The Library Resource Centre is the hub of the Rainworth State School learning community. It provides a safe, rich and supportive environment, which promotes discovery and a love of learning and reading. This is a diverse and dynamic community space where individual participation and contributions are valued.
Our Library Resource Centre is fully automated, air-conditioned and has an extensive collection of resources, both print and online. Two teacher-librarians and a part-time teacher-aide manage the library.
All classes attend regular library sessions, which are collaboratively planned by the Teacher-Librarian and classroom teachers across various learning areas. These sessions provide literature-rich experiences, help develop information literacy skills (including ICT skills) and support the units students are working on in their classroom.
The Library Resource Centre is also passionate about developing life-long readers for enjoyment and leisure. This is developed through book talks and book events, such as National Simultaneous Storytime, CBCA Book Week, National Reading Hour and Author/Illustrator Residences.
Students have access to the library catalogue using their MIS ID and password, which is issued to the students at school. Being online means that the catalogue can be accessed from any computer or device, at any time.
Students are also able to access the eBook Digital Library from The Department of Education (DOE) provides students with access to thousands of books at a wide range of reading levels. Once again, students must use their MIS ID to log in.
Further information on how to access the eBook Digital Library can be via the link at the top right-hand side of this page.
Students are also able to access Britannica online which the school has subscribed to. This resource provides students with information and images on a wide range of topics.
The library is open to staff, students and parents before school from 8.30am and during first break. Students can borrow after school until 3.30pm with a parent/carer, unless staff are unavailable.
- Students are encouraged to borrow regularly and frequently.
- All classes have regular borrowing times but students can borrow outside of these sessions.
- Students may borrow:
- Prep: one book
- Year 1 and 2: two books
- Year 3 and 4: three books
- Year 5 and 6: four books
- Library books are borrowed for a period of two weeks.
- Students must have a waterproof library bag to borrow books. Library bags are available for purchase from the Uniform Shop.
- Students may return and borrow books, as many times as they require. They do not need to keep the books for the two weeks.
- Students may borrow additional items for specific class projects but must make a request to the teacher-librarian.
- Students are encouraged to return resources promptly so others may use them.
- Loans may be extended, if necessary, unless the book has been reserved by another borrower.
- Books may be borrowed out for all holidays except the six-week Christmas break.
Students can become library monitors in Year 5 and 6. For new library monitors, Term 1 is a trial period and if at the end of that time they wish to continue, they will receive a badge. We also have senior library monitors who have already completed one year of service. The library monitors are valued members of the library staff with many duties to accomplish.
Chess coaching is offered to students from Prep to Year 6. Chess is a great game to learn and will develop strategy building, problem-solving and the art of being a good sport. The sessions are conducted by coaches from Gardiner Chess which are held in the library on Wednesday and Thursday morning from 8-8.45am. Library staff are in attendance to assist with supervision. Further information and details of how to register are outlined on the Registration Form (see the link at the top right-hand side of the page).
Mt Coot-tha Young Writers
Mt Coot-tha Young Writers is a writing workshop for selected Year 6 students in the Mt Coot-tha Cluster of schools. The workshop is co-ordinated and hosted by Rainworth State School. During this workshop, author in residence mentors and helps students create the own short story. The library is closed during this week.
CBCA Readers Cup
Children's Book Council of Australia's Readers Cup is a competition designed for students in Years 5 and 6. Five students are selected to represent our school. This requires them to read five books and answer questions relating to the books. The winners of this competition will then go on to represent their region at the State Finals.
Book Club / Book Fairs
Book Club is run once a term by a Book Club Co-ordinator. Brochures are distributed to students and orders are placed online by parents. Orders will be sent to classrooms once they have arrived.
Rainworth State School participates in at least one Book Fair per year. Prior to the start of the fair, students are given the opportunity to visit the fair and peruse the books for sale. Each Book Fair runs for only three days, starting with a Family Evening that requires dressing-up and story reading – a calendar highlight in the year.