St Joseph’s has a well-equipped, computerised library from which students borrow each week. Students in Years K to 5 require a library bag. There is borrowing each Wednesday and parents are encouraged to show an interest in the books their children borrow. Students also participate in formal library lessons each Wednesday.
Ashton Scholastic Book Club operates within the school, providing families with the opportunity to purchase books and encourage reading at home.
An annual Book Fair is held during Book Week each year, giving students, parents and friends the opportunity to purchase quality books at very reasonable prices. Commission earned through the sale of the books provides valuable new resources for our library and classrooms.
Each class has one library lesson each week, usually working on projects or activities related to a current unit of study whilst enhancing their research, report writing and library skills. Book studies focus on the shortlisted books of the yearly Children’s Book Council of Australia Annual Awards. Book Week is held in August, where we celebrate with a special event such as a Book Week costume parade or a special presentation by a visiting author.