How is it December already? Blink and the term disappears. As usual there is lots going on in the library, including the inaugural Year 7 Book Chat!
We had around 15 booklovers join us in the library to chat about what they were reading and share recommendations. I was impressed that each student held up a different book – including an Enid Blyton (classics are the best!) and enthused about how much they were enjoying reading. Personally, if it has a map at the front I’m sold. Over mince pies, we were able to make links with current TV tie-ins including His Dark Materials, Malory Towers, The Worst Witch and how we love re-watching David Walliams films over Christmas. BookChat is the last Friday of every month – currently Year 7s only.
In other news we have started the Christmas party with a lovely seasonal book display and a nutcracker-themed colouring activity. During the last week there will be Christmas card crafting on a folk theme and at this week’s library helpers meeting (more mince pies) I charged the year 7s with creating an awesome Christmas scene on the big display board. I don’t know about many hands make light work – many hands make lots of mess! Archie was Library Helper of the Month for all his hard work (well done Archie) and everyone got to choose a free book as a Christmas present from the library.
Don’t forget to follow the library on Twitter @Archway_library and to encourage your child/ren to use the brilliant library portal on their desktop when they log in – we are available for students to search and reserve books as well as explore lots of other bookish stuff!
Finally, this has been a tough year. There is strong evidence that reading for pleasure can improve wellbeing throughout life but in particular it can help children and young people recover from the impact of lockdown. Give books as Christmas gifts and you are supporting both your local bookshop and also your child’s mental health.
I wish you all a very happy Christmas and look forward to another fun-packed term in January!
- Mrs E Locke, Librarian