Croydon Park Public School

A community of cultural diversity

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Our school's teacher librarian is Ms Deirdre Ratcliffe.

Library timetable

Schedule of classes at the library, updated for Term 4, 2020

  • Monday: 1H, 1/2R, 4/5V, 5/6S
  • Tuesday: 3/4HI, 5/6M, 5/6W
  • Wednesday: KG, KN, KT, K/1B, 1J
  • Thursday: 2J, 3/4B, 3/4M, 3/4W
  • Friday: 2A, 2SH

Borrowing books

The number of books students may borrow depends on their current school year.

Kindergarten = 1 book

Years 1 to 4 = 2 books

Years 5 to 6 = 4 books

  • All loans are for one week. 
  • Books are to be brought back each week and loans may be renewed.
  • To borrow, students need a cloth bag. School library bags ($7) are sold in the uniform shop. Any bag made of cloth is also suitable. No green shopping bags (too wide) and no plastic bags (too noisy!). Old pillow cases make fabulous library bags.
  • There is no fine system for overdue books. However students are responsible for the books they borrow. If a book is lost or damaged beyond repair, it must be paid for. 
  • You can assist your child by suggesting a safe place to keep the library books at home and spending some time each week sharing the library books with them.

Library lunchtimes

A number of Year 5 and 6 students volunteer to assist in the library at lunchtimes. They do a great job helping other students, sorting and shelving books, organising the resources and generally helping with whatever needs to be done. Each monitor works for half of a lunchbreak every week with some volunteering for extra sessions. They take on the role for one term.

Suggestion book

A popular feature of the library is the Suggestion Book. Students add ideas for book purchasing. They suggest books to fill in the gaps in book series or books from new authors.

School holidays

School holidays are a great time to catch up with books, perhaps by visiting a local public library or great libraries in the city like the State Library on Macquarie Street or Sydney City Library at Circular Quay.

Holidays are a good time to throw library bags into the washing machine. 

Book week

Book week is the longest running children's festival in Australia and is run by the children's book council of Australia

The first Australian children's book of the year award was made in 1946. At that time and until 1952, there was only one award. The picture book of the year award was established as a separate award in 1952. Until 1982, there was no division between older and younger readers. The Eve Pownall award for information books was presented by Eve Pownall's family in 1988, then by the children's book council from 1993. The early childhood award was introduced in 2001.

Each year, many schools and public libraries from all over Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians develop activities, offer competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.

Our school celebrates book with with an annual book character parade held during Term 3 with students and staff dressing up as a character from a book.

This year book week is 22 - 28 August 2020 and the theme is 'Curious Creatures, Wild Minds'.


Volunteers from our school community are always welcome in the library. There seems to be an unending pile of new books to be covered

See me in the library before or after school if you'd like to volunteer – even just an hour or two once a week or fortnight makes a difference.

Open day in the library

Open day is held as part of our school's Education Week celebrations. Students are welcome to show their families around the library.


The annual library stocktake happens during the last three weeks of each school year. Borrowing and regular class visits to the library stop. Students are required to return all library books. 

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