What The Library Is Doing To Assist Reading

What the library is doing to encourage boys to read and assist them in progressing to more challenging literature.

In Year’s 7 and 8 all students will have one of their English lessons as a dedicated library lesson. This is used primarily for silent reading of their fictional book of choice but is also used to exchange book reviews and for Miss Lang to discuss selected books to encourage variety.

All students in Years 7 and 8 receive an individual reading log to keep track of their reading. It also has pages of recommendations to help boys choose their next book.

As often as possible we try to accommodate a Year 9 form to have their registration in the library once a week, giving students chance to exchange their library books and keep them up to date with the library’s latest editions.

The library is full of printed reading lists, themed displays, a ‘beanstalk’ of titles and authors grouped into genre and listed in order of difficulty and the comprehensive ‘which book next guide’.

Many schemes and competitions are run – both external ones and in house. Every year the boys enjoy participating in the Carnegie Shadowing Scheme and each year the library runs its Christmas Advent Calendar quiz. External competitions such as World Book Days latest competition, BBC Short Story Award and the most recent – a partnership between the WWE and National Literacy Trust looking for an inspiring book review, are all promoted in the library with Miss Lang and the library prefects on hand to help.

Students receive a minimum of 1 assembly a year on the importance and benefits of reading. As well as recommended books to get them started.

Students are able to enjoy events such as author visits and World Book Day broadcasts.