Neerigen Brook Library is a wonderful space for our students to engage with literacy. Our aim is to create a love of reading and encourage the children to enjoy the library by providing a vibrant and welcoming area. The library underwent a major refurbishment in 2014 and is continually being developed to meet the needs of our students and teachers.
We have a fantastic collection of fiction books that cater to the interests of our students including series novels, graphic novels, classics and picture books just to mention just a few. Our non-fiction collection was extensively upgraded in 2018 to ensure that relevant, quality information is available. High quality take home reading books, levelled to each child’s ability, are available for the student’s to borrow when they visit.
Neerigen Brook Primary Library provides a free library bag for each student when they enrol and they keep that bag until they leave. The bags keep our books safe and clean. The bags are machine washable.
All of our students from Kindy to Year 6 are encouraged to borrow books weekly. Kindy, Pre-primary and Year One borrow 1 book weekly, Years 2 to 3 can borrow 2 books and Years 4, 5, and 6 can borrow 3 or more. This does not include their home reading books of which up to 5 can be borrowed.
The library is open for borrowing from 8am to 3pm every week day and students can renew or change their books when their class visits or before and after school and also at recess or lunch. We are also open at Recess for Years 1, 2 and 3 and Lunch for years 4, 5 and 6. It is always a lot of fun with craft activities, colouring in, Just Dance, board games, educational apps and games on ipads and computers and ,of course, areas for quiet reading.
Book Week, National Simultaneous Storytime, Book Fair and MS Readathon are just some of the occasions that we participate in every year. During Book Week we read the short listed CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) books, have a dress up parade where the children dress up as a character from their favourite book and sometimes we visit our local library to listen to a visiting author.
Library Monitors are a valued part of the library. They learn library skills, including the library software, as well as helping the library officer and their fellow students. Parents are also welcome to visit the library. Volunteers are always needed to help cover new books or put books away.