Friday, 5 February 2016

Welcome back

It has been a very busy first week in the library.  Our new shelving arrived during the holidays and we have been kept busy moving all the books onto the new fiction shelves.  I am pleased to say that we have moved it all.  Still have some other stuff the shift, but this is the result so far.

A bit more work to do.  However we are thrilled with the space that has been created.

Class visits to the library start on Tuesday.  I am looking forward to meeting all our new year sevens and catching up with the year eights.  Have a wonderful long weekend.
Mrs Grey

Thursday, 29 October 2015

B.O.P Interschool lit quiz

We had nine teams compete yesterday in our local competition.  Aquinas College, Awakeri School, Tahatai Coast School, Tauranga Intermediate and Tauranga Primary.

Our day started with Awakeri, who have attended national and world lit quiz competitions giving us a presentation of their journey and the how they work with their teams.  It was very interesting and I am sure we all took away a few ideas that we will try with our own teams.  A big thank you to Awakeri for sharing with us.

This years questions were written for us by Pat Osman and Vicki Wikohika, both have been librarians at Tauranga Intermediate and spent a lot of time training our lit quiz teams while you were here.  Thank you to both of you, for your challenging questions.

           Pat Osman, Vicki Wikohika and myself.  Past and present 
Tauranga Intermediate librarians a total of 
38 years experience in school libraries!!!!

So with a buzz in there air our quiz master Steve Theunissen got things underway with our first round First Lines, this catagory proved to one that Awakeri knew well with them winning the round with a total of 9/10.  Very impressive.  The next round again won by Awakeri with a score of 6.5 was Who is the character.  Round three began with Awakeri leading and Tauranga Intermediate 1 coming second,  this round proved to be a hard one, Hidden talents, famous people who have written books.  Tauranga Intermediate 1, won this round with a total of 5/10, closing the gap on Awakeri.

The next two rounds were hotly contested, Now and Then and Christmas were ties between Awakeri and Tauranga Intermediate 1.  There were plenty of spot prizes handed out to individuals for answering the quick fire questions between rounds, chocolate and books were handed to well deserving students.

Congratulations to our winners on the day Awakeri with a total of 24.5.
Tauranga Intermediate 1: 22
Aquinas College 1: 12

Congratulations to all our teams,  I hope you all had fun and will continue to enjoy the sport of reading. Those who are year sixes we look forward to you becoming members of our team next year if you are attending Tauranga Intermediate.  The rest of you we will see at Tauranga Intermediate in 2016 for the Regional Kid's Lit Quiz.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Our new display

Norm Hewitt is first on our board.  Thank you Norm for allowing us to put you on display.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Scholastic Book Club 2015 Issue 2

All orders for Book Club need to be in by Wednesday 25 March please.
My picks for this issue:
Spirt Animals: Wild Born $5 this is number one in the series.

The Red Poppy with ANZAC day fast approaching this is a wonderful story of two rival soldiers who are badly wounded and how they help each other, and the amazing dog who finds them.  $14.50

Thea Stilton and the Chocolate Sabotage any of these books are popular in our library and this one for $9 dollars is sure to be a hit.

Dinosaur Rescue Megasaurus Mash-Up  4 books in one volume for $9.50

Archie's War $2 the pick of the bunch who can refuse a book for $2 and it is by a very popular writer.

This is just a small selection of what Scholastic are offering this issue.

Monday, 2 March 2015

My holiday reading

Welcome back to a new school year.  I have been so busy that I haven't had a chance to do a post until now and we are in week five!!!
While the holidays were busy I still managed to read.  Here are my reviews:

Skulduggery Pleasant The dying of the light by Derek Landy

The dying of the light is the final instalment in the wonderful Skulduggery Pleasant series, Derek Landy has again written an exciting, intriguing, and at times scary finale.  There are some twists that you wont be expecting.  Look out for his new series later this year.

1914 Riding into War by Susan Brocker
Susan Brocker is a local author who has written a number of books.  Her latest Riding into War is part of a collaborated series with other New Zealand authors Diana Menefy, David Hair, Brian Faulkner and Des Hunt, commemorating the centenary of World War I.  Riding into War follows Billy (17) and his horse Tui as they join the war effort.  I wont give to much away apart to say that I highly recommend this read.   1915 by Diana Menefy will be following later this year, and focuses on the nurses story.

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
If you like the Hunger Games you will love this series.  Dystopian fiction is a popular genre at the moment and The Testing wont disappoint.  Set in a world after a major war that has decimated the earth The Testing follows 'Cia' as she undergoes tests to decide if she is capable of furthering her education and help to rejuvenate the world.  Sound easy .... it never is.

Lockwood & Co. is the new series by Jonathan Stroud.  The screaming staircase is a mix of mystery, ghost and suspense.  Follow Lockwood, George and Lucy as they hunt ghosts, that only they can see and solve an old murder.  By the way they are all children.  It will keep you guessing till the end.  I am looking forward to reading the next book The whispering skull.