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Ask the librarian: Vanessa Rendall

Name of library: St Mark’s, Drummoyne but I have a blog about the books we read there educateempower.blog – soon to be educateempower.com.au

 What kind of librarian are you?I am the librarian for the primary school. I work there part time so I don’t see every class but I have small groups for literacy lessons where we focus on different books and themes, lunchtime library club and a team of book reviewers.

How long have you been a librarian?  This is my third year

What lead you to wanting to be a librarian? I have always loved books! I loved being a primary school teacher but once I had my own children I didn’t want to work full time while they were little. This job came up and it is perfect – I still get to teach but I get to teach children all about the wonderful books in our library.

How do you pick books for your library? I have book boxes sent to me and a book shop come to visit me throughout the year. I know many of the students and the types of books they like so I try to keep that in mind when I am choosing books.

Do you have a favorite author?  I’m not sure I do – there are so man wonderful authors out there with different writing styles and different topics to delve into.

But – I know I can never go past Roald Dahl – he is an amazing author and most children love his books.

How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid? I ask them what they have read recently and if they enjoyed it. I then show them a few books like that one and also a couple that are completely different. I always encourage children to borrow a book they now they will love and try a new book they are unsure of.

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