Bargain basement animal puppets at $3 each from The Reject Shop, Penrith Plaza. Not sure why the Dalmatian has a yellow nose. I originally rejected these four puppets as my least favourites, but at just $3 each they made a hard bargain to pass up.
More cute animal puppets, this time from the online Sunshine Markets, Queensland. The parcel arrived today! These were an irresistible Internet find: crocodile, leopard and (what the online catalogue called) “the Big Good Wolf”. Really? With those eyes?
I have been invited to present at the 2012 MANTLE Conference in June, speaking on two topics: “Engaging students through Guided Inquiry” and “How to promote your school library on a shoestring budget”.
Both topics will have some added tweaks to presentations I’ve done before, so I’m really looking forward to the challenge of the conference, and meeting teacher librarians of the Newcastle, Maitland, Taree, Lake Macquarie and Central Coast districts.
Mrs Mead has made several visits to the library this term to measure up an old, disused, metal, poster stand-on-castors, in preparation for its transformation into a puppet theatre for our school library.
I am very grateful for the generous donation of fabrics by the owners of New Century Fabrics, Penrith.
What a buzz last night to get an automated “ping back” to notify me that this blog has just been favourably analysed and compared to two other teacher librarian blogs over at School Library Media Collaboration. I hope Christine (aka slm509cms) does well on her assignment!
Today, our school was graced by the presence of author Susanne Gervay, of “I am Jack” fame. All the attendees (Years 3-6) had been well prepped via serialised readings from “I am Jack” all this term, so it was great to see the book come to life with Susanne’s witty and frenetic presentation.
Mrs Mead tried to keep up with all of Susanne’s jokes, anecdotes and anti-bullying strategies, signing for the hearing support students. Can you see Mr McLean’s growing prop of “Jack’s Ponto” in the above pic?
Mr McLean and Jack’s Ponto, photographed by Susanne Gervay
Thanks Susanne for a wonderful author visit. Susanne has blogged about the day as well.
Susanne loved the story of our historic library mural!
Congratulations to Class 3/4M for creating this colourful, three-dimensional display for the library on the Crichton Award nominated book, “The lighthouse kids of Maatsuyker Island: a true Tasmanian adventure”! This and other class displays are in my Flickr slideshow.
Teacher-librarians had been mentioning that Aldi supermarkets were stocking a large, exclusive, felt map of the world, which might prove useful to decorate the library for Book Week (this year’s theme being, “One world, many stories”). I checked out my local Aldi today and, sure enough, there it was. It comes with 100 small felt pieces to attach to the map: iconic buildings, animals, birds, people, products, rivers – and labels for the oceans and continents. Looks great!
Congratulations to Class 1H for creating this beautiful display for the library on the picture book, “Family forest”! This and other class displays are in my Flickr slideshow.
Our historic school milk bottles are now enshrined in a shadow box.
The inside text reads: Penrith Public School’s library stands on the site of a portable library building, and before that a previous portable building. In 2010, workmen excavating the foundations found these “school milk” bottles buried deep in the rubble. One is embossed “1/3 PINT PASTEURISED MILK”.
See the original blog entry of our archeological find HERE.