Hello from Archway Library! I hope that you are all well and that you managed to get the two essentials necessary for self-isolating: toilet rolls and books.
I’m currently reading A Body in the Bookshop by Helen Cox and, as usual, reading is the perfect escapism from real life!
Although we don’t currently have any students in the library, this is the perfect time to celebrate everything we have done this year so far, starting with the EPIC award-winning performance poet Spoz (@SpozPoet) back in January. His high-energy interaction with the Year 7 students had their creative juices flowing and before they knew it, they were bringing their own poems to life and showcasing them with team poetry battles and individually into the microphone - brilliant.
St Valentine’s Day saw the creation of a beautiful ‘Love Your Library’ board courtesy of Waitrose Stroud. My favourite message? ‘Miss is a Legend’ of course! We also ran a Love Poetry competition – congratulations to Alex (Year 11) for winning this with her beautiful poem – PLEASE keep writing poetry Alex, you have a talent!
Of course, March saw World Book Day on the 5th and we were lucky enough to host Anna Smith from Stroud Bookshop. She talked to a group of about twenty students about her fascinating job as a bookseller and her love of books. Thank you, Anna! In addition, we had a fun ‘Match the First Lines to the Book Cover’ game on the big display board and ran a craft session where the students made their own scratch-art bookmarks. Of course, World Book Day wouldn’t have been complete without one of Mrs Walton’s famous Library Trails – and much fun was had with this.
There is plenty of culture to be had at home reading and online – all of which is great for wellbeing – I am currently enjoying listening to classic tales on BBC Sounds. Whatever you’re doing, I hope you stay safe and keep reading!
Thanks as always to Mrs Walton and the fab Library Helpers who help us keep the library running smoothly.
Mrs E Locke