Library and McKie Resource Centre

Jane Viner, Head of Library

Jane Viner, Head of Library

ALIA Great School Libraries Honour List 2015

We are extremely proud and delighted to announce that The McKie Library has been listed in the 2015 Honours List for Great School Libraries by FAIR (Freedom of Access to Information and Resources).

Joining 213 other schools across Australia, this is a wonderful achievement and validation of the leadership and hard work of our dedicated Library team, led by Head of Library Resources Services and teacher librarian, Jane Viner

The Great School Libraries campaign looked for schools that help children and young people to find reliable information; use the information effectively; think critically; make informed decisions; work productively with others; build knowledge and understanding of the world; safely navigate the internet; communicate and share their ideas; and find great reads to meet personal interests and abilities.

For more information, please visit the FAIR website.?

McKie Resource Centre ~ ‘Library Lounge Room’

The ‘Library Lounge Room’ is open daily for students and staff to enjoy. Junior School parents are invited to come in with their child to read or choose a book before or after school.

Borrowing and Returning

Students and staff from ELC to VCE are provided with a comprehensive curriculum-related collection of print, online and audio visual resources. There is an extensive collection of novels and picture books for all year levels. A small print collection on parenting and child development is available for loan to parents.

All students are welcome to borrow resources but it is their responsibility to ensure they are returned or renewed to enable others to share the resources. Holiday borrowing is available throughout the school year and Christmas holiday borrowing is for Prep to Year 11.

Non-returned, lost or damaged resources are billed to school accounts on a term basis.

Years 7 – 12 students receive an email reminder. ELC and Prep – Year 6 students receive a message via their class teacher. Junior School parents receive an email for overdue items prior to billing.

Please contact one of the library team members with any queries or email?

  • Prep and Year 1 students enjoy a story read by Year 12 students for the ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime

Activities and Visiting the Library

Planned activities are also offered for Junior School (JS) and Senior School (SS) students.

Monday Junior School Read, Play Chess 12.50 – 1.30pm Junior Library
Tuesday Junior School French Storytime
Prep – Year 2
Students meet on the Green – Junior Library
Friday Year 5 & 6 Book Club 1.30 – 2.15pm 1.30-2.15pm Junior Library
Friday Drama Stories Students meet on the Green – Junior Library

ELC and Junior classes visit the Junior Library weekly with their teachers to enjoy literature and borrow.

Years 3 – 6 Junior School students can also visit at lunchtime. A wide selection of print and online resources supports the Curriculum, as well as a comprehensive collection of novels for recreational reading. Students in English classes from Years 7 – 10 enjoy a fortnightly-wide reading session with their teacher.

Digital Literacy

Information and digital literacy skills are taught co-operatively with the subject teacher to enhance student learning outcomes and lifelong learning. Resources are selected and purchased to support the Australian Curriculum and the collection is managed and developed on a regular basis to ensure currency.

Students are able to suggest a new title via the ‘suggestion book’ and these are purchased and added to the library collection.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

An appreciation and love of reading is encouraged by the staff, and is further reflected in displays and the development of the collection. Premier’s Reading Challenge is offered for Prep to Year 6 students and the library staff are available to assist with book selection.

Australian Library and Information Week (May 23 – 26)

In 2016 during Australian Library and Information Week (May 23 – 26) an inaugural program celebrating literature and reading featuring authors and literature activities will be offered to the school community.

Opening Times

Monday – Thursday 8.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm


Mrs Jane Viner, Mr Jordan Adams and Ms Vanessa Walker provide a caring, student and staff friendly well-resourced library environment for reading, research, relaxation, games and individual study.

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