A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them. ~Lemony Snicket
Situated at the heart of the school, there is always someone in our busy vibrant library; it could be reading a book or doing research on one of the 24 computers. The library is open from 8.30am every day for pupils to enjoy. They may also visit at break and lunchtimes to read the latest magazines and catch up on the new book releases. Other pupils may be doing their homework, either in the computer room or our cyber café.
We promote a love of reading in school by investing in visits by performance poets (Chris White), rap artists (Donavan Christopher) and authors such as Joseph Delaney and Andy Briggs. The pupils are also encouraged to participate in national reading schemes such as “Read for my School”. These schemes allow pupils to read both books and e-books on e-readers. We also have kindles and mp3 players in school to allow the children to explore reading and books on different media.
The library also hosts a Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 book club; both are held weekly at lunchtime. Key Stage 3 pupils shadow the Carnegie medal shortlist of books and vote for their winner. A favourite is to use the shadowing website to post comment and reviews. Sometimes discussions can be quite heated and they rarely agree with the official winner! Key Stage 2 pupils take a very hands-on approach to books. They enjoy making their own books and sharing them with other pupils.
"I like reading the books because they are exciting" Year 5 pupil
"Reading is one of my favourite things" Year 6 pupil