School Libraries Adapt During Covid-19

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With the move to blended learning/home-based learning in Term Two, I have been adapting some of what I do in library lessons to deliver it in such a way that students are still reading and responding to quality literature during this time.

School libraries have been adapting to changing learning environments for some years now and are well placed to be flexible, innovative and supportive of the school community in these uncertain times. When students return to school we will continue with library lessons which look at information retrieval, research skills, copyright, creative commons and all manner of literary and literacy work. But right now? Right now what I want to give to my students is opportunities to escape into a great book, and a balance between online/offline reading and learning.

St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School Libraries offer a number of subscription based services for reading digitally at home, including Wheelers ePlatform and Story Box Library. The Junior Library are also offering ‘Drive Through Library Borrowing’ of print books several times a week. Parents, caregivers or students can email the library to request book loans, books are then loaned to students, labelled and placed in our school drive through zone at arranged times. There will be a ‘quarantined books box’ where returns can be placed at the same time and these books will be left for 72 hours before being returned, cleaned with alcohol based wipes and re-shelved. This service will be subject to change as necessary based on government announcements.

The planning below will see us through Term Two and beyond (if needed) and has been supplied to families from Prep – Year 6. St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School has kindly allowed me to share these resources in the hope that you may find them of use as you embark on your own version of home based learning.

Now let me step you through the process by sharing with you what we have sent home:


Welcome to Read+Write+Create+Share. The Junior Library wants to mix things up and get you in the driver’s seat when it comes to reading. Mrs Daley is hoping you will be creative in your reading responses and inspired to share the books you love with others at home!

What to do

  • Select a book to read.
  • Use the chatterbox to decide where you will read.
  • Record the book you have read in your mini book journal.
  • Select one reading response activity from one of the ‘game boards/worksheets’ – ‘Create+Make+Do’, ‘Write it Out 1’, ‘Write it Out 2’ or ‘Read+Think+Do’.
  • Complete the task.
  • Colour in each activity as you complete it.
  • Share your work with your friends, family and the Junior Library staff on the Junior Library Aidan’s Central page.
  • Select your next book.

Notes for parents and caregivers

Game boards/worksheets available for download below.

Download Create+Make+Do here.
Download Write it Out 1 here.
Download Write it Out 2 here.
Download Read + Think + Do (colour version) here.
Download Read + Think + Do (BW version) here.

The chatterbox and mini reading journal will need to be created.

Download Mini Book Journal here.
Instructions for folding the mini book journal are here.

Download chatterbox here.
Instructions for folding the chatterbox are here.

You may like to print and use all the game boards/worksheets at once, or you may like to work through one at a time. There are enough activities to keep you going for all of Term Two and beyond and all activities are aligned with the Australian Curriculum: English and Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.

St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School St Aidan’s is a Prep to Year 12 Anglican day school for girls, with a co-educational Kindergarten. Located in Corinda, with a population of approximately 850 students, reflecting our belief that students experience many benefits in a smaller school. If you’d like more information please click here.

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  1. Natasha Gracey on Apr 22, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    So generous of you to share your valuable resources thank you Megan!! All the best to you during this challenging time. With gratitude, Natasha

    • Megan Daley on Apr 23, 2020 at 12:22 pm

      No worries t all Natasha, hope the resources are of use!

  2. Susan Bryant on Apr 24, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing your resources, Megan, great ideas I hope to be able to use with my K-6 students.
    Much appreciated,
    Sue Bryant

  3. Justine A Hughes on Apr 24, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    These are wonderful. Thanks Megan.

  4. Bianca Thorburn on May 5, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Great resources Megan. Out of curiosity, what program did you use to make them in in?

    • Megan Daley on May 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      Hi There! These were made in InDesign…but I cannot claim credit for the look of them as the school graphic designer did them!!!!!!!

  5. Carla Riles on May 9, 2020 at 6:48 am

    These are fantastic resource Megan! Thank you so much! I have used them for my Year Six students and cannot wait to see what they come up with in the coming two weeks of online learning.

    • Megan Daley on May 9, 2020 at 12:47 pm

      So pleased they’ve been useful!!!!

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