Our School Library
Our Library is an important part of our school life, helping to foster a love of books and of reading for pleasure, which we hope will stay with the children throughout their lives. It provides books for the whole school, both children and staff.
The library is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes. It is also open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays after school and Mrs Blunsum is available to offer study support between 3pm and 4pm.
The library has a large stock of both fiction and non-fiction books suitable for all ages and abilities. Each department in school has their own area in the library which supports learning and their curriculum. The non-fiction books are categorised in relation to abilities and interest levels. There is also a selection of 'dyslexia friendly' books to ensure that all learners are appropriately catered for. We spent £40,000 on new books in 2013 to ensure that they are relevant an interesting to our students!
Our Library has been recently refurbished to ensure a quiet, safe haven for recreational reading. It is furnished with couches and is fully air-conditioned.
The Library is managed using Eclipse, which is specifically designed for libraries in schools. This system allows us to keep track of which books the children have borrowed.
In English lessons, Year 7 and 8 learners have a regular fortnightly library time, during which books can be borrowed. Renaissance/Star reader is a computerised test which provides learners with results relating to their reading ages. It enables teachers to monitor progress and the online quizzes check understanding of books.
Accelerated reader has a database of over 20,000 quizzes to ensure sound comprehension of books read. Learners in Year 7 (2013-2014) found Renaissance greatly beneficial and the reading ages improved for over 97% of learners in that cohort. Learners in Years 7 and 8 are also registered on Renaissance; this program is used through English lessons to support achievement and attainment.
Books are usually borrowed for up to two weeks in the first instance. If a learner needs a book for longer than this – to complete a project, for example – he or she should bring it to the library and have the loan renewed.
Reminders about overdue books are sent out regularly to both classes and individual borrowers. If books are still not returned, a letter will be sent home informing parents of how they can replace it. Please see the Home School Agreement or contact Miss White if you have any queries.
For great success it is recommended that learners read for 35 minutes each day. This is something that learners will have to be responsible for, and English lessons will support learners in this as much as possible. When a book has been finished, learners must aim to complete the quiz within 48 hours.
Learners in Years 7, 8, 9 have recently joined Skelmersdale library and are able to use a range of products free of charge. Learners have been provided with a library card and their password is their date of birth.
Reading club is held in the library every Tuesday from 3pm-4pm and all learners are welcome.
This year we have had special visits from two authors; Frank Cottrell Boyce and David Massey. We are currently organising another event which will take place in the new academic year.
Miss White (Teacher of English and Library Co-ordinator)