Fendalton Open-Air School Library Blog

Welcome to the Fendalton Open-Air school library blog. This is the place where reading for fun is our main focus. There are heaps of reviews, author and illustrator links, and book trailer links. There are games to play on the homework page and ideas for parents as well. Feel free to leave a comment on any of the posts.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Holidays are here

Today is the last day of term and we had a special visitor escorting the children across the road.
Santa, alias Mr McKinnel, our wonderful caretaker and his helper brightened up everyone's day on this last wet school day of the year.
Have a safe and happy Christmas and I hope you find a good book in your Christmas stocking.
Happy reading.

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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Quaky cat

14 December 2010

Last week we were lucky to meet Diana Noonan at the opening of our new library. Diana was in Christchurch to launch her new book Quaky cat which is illustrated by Gavin Bishop. This book was written for everyone in Christchurch who went through the disastrous 7.1 earthquake on September 4 this year. As a way of helping children deal with this disaster and the continued aftershocks, Scholastic have given a copy to all year one and two children in the earthquake area. This is a wonderful book and many of you will have read it by now as the books were given out on Friday.
Only Christchurch businesses were used and both the author and illustrator are donating all their royalties to charity.

Many of us can relate to our pet cats and dogs going missing in the earthquake and this book reassures us everything will be okay in the end.

You can even buy copies of the artwork in this book from www.gavinbishop.com
You can also see the original artwork on display at the Te Tai Tamariki Gallery, First floor 87 Victoria St
Christchurch. Open 14 - 24th December
5-29 January Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm

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Opening of the new library

Well the long wait is over and we have had our official opening.
It was a great day with the sun shining and a gentle breeze.
Miles Kau Kau blessed the new library.
Our kapahaka children performed wonderfully.
Then we were so lucky so have Diana Noonan talk about what libraries and books meant to her when she was a child.
Diana Noonan has written a number of children's books including "The best loved bear".

The children also handed over a cheque to Mr Sibson for $30,000. This was money for the new library which was raised by the brilliant PTA team. Without their help we would not have the lovely new furniture or shelving.
Thank you to everyone involved.

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