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Media Resource Library (MRL)

Creating a Vibrant Reading Culture in School

In Greenridge Primary, we believe that reading is the key to knowledge and lifelong learning. We also believe that reading is key leverage to help students improve their language proficiency in all the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The overall objective of our school-wide reading programme is for students to become life-long readers through a vibrant reading culture in our school.

Our school-wide programme aims to expose our students to various genres of books and to enthuse them to read extensively through mass engagement platforms such as assembly talks by local writers and NLB officers, pre-assembly silent reading, reading fests and story-telling sessions by our Principal.

Our school works closely with key partners in the implementation of our school wide reading programmes.  The National Library Board (NLB) is one of the key partners. Some of the programmes that we have collaborated with NLB include the NLB Book Talks/Book Buzz and Mass Borrowing in School which introduces different genres of books to the pupils. 

We also conducted Reading Fest annually as a way to get the pupils to be more involved in reading. Our Media Resource Library (MRL) also plays a key part in making the books more accessible to the pupils and to let them immerse in the joy of reading.

The following are some of our main reading programmes conducted in the school and during our library CCA.

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The library operating hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday

7.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Friday

7.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Closed for lunch

12.30 p.m. - 1.00 p.m.


Our friendly school librarian, Mdm Yati, ensures the MRL remains a conducive, interactive and vibrant place for the pupils to read and participate in reading activities.

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OUR LIBRARY RESOURCES

A)   Wide Range of Books

We have a repertoire of books from different genres to meet the pupils’ interest.      

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B)   Use of Computers in Library

Pupils may also use the computers available in the library to access audiobooks or do their class assignments.

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C)  
Online Catalogue (OPAC)

Pupils may also check out the new arrivals and other library resources through the OPAC system online

D) McOnline Social Learning Wall 

Do log in to McOnline and check out this for library updates on programmes and activities in the school!
(Under “Announcements”).


OUR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES

A)   Reading Fest 2016

Our focus for Reading Fest this year was on local writers and stories with values.  Pupils were given books on Singapore Stories to read and to work in small groups to complete follow-up activities like crossword puzzles to answer questions related to the stories. 

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B)   Pre-assembly Sharing

During pre-assembly in the morning, teachers will share on some MRL related news as well as to promote different genres of books to the pupils in the hall.

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C)     Pocket-Sized Programme (Monthly Thematic Book Displays) and Other Displays Linked to Festivals/Cultures in Singapore

 Every month, our librarian would prepare book displays and activities linked to different exciting topics or themes:

Month

Theme

January

Know Your Library

February

Fact Finder

March

Blast Into Space

April

Think Green

May/June

Discover Singapore Authors
Books to Movies

July

Celebrate Singapore

August

The Chequered Flag

September

C.S.I Singapore!

October

World of Folklore



These book displays help to boost pupils’ interest in the different themes and genres of books and exposed them to the new and current collections in the library. The displays also convey meaningful information about the topics/themes.


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D)   Book Buzz/Book Talks by NLB

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E) Movie Screening 

Books do come alive in movies. Watching movies adapted based on popular books is a great way to have a glimpse into the world of the great writers. These movies also create a lot of curiosity in the children, resulting in them picking up the related books and read them in details. So far, we have an overwhelming response for the movie screenings and around 60 pupils had joined us for the movie screening on 29 July.

Schedule of movie screening (in line with EL lessons & books to movies theme):

 

Movie

Date of screening

1

Charlotte’s Web

8 July

2

How to Train Your Dragon

29 July

3

Zootopia

26 August



F) Book Fiesta! (New Books Launch)

More than 4000 new English books are added to the school library in October. Popular series like Geronimo Stilton, Mr Midnight, Diary of the Wimpy Kid and many more are available. 

Assembly talks on the Book Fiesta were done for P1-6 and we received an overwhelming response during the launch in October and pupils continued to visit the library for the new books following the launch. 
We will continue to update and increase our book collection in 2017. 

There will more new Mother Tongue books and EL books that would be launch in 2017 as well. Do look out for more information at our McOnline library social learning wall for further updates!



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Assembly Talk to Lower Primary Pupils

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Assembly Talk to Upper Primary Pupils


G) National Reading Movement and National Reading Day

To find out more: http://www.nationalreadingmovement.sg/

Together with the nationwide National Reading Movement and National Reading Day, we also aim 
to encourage our pupils to “Read More, Read Widely and Read Together”. 

As part of a reading nation, our school will constantly review our reading programmes and activities
to meet the needs of the pupils and to develop a vibrant reading culture in Greenridge Primary School.