Library

A large, well-organised space, the library is stocked with a range of fiction and non-fiction books. There are reference books, 15 PCs, seating for a class and a comfortable soft seating area.  The library works closely with the English department with fortnightly library lessons for all Key Stage 3 classes enabling students to learn the skills needed to make the best use of the library and encourage independent reading. The library’s main focus is to encourage Reading for Pleasure through stock selection, author visits and events.

Students are welcome in the library during break and lunchtimes. They can read books, complete homework or make use of the PCs.
Displays of current fiction and non-fiction are regularly changed to encourage students to widen their reading.


Key Staff

Mrs Mansfield - Senior Librarian
Miss Moulinier - Librarian


Library Intent

The Library is a central learning resource for the whole school, supporting all areas of the curriculum in subject knowledge, research skills and literacy. The library promotes reading for pleasure for all – a key activity for life-long learning and emotional well-being.


Reading Recommendations

Year 7

A collection of recommended reads just right for Year 7 - all books available from the library.

Year 7 Reading Routes

Year 8

A collection of recommended reads just right for Year 8 - all books available from the library.

Year 8 Reading Routes

Year 9

A collection of recommended reads just right for Year 9 - all books available from the library.

Year 9 Reading Routes

Please also visit Mrs Mansfield's Wakelet collections for Year 7-9 recommendations.


News & Information

News & Information
Research Information Skills

Below please find a link below to our poster about how to research information. They include how to reference information, what search engines to use rather than just Google, how to evaluate the information you find and how to be more specific in searching. 

Information Skills - 6 steps

Reading for Pleasure 

Reading for Pleasure - An article published in the School Librarian magazine highlights a study that finds reading for pleasure helps with test scores in English and Maths.
Developing reading for pleasure in your school - National Literacy Trust
Research evidence on reading for pleasure - Department of Education

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Student Librarians

A team of student librarians are appointed each year to help in practical and creative ways during lunchtimes. Sixth Form students often use their community service time to help in the library, either running book groups for lower school students or helping with shelving or displays.


Author Visits

We have been really lucky over the years to have had some very fun, informative and inspiring author visits for Year 7s. We’ve had Marcus Alexander doing backflips, Chris Bradford showing us some bodyguard protocols and the one-finger punch, Seth Burkett running writer workshops and telling us about playing professional football in Brazil and Sri Lanka, and Dan Freedman told us about how he got to travel with the England football team when he worked for the Football Association before writing his novels. All of our visiting authors have been amazing and we are very grateful to our PTA for funding this for us.  

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Events

As a library team we are very keen to be visible throughout the school and to provide as many options as possible for students and staff to find books that will inspire a love of reading. To this aim we frequently update our displays around the school and in the library and celebrate national and international events such as Storytelling Week, Black History Month, LGBT+ History Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, Women’s History Month, Pride, National Poetry Day among others.

We encourage our students to take part in Reading Challenges such as Read Around the Curriculum and Read Around the World. We have offered our students the chance to choose a mystery book with our Christmas Surprise books and Blind Date with a Book initiatives. We provide book quizzes for tutor groups on World Book Day whilst running a 10p book sale of old stock along with library-based games and events. We have hosted Scholastic Book Fairs and events for transitioning Year 6s such as a Big Book Quiz as well as book groups and shadowing of Book Awards for Key Stage 3 students.

Blind Date Book Natives History Fiction for Year 8
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For further information regarding our Library please contact:
library@edgbarrowschool.co.uk