Library Book Review Challenge
Do come and take a look at the Book Reviews when you are next in the Library, I think you're going to be as impressed as we are.
Congratulations to the following students though whose work is on the wall can have earned an additional 10 house points each as a result:
A very Plastic problem
We're making changes in the Library to reduce our plastic waste.
It's quite a challenge to reduce the use of plastic in the Library, but we are willing to accept the challenge and try in as many ways as possible to reduce our impact on our environment.
So far we have introduced two immediate changes that directly effect our users and we are working on longer term strategies to change our behaviour and attitudes too.
Firstly, we are stopping use of our library cards. Most of our students from Year 3 onwards have been using the computers to search for their accounts and borrow their books anyway, but to be able to eliminate that use of library cards we have to make it fair to new joiners who wont be getting a library card. For the last few weeks we have been asking all the classes in year 2-6 to try to not use their library cards and see how they get on. Their response has been brilliant. they fully understand the reasoning behind why they are being asked to change the way they use the library, and have been more than supportive of the change. If they keep this up, we are on track to give them their library cards at the end of the term to take home as a souvenir. Year 1 will continue using their library cards until they are in Year 2.
Going forward the plan is to have the Year 1's using a smaller un-laminated library card which they will transition from in the beginning of Year 2, while the rest of the school continue using the computers only for their borrowing and returning. We will always keep a supply of the existing browsing cards for those students who wish to use them.
Secondly we have dramatically reduced the plastic contact paper we use to cover books. We need your help more than ever to preserve the collection of books we have in the Library as the without fully covering the books we are unable to preserve them for as long. We need our borrowers to be principled and responsible in how they manage the books.
We are looking for your help in the form of ideas and knowledge on how to reduce the impact on our environment that we are having. If you see something that we can change please do let us know and by all means tell us how to do it!
No more lamination!
Less contact paper
The book on top is our new method of covering books - the bottom of the book to hold keep all the cataloguing stickers in place and the top corners only. the one below is how we used to cover the books - completely.
Newly covered books have a lot less protection.