About us

Farrer MAHS Library caters for the resource needs of  both boarding and day students.  The school is set on 191 hectares of prime agricultural land and is 10 kilometres from Tamworth. Farrer has 600 students enrolled: 350 boarders and 250 day boys.

Farrer MAHS Library endeavours to cater for the whole student in its role as resource provider.  A large percentage of the students enrolled are boarders and use the library before during and after school.   As such, Farrer library attempts to cater for some of the educational and recreational needs of its students.  Day students are also welcome to use the library any of these times as well.

The library is open seven days a week and has three librarians and two library assistants who look after the needs of the students.

Staff:

Cathy Ewin
Daytime Teacher Librarian

Sally Harrison
Evening Librarian
Marilyn Deeks
Weekend Teacher Librarian
Leeanne Reid
Library assistant (Day)

Tracey Tape
Library assistant (Day)

The school library is open:

Weekly Opening Hours – After School/Weekends

Monday – Thursday:  3.30pm – 5.00pm,
Closed Friday Afternoon/Evening
Monday – Thursday: 6.30pm – 9.00pm for Prep.
Saturday: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Sunday: 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Reading

We love to encourage reading and have a very comprehensive selection of fiction work that caters for  a broad range of reading levels.
Our most popular series at the moment include The Cherub Series by Robert Munchamore, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney and the Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan.  We are constantly searching out new book series  for boys and we regularly have new materials on the shelf including displays to promote our new stock.
There is also a large selection of magazines for students to peruse during their break times.  We have just surveyed the students to find out what their current interests are and there will be a new wave of magazines on the shelves soon.  At The moment, the most popular magazines include Men’s Health and Outback.
We also run the Premiers Reading Challenge to encourage our strong readers to pursue their passion for reading.

Technology

The library has a dedicated computer room that services the school as well as 8 computers that can be used for research purposes throughout the day at any time.
The library has purchased a set of iPads that are available for loan during recess and lunch and are used by teachers to augment their lessons and reinforce concepts learnt with in the classroom.
The Library Program
The library will be teaching research skill to year 7 this year as well as how to successfully approach the research of an assignment.
The library program has also included important aspects of our changing information environment including successful internet searching and the issue of cyber safety and cyber bullying.
We will also be incorporating the use of the library iPads into the library program and students will be taught how to use educational aps as a means of alternative and creative assignment and research presentation.