GABRIELLE MACE
JUNIOR & SENIOR SCHOOL

 

Children become readers on the laps of their parents.

 
Gabrielle Mace’s first love was literature. She now shares this passion with the Queenwood community as our Head of Libraries across both Junior and Senior School. Her most recent favourite find is Room by Emma Donahue, which she read in one 10-hour session, and describes as exhausting yet exquisite.

It is the role of Teacher Librarians to foster a love of literature and enhance our students’ literacy and research skills.

My parents were both teachers, my mother was a Teacher Librarian. Books, reading and literature were a huge part of my childhood. I watched my Father, who was an Economics teacher, read newspapers from cover to cover every single day and his general knowledge was outstanding. My mother devoured books and read aloud to my brother and me all the time. When she read aloud, she truly captured the beauty in words and language and it inspired a very strong reading culture in our home. I gained a Bachelors Degree in Library & Information Science with a non-library major in English literature. As soon as I finished this I completed a Bachelor of Teaching in English (Secondary).

A saying from my days at university was: 'Children become readers on the laps of their parents'.  This could not be more accurate.  The vast majority of children need ongoing encouragement and motivation to read.  This has to be modelled to a child and when a child sees their parents reading for leisure pursuit instinctively wish to do the same.  Once mastered, reading is a skill that never stops giving - it allows young children an incredible sense of freedom.  They can experience all types of wonders through the pages of a book.  

At core, it is the role of Teacher Librarians to foster a love of literature, enhance our students’ literacy and research skills. Our library collections and teaching programs reflect the reading habits, interests and abilities of our students. When we read, we expand our vocabulary and our spelling improves. We recognise story arcs and character development. Children and teenagers are able to write more creatively given they have been exposed to others professional writing. Quite simply, the more you read, the more information you are exposed to and in turn the more information you will retain.

This year, the library has written and released a new research process to all staff and students called iResearch. iResearch is a six-step research framework designed to move our students away from Google and develop strong academic research practices. We are creating consistent research language and processes and the iResearch project is a cross-campus priority for our Libraries. The framework is being introduced across a range of subjects in Years 5 & 6 as well as throughout the Senior School.