Library and Resource Centre
The Glen Eira College Library is a vibrant and engaging place of learning and discovery. We provide quality resources, services and technologies to ensure successful and rewarding outcomes for all of our students. Our Library Monitors play an important role in day to day operations – particularly in the areas of resource selection, extra-curricula activities and helping with library duties. We have a thriving lunchtime Book Club, afterschool Homework Help sessions, and a number of other activities designed to appeal to all. In addition to fostering a love of books and reading, the library provides a caring and inclusive environment well utilised by all members of the Glen Eira College community.
“When in doubt, go to the library.”J.K. Rowling
In exciting news, the Library renovation has now been completed and our refreshed library entrance, offices, and photocopier room are ready to use!
International Bookmark Exchange
In November 2017, the Book Club participated in the International Association of School Librarianship‘s (IASL) international bookmark exchange, which is run every year as a part of International School Library Month (ISLM). ISLM connects communities (learning communities of all kinds and our own social communities) and cultures around the world as we share our love of school libraries and show some of the wonderful activities that go on in our libraries.
At GEC we made handmade bookmarks for students in Portugal, Hungary and Slovenia, and were excited to receive bookmarks in return from schools in these far away countries!
10 ways that libraries power high performance schools
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has released a document that explains the importance of school libraries, and the services they provide. The role of the school library has increasing significance in today’s world of information overload. You can read more here.
Premiers’ Reading Challenge (PRC)
The PRC is open to all Victorian children from birth to 16 years in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by the closing date of the challenge. To meet the Challenge you need to read between 15 and 30 books (depending on your year level) by a set date and keep a record of them. If you meet the Challenge, the Premier of Victoria will send you a certificate of achievement.
The PRC is now open for 2018. All students in Year 7-8 have been registered and emailed their login details. If any Year 9-10 students would like to participate, they can do so by emailing Ms McEwen on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Book Club meets fortnightly at lunchtime on Wednesdays. All students and staff are welcome to join in for a fun, informal discussion about books and reading.
Next meeting: Wednesday 13th June 2018
“I love the library because it is a warm and welcoming place. I feel as though I can really be myself and express my feelings while not being judged or looked down upon. The staff at the library are always friendly and ready to lend a helping hand or give great suggestions to what book you should read next. They are constantly updating the shelves, buying new books and taking in suggestions to ensure there is something for everyone. The library is a safe and homely sanctuary, and the school would not be the same without it.”Ashleigh
“Our Library is the best place in the school to relax and read. Our library allows us to experience a very peaceful environment and a positive vibration, which encourages us to get focused on what we are doing. Whenever I stay in the library the time passes so quickly as there are many things that engage us.The librarians both always have a smile on their face and they are always ready to help us which makes us feel comfortable. I think we have one of the best libraries ever.”Shruthi
“Our library is a beautiful place to be, where students interact and share their knowledge and experiences. Every day I go to the library, whether it is talking to the friendly staff or searching between aisles to find a vast array of books that suit my interests, I can’t help but notice a warm learning atmosphere filled with GEC students and teachers. To build a library there needs to be passion, love and respect for learning which is why I think the GEC library is the best place to be. ”Anika
Ms Karys McEwen – Librarian
Mrs Megan Gatt – Library Technician
Student Opening Hours
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm
Before TEAM: Year 12s and Library Monitors only
Recess: Year 12s and Library Monitors only
Lunch: open after second bell, closed on Wednesdays for Book Club
Book Club – held on Wednesdays at lunchtime
Board Games – Scrabble, Chess, Pictionary, Balderdash, and many more!
VCE Sessions – check the daily bulletins for further information
Homework Help is held every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3.15pm – 4.30pm. Specialist teachers and volunteer tutors are available to help students on a one-to one basis or, if preferred, in small groups.
There is a suggestions box on the front desk in the library. Please let us know if you have any book recommendations for the library, or any other general feedback.
Collection Management Policy
For more information on collection management in the GEC library, please read our policy here.
(now accessible outside the GEC network)