Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Hello Bookworms!

Well, only one week and one day left of school!  The library is closed and we have counted all the books.  There are still a few out, and some that have just disappeared off the shelves.  If you know where any of these are please, please, please bring them back to the library or drop them into the office.  I'm not worried about where they have been - I just want the books back.  Pleeeeeeease! I'm really hoping and saying some prayers that we get every last one back onto the shelves by the end of the term.

Congratulations to Room 11 for winning the prize for being the first class to get all of its books back to the library.  Well done, Room 11 and Miss Ryan. 

And a HUGE THANK  YOU to our Year 6 Student Librarians for all your hard work this year.  You have made my job a whole lot easier, and have been a great bunch to work with - hardworking, enthusiastic and fun! Thank you!  I wish you all the very, very best as you go on to Year 7.  Keep reading!
Watch out for some new stuff coming on the library blog soon...  This will help you to find the books you'll love, and great reading websites too.  And there will be more competitions and chances to win prizes.

In the meantime, here's a little joke for you all!

A chicken walks into the library.  It goes up to the circulation desk and says: "book, book, book, boook".The librarian hands the chicken a book. It tucks it 
under his wing and runs out. A while later, the chicken runs back in, throws
the first book into the return bin and goes back to the librarian saying: 
"book, book, book, bok, boook". Again the librarian gives it a book, and the 
chicken runs out. The librarian shakes her head.  Within a few minutes,the chicken is back, returns the book chickenand starts all over again: "boook, book, book book boook". 
The librarian gives him yet a third book, but this time as the chicken is running out the door, she follows it. The chicken runs down the street, through the park and down to the riverbank. 

There, sitting on a lily pad is a big, green frog. The chicken holds up the book and shows it to the frog, saying: "Book, bok, bok, boook". 

The frog blinks, and croaks: "read-it, read-it, read-it".

Hee hee!

Happy reading, everyone!




Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Hi Bookworms!

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON.....

There are lots of books that are super popular, but I think one of the most popular series of books is The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  Lots of you will have read at least one of them, and some of you have read them all, AND seen the movies!  They really are a great read, and lots of fun.  So, I'm sure that many of you will be delighted to know that there are only SEVEN MORE SLEEPS until the seventh Wimpy book is released on 14 November.  It's called The Third Wheel, and it features Greg and his search for love, or at least a date for the school dance!  Check out the book trailer here...

This is the last week for borrowing books this year, because we have to do a stocktake (count every single book in the library) and we need to have all the books back before we can start.  It's a really big job, and we need you to help by bringing your books back on time, OK?  Super dooper!  There'll be a prize for the first class to have all of their books back.  Thank you in advance for your help with this.

I do hope you are all enjoying your reading.  I have been hearing some truly wonderful stories of children getting fabulous results in the latest reading tests - am so proud!  Keep it up, especially over the summer holidays... what a lovely way to spend an hour on a hot day - find a lovely shady spot in the garden, drag out a blanket or a beanbag and lose yourself in a great book.... aaahhhh, bliss!

Happy reading, all of you!

Monday, 15 October 2012

Hello again!

What a great selection of new books and magazines we have this week.



Calling all 1Directioners!  Check out the latest Upstart magazine - 1 Direction are on the cover, and you could win great 1D prizes if you can answer a few questions about the boys and send in your answers to the folk at Upstart magazine.  Have a look at the Upstart Bookworm section too, for reviews of the latest kids' books.

And we have the latest Fishing magazine - hands off, Mr Bach!

And in honour of Sparkle, Book Book and Mary, we've also got a NZ Lifestyle Block magazine which asks the question "Which is the best chicken? See the most beautiful, rare and best poultry in the country."  I think my chickens at home are the most beautiful, of course.  (Don't tell Sparkle, Book Book and Mary that though!)

On the book shelf this week, there is something for everyone.  Skullduggery Pleasant fans will be delighted to see the latest in the series, called Kingdom of the Wicked - it looks as scary as ever!

Judy Moody fans will have to prepare for the Judy Moodiest summer ever!  Did you see the movie?  Well, now you can read the book "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer".  And if that's not enough, check out Judy's website www.judymoody.com.


