Thornton Public School

Developing learners for life

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Our Library

At Thornton Public School library, we foster a love of reading and learning. We strive to support teachers and students in their units of inquiry and promote and teach the skills of lifelong reading and information literacy.

Our Mission is:

·       To provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students. The library is focussed on student learning outcomes. To achieve this, library staff work in partnership with the leadership team and teachers to:

·       foster the value of reading for pleasure and the appreciation and enjoyment of literature.

·       develop students’ information literacy skills so they become discriminating life-long users of information

·       provide access to current, high quality information resources and literature in a variety of formats that meet the needs of students and the school’s curriculum.

·       provide accessible services to assist both students and teachers in easily and independently accessing resources and information.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 3pm

Students are welcome to come in at afternoon tea to read, play games, do craft or construction activities.

Our Collection

We maintain a balanced and current collection with a diverse range of materials to meet the learning needs of staff and students. Our books are carefully selected to meet student reading interests and abilities. Students can access our full catalogue via their student portal by clicking on the School Library link – Oliver.



Our students visit our school library each week for borrowing, literature enrichment and research tasks that follow the NSW Information Skills Process.

Students from K-4 are encouraged to bring in a library bag.

Borrowing limits -

K : 2 books for 1 week

Years 3-4: 3 books for 1 week

Years 5-6: 4 books for 1 week

Students may reborrow a book if needed. If a student has 1 overdue book, he/she may borrow 1 book. However, if a student has more than 1 overdue book, he/she may not borrow until these books are returned.


We welcome parent/grandparent help. If you have any available time during the week and are interested, please come and see us in the library. We are appreciative of any support in this way and have a variety of tasks that are suitable for volunteers. No experience is necessary.

Book Week

Book week is held in Term 3 of each year. It is a time to celebrate reading, authors, literature and writing.

Scholastic Book Club

Book club is run three times a year in term 1, term 2 and term 4. Participation is optional but it can be a great way to add to your own book shelves at home. No cash is accepted and payments are made online. Instructions are given in the newsletter in term 1.

Premier’s Reading Challenge:

Thornton Public School is proud to undertake the Premier’s Reading Challenge every year. For more information visit the Premier’s Reading Challenge