Library

Our Library

Our Librarian is Karen Frater

Email: k.frater@stjosephs.school.nz

Phone: 855 5434

General Information

The school library is the single largest resource in the school with approximately 6000 books and resources available to students and staff. We will continue to expand our collection of fiction and non-fiction books.  Our fiction collection includes junior picture books, graphic novels, sophisticated picture books (picture books for older students), junior novels (easy reads), and senior fiction.  The library also has a projector and screen.

Classes are allocated a weekly library session and regular borrowing is encouraged. Books need to be returned or renewed after two weeks. The number of books that students can borrow changes with the year level of the student.

Borrowing

Year 0-1 classes can borrow up to two books at a time.
Year 2-6 classes can borrow up to three books at a time.
Year 7/8 classes can borrow up to five books at a time.
Books are issued for two weeks
The borrower is responsible for any material borrowed in their name and will be expected to pay the replacement cost of lost or intentionally damaged books

Overdue Books

Our overdues procedure is as follows:

1-2 weeks overdue – reminder notice given to class teacher
2-3 weeks overdue – reminder notice given to class teacher with “final warning” on it.
3-4 weeks overdue – letter sent to parents
5-6 weeks overdue – invoice sent to parents
Students are suspended from borrowing until overdue books are returned (or they are paid for it the books(s) cannot be found)

New Books and Reserves

New books are placed on display for one week so that the whole school can see them.  They may not be borrowed during this time but they can be reserved.
Books on the new book display can be reserved, as can any book that is our on loan.
Reserved books are placed on the reserves shelf when the book becomes available and the book is kept aside for one week.

Student Librarians

Book Club

Donations

  • Donations of good quality books are gratefully accepted (subject to our standard book selection criteria).

We welcome all families to visit our library and see the classroom work that is on display.