If you like a great picture book, with a funny rhyming story, and a real kiwi flavour, check out the latest in the Kiwi Corkers series.  It's called "The Frog Footy Player", and puts a hilarious NZ spin on the old story The Frog Prince.  I know the teachers love to read these aloud to classes, so I'm sure you will have heard some of the others in the series.

And those of you who enjoy the hilarious Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton books will love their newest offering "The 26-Storey Treehouse", which is, of course, following on from "The 13-Storey Treehouse".  Lots of funny illustrations, and the stories will make you laugh out loud!  (Enormous inflatable underwear?)  If you like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, you'll love this too.   Have a look at this video in which Andy Griffiths gives you a guided tour of the 26-Storey Treehouse.  I'd love to go there!


OK. Here's your chance to win a prize.  The first five children to come to me, Mrs O'Leary in the library, and correctly answer one of the following questions will win a prize...
  • What did Baa Baa Smart Sheep convince Quirky Turkey to eat?   
  • Who eats Snozzcumbers? 
  • Who is Greg's best friend in The Diary of a Wimpy Kid?        
Happy reading, Bookworms!
                                                                                                                                    



Sunday, 14 October 2012

Happy Term 4, Bookworms!  It's lovely to see you all back looking gorgeous in your summer uniforms.  It won't be long until it's a bit warmer for those bare legs!

You may remember the prize-giving for our Oh The Places We'll Read photo competition at the last assembly.  Just as a reminder, the results are as follows:

The winner of our Manipulated Photo category is Alliyah Baluyot(Room 3), who managed to put a photo of herself reading onto the huge billboard in Piccadilly Circus in London.  Very imaginative!

Mr Macmillan and I couldn't decide between two photos in the Static Photo category, so we have joint winners, as follows:

Olivia Hurford and Lauren Elliott (Room 9) with a gorgeous photo of Olivia looking very comfortable reading in amongst the ferns and flowers of the garden.

And.....


Katie O'Leary and Olivia Hurford (Room 9) with a funny photo of Katie sitting reading a magazine about chickens, with her chicken, Delilah, on her knee! 

Room 9 won Best Class both for their great photos, and the number of entries in the competition. I would love to see Silent Reading time in that class, because apparently the children just LOVE to read on the monkey bars, sliding down poles, up trees... crazy kids! :-)

And finally, Mrs Todd won Best Teacher entry for her fabulous photo of herself, reading Harry Potter at Hogwarts!  How exciting, Mrs Todd!  Did you get to meet Harry, or Dumbledore, or Voldemort?

Well done, everyone!  I love that you all like to read in odd places, but mostly I just love that you like to read!





 



Look out for my next post where I will tell you about some of the great new books in the library this week. 

Plus, you could win a prize if you answer a mystery question...

Keep watching!  And most of all, keep READING!!!






Monday, 17 September 2012

Hello Bookworms!

What a great response we had to the "Oh the Places We'll Read" photo competition. We are in the process of judging right now, and will tell you the winners as soon as we can. Well done to Room 9 who sent in the most entries of any class! Lots of snap happy readers in that class!

There are some lovely new books on the New Books shelf this week. I'm sure you'll all be excited to see a new offering from Hairy McClary author Lynley Dodd. This one is called Slinky Malinki Early Bird, and its about our favourite rapscallion cat! In this story, Slinky likes to wake everybody up nice and early in the morning. He tries lots of different ways to get the family out of bed - he sits on faces, bites toes, leaps on bodies and yowls up a storm! Wonder why he's so keen to get them all out of bed early? You'll just have to read it to find out...


Also on the new book shelf is the first part of a trilogy called The Dragonkeeper, about a slave girl in Ancient China, who saves the life of a dragon only to find that she and the dragon, carrying his mysterious purple stone, have to go on the run across China, to escape a ruthless dragon hunter, and an evil sorcerer. This book has had wonderful reviews and will probably appeal to seniors.



A really fun book on the new bookshelf is How Dinosaurs Really Work!  Have you ever wondered what dinosaurs ate for breakfast, or whether you could beat one in a race?  Well, this book is crammed full of all sorts of interesting facts about dinosaurs with super cool detailed illustrations.  A must read for anyone who's interested in dinosaurs.

Anyway, Bookworms, I'm off to find a good book to read!

Happy reading!

