Information for Schools

Education at Selwyn Libraries

Education programme

Selwyn libraries can assist with a specific project or topic your class is exploring and our librarians can assist in finding books for your class to borrow and read.

A visit can be tailored to suit your class and a library card can be issued for your class. Students with their own library cards are encouraged to bring them on the visit.

Teachers are welcome to visit us for information on using library resources in the classroom.

Other programmes or experiences can be customised to support your curriculum requirements such as:

  • Introduction to the library and how to use it
  • Story times | Book talks | Research support | Browsing visits
  • Digital resources such as Any Questions, Ancestry.com and more

For further enquiries please fill in this form.

Intro to the library Introduction to the library
An informative introduction to the library space, collections and staff. Our librarians will point out relevant collections, great library features and eResources available to library members through our website.

For older classes our librarians can illustrate how the Dewey Decimal System works and how to use the catalogue computers for searching the contents of the library.

Recommended for Year 3 and above. 20 minutes.
Storytelling Storytelling
A personalised storytelling session that can be based on the interests of the class or topics being studied. Students will enjoy stories, learn where their local library is and find out who their local librarians are. These sessions have a strong focus on early literacy and each library has staff who are experienced at delivering storytelling.
 
Recommended for Year 0 and above. 20 minutes.
Computer searching Information literacy and smart searching
An informative session aimed at improving research skills, locating and identifying credible sources of information and highlighting tips, tricks, and pitfalls.
 
Sessions can be tailored to target relevant topics and students can be provided with some resources and services to follow up with. Best suited for when students are embarking on research projects.

Recommended for Year 7 and above. 45 minutes.
Children's activities Collective nouns
A fun session with a collective animal noun guessing game. You will have heard of a flock of sheep, but have you heard of a flamboyance of flamingos, or an aurora of polar bears?
 
Designed to spark curiosity, classes will then have the opportunity to browse and read the best fact and record books the library has to offer.

Recommended for Year 3 and above. 15 minute presentation, 15–30 minutes browsing and reading.
Child reading chapter book Introduction to graphic novels
A session focused on graphic novels and breaking down the idea that graphic novels aren’t “real” books. Our librarians will introduce the idea of visual literacy (involving the ability to interpret information from images) and highlight the broadening range of topics and styles within graphic novels. Classes will then have the opportunity to browse and read the best graphic novels the library has to offer.

Recommended for Year 5 and above. 15 minute presentation, 15–30 minutes browsing and reading.
Lego Explore LEGO® Explore
Explore a topic through LEGO® at the library. Using items from our collections, we will introduce a chosen topic like Ancient Egypt, castles, Antarctica, etc and then make LEGO® creations based on what we have learned.
 
Recommended for Year 2 and above. 45 minutes.
Lego Stemm LEGO® STEMM
Take our LEGO® engineering challenges to creatively explore STEMM and problem solving at the library.
 
Challenges include tallest tower, longest bridge, LEGO® bowling, etc and involve breaking into teams for some healthy competition!

Recommended for Year 5 and above. 45 minutes.

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