Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Community Library

On Tuesday 3rd June well known N.S.W. writer, Simon Higgins author of the Moonshadow and Tomodachi Books spent the day at MAS. 

Simon spoke to all the year 6-9 students and shared his writing process with the use of PowerPoint images and animations. He even performed a brief martial arts sword demonstration which reflected his stories of ancient Japan. Simon then conducted three workshops with years 6/7, 8 and 9 and guided them in the secrets of story writing, and the art of writing exciting openings. 

The students were engaged in Simon’s performance and workshops, and came away from the day excited in a positive way about reading, writing and researching stories.


The CYP Library AGM will be held on Wednesday 21 May at 3.30pm in library. All welcome to attend!

National Year of ReadingProbably the biggest ongoing event that will take place in the Library this year will be the National Year of Reading Activities. This year long event has evolved as a result of the Federal Governments’ Adult Literacy and Life Skills survey that was conducted in 2006. This survey showed that nearly half Australia’s population, 46% cannot read a newspaper, follow a recipe, make sense of a timetable, or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle. These Australians struggle to meet the most basic reading demands of everyday life and work.

The Idea...

The idea of the National Year of Reading was a direct result of those shocking statistics. The idea is to unite parents, teachers and students into focusing on reading and the really important role that libraries play in the school community. More than 200 writers, publishers and organizations involved in reading and literacy are partnered with the National Year of Reading. Funding has come from the Australian Government, the Australian Council for the Arts, the Copyright Agency Ltd, the Sidney Myer Fund and Australian Libraries.

Project Launch

The launch of the project was held in Canberra on the 14th of February by Jennifer Byrne, actor/author William McInnes and children’s author Boori Monty Pryor. Events will be held throughout the year around the country at State libraries, school libraries, public libraries, book stores and community venues.

Reading Hour 2012

A highlight will be the Reading Hour, to be held on the 25th August. This event based on Earth Hour will encourage families to not only join together for a reading session on that day but also to continue reading together for an hour or so a week.

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If you'd like more information, come into the Community Library and talk to myself or Leanne.

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