Monday, 3 September 2012

Oh the Places We'll Read Photos

Hi Bookworms! Congratulations to the 10 children who won a prize for simply reading this blog! (If you're wondering how, check out the last line of my last blog post.) Entries are coming in, thick and fast, for our extreme reading photo competition. Have a look at what we have so far...

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Hello Bookworms!

Am so excited to have received a couple of great entries for the "Oh the places we'll read" photo competition.  Please keep them coming...  Friday of next week is the last day to get them in before judging, so let your imaginations run wild, and get snapping!

My STAR BOOK this week is "The House that Jack Built" by Gavin Bishop.  This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Jack Bull, a new European immigrant to New Zealand in the early 19th century - that's more than 200 years ago!  The illustrations show the story of early New Zealand including the missionaries, traders, Maori, farmers and the Land Wars after the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.  And, it includes those wonderful characters from the original poem "This is the House that Jack Built" - the man all tattered and torn, who kissed the maiden all forlorn, that milked the cow with the crumpled horn, that tossed the dog, that worried the cat, that killed that rat, that ate the malt, that lay in the house that Jack built...  Wonderful!  Come and have a look!

There are lots of other cool books on the new book shelf this week too.  If you like Goosebumps, have a look at "Claws!" (looks scary!), and if you like Geronimo Stilton, we have two new books for you - in one Geronimo goes to Japan, and the other is a graphic book (that's like a comic) where Geronimo tries to save the Olympics from Cat-astrophe!


Jacqueline Wilson fans (and there are lots of you out there!) will love the new Tracy Beaker story, The Dare Game, and in the Quick Picks, Rainbow Magic fans will find a new one called Kylie the Carnival Fairy.

Happy reading everyone!  I'm off to read my book now - hmmmm.... now, where's a good spot to read this afternoon? ;-)

Pssst... the first 10 children to come in to the library and say to me (Mrs O'Leary) "Blogalicious" will win a prize!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

I LOVE, LOVE LOVE to sit and read, so I do it quite often.  When I was a kid, my favourite place to read was in the branches of a big walnut tree, that leaned out over a stream running next to our backyard.  There was a big branch that just seemed to have been designed by God as the perfect place to sit, leaning against the trunk of the tree.  Nobody could see me as I was surrounded by leaves, so I could hide from cleaning my room or setting the table!  Perfect!

So, what is your favourite place to read?  I'd love to see it!  Where do you think is the wackiest place in the world to read?  Would you read there?

This week we are launching a new competition, and I want to see photos of you reading in your favourite places or let your imagination run wild, and insert a photo of you or a friend reading somewhere wierd, or dangerous, or just plain crazy!  Perhaps you might be sitting on top of a cupcake, or skydiving with a book - use your superior computer editing skills to come up with a crazy place to read!  (Have a look at Eamon about to be hit in the head with a flying Angry Bird, on the poster!)

Have a look at the posters which show the rules, and categories for the competition, along with some photos to give you inspiration.  You'll find it here (have a look under the Competitions tab on this blog) or pinned up around the school grounds, and of course, in the library.

Happy clicking, everybody!  And of course, happy reading!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Hi all!

Am very excited this week as we have a cool new competition coming up.  Details will be announced at assembly, and I will then put the poster on this blog for you to refer to when you enter...  Hope you're all feeling very creative and getting out there reading, reading, reading!  Think about your favourite place to read...

We've got some great books on the new bookshelf this week including one from one of my favourite authors, Lauren Child.  It's called Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book, and it's about a boy called Herb who falls into a book of fairy tales!  Can you imagine?  He gets to meet Goldilocks, and Hansell and Gretel, Cinderella and Puss-in-Boots!  Herb learns a few lessons along the way about how to treat his books...

Also on the new bookshelf is a new one about Fancy Nancy, who has grown up a little and is now known as Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth!  Nancy and her best friend, Bree, have everything they need to solve a mystery, from their totally professional trench coats to their top-secret code. But when crime strikes in their classroom, will these super sleuths be able to crack the case? You'll have to read it to find out...


Another new book this week will surely appeal to fans of Robin Hood.  It's called Outlaw, and is by Michael Morpurgo, an awesome author, who has written some wonderful chapter books including War Horse, Best Mate and The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.  Mr Morpurgo has rewritten the legend of Robin Hood, who was taken in by a band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest and went on to champion the poor, by robbing the rich!  Exciting stuff!

