Joanna Ludbrook – Librarian

The characters:

Our Librarian is Joanna Ludbrook.  Joanna has a BA from Waikato University and Library qualifications from the University of the South Pacific and the Open Polytechnic of NZ.  She loves helping children to be curious, to use their imaginations, and to find the right information.

The teacher with Library responsibility in 2018 is Michelle Pontifex.  She acts as liaison between the Librarian and the staff.

Student Librarians for 2018 are:


The Mission/Vision stuff:

Our Library is a welcoming, safe, neutral environment where staff, parents and students can research, browse, read or relax.

The Library programme of class visits provides methodical guided learning based on a Library curriculum designed to teach research skills and literary appreciation.

The collection reflects the NZ Primary School curriculum to encourage research as well as reading for pleasure.

Joanna aims to foster curiosity about the world around us, inspire enthusiasm for learning and feed the imagination.

We want our students to:

  • Know how to find and use specific material on-line and in books
  • Critically appreciate the role of author and illustrator
  • Understand the importance of reading
  • Love reading

The nitty-gritty stuff:

Librarian’s Hours – Monday to Thursday 10am – 12.30pm; 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Books can be returned to the Returns Box any time the school is open.


We’re fairly flexible with how many and how often students borrow.

But we expect the two week loan period to be respected;  after two weeks books are to be returned or renewed.

Parents are encouraged to join the Library to borrow as many books as they like to share with their children. (Come and sign up with Joanna).

Over holiday periods, larger quantities of books can be borrowed in Red Bags.


The fun stuff:

The Librarian and Student Librarians run an activity club each Wednesday lunchtime in Terms 2 & 3. Topics vary wildly but are related to books in our collection. Attendance is voluntary.