The Secondary Library is Buzzing with Excitement
I am sitting amongst packing boxes updating this blog. We are almost all packed up and ready to go to the new library building. I must say though, that the library team, who have worked here many many years are becoming a little misty eyed as they are clearing out their cupboards and taking a trip down memory lane! Hour by hour the building progress is visibly being made in the new library as walls are painted, floors are swept and final planning takes place.
We are hoping to be in the library to celebrate World Book Day on the 3rd March.
As advertised in Daily Notices and the Patana Newsletter the current library is closed. Sorry for the inconvenience this causes, but it will be worth it once we are in our amazing new premises. Students who don't have ECAs should go home after school. We do, though, want to be flexible, so in order to help students, who need to wait in school for younger siblings who are completing ECAs, I have booked COM 5 as a space where students who might usually be in the library can go to do their homework.
Looking forward to seeing you all in our lovely new library building.
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Who Says that Libraries are Quiet and Uneventful?
Before I began working in the library I was under the delusion that libraries were often quite quiet and perhaps quite uneventful places. How wrong was I and how pleased I am that this is the case: it has been the kind of week where I feel I have the best job in the world! Bali Rai’s visit was amazing!
We would like to thank Bali for his good humour, warm approach and his wonderful ability to inspire our children and motivate them to read and write creatively.
Students photographed with Bali after winning the Bali Rai competition they entered.
Students in Years 5 and 6 had a fantastic Assembly and a great Question and Answer Session with Bali, based on his Soccer Squad books. Year 7 had a very thought provoking session with a pastoral focus, where Bali addressed issues such as bullying and internet safety, using his own books as a springboard for this. This was followed by a series of sessions with Years 9, 10 and 11 where Bali delivered age-appropriate talks all of which went down a storm.
Bali was a natural entertainer and kept the audience captivated.
These lucky students received signed copies of Bali's books after winning the Primary Reading Competition.
Our Senior students also engaged with Bali in a small workshop session, focusing on creative writing. This was a great opportunity for students considering careers in journalism and writing.
A super opportunity to learn how to write creatively.
We feel incredibly privileged to have had such a prestigious writer visit Patana. More information and photographs of Bali’s visit will be available on my library blog. www.patana.ac.th/library. Thanks to everyone who made the visit a success and as always thanks to our students who were a super audience.
The teachers were also fascinated by Bali's tips on creative writing.
We are now excitedly looking forward to Jack Gantos’ visit on the 2nd March. Jack will be working with Years 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8. His first book, Rotten Ralph, was published in 1976. We have the whole series in the Primary Library and they are extremely popular. Having been Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Emerson College, we can’t wait to see him sharing his short story writing ideas with the children. In 1994, Jack produced his first book in the Jack Henry series, based on Jack’s real life. This series is very popular with upper Primary and KS3 students; again we have all the titles for you to borrow. Jack published his first book of the Joey Pigza Trilogy, which is one of his most critically acclaimed works. I can say from firsthand experience the audio versions of these stories are superb for long car journeys so please do borrow them! In 2001, his book Joey Pigza Loses Control was a Newberry Honor Book.
Following hard on the heels of Jack’s visit is World Book Day on the 3rd March. (This is a great site to visit to find fun reading activities for your children to complete over the half term. http://www.worldbookday.com/.) The Secondary school staff and students will be dressing up on the 3rd as a book character to celebrate World Book day and also to mark the opening of the great new Secondary library. We will do something similar in Primary once our super new library extension is complete. Talking of our library move, things are really moving along now and we are hoping to be in the new library early March. Whilst we are moving sites we will keep the disruption to a minimum. We will keep the library open on the 21st and 22nd February and our students will be allowed and encouraged to borrow extra books. We will then, though need to close the library until the move is complete. We anticipate this only being a few days.
Finally just to let you know that, as promised, we are going ahead with our online Scholastic Book Club again. We were delighted with the speed and efficiency of this service so would encourage you to order from here. The deadline for ordering this term will be 15th March. Just as last time you simply follow the step-by-step instructions explained in the website.
I must stress though that you should put the FULL NAME and CLASS of your child when completing the information and click the DELIVER TO SCHOOL ADDRESS option. Please click here for further details. http://world.clubs-school.scholastic.co.uk/bangkok-patana
! Have a great half term and happy reading.
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Behind the Scenes
Hi Secondary Students
Yesterday some students came to interview me about the library as part of an ECA they are involved with. They asked me various questions about what the librarians do when they are not checking out books. The list of course is endless: we choose and place orders; we keep the magazine subscriptions up to date; we file books; we read stories to the children; we teach library skills; we help individuals with research; we catalogue books; we help the teachers find books and articles they need and so on...
In addition, there is much that takes place behind the scenes. Have you ever wondered how your textbooks arrived to you, labelled with your names and checked out to your own individual accounts without you even having to move from your desks? The organisation of the whole school text books is a huge job and Khun Pui and Khun Aum, led by Khun Waree do a wonderful job or organising this. The photos below show Khun Pui and the library staff completing a stock take of the Secondary Library textbooks in preparation for our move to the wonderful new Secondary Library building.
Khun Ngay counting up the MFL books.
Khun Pui - What a superstar but lethal with the scanner!
Busy organising Books
Khun Lyn and Khun Pang usually work in Primary but are helping out at this busy time. We are one team.
Workmen lifting the heavy text books getting ready for our move to the new library.
Pui, works tirelessly to ensure that our records are accurate and ensures that our system runs smoothly. She is currently overseeing a project which will enable teaches to book their textbooks and equipment on-line. There is no end to her talents!
As you browse the photos take a moment to reflect how lucky you are to have such a dedicated team working to ensure you have all the books you need. The next time you pop in the library it would be fantastic if you said a thank you to the ladies.
Finally, did you see the library message in today's Daily Notices?
We are moving to a new amazing library - hopefully before World Book Day.
We will keep disruption to a minimum but we do need to pack. Therefore the last day for borrowing Non-Fiction books will be Friday 11th February. We will keep the fiction section open as close as we possible can to the actual moving date.
You won't need to return your NON-Fiction books until after we are moved and settled so don't be put off borrowing them.
World Book Day 3rd March
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