-up day for students and staff will be next Friday, April 19th.

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, so please stay to see your child and 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 Bookazine as our vendor for the Book Fair sale this year.

Bookazine will set up a small 'shop' in the Library on Wednesday and Thursday next week and children may bring money to school to purchase a book for home. Teachers and library staff will be there to assist with this.

Bookazine will also set up a table downstairs on the playground on Friday morning of the parade and after assembly.

Bookazine has generously offered to give the Library 15% in store credit from the total proceeds of the sale - 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 with your child any morning, afternoon or to meet your child at lunchtime to look at the books together!

PTA Coffee Morning during Book Week

Glenealy PTA will host a coffee morning for parents on the playground next Friday - the same morning of our book character parade. So grab a tea or coffee and watch the parade in style!

There will also be a book sale by Bookazine in the morning on the playground at drop-off and after assembly on Friday afternoon. Support your library by buying a book for home (library will receive 15% in store credit from each purchase) or buy a book to donate to the library!

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 Monday next week.

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 may come any lunchtime or during class-time to exchange one book for another. The Green Team will be there to help!

The book swap will run every day from Monday to Friday at lunchtime, so your child can swap a different book everyday if they would like to.

Please note: this is an optional activity.

Book Week Fun Competitions

Next week there will be 3 different competitions for the children to participate in.

We will have a "Guess The Teacher Reading" competition and a "Guess the Picture Book" competition. Names will go into a hat and be drawn for prizes at Friday's Assembly.

The "Catch Me Reading" photo competition will be voted on by students and some other category prizes will be given.

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 bed, at the dinner table, brushing your teeth, walking the dog, beside the pool, at the beach, at a restaurant etc – be creative! Photos can be printed out and brought to the school library or emailed directly to Mrs. Oliver in the library – All entries in by April 12 please.

Story Time every day!

Children are invited to come to the library any lunchtime during Book Week to hear stories read aloud by Glenealy School Staff! Teachers and staff will delight and surprise students with some wonderful storytelling.

Community News

Become a famous illustrator!

To illustrate her 3rd book, Cosmos the Curious Whale, author, Gail Clarke invites all primary school students (Year 1 - Year 6) to draw and colour a tropical fish. More than 300 of the most original and colourful entries will be included in the book! The young artists whose pictures are chosen will receive a printed certificate and will be acknowledged on the inside book cover and on Gail’s brand-new website (

See details HERE how to enter. The deadline for submisssions is April 30, 2013.

About Gail Clarke

Gail Clarke enjoyed more than 35 years as a primary school teacher before retiring to Italy. These days she finds herself traveling more than ever to visit family and friends living all around the world. Her personal migrations are the inspiration for her animal migration stories. As a planet-ambassador, she is also deeply passionate about wildlife protection and the environment.
Gail recently came to read her book "Searching for Skye - An Arctic Tern Adventure" to Year 4 students.

Books for $10! See details of the charity sale below.

Sesame Street - Live on stage

Calling all super heroes! Super Grover needs your help - and it's Elmo and the Fabulous Five to the rescue when this fantastic musical production zooms into Hong Kong.
Details below. For ticketing details click here.

"Tiddler" and other Terrific Tales - Live on Stage!

See "Tiddler" and other Julia Donaldson stories brought to life on stage!
See the flyer below for more information. For ticketing information, click here.

Parent Lending Section in Library

We have a selection of books in the library, many of which were purchased by the PTA and are available for parent-only borrowing. These cover a range of different topics.
Parents may borrow these books through their child's account. Please see the library staff for assistance.

Glenealy Library

Library Staff:
Trish Oliver - Teacher Librarian
Gisele Stones - Resources Manager
Hardeep Jandhu - Library Assistant

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