Newtown Public School

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Newtown Public School Library is open and welcomes students on Monday through to Thursday every week of Term.

Our Library is run by Teacher Librarian, Winnie Mak. Teacher Librarians are trained teachers with a qualification in librarianship. This unique role provides schools with a teacher who works in collaboration with all teaching staff to provide resources that complement the curriculum and lesson plans for each stage.

Winnie has created a dynamic library that is well resourced and engages students in the world of literature, and how they can discover their own areas of interest and the authors who create them.

Library Time

Students have one library session each week as part of their weekly schedule. Library time consists of a lesson plan that complements their age and stage e.g. Early Stage 1 students may learn the basics about a book, Fiction vs Non-Fiction and Stage 3 students may research a topic they’re learning in class. This is followed by ‘Borrowing Time’

Book Borrowing

All students are encouraged to bring a cloth bag for borrowing to help protect our collection.

Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students: can borrow up to 2 books at a time

Stage 2 and Stage 3 students: can borrow up to 4 books at a time

Opening hours:

The library is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Students can come in to do some quiet reading, drawing, colouring, board games and puzzles.

Using Oliver

Did you know you can log in to our school library catalogue from home?

All you need to do is log into your child’s student portal and click on the link to “Oliver Library”. Once there, you can browse through the available books at our library, check your child’s loans and search for books at their Accelerated Reader level! Please visit the How to Guides page for a detailed guide to using Oliver.

How to pay for lost books

If you have lost or damaged a library book, please email Winnie Mak who can forward you the cost of replacement. You can choose to replace the book with another copy in good condition, order a new copy online and have it delivered to the school, or pay for it by navigating to the “Make a Payment” tab at the top of the school website. Students can hold onto a book for two weeks before it becomes overdue, but can renew the book if they are still reading it. We do not charge late fees, but ask that students return books promptly so that others can enjoy the book too.

Contact our Teacher Librarian

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email our Teacher Librarian.

Winnie Mak