The library is open from 8.00am to 4.30pm weekdays. It is also open before and after school for paid care programmes.
The library has numerous collections, including picture books, fiction and non-fiction for both juniors and seniors, graphic novels, short stories, eBooks, DVDs, audio books, magazines, an information file of periodical articles, websites, and videos. There is also a teacher resource collection and a library of parenting books.
The library homepage with online catalogue is available at any time remotely via library.chilton.school.nz. This is your gateway for:
Searching the catalogue. You can search by title, author, subject, series, or keyword. Advanced Search options give further choices. A junior version of the catalogue, Orbit, searches only items held in the junior library.
New books. New titles and eBooks recently added to our shared collection appear on the carousels. Reviews of the latest books for juniors and seniors are added monthly. An Author of the Month is featured on Orbit.
eBooks. Students can access over 1000 eBooks through the Wheelers ePlatform One consortium. eBooks are compatible with most tablets and mobile devices. Instructions for access are on the library homepage.
Clickview. Clickview is a digital library of educational and general interest videos. Students can view over 4,500 titles downloaded to our own library or search for further resources with Clickview online.
Homework Help. Our library homepage lists databases and websites to help with homework and assignments, including:
- EPIC: a database of authoritative journal articles and online encyclopaedias, including Britannica School. To access, enter log-in csjs and password 33csjs.
- Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand: information, biographies, articles, images, and multi-media resources on New Zealand topics.
- AnyQuestions: a free online reference service for New Zealand school students. Staffed by skilled librarians Monday to Friday, 1.00pm – 6.00pm, AnyQuestions aims not to simply provide answers but to teach students the information literacy skills they need to find out the answers for themselves.
- ManyAnswers: a free online list of resources supporting popular queries from ManyQuestions, in both English and te reo Maori.
Reading blogs and book lists for year groups and subject levels. Links to a range of these appear on the library homepage.
In addition to providing a wide selection of reading materials and resources, our Librarian organises a diverse co-curricular programme. This includes:
- Student Librarians for Years 8-13
- Primary School Book Challenge
- Book Club for Middle School
Each year we organise a fun-filled Library Week for students. The theme of Library Week 2017 was Out of this World!. Events included a mufti day, space-related scavenger hunt, design a planet and build a space station lunch activities, and special story sessions for Primary and Preschool students. There were presentations to the Primary School from author-illustrator and wearable arts creator Fifi Colston, and a “rocket ship” provided a quiet space for imaginations to soar.
The Library provides the venue for a range of lunchtime activities. A Chess Club runs once a week, with tutorials available for beginners. Weekly Book Clubs offer fun yet challenging literary quizzes and games. Each term seasonal crafts for occasions such as Valentine’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day are organised and run by our student librarians.
Parents are welcome to borrow from the library’s parenting books. Sponsored by the Parents’ Association, this collection includes books on topics such as raising toddlers and young children (both girls and boys), teenage issues, and how to have successful relationships with your teenager. All are great reading and highly recommended.
You can find more information on how to encourage reading at home on this National Library blog: http://schools.natlib.govt.nz/blogs/create-readers