On November 17th 2016, twenty Pakenham SLAV members and guests were treated to a tour of the Beaconhills library where we saw the “Escape to everywhere” polypropylene poster that cost $300. This is a great way for the school to showcase their Book Crossing zone also. For more information go to the website.
We went on a tour of Beaconhills beginning in the junior room. Carmel showed us her space where teachers bring their own classes into the space. Due to staffing this has been good and there is a significant picture book collection. Anna Walker was their in house illustrator this year. The first thing in the genrefication process was signage and this saw a big increase in borrowing. There is a junior fiction section and a middle school fiction area. Cross over occurs and there is an openness between the collections with permission required.
The year 5-8 section come in once a fortnight. The use of Syba genre signs was used across this section. Recommended not to weed prior to weeding as gentrification can help in the discovery of a new text based upon the new love of a genre. Discussion of shelving, heights and moving them occurred as many schools are in a time of renovation. We looked at another space with interesting furniture where the future of maker space may continue. VEF tables were designed for flexibility where individual spot can rotate and flip. This is great for discussion but some concerns with levels matching. The chairs are also from there and worth half the price that Raeco charge.
We chatted about the book crossing. With more than one million people involved where you launch books into the wild! Sounds like a great plan for the 2017 CBCA book week theme of escape to everywhere. The concept begins with a person who releases a registered book into the wild and you can track it around the world. It’s very successful at Beaconhills. Launch with library captains will occur next year.
The gentrification of non-fiction looks great where there is colour coding to help with locations. In sport the sports books are there as are the books about cars. Labels are important. Craft, cooking, pets with animals ensured the subject is broad. There was a massive weed with this collection with a donation of 5000 books to the Fiji project. They also had a book sale where proceeds went to the indigenous literacy foundation.
Senior fiction includes young adult where the line in the sand lies with the storylines that include sex. A great question of how people coped with this was answered confidently by Carmel with how logical the system is. They use different labelling in this section through consultation with book group involvement. The use of coloured labels has been used across the collection which helps with shelving. The use of Avery labels at the point of catalogue makes shelving much easier. The use of syba section dividers enables ease of location. We chatted about shelving and Michelle Gummer has some large shelves available for anyone who wants them.
We were then led through a ppp that Carmel spoke about the why – the main idea was to make the library more attractive and increase borrowing rates. The timeline began in Term 4 2014 where they started with middle school fiction. They consulted staff and students as they moved forward and again we were reminded how important it was to weed in a harsh manner. Carmel just bit the bullet and got on with it.
Links to these resources can be accessed here:
The first link is for labels and powerpoint and the second for the poster
The main reaction was how excited students are with their reading. But in reality their independence grew. Students could read their way through a genre enables students to find a new author. This has made way for students to make book requests and suggestions. Circulation increase was dramatic from 2015-2016 as seen in the PPP. The initiate of DEAR and Stephen Krashens PD where key people were inspired is attributed to this. Now in the first 15min of every class reads! Teachers now have book collections in their classes and fully supported by college head. School revolution showed that reading was pivotal to their success. DEAR runs from Year 5-8 across the college. The primary run a cafe style reading program. The idea of increased enthusiasm in reading. Lynne spoke about basto program and what is happening at glen eagles where students are actively involved in reading where they write a reflection. Many people are on good reads and create class groups and share about what they are reading. Discussion of the good reads reading challenge is great. There has been an 83% increase in borrowing across middle school since beginning the DEAR reading program in 2014.
Beaconhills Pakenham Campus call it “We have the Power” reading where it is incorporated into the power reading challenge and students read whatever they want and get points for what they read. Magazines have a different value to non-fiction or fiction. They have a reading sheet where points are allocated based on level of difficulty. This is teacher tracked and they run class competitions. Michelle shared about the learning curve they went through. Prizes are big such as a class going to the movies or a DVD with treats. They introduced a bingo reading challenge and the “Summer Fun” reading challenge will be things like where was the best place you read. Angela shared about how important reading for 25hrs reading challenge called a roller coaster ride with prizes across the challenge. This encourages all readers as it is time related and tracked by library staff and parents.
- The book whisperer is an excellent book to build a reading culture. Donna Miller books are great launch pads.
- They have a professional reading group and this has been a great initiative to help the take up of dear across the school. This helps spread the culture.
- Ann Fuller spoke about the reading culture at Kambrya and the process of change. At that school the library is driven by the literacy team.
- Lynne spoke about having one genre on focus at a time and how some students then couldn’t find their usual books.Lynne shared about her genre list. This included; action animals, classic, crime, diary, fantasy, grit lit (edgy books), historical, horror, vampire, love other cultures, SCI FI, sport, supernatural, wars, what if (dystopia). Lynne shared about the deteriorating handwriting she has experienced. And that they’ll move to class sets in 2017. She shared about her character bags that she used this year. And it’s fun. Lynne will be 3 days next year with 9 classes. Tracy Ferguson too will change her role in 2017.
- Ann told us about verse narratives.Ann shared that they will choose to read stories of courage as the college theme is courageousness. This offers different views and texts that are just right to the individual.
- Carmel shared about her journey and the change to staffing since 2010.
Meeting Minutes attached : 17th-november-2016-minutes
Great ideas were shared with everyone and if I need to edit anything please let me know!
Kind regards and Merry Christmas!
Tuesday 14th March 2017.
Hosted by Angela Garegarno, Head of Library Services at St Peters College
Topic: CBCA Judges Talk (TBA if available)