And, finally, since it's raining AGAIN, have a look at this site for World Book Day.  Its full of games, puzzles and cool, fun things to do, and features so many of your favourite book characters.  Check it out - you'll find characters from Beast Quest, How to Train Your Dragon, Winnie the Witch, the Henderson Boys, the Gruffalo, Rainbow Magic and more...

Happy reading!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Hi there little Bookworms!

I hope you are all enjoying the Olympics as much as I am, although it is really easy to stay up far too late at night watching interesting and crazy sports that you would not normally watch!  But aren't they fascinating?  The athletes must have put in years and years of hard work to get to the Olympics, and it is so heartwarming to see their joy at winning a medal.  I have a couple of new Olympics books out on the shelves today, one of which is Olympics Through Time which gives lots of history of the Olympics from Ancient Greece to today.  It has lovely illustrations and some very interesting facts - did you know that there are almost 11,000 athletes competing in London? 

I also discovered some very exciting news the other day that will please Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans.  Yes, there is a new Wimpy Kid book coming out later on this year, called "The Third Wheel".  It is still a few months away yet, so in the meantime, have a look at this...  Jeff Kinney will teach you how to draw wimpy kid, Greg...



Monday, 23 July 2012




It is a bit of a sad day today for children, and people who used to be children, in New Zealand.  Yesterday, one of New Zealand's most loved children's authors, Margaret Mahy, died. 



She wrote more than 200 books and poems, and loved children and reading.  Her daughter said that she was "quite eccentric", and "a bit weird" at school, and that's what made her so special! 



My favourite Margaret Mahy book is "Down the back of the Chair" but I also love "A Lion in the Meadow" and "Bubble Trouble", and "A Summery Saturday Morning" and "The Moon and Farmer McPhee" and...  I just can't decide! 


What is your favourite Margaret Mahy book? 


Margaret Mahy was born in Whakatane (my home town!) and she was a librarian before she became a full time author. 

She loved children and loved reading, and always felt that reading time between parents and their children was a good time for a cuddle!


She won lots of awards for her books and last year she won the New Zealand Post Children's Book of the Year award for The Moon & Farmer McPhee with Dunedin illustrator David Elliot.  Some of you met David Elliot at the museum last year.



You might want to watch one of Margaret Mahy's stories, "The Three Legged Cat" here.




Sunday, 15 July 2012

Welcome back, little book worms!  I hope you all had a lovely holiday and did lots of exciting things...  I managed to read a couple of big chapter books, which was super dooper!  We had such lovely days for most of the holidays so I bet you were all out and about, going on adventures, riding bikes, ice skating, going for walks in the Redwoods and all those sorts of activities.  I sure hope that you all managed to get some reading in as well.  Am looking forward to seeing all of you in the library this week, and you can tell me all about what you've been up to!

I have a little secret for you children... shhhh... this is not for grown up ears... On the new book shelf this week is a book called...  Poo Bum!    "Well, how rude!" I can hear you all saying!  Yes, well... there are a couple of naughty words in this book   - it is about a naughty little rabbit called Simon who can or will only say two words (“Poo Bum”). He ends up being eaten by a wolf and later saved by his father who is a doctor. Does he learn from his experience? You decide for yourself!


Now, as it's a rainy day today, and there's nothing quite like a story on a rainy day, have a look at the Charlie and Lola story below.  Happy reading, kiddliwinks!


Sunday, 24 June 2012

Well, it is the last week of term - whew! :-)  Two weeks to go on holiday, play in the backyard, mooch with mum and dad, hang out in your pj's, go to the movies, and READ, READ, READ!  Sounds awesome!

Have a look at all of the new magazines in the library this week.  (They are next to the New Books, just in case you didn't know!)  We have a new Bay Fisher magazine, a new one for the motorbike lovers amongst you, and a new Small Blacks rugby magazine with Sonny Bill on the cover.  (Did you watch the game on Saturday?  We were lucky enough to go, and it was soooo exciting!)  Did you also know that we have a number of Jacqueline Wilson magazines, full of stories, crafts, tips for writing your own stories, and quizzes for those that love JW's books!  You might also like to check out the website that accompanies the magazine - http://www.jw-mag.com/. And if you're interested in conservation, check out the latest Wild Things magazine from the Kiwi Conservation Club.

