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Media Resource Library (MRL)

Promoting the Joy of Reading in Greenridge Primary School

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In Greenridge Primary School, the Media Resource Library (MRL) actively promotes the Joy of Reading and wants each and every student to be a strong reader and a lifelong learner. It also aims to play a key role in developing 21st Century Competencies in our students and has been evolving in many ways to cater to our digital readers.

In 2019, we have in place some new structures and initiatives to foster a strong reading culture in our school. As we want to work closely with parents to inculcate the love for reading, please do take note of the following library matters and programmes that would require your kind attention.

Library Matters

1. LAUNCH OF ‘THE BOOK LOFT’ (MINI LIBRARY) AND READING CORNER

In line with our mission to promote a reading culture in GRPS, the ICT Department and the English Department are proud to announce the launch of ‘The Book Loft’ at the ground floor of our school. It is at an accessible location, just behind the canteen, where all students will find it convenient to read and borrow books. The Book Loft can house up to 2500 English and Mother Tongue (Fiction and Non-Fiction) books and magazines. There is also a separate reading corner, built near the parade square, furnished with books, magazines and newspapers for students to read at their own leisure. Please see pictures below:

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BOOK TALKS AND MASS BORROWING SESSIONS (NLB)

To encourage our students to read more widely, our school is partnering the National Library Board (NLB) in 2 key programmes, Book Talk and Mass Borrowing.

Book Talk or Book BuzzA librarian from National Library Board (NLB) will give a book talk in the school for the P1-6 students and this book talk covers book recommendations based on a particular theme. Students are able to borrow the books or books of similar genre mentioned during the book talks immediately after the book talks in the school library. 

Book Talk 1

Term 1: 22 & 23 January 2019 (Tues & Wed)

Book Talk 2

Term 3: 16 & 17 July 2019 (Tues & Wed)




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Mass BorrowingUsually the book talks will be followed by NLB mass borrowing in the school. The books from NLB will be brought to our school and all students have the opportunity to borrow the books without the need to travel to any of the NLB libraries.

Mass Borrowing 1

Term One: 24 & 25 January 2019 (Thurs & Fri)


Mass Borrowing 2

Term Three: 18 & 19 July 2019 (Thurs & Fri)




To enable your child / ward to borrow the books during the NLB Mass Borrowing sessions, we would need the support of the parents to ensure that your child brings the Student Concession Card i.e. Ezlink Card (with photo) or NLB library card during the scheduled Mass Borrowing dates to school.
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2. COMPUTERS IN LIBRARY & OPAC SEARCH 

Computers are available in the library for students to use for their school work and projects. They can also use the computers to access OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) to search for the availability of the books in the school libraries and check if they have any overdue books.

They can also read and write book reviews, look out for book recommendations and find out more information about the books they are interested in. OPAC can be accessed from home too:

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3. IPADS, E BOOKS AND AUDIO BOOKS

In 2019, the MRL will be furnished with IPADs that will be installed with a variety of edutainment apps. Students will also be able to use the IPADs to access a wide range of Ebooks and Audio Books (Fiction and Non-Fiction) to enhance their reading. Ebooks are interactive and contain audio, video and animations which can enhance the message that the author is trying to convey to the reader. For our younger students, audio books encourages reading along and exposes them to the different tones and pronunciations.

4. LIBRARY PROGRAMMES

Reading Fest

Our focus for Reading Fest may be on recommendation of different genres of books, local writers’ stories, values or library skills. Students work in groups to read for information and be involved in various activities like doing the crossword puzzles, book hunt and etc.

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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 e.g. Chinese New Year, Know Your Library, Get to Know OPAC, Books to Movies, Racial Harmony Day, Discover Big Nate and etc.

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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Movie Screenings 

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 usually join us for movie screenings. 


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5. OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT LIBRARY

LIBRARY HOURS - MRL

Monday to Thursday

7.45 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Friday

7.45 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Closed for lunch break

1.15 p.m. - 1.45 p.m.




LIBRARY HOURS – THE BOOK LOFT

Monday to Friday

Timing

1st Recess (P1 and P4)

9.15 a.m. – 9.45 a.m.

2nd Recess (P2 and P5)

9.45 a.m. – 10.15 a.m.

3rd Recess (P3 and P6)

10.15 a.m. - 10.45 a.m.





LIBRARY RULES & BORROWING REQUIREMENTS

An Ezlink card (with photo) or a photocopy of it is needed to borrow school library books. Each student can borrow a maximum of 6 books. Those with overdue books must return the books before they can borrow again. Primary 1 students can approach the school librarian to borrow the books until their actual cards are ready. All students can return their books in the book drops outside the MRL or ‘The Book Loft’. Please return school books to the school library (not National Library). Students are encouraged to read silently in the libraries. Please do take note that NO eating/drinking/playing is allowed in both the libraries.

OVERDUE OR LOST BOOKS

Every student should be responsible for the books they have borrowed. All books should be returned to the library before the due date. Reminder slips will be given if overdue books are not returned. Books that are lost must be reported immediately to the librarian and be replaced with a new book (can be of different title that is suitable for Primary students) of around $10. A receipt must be attached to the book for record purposes.

Please do visit our school website for more information about our library programmes. Updates regarding the school libraries will be posted regularly. The MRL team thanks you for your kind attention to the above matters and looks forward to a wonderful 2019!