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 or newspapers 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. Students can recommend books to others through our Book Review board, and there is a suggestions box for requests for books to be purchased for the Library.

Key Staff

Mrs Buckerfield
Mrs Mansfield

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

A letter from author Dan Freedman to Year 7 - January 2016

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. 

They can be downloaded from here

Library Events


World Book Day
The library got into the swing of things for World Book Day - Thursday 2nd March! 
The librarians dressed up as book characters and students entered the WBD Design a Book Token competition and took part in other activities. 
Staff wore their yellow badges during the day so that pupils could guess  – 'Which book are you from?' 


Scholastic Teen Book Club
Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running. Use your World Book Day Voucher here.
 For more information select this link

World Book Day - 3rd March 2016
As usual, the Library got into the swing of things for World Book Day! 
Both Librarians dressed as book characters. Students also had a try at 
Guess the Book in a Jar, play Book Bingo (sign up beforehand as spaces are limited)
and entered the WBD Design a Bookmark competition. 


Students from Edgbarrow School help to break a World Record!
A couple of classes had been selected to join in with World Book Day’s World Record attempt.  We ran the World Book Day Quiz in the Library, Monday 22nd February between 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.


Read for My School is a national school reading competition that promotes reading for pleasure by challenging pupils to read as many books as possible in three months. Throughout the competition, there are prizes and awards to be won for schools and pupils taking part. 
For more information select the links below.


Christmas Fun

The Librarians have a special Christmas surprise for students! Have a look around the library for some of our festive display characters and while you are here come and choose a wrapped book to take home for Christmas – they are library books so they do have to be returned but they will give you the chance for a Christmas surprise and the chance to read a book that you would maybe not usually choose.

And we have a special reindeer 100 club – if you read a book you get to write your name in one of the squares, just before Christmas a square will be chosen at random to win a mystery prize!


Book Fair

We held a very successful Book Fair, with books supplied by Scholastic Books, for 3 days during lunchtime in the Library as well as at our Christmas Shopping Evening on Thursday.

There were so many brilliant book bargains to explore, it’s was the perfect way to get the latest titles for less and ideal for Christmas presents.

There were over 200 titles to browse through with fantasy, thrillers, chick-lit, non-fiction, comedy and lots more. Every book bought helped us to get FREE BOOKS for our school!

Thank you for your support.

Book Wars
With the imminent release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens we thought that we’d start our own Book Wars (instead of Star Wars) and see which books from some popular series would win the battle with our students. Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the standout winner this week – The force is strong with that one! We will be changing the books you can vote for every couple of weeks so why not pop in and see if you can help your favourite book win Book Wars…!


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.

Dan tweeted: Dan Freedman ‏@DanFreedman99 23h23 hours ago  @EdgbarrowSchool thanks for having me! Lovely school to visit. Some brilliant questions from the students.

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 are 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.

Book Sale

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.  The Library administers and helps fund the BookBuzz event for Year 7 students. 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

The Year 7 club is run by Kelly Wise and Maria Tilson, Year 13

Students from Year 7 with Dave Cryer

Pupil Librarians

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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