I have now been in place as school librarian for two months and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the students and making my stamp on the library. Having spent the last 15 years in the publishing world, I am passionate about books and am keen to share this with the students.
So far this year we have had a beautiful Valentine’s display created by our library helpers, along with Valentine’s bookmarks, and an eventful World Book Day (I braved the ‘Beast from the East’ dressed as Professor McGonagall) where the library hosted both a ‘Match the Author to the Character’ quiz as well as a ‘Where’s Wally in the Library’ trail. Congratulations to Jonah Cunliffe and Alex Ansell for winning these events. In addition, we now have Silent Reading Café in the library on Friday lunchtimes, where staff and students can enjoy reading or doing their homework to a background of quiet blues music and a biscuit (or two).
We are especially keen to promote the fantastic range of new books coming into the library and will email an amazing selection of new Library Likes to all students once a month. To ensure everyone is enjoying the range on offer in the library, we also have a new suggestions box, as well as a Book of the Month promotion. Don’t forget there are also board games, magazines, computers for homework, word searches and colouring sheets available.
Looking forward, 21 March is World Poetry Day and we will be celebrating it in the library with resident teacher and poet, Mr Butler. The theme for us this year is ‘hobbies’ and we have invited students to write and read their poems at a lunchtime event. On 19 April local storyteller Fiona Eadie will be entertaining some of the library helpers in the library with her wonderful tales. Nominated for Outstanding Newcomer 2013 by the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence, we look forward to welcoming Fiona!
A big thank you to Mrs Walton and all the library helpers who have supported me in my new role!
Mrs E Locke