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Showing posts with label teaching materials collection. Show all posts
Showing posts with label teaching materials collection. Show all posts

9 June 2017

Storytime for grown-ups


At 11am on Wednesday 24 May, we marked the 17th National Simultaneous Storytime. Libraries across Australia, including our own Berwick Library, organised storytime events to read The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood.



Of course, it’s usually public libraries and primary schools that participate in National Simultaneous Storytime, but Monash University and Federation University librarians at the Berwick Library decided to give it a go.

Why read picture books as adults?


Aside from delivering a well-earned break from assignment writing and exam revision, the storytime event provided an excellent opportunity to engage university students in various ways.

Students could unpack the themes and ideas behind the stories in a more critical and reflective way than young kids. The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, for example, is a story about perseverance and fortitude. Lane Smith’s It’s a Book, teaches children about print and digital media, while remaining quite cheeky. The value of books like Mem Fox’s Where’s the Green Sheep? can be recognised as expanding children’s vocabulary, while Jackie French’s Diary of a Wombat can teach kids how to maintain a schedule. Early twentieth-century farmyard tales, like Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit stories, are parodied in Terry Pratchett’s Where’s My Cow?, a delightful story that sends up the lack of resonance between stories of animals, and the child readers who grow up in the city. Coming back to these stories as adults, and reading them with others, allows for new perspectives and meanings to emerge.

After the librarians read The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, students were invited to participate and read a picture book of their choice. As well as being highly entertaining, this provided students with an opportunity to practise public speaking and reading aloud in a relaxed, judgement-free environment. These presentation skills are necessary for oral presentations at university and, for education students, vital for the classroom.

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Carlie Nekrasov (Federation University) and Zachary Kendal (Monash University) reading The Cow Tripped Over the Moon for National Simultaneous Storytime 2017.


Picture books at Monash University Library

During the storytime event, the Berwick Library picture books collection was showcased around the room, giving students a glimpse into a possibly undiscovered part of the collection.

The Matheson, Peninsula and Berwick libraries all have teaching materials collections filled with picture books, children’s literature, and all sorts of puzzles and games. These resources are ideal for education students needing materials for practicums or assignments.

Digging deeper


If you’re interested in digging deeper into children’s literature and picture books, you could take a look at some of the scholarly journals on the genre, available through the Monash University Library:

Children’s Literature
Bookbird
The Lion and the Unicorn
Children’s Literature in Education

Monash also teaches two units on children’s literature: ATS2519 Children's literature: A comparative study, and EDF3032 Children's literature, storytelling and the arts.







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28 February 2017

A teaser book display at Peninsula Library

A new book display at Peninsula Library provides a teaser about the exhibition that's opening soon in the Sir Louis Matheson Library at Clayton campus. 


An interesting display at Peninsula Library features a number of books chosen to complement the exhibition that will open soon in the Sir Louis Matheson Library at Clayton.

The Peninsula Library display is about journeys for the young and the young at heart, says Daniel Wee, a librarian who's part of our Rare Books team and who chose the items for the display.

"From skirmishes with swashbuckling pirates to voyages to the farthest outreaches of our galaxy, tales of adventure and discovery play an integral role in the creation of children's literature. Before movies and television, fantastic stories fired the imagination of young readers," says Daniel.

Books, like the boys' and girls' annual -- gift books which contained many stories and pictures -- and much loved favourites, The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland, are held in various forms in Monash University Library's collections.

The Library has four collections of children's books located in the Peninsula Library and the Matheson Library-based collections of Teaching Materials, the Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education (MCJLE) and the Lindsay Shaw Collection in Rare Books.






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