Prep School Library
"Regular book clubs and other opportunities to make the most of the exceptional library facilities are well attended and much enjoyed by pupils." ISI Inspection 2017
At the heart of all library activities is the desire to create a passion for reading; everyone - staff, students and parents are encouraged to share their literary experiences.
A new Prep School library was opened in November 2013, and is now even busier and more vibrant place than the previous one, with its colourful displays, attractive shelving and furniture. The extensive range of books and multi media resources are selected to support the teaching and learning throughout the school. The addition of four laptops and an outside story garden, featuring our 'Picture Book Benches' enhance the facilities.
Reading challenges, often in the form of house competitions, are used to encourage pupils to be as wide ranging and adventurous in their selection as possible.
Every class has at least one lesson a week in the library and it is always full at break and lunchtimes with pupils reading, studying and browsing. The library is staffed by a qualified librarian and a part-time assistant, so help is always at hand.
Book clubs for three different age groups are held regularly throughout the term; attendance is very high and discussions are lively and informed. Author visits are also very much part of the library programme, with our most recent visitors including SF Said and Kim Slater, as well as a virtual visit via Skype from Sue Durrant. In the past year, we have had visits from a wide range of authors including Chris Bradford, Rick Riordan, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo and Steve Cole.
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Other landmarks in the children’s book year are also celebrated in the library, with events taking place in National Children’s Book Week and on World Book Day. Pupils also take part in the national Kids’ Lit Quiz and in Write Path, an international collaborative story writing project.
The Festival of Literature, inaugurated and run by the Prep School Librarian, Rosie Pike, has now become an annual fixture, with an impressive line up of literary luminaries. The aim of this week long Festival stems very much from the philosophy behind the library, which is to fuel a passion for all things literary in young and old.
There is a link to the College Library website in the Quick Links at the top of this page or here.
You can log in and check what is available in the Prep and Senior School libraries, what you have on loan, renew your loans and reserve new titles. You will need to have asked the Librarian for a username and password before using this link.