Thursday 7th March was World Book Day and this time we managed to celebrate it, after last year when the Beast from the East left me sadly wandering around the library alone, dressed as Professor McGonagall.
This year, our handmade WBD crowns did not go unappreciated, and neither did the wealth of games we played over the Thursday and Friday, including: Guess the Title & Author, Title Quest and the World Book Day Library Trail. Many, many sweets were won (sorry dentists!). On the Friday we held a Book Chat at lunchtime and discussed our favourite books. If you haven’t read The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan I highly recommend it – a tense, claustrophobic tale of survival of the strongest. However, I could just as easily have held up The Twits by Roald Dahl, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.
This year’s WBD theme is ‘Reading is Power’ and it is true that reading enables growth, choice, power and knowledge. Books have been my life: I have worked as a bookseller, fifteen years in publishing, and now as a school librarian. Books bring me immense pleasure and pay my mortgage (!) and I will always strive to enthuse Archway students to read – whatever they want to read. To this end, I bought in Top Gear magazine this morning and – after warning students that I was issuing a free ban until Easter for anyone caught with their phone out – casually dropped it on the table. After fifteen minutes the table was surrounded as the articles were discussed. I ensure that we have a range of reading material in the library – How It Works, Match of the Day, BBC Wildlife and BBC Focus magazines, the weekly Stroud News & Journal, as well as a range of fresh-off-the-press fiction for all genres. A suggestion box ensures that all suggestions are heard. I urge you to go and wander around a library or bookshop this weekend – I promise you’ll be a happier person for it!
- Mrs E Locke, Librarian