The Library is a central learning resource for the whole school. The full-time cover is shared by two librarians who help pupils and staff alike in all areas of the curriculum as well as promoting reading for pleasure. A large, well-organised space, the library is stocked with a range of fiction and non-fiction books alike. There are reference books, 15 PCs, seating for a class and a comfortable soft seating area.
The Library works closely with the English Department. Weekly library lessons for all Key Stage 3 classes enable pupils to learn the skills need to make the best use of the library and encourage independent reading.
Students are welcome in the library during break and lunchtimes. They can read books and magazines, complete homework or make use of the PCs.
Displays of current fiction and non-fiction are regularly changed to encourage students to widen their reading.
|An article published in the School Librarian magazine highlights a study that finds reading for pleasure helps with test scores in English and Maths. Link for Reading for Pleasure|
|Award-winning author Tanya Landman says we need to encourage children to read..... Link for: A Desire to Read|
Below please find a link to posters/worksheets about how to research information. They include how to reference information, what search engines to use rather than just google, how to evaluate the information you find and how to be more specific in searching.
Julia Golding - Year 7 Author Visit
The Library was pleased to be able to host the author Julia Golding at the school on 9th November.
Julia, who has written many popular books for young teenagers, spoke to all year 7 pupils on the day. Julia writes under several different pseudonyms including Joss Stirling and Eve Edwards but she focused on her Julia Golding Books (Particularly the Diamond of Drury Lane). She was entertaining, informative and encouraging to the pupils.
In addition, at lunchtime, Julia was in the library to sign books and chatted to a few of our 6th form girls who attended the event.
2pm and 3pm, and with enough other schools doing it as well we ended up in the Guinness Book of Records! Well done to all.
Author Dan Freedman visited Year 7
On Wednesday 4th November, Dan Freedman, bestselling author of the Jamie Johnson series came to our school to talk to all year 7’s! This was an amazing experience for us all when we discovered facts about Dan’s background and what inspired him to become an author.
He shared his experiences working with the Football Association and, in particular, the England Team, travelling with them to 2 World Cup Tournaments and interviewing top players such as David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney…. to name but a few! He inspired us all with our reading and writing by sharing information about his exciting books as well as giving us tips and ideas on how to be amazing authors, too. There was a book signing at the end of his visit at 3.20 in the school hall.
Eagle House Literature Festival
The Librarians were very lucky to be offered tickets to attend Eagle House’s Literature Festival on Saturday and we were able to take 7 students from Edgbarrow with us. It was a fantastic day! First we heard Meg Rosoff speak about how she became a writer and to think about not living a “straight line life” but to consider our choices and think about the decisions we make that could ultimately change our life. Next Gillian Cross spoke to us about her book After Tomorrow which is about English refugees trying to get to France and how they survive in a refugee camp – this was obviously very topical and provided an interesting insight into the world we see on the news every night. Our last speaker was Adam Kammerling who is a performance poet/rapper, we all really enjoyed joining in his rap/rhyme games and even got to show off our dance moves to one of his poems! It was a very enjoyable day and a fantastic opportunity to see some award-winning authors and our students represented the school impeccably.
World Book Day - 5th March 2015
We held a few events in Library for World Book Day which included 'Guess the Book in the Jar, Book Bingo (which students had to sign up for before the day) and some book-themed word searches. The Librarians dressed up as book characters and we had a lot of World Book Day book tokens which we gave out on the day.
We continued with our WorldBookDay celebrations on Thursday 5th March with staff dressing up as their favourite character from literature or from a favourite book. This helped to spark discussion as to who they are, why they chose that character and encourage students to read one of the books. Also, staff submitted 'Shelfies' - during tutor time all students got a chance to work out who the different staff members were from their Shelfies which included the book they had chosen as their favourite book and which is displayed on their classroom/office door. Students were encouraged to look at classroom doors to see what favourite books had been mentioned and also promote discussion about some of the books they had seen on the bookshelves. Students may be inspired to read one of these texts or speak to the staff about the book and therefore, keep raising the profile of books and reading.
Blind Date Books
Students were invited to pick a book for a ‘blind date’ - the books were all covered so they can’t see what it is they are choosing. Each book had a clue printed on the front cover so they could decide if they liked their blind date full of adventure or romance! The idea was that students read the blurb on the front, think “Am I interested? Do I want to find out more?” and if you do you borrow the book to see they had found a match. The one rule was that they don’t peek inside the book until they've checked it out.
The Library held a successful 10p book sale Wednesday and Thursday lunchtime. All students and staff were welcome to browse and buy.
Reading groups are run for Years 7,8 and 9 during one lunchtime per week. The school also takes part in the Berkshire Book Award and the Carnegie Shadowing Scheme. This allows pupils to be given a free fiction book at the start of their time at the school. The Library also holds events related to World Book Day in March. Over the years, the Library has had regular speakers including authors Pete Johnson and Dave Cryer.
Launching the Berkshire BookAward 2015
A team of student librarians are appointed each year to help in practical and creative ways during lunchtimes. Sixth form pupils often use their community service time to help in the library, either running book groups for lower school pupils or helping with shelving or displays.
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