September 30, 2019

For this month's School Librarian of Aotearoa, we are delighted to introduce Esther Casey, who teaches in Te Puna Ngoi, the library at Sylvia Park School. She is a lover of beautiful books, and believes all students should have access to a huge variety of literature.

Th...

July 30, 2019

Lydean Herman is a school librarian at Taita College in Lower Hutt. She has used the HELL reading challenge for the past few years to motivate her students to get books out of the school library, with great success. She tells us about her library and why she thinks her...

April 30, 2019

Kristy Wilson has been the School Librarian for Decile 1 Porirua College, three days a week for the past four years. More recently, she has added work at the Decile 10 Adventure School, 10 hours a week.

Librarian Kristy Wilson

I work 18 hours (three days) as Library Man...

February 28, 2019

Colleen Shipley has been a librarian almost all her working life, but it wasn’t until she returned to work after having children that she discovered the special role of a school librarian. She tells us about her philosophy, her reading programmes and more in this fabul...

December 17, 2018

Theresa Kewish is the librarian for two high-decile rural schools in the Waikato: Tamahere Model Country School for 22 hours a week, and Te Pahu School, a full primary, for six hours a week. Tamahere has around 480 students and Te Pahu around 120. She tells us about ho...

October 23, 2018

New Zealand's young library assistants are passionate about reading and love recommending books to their peers. As it is the time of year our young people make decisions about leadership opportunities in the year ahead, we thought it was high time we featured some.

Stu...

September 24, 2018

Angela Thompson is the Library Lead Teacher at Remarkables Primary School in Queenstown, a school of 600 students. She began working as a literacy lead teacher upon moving to New Zealand, and is particularly passionate about the value of author visits to schools. 

Some...

August 28, 2018

Ssahs Eastwood-Bennitt manages the library and teaching resources at Manchester Street School in Feilding, Manawatu. She is also part of the group of literacy experts who arrange the ReaLM professional development programme each year. 

Sasha Eastwood-Bennitt
 

I manage...

July 24, 2018

Senga White is the Research and Learning Coordinator at Southland Boys' High School in Invercargill. She has been a school librarian for over a decade.

The Readers Cup team - Senga far left
 

I absolutely love working in school libraries! This profession has become the p...

June 25, 2018

Marama Keyte is the school librarian at Kamo Primary School in Whangarei. She has been a school librarian for five years, after many years in public libraries prior to having children.

Balloons in Kamo Primary School library


Why I am a librarian

I work at the wonderful...

May 20, 2018

Alison Hewett is the Head of Library Services at Kristin School on Auckland’s North Shore. Kristin is an independent co-educational school of 1620 students ranging in age from Preschool through to Year 13. It offers the International Baccalaureate throughout the school...

April 22, 2018

Michelle Simms is the Library Manager and ICT Coordinator at Te Totara Primary School in the north of Hamilton. She also writes the blog Good Keen Librarian, where she talks about her experiences as a school librarian. 
 

The Reading Wonderland at Te Totara Primary Scho...

February 25, 2018

Zac McCallum is the School Librarian at Halswell School in Christchurch, but many of you will know of him from his years in the Children’s & YA team at Christchurch City Libraries. He also writes at ‘My Best Friends are Books’, where he reviews books & interviews autho...

December 20, 2017

Cathryn Mitchell is our final School Librarian of Aotearoa this year. Her background includes public library work around Auckland, and she was a DHB librarian briefly before moving to the Blind Foundation Youth Library in 2015. Here is what she does, and what she belie...

November 27, 2017

Two-time judge of the Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, Fiona Mackie is an excellent person to have in charge of reforming your library. This is very lucky for Pinehurst School, where Mackie has worked for the past three years. She tells us about her role as T...

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