Welcome to our library
Nau mai, haere mai ki te Pātaka Kōrero
Our library is a space where students can come to find books for the pleasure of reading and for learning. It is also a community space for our school and is regularly used as a meeting space for clubs and groups, such as the Chess Club and Coding Club, and as a place to hang out and play games or draw with friends during break times.
Become a published author
Toitoi is a beautifully crafted journal that contains stories, poems and art created by young New Zealander’s just like you!
We subscribe to this amazing journal and you can check out the latest issue of Toitoi on display in the library.
We would love to see our budding Ridgway authors and artists getting published in this journal. If your submission is accepted and published you will receive two copies of the journal to share with your family and friends, and the library will also receive two copies!
For information on how to submit your work see Submit to Toitoi. Read the Frequently Asked Questions to find out what types of work you can submit and what happens after you have made a submission.
The submission deadline for Issue 10 is 29 September 2017.
In our library you can find:
· Picture books
· Novels and chapter books
· Teen fiction
· Graphic novels
· Non-fiction books and links to online resources from our webpage
You will visit the library once a week with your class to choose books.
You can borrow up to four books in total and can keep these for 2 weeks.
Please bring your books back on time – here’s two good reasons why:
1. You will be able to borrow more books
2. It gives all students the opportunity to read great books
What’s on display at the library?
2017 New Zealand Children's Book AwardsThanks for casting your vote! How did our votes compare with the judges?Come to the library and see which books are the winners.New books
We have some great new books hitting the shelves in the next month, including:
- The 2017 New Zealand Children's Book Awards finalists
- Dragon Boys books by James Russell
- The Treehouse Series by Andy Griffiths
- All the Wrong Questions series by Lemony Snicket
- Billie B Brown books
We are also thrilled to expand the Maramatanga collection with the new resources from the 2017 New Zealand Children's book awards as well as a number of others, including:
- Haka by Patricia Grace
- Maori Art of Kids
- Te Haere ki te Rapu Pea - a Maori translation of the classic, We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Having trouble picking a book to read? To give you some ideas, the current display in our fiction section focuses on science fiction books, funny books, real life stories and books set in fantasy worlds.
Resources in the library
The books in the non-fiction section have been grouped into four sections to help you find books on your topic.
In this section…
You will find books about…
How we think and feel
· Computer coding
· Facts and world records
· Different religions
· How we live in New Zealand, e.g. protecting our environment, money and working, transport and customs.
Science and technology
· Space, stars and planets
· The weather, volcanoes and earthquakes
· Animals and plants
· Our health & body
· Things that move – rockets, trains, trucks and cars
· Farming and pets
· Cooking and sewing
Art, recreation and literature
· Art history
· Building and castles
· Drawing and craft
· Painting, photography and music
· Games, puzzles and sport
· Poetry, plays, jokes and riddles
Geography and history
· Atlases and explorers
· Flags and famous people in history
· Archeology and ancient history – Egyptian kings, queens and mummies
· World history
· New Zealand history
· Artic and Antartica
In addition to the great classroom resources at your disposal and books in the Non-fiction section of the library, try the following online resources:
Librarian’s tip: Wikipedia can be a great place to start your inquiry topic but you should always check any information you use to ensure it is correct. Anyone can contribute to Wikipedia so you can’t assume that they are an expert on a topic.
Use this to….
Chat online with a real librarian, who can assist you with your inquiry topic. This service is available 1pm-6pm weekdays.
Discover facts and information about just about anything.
You can either:
· Click on Students and use the categories to search for information, or
· Enter a keyword about your topic in the Search function to find information, e.g. if you are looking for information on Egyptian mummies, you can enter ‘mummies’ as a keyword.
This is a database that contains links to books, pictures, magazine articles and news stories.
You can enter a keyword into the Search field or click Browse Topics to get an A-Z list of all the topics in Kids InfoBits.
Librarian’s tip: You can even find information on the Star Wars movies!
Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index online
Find modern and everyday Maori words, explanations of key concept central to Maori culture, names of plants, animals (including photos and recordings of bird songs), stars, planets and heavenly bodies that are important to Maori people.
Ever wondered what our rarest native bird, the Kakapo, sounds like? Click here to find out.
Te Ara – Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Find information about our peoples, environment, history, culture and society.
Check out the:
· Earth, Sea and Skysection for information related to sustainability.
· Rongoā – medicinal use of plants section to find out how Maori use plants to deal with illness.