What the jackdaw saw

What the jackdaw saw

by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt (2015)

What the jackdaw saw

New in the library is the book What the Jackdaw saw. The story is about the jackdaw, who is trying to talk with the other animals. It sees many things as it flies around, but the jackdaw can’t see that the other animals are all trying to tell it something.

Once the wise old owl explains to the jackdaw about sign language, the bird is an enthusiastic learner, and finds he is able to get his message across quite easily, too.

Jackdaw signs

Julia Donaldson is a very famous author (she wrote The Gruffalo). From 2011-2013 she had the important title of Children’s Laureate (read more about her role) and she said this:

Another area I plan to involve myself in is stories for deaf children. This is partly because I have a hearing problem myself, and also because I’m fascinated by sign language (even though I’ve never learnt it) and love to watch stories being acted out so expressively by signers”

This story was created in collaboration with a group of deaf youngsters, who invented the title after they’d read another book of Julia’s called What the Ladybird Heard. Read more about their creative process here. Julia also said, “I realised what a lot it meant to children with hearing problems, and in particular hearing aids, to see a character like themselves in a book.”

Thank you, Julia! Julia Donaldson

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Welcome Back to Term 3

We hope everyone had a great break, and stayed warm as it was absolutely freezing!

With the recent launch of e-books in our Library, we have now set-up an e-book area of the website.  In here, you can find our e-book booklet that covers how to download and read our e-books. There is also a link to a number of help videos, and a request form so that you can tell us about the books you would like to see available. We really value your feedback on how we can develop this new collection to best meet our students’ needs.

Our E-Book area of the KDEC Website

Our E-Book area of the KDEC Website

Take a look at the area, and then have a look at our new e-book collection.

Enjoy reading!

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Term 2 Unit visits

Library Hub staff spent two days last week travelling to our school Deaf provisions. We have  enjoyed chatting to all students and staff, from the Preschool all the way up to the colleges.

The purpose of these visits is to circulate library resources, and to get to know the students and find new ways to meet their needs. We talked about the challenges of recreational reading for teenage boys. We watched a primary school science demonstration (with bubbles!) and discussed other experiments that the Library can provide equipment for. We found out about the career ambitions of one class, who also taught us what a “ghillie suit” is. We shared the excitement of releasing e-books and discussed ways students can be encouraged to combine technology usage with reading. It was great to meet so many students and to share our books and stories with them.

Another highlight of our travels was the opportunity to share the story of Grandpa’s Slippers by Joy Watson and Wendy Hodder. Our primary school students are attending a theatre performance based on this text, so the Library team were asked to familiarise classes with how the story goes.

Grace preparing to read "Grandpa's slippers".

Grace preparing to read “Grandpa’s slippers”.

Here’s a picture of Grace in action! KDEC Library has four other books about Grandpa by Joy Watson and illustrated by Wendy Hodder, plus one in te reo Māori! Any requests for NZSL Storytelling, please email the library team on library@kdec.school.nz

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Anderina is back!

Anderina and Aroha sm

Librarian Anderina McLean has returned to KDEC Library Hub following her maternity leave. She is taking on the delegation of maintaining this Library Blog, so she would be thrilled to hear your ideas and feedback. Please add a comment below this blog post or e-mail her on library@kdec.school.nz

Anderina will be sitting at the front desk (closest to Reception and the stairs) from 9am-5pm Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. There have been lots of changes while she has been on leave, such as the new premises, different Library layout, and the changes in software; but as always, Anderina is delighted to help Library customers with any information and resource needs.

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Brother and sister

And for those that want to know …  Anderina’s daughter Bronwyn will turn four (!) in just over a week, and her baby boy Toby (short for Tobias) is now eight and a half months old. The two children adore each other. Toby is very active, has a significant appetite, and has just cut his third tooth, with #4 not too far behind. He generally sleeps pretty well at night, although just for fun he has taken to waking up around 5:15am, but only on Mummy’s work days.

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Toby

KDEC Library Hub welcomes Anderina back to the team.

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New Books for May

We have some wonderful, new books in the library.

Come for a visit to take a look!

Our new books for May.

Our new books for May.

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Kelston Sports Days of Old

In honour of Sports Day last month, our Archivist has collected together a few photos taken from KDEC Sports Days in the past.  Spot anyone you know?

1954 Kelston Sports Day

1954 Kelston Sports Day

1954 Kelston Sports Day

1954 Kelston Sports Day

Sports Day from 1984

Sports Day from 1984

Sports Day from 1984

Sports Day from 1984

Sports Day from 1984

Sports Day from 1984

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New Name Competition

New Name Competition

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