Normally at this time, you all return your books to the library, and there is no more borrowing for the term.  This time you can keep your books over the holidays, but you need to do two things - take good care of our books, and read them!  Turn up the volume and have a look at this video - Gotta Keep Reading!  

Monday, 18 June 2012


It's 100 years this year since the Titanic sunk.  This was a ship that was hailed as unsinkable, and yet, on its very first voyage it hit an iceberg and sunk, killing 1517 men, women and children.

Story of the Titanic is my Star Book this week, and presents one of the most tragic events of the 20th Century in a dramatic insight into the Titanic's construction, to it's tragic maiden voyage.  I love this book - the illustrations are amazing, and there are so many interesting facts and diagrams that I couldn't put it down!You'll also read tales of the people on board including the captain, members of the crew, and passengers from first, second, and third class. Great non-fiction!

The Seniors today had the chance to compete in the St Mary's Lego Competition to see who could build the best structure.  The children had to build some kind of creature - whether it was a human, or an animal, a monster, or a mythical creature - and there were some truly creative critters made today!

The winners were Jerome Kilkelly, Riley Thomson and Ronan Dyer with their fabulous dragon, compete with a dragon tail and and a watchful eye. 

Second place went to Eamon Szilagy with a beautiful bird with its gorgeous wings spread out wide. 

Third place was difficult, and was awarded to two teams - John Paul Tolentino and Janna Rutor with their Flying Frog, and Grant Harvey, Joshua Rowe and Blake Umbers for their Defence Lizard.

Well done to all of the children who entered - you did a great job, and it was nice to see you all out of the cold!  Thank you to Mrs Russell for helping to judge today - a very difficult task!

Many of the winning structures from across the school are on display in the library - come and have a look!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

There were some amazingly creative structures built by the middle school children who entered the Lego Competition today.  The children were asked to build some form of transportation - perhaps a car or a rocket, a ship or a plane...  The standard of creations was very high, but there was a clear winner, built by Angus Veitch, Finn Liley and Samuel Rush.  The boys built a helicopter, complete with a landing pad, telecommunications tower, car and carport - the whole package with 200 bricks!  They even had their own cheerleader - Kate Liley - who encouraged them all the way!


Second place went to Max Meredith and Jacob Yates from Room 7 who built a truck and trailer and showed great resourcefulness when they ran out of wheels.  Third place went to Cailyn Trask and Caeli Grigsby, also from Room 7, who built a really creative ski-plane.

 Well done to all of the children who entered, and thank you to the other members of our judging panel, Mr Macmillan and Jerome Kilkelly.  Looking forward to the senior competition next Monday!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The Junior Lego Competition was held at lunchtime today and there were certainly some very impressive structures created.  We had an enthusiastic turnout from the junior school and were fortunate to have a number of parents come to watch too, so the library was overflowing! 

The children had to build a house of some kind - maybe a dog house, or a castle, or an igloo, and lots of creativity was on display. The winners were as follows:

1st - Mikulash Joyce, Te Oki Seabourne-Morrison and Delana Cavallaro-Trask (Room 4)
2nd - Toby Coles (Room 14)
3rd - Riley Parkinson, Cormac Barbour and William Greentree (Room 15)

Well done all of you!
Winners- Te Oki, Mikulash and Delana

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Much excitement in the library as the Lego Competition starts tomorrow.  Who is going to build the best structure??? If you want to enter, remember that Juniors need to bring their Lego to the library at 12.45 tomorrow - Thursday 7th June.  Are you a Lego Legend?



Monday, 4 June 2012

Check out this week's Star Book - "It's a Book" by Lane Smith.  This is a funny little tale of a book loving monkey, a tech savvy donkey and a cheeky little mouse, as the donkey discovers the joy and mystery of books!  Great characters, illustrations and a nice commentary about books in our techy world.  My favourite bit is when the donkey translates the story about Long John Silver into Txt speak!
Have a look at the Youtube clip below.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Hi from the Library!

Welcome to the St Mary's School Library blog!  I'm so excited that we are now ONLINE!  We can use this blog to share news about the library, maybe discuss the books we love (or don’t love!), and share ideas about how to make the library – and reading – even more fun.