Here are just a tiny selection of the wonderful new books we have just bought for the Secondary Library. We have consulted widely with students, and focused particularly on new non-fiction books, books for people who are interested in sport, survival and the outdoors, and books for our humour section. But there are also a good range of new Young Adult novels, such as 'Coraline', 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children', 'Girl Online', the 'Divergent' series, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' and 'The Potion Diaries'. Can you spot any books below that you'd like to read? Come to the Library and browse the whole selection....
Paperback Christmas Trees
We welcomed Jackie Page, from St Agnes, in to our Library Session this week, to show us how to make Christmas decorations out of old unwanted books. Now, before we go any further, here's an important message: please don't destroy books that are in good condition and that other people might enjoy reading! Donate them to our Library instead! We are always grateful for new books for the students to read.
However: if you do have some books that you really think are no good for reading (perhaps they have damaged spines, or are very tatty), they are fabulous for making literary Christmas trees. You don't need any scissors or glue - just a bit of patience and some meticulous folding. We had a great lunchtime with Jackie, learning how to make the decorations, and are now all a bit addicted to paper folding. It is so therapeutic and peaceful.
There are some photos below of our workshop, and of the finished articles. You can leave them plain, which some of us think looks understated and cool; or you can go crazy with glitter and baubles to decorate them... up to you. Have a look at this YouTube video which tells you how to do it, and please do send Mrs Lewin photos of your decorations to post up here. We'd love to see them.
The Student Librarians meet every Friday to organise book-related activities such as World Book Day, book art sessions, book group discussions and improvements to the Library. You will have seen the beautiful murals that welcome you into the Library: painted by Student Librarians and artists from a range of year groups, with support from Miss Pearce and Mrs Lewin. But the Librarians also work every day to ensure that the Library is tidy and welcoming for all students: updating displays, organising shelves and responding to student book requests.
As evidence of the responsibilities they carry out, they work towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold Librarian certificates: keeping records of their shelving activities, cataloguing books, writing book reviews and taking skills tests. We have more and more students joining our busy group - and all are welcome! Please come along on a Friday lunchtime if you are interested in joining us. Meanwhile, if you are in the Library and would like advice on reading matters, look out for the students illustrated by Lily on our Secondary Library noticeboard: Sophie Poat, Rosie Julian (Bronze Librarian), Aidan Smith, Freya Jenkins (Bronze), Daisy Davis (Bronze), Toby Hicks, Anna Garman, Lily Chuter, Sienna Hathway, Charlotte Bond, Piran Julian and Fraser Clark. Thanks for all their hard work!
The Student Librarians have just stamped and shelved a great new selection of books donated to us from the organisation 'BookTrust'. There's a really good selection of short stories, real life adventures and future fiction classics by well-respected authors. Have a look at the titles below; download the reading guide if you are interested; and come to the Library to browse and borrow.
The Secondary Library was delightfully busy on World Book Day, which was celebrated fully in Secondary for the first time at the request of Student Council. Literary villains, heroes and heroines strode the corridors of the school - the costume contest being won against strong competition by Sophie 'Katniss' Poat and Fireman Sam Stephan. Special mention should go to some of the excellent staff costumes: Professor Branestawm-Leeman, Gansta Granny Sara Symons and Miss Danny's Dad Turner, among others. During the day, Primary and Secondary staff collaborated to organise successful shared reading sessions with Year 7 and Yellow Class, a model we hope to build on in the future. And at lunchtime in the Library, three teams battled it out over a Bumper Book Quiz, a mixed age team led by Jasmine Hoyle emerging the victors. Well done to all who participated!