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Phew! It’s been super-busy in the Library since September and I can’t believe we are already preparing for Christmas.

I have enjoyed getting to know all the new Year 7 students and introducing them to the Library and hope that they have discovered all the exciting books we have in: The Ice Monster by David Walliams, Head Kid by David Baddiel, Secret Science by Dara O’Briain, Monster by Michael Grant – and my personal favourite: Help! My Cat’s a Vlogging Superstar – amongst many more. Being of a certain age – ahem – I’m not sure I know what vlogging is, but I’m sure the kids will enlighten me! I  also can’t wait to get my hands on the new Michelle Obama book in the Biography section. Girl power to add to seeing Mary Portas at the Stroud Book Festival talking about her new book Work Like a Woman. Archway students did a brilliant job of supporting the book festival through designing book posters, creating a wonderful banner made from recyclable materials as well as a window display highlighting the fight against plastic. Well done and thank you to everyone involved in these activities – it is great to be part of a local initiative to support books and reading.

     In addition, we had lots of fun for Halloween with a spooky storytime hosted by Mr Butler, a Halloween library trail, Halloween crafts and colouring, a Halloween pumpkin design competition and lots of sweets and plastic spiders! A  wig may have been worn by the librarian …  hopefully I will recover in time to do it all again for Christmas!

     Lastly, I must tell you about our fantastic day at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in October. We took part in the Monster of Monster Books Schools Debate and our student speaker, Katie, did a brilliant job of representing Archway with her talk on A Monster Calls. We came a close second, and author and host Emma Carroll said she was very impressed with Katie’s knowledge of the text and careful preparation. We were certainly very proud of her!  We also saw author Alex Wheatle discussing his life and books and are now working on getting him to visit Archway – watch this space …

     A big thank you as always to Mrs Walton and all the library helpers who support me in my crazy library endeavours!