Our library is a friendly and busy place that exists to encourage children to read, reflect, wonder, question and learn. The library supports the teaching and learning of classroom programs and aims to foster students reading skills and their love of books.
The library at Karoo contains over 18,000 books, in addition to a range of DVDs, compact discs and CD-Roms. Our collection is constantly growing and changing in order to keep it fresh, relevant and up-to-date. The library houses a bank of 15 computers for student use, all with Internet access and a suite of software programs.
The library is open from 8.45 am to 3.30 pm Tuesday and Fridays and from 9:00am to 3:30pm during the rest of the week. Weekly library classes are taken by the grade teachers. We have 2 qualified Library Technicians, Michelle Mitchell and Sue Austin, who both work part-time. The library is open to students for the first half of lunchtime on Tuesdays and Fridays for browsing and borrowing, reading, playing chess and other board games, puppet play, drawing and computer use.
Borrowing from the library
Students may borrow up to four books for two weeks at a time. Every grade has a library crate or box into which students can return their books to at any time or alternatively they can bring them directly to the returns box in the library. Parents are also welcome to borrow books if they wish. We have a small but growing collection of parent resources on such subjects as puberty, bullying and grief.
Every child needs a library bag to protect their books. If a book does happen to get damaged at home, please return it to the library as soon as possible and inform a teacher. We have special materials to repair damaged books. If a book is damaged beyond repair however it is school policy to ask that parents pay for a replacement copy.
Karoo parents run a Book Club for students through Scholastic Australia. Catalogues are sent home to parents once a term. A percentage of all sales is returned to the school in the form of books and other resources for the library.
We love our volunteers!
Your comments and suggestions about the library are most welcome. We always appreciate parent help whether for covering books, or for helping to run the Book Club. If interested, please contact the library directly or leave your name and under at the office.
Each year a group of Year 6 students are carefully selected to be Library Monitors for the school. These children are given many special responsibilities which include assisting in the effective running of lunchtime library activities and whole school events such as Book Week.
This year the following students have obtained this sought after leadership position:
Paige H., Shehara J., Lucy J. and Teia W.
Our Karoo Library Monitors have already risen to the challenges that this leadership role presents and have proven themselves to be excellent ambassadors for both reading and our school library.
Eastern Regional Libraries
Your link to our local public libraries at Rowville, Ferntree Gully and Knox.
Children’s Book Council of Australia
Click here for information about Australian children’s books and everything to do with Book Week.