‘The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.’
The Upper School Library is fully computerised with a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles. Other available resources include publications such as ‘Aquila’ and ‘First News’ – a newspaper produced especially for children. Pupils also have access to audio books and classical music CDs.
Children in Year 3 enjoy a dedicated Library lesson every week with the Headmistress who guides them when choosing a new book and encourages them to explore new literature. The Library is also open every lunch time for girls to read quietly, browse or change their books.
Year Six Librarians are chosen each year to help in the running and organisation of the Library. These pupils help to promote new titles and organise events such as World Book Day, Book Assemblies, Book Swaps and competitions. As well as providing invaluable support to the teachers who maintain the library, the girls also continue to develop their own love of reading.
The library seeks to promote and encourage a life-long love of reading. An annual Book Week is held in the summer term, which involves several book related activities. This includes a talk from a visiting author and culminates in Book Character Day when the children are invited to come into School dressed as their favourite book character.
The Junior House library is a welcoming and highly valued shared resource. All classes have a designated Library lesson in which they are supported by an adult to choose a library book to take home each week. In addition, the library is used for small group and whole class storytelling and to support learning in lessons. There is a designated picture book area for Early Years, together with a well-resourced fiction and non-fiction sections.