These stories showcase innovative, imaginative and successful initiatives that school librarians and teachers around NZ have implemented for the benefit of their students and teaching colleagues.
Through creativity and close relationships with teachers, these school librarians have designed services that inspire and engage students with reading and learning.
The Poppy Blanket
6 months ago the library team at Riccarton Community and School Library came across a story about poppies being crocheted and knitted for a display in Australia.
Positive rewards from creating a school-wide reading culture
Wellesley College have a thriving reading culture and are reaping the benefits, which include winning the Kids’ Lit Quiz 2016 world final in Auckland.
Encouraging reading through generous lending policies
Here's how Whangarei Intermediate broke away from the borrowing restrictions, with stunning results.
Genrefication — one primary school librarian's experience
The Library Manager at Te Totara School read an article by Jennifer LaGarde, she was inspired to transform her fiction collection by shelving it by genre.
Inquiry into inquiry: the Marlborough Inquiry Project
The primary objective of MIP is to collaboratively develop, trial and implement a common research/inquiry process through local schools.
She'll be OK: Growing confident team members
Rebecca Smith from Freyberg High School reflects on what she has learned and done since participating in our Curating content for digital learners course.
From information overload to streamlined searching
Here's a story of how curating online content has led to changes in student searching behaviour
Whare Ahuru Mowai — a future-focused library space
'Library' is only part of what is on offer in Bailey Road's bright, welcoming, and flexible community space.
Student Library Review Group — giving students a voice
When the Thorndon School library team reviewed the library's role and operations, they asked their students what they wanted for their primary school library.
Summer reading at Ahipara School
Ahipara School, a rural Northland school, increased summer reading by using a whole-school approach that included a photo competition, displays and visits to the public library.
Sailing into summer reading at Manchester Street School
Manchester Street School ran an initiative for a targeted group of students, who received summer reading packs with self-selected books and information for parents.
Taking a 'book break' at Mahurangi College
Mahurangi College is a co-educational high school in Warkworth. The librarians involved the whole school and families and had particular success with branding the summer reading initiative.
Kaiapoi High School's approach to loans
Kaiapoi High School is having a big year this year with a school rebuild and with a shift to a purpose-built Innovative Learning Environment (ILE).
Karori West Normal School's loan — more variety and sharing
Karori West Normal School is a multi-cultural school in suburban Wellington. Library Manager Helen Muxlow took some time out to tell us how she is finding the new lending service.
Corinna School — a summer reading story
Corinna School, a decile 1 school, ran a summer reading initiative led by the principal and used evidence to target students who would benefit most.
Taradale Primary School
Taradale Primary School enjoyed their first whole-school loan. Read how they have coordinated, managed, and displayed their loan.
Improving student learning by developing a passion for reading
This capability building project resulted in students showing measurable improvement in reading and class engagement.
Oturu school's pop-up library
Read how Oturu school is coordinating and managing its school loan in its 'pop-up library'.
Strengthening reading aloud practice to build a school’s reading culture
Oturu School worked with Services to Schools on a capability building project to investigate and develop reading aloud practice.
Learning about raising readers at Sylvia Park School
How National Library's Raising readers online course helped a teacher librarian develop a reading culture at her school.
Learning to develop a responsive secondary school library collection
How the National Library's Building a responsive collection online course helped a librarian ensure the school library's collection met the needs of its community.
Learning about raising readers at Oropi School
Read how Services to Schools' Raising readers online course helped the Oropi School librarian support reading in her school library and develop her professional practice.
Learning to develop a responsive primary school collection
Read how Services to Schools' Building a responsive collection online course helped the librarian at Mt Cook School ensure their library's collection met the needs of its school community.
Experiencing the benefits of facilitated online learning
Tawa School Librarian gained confidence and helped improve school library services after completing our online professional development course Developing your school library services.