Welcome to TCAS Library!!
We have a large, welcoming, well-stocked library of over 8000 books that is always being evaluated and added to. The library is open each day to classes and at each lunchtime from 1.30 to 2pm with a variety of activities available including games, puzzles, colouring, blocks and of course lots and lots of books! Adults are welcome to borrow books from our library once you are on our database.
Bats in the Library
The junior school has been studying bats over the last couple of terms and that has also been our theme in the library so far in Term 4.
Kia Kaha te Reo Maori- Maori Language Week
This week we have been doing activities revolving around the Maori language, making flax flowers, fish hook necklaces, wordsearches, and of course reading stories. We have been lucky enough to have been given some bilingual resources and hope to use these as part of the library programme
New Picture Books
We had a cull of our picture books at the end of last year and have been busy finding new good quality reads for the younger readers including some outstanding books by Julia Donaldson - wonderful pictures, perfect rhymes and great stories! The Highway Rat is (shown) is Donaldson's take on the famous poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes.
Groovy Fish and Other Poems by Paula Green is just one of a number of new library books. This book is the end result of the author visiting schools and libraries up and down the country with children giving her ideas for different poems.The poems are about a huge variety of topics inspired by the children and are funny, thoughtful, and clever. It is a great introduction to poetry for junior students and fun for parents to read too!
Making Fathers' Day cards in the Library
Card making is always a fun activity in the library.
There is now a Parents' Corner in the library which has books on bullying issues, staying safe online, how to encourage reading, and basic computer programming skills. We hope to add to these in the future.
5 November 1881 was the day that the peaceful protest at Parihaka against European settlement of Maori land ended. The settlement of Parihaka was invaded and partially destroyed by 1600 police and volunteers. Maori put up no resistance. Te Whiti, the leader of the protest group, was jailed for 2 years without trial.
Whiffy Wilson the Wolf Who Wouldn't Wash
"There was a wolf called Wilson Who never brushed his hair He never washed his paws or face Or changed his underwear" This is a great read-aloud book- funny, witty with perfect illustrations
New Graphic Novels
Our graphic novel collection has just been boosted by some great new books which incude The Call of the Wild, Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief, Wings of Fire and two books from the Cherub series, The Recruit and Class A. These books tell the stories through amazing illustrations and dialogue and are proving very popular with TCAS readers.
New Non Fiction Books
There is a large number of new non-fiction books in the library as well as new fiction, ranging from career ideas, to biographies, the environment, gaming, social networks and the Olympics!
Matariki marks the Maori New Year with the reappearance in the mid-winter sky of the seven stars known as Matariki, also known as the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters. The stars were traditionally used to determine the coming growing season; the brighter the stars, the more fruitful the crops. "Mata riki" means, "little eyes"