Wow! What a fantastic first term we have had in the library since we came back in September. We have welcomed the wonderful new Year 7s into the library for their break times and it has been so great to get to know them – what a fab lot!
A display to celebrate Black History Month in October includes David Olusoga’s new title Black and British and Robin Walker’s Black History Matters as well as biographies, history and fiction. We also have about 180 brand new books (I know!) including delights such as Shoe Wars, The Ghost of Gosswater, Dragon Mountain, Love Frankie, The Monsters of Rookhaven, Sky Song, Death Sets Sail, Life of Riley, Midnight Sun and Pretty Funny amongst many other mouth-watering titles – all ordered from the brilliant Stroud Bookshop. The Year 7s, meanwhile, helped to create a ‘library cemetery’ for Halloween by making and decorating ‘book gravestones’. The only way to get to C1 was to go through the cemetery – if you dared! A fun Halloween trail was organised for the last week of term – solve the clues, find the hidden letters, unscramble the spooky word and win a sweet! To see our displays and keep up to date with all our activities, follow us on Twitter @Archway_library.
The new Year 7s are nothing if not enthusiastic and 16 signed up as library helpers in the first couple of weeks. We held our first meeting during Week 7 and it was brilliant – we found out what everyone is currently reading, we learnt about how fiction and non-fiction is organised in the library, we discussed creating a Christmas display together next term, and I also impressed upon them the awesomeness of the new library portal (to be found on the desktop when they log in) and the wealth of info, new books, links to authors, festivals, museums, publishers and much more it contains. We also talked about having a Book Chat group on the last Friday lunchtime of each month, where we could come together and tell other fellow book-lovers about what we are currently reading. We’ll see how it goes!
Although all students have access to the library portal, there’s nothing like actually seeing and choosing books, so my next intrepid plan is to take a pop-up library outside during other year group bubbles’ break times. With this in mind, we asked a Year 11 work skills group to design posters for us and were absolutely delighted with the results. They were all brilliant, but we were especially impressed with Rylee, Sasha and Mohamad’s designs, choosing Rylee as the winner. Everyone got a free book, a sweet, and a comedy ‘limited edition’ pencil sharpener in a gift box. It was lots of fun!
Many thanks as always to my partner in crime, Mrs Walton.
- Mrs E Locke, Librarian