Book donation opens new worlds

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary Waterloo’s library has received a boost with the donation of $6,000 worth of books.

Students can now borrow from more than 300 additional books donated by Dymocks Children’s Charities as part of its library regeneration program.

With 105 students enrolled at the school, the donation equates to about three books per student.

Principal Kelly Bouris said the donation allowed OLMC teachers to choose the books that students would benefit from and enjoy the most, and from among the latest titles.

“These books enrich our literacy program,” she said. “They give us the opportunity to provide our children with more quality literature, which provides them with more opportunity to read, to write, and to have life experiences.

“Some will be used in guided reading or shared reading so we brought five or six copies of those, some were brought as individual books that children will borrow from the library. Others we brought to replace books that were damaged because they were so well loved.”

At OLMC children love reading all kinds of stories.

– George, Year 6

Among the titles chosen for the library were books from popular children’s authors Nick Bland, Rod Clement, Margaret Wild and Pamela Allen. Some had a distinctly Australian flavour with Indigenous-themed books My Girragundji and Welcome to My Country also part of the selection.

Dymocks Children’s Charity ambassador and author of the Alice Miranda and Clementine Rose series, Jacqueline Harvey, spoke to students about storytelling when the new books were officially shared on June 9.

In turn they volunteered the elements that they found appealing in a book, from adventure and humour to likeable characters. Students were also visited by mascot Dymock the Duck and aced a book quiz that included questions about popular British children’s author Roald Dahl.

Year 6 students George and Matthew welcomed the author and Dymocks representatives with words of thanks and a reminder of the power books have in shaping lives.

“As Dr Seuss once said: ‘The more you read the more you know, the more you know, the more places you’ll go’,” Matthew said.

George spoke of ways the books would be put to good use.

“Here at OLMC the children from Kindergarten to Year 6 love reading all kinds of stories and finding out information on favourite topics,” he said. “We cannot thank you enough for your kind donation of books.”

Jaqueline’s stories kept students attentive and laughing during the visit. They included vignettes about being friends with Andy Griffiths, changing schools in Year 4, an unrequited crush, having a terrifying teacher, a stubborn horse, and a lot to be grateful for when she moved from a teaching career into full-time writing.

Noah, whose favourite book is Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, said her talk had been a highlight. “I thought it was really good,” he said. “I liked the funny stories that the author told us.”

Cherry, whose favourite book is Ruby Brown’s Cuddles for Mummy, also enjoyed the talk. “It gave us a lot of information and it taught us a lot about books,” she said.

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