Our School Library

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr Seuss

Over the last year or so you may have seen or heard that Charlton Primary School Library has undergone a wonderful rejuvenation, which the children and staff are definitely enjoying and making the most of.

One of the most exciting new developments has been the creation of Junior (Pupil) Librarians.

Organising pupils to help with the library not only ensures the smooth day-to-day running of the library, but also helps develop a sense of responsibility, achievement and self-esteem in the children.

Junior Librarians undertake a range of duties:

  • To help in the library at set times agreed with the librarian
  • To shelve fiction books in A-Z order
  • To shelve non-fiction books in subject order
  • To keep a section of the stock tidy and in the correct order
  • To help with library displays
  • To help issue and return resources
  • To help repair resources
  • To help other children find what they are looking for
  • Any other jobs which help with the smooth and efficient running of the library

Junior Librarians are:

  • Responsible
  • Reliable
  • Hardworking
  • Honest
  • Cheerful
  • Sensible
  • Enthusiastic
  • Helpful
  • Organised

Junior Librarians also

  • Enjoy working with computers
  • Are willing to help others
  • Have an interest in books
  • Enjoy thinking on their feet
  • Enjoy helping other people
  • Have good communication skills

 

Another great addition has been an online version of a library catalogue called ‘Reading Cloud’.  The new system allows pupils (mainly KS2) and staff to view our school library catalogue online, and pupils are encouraged to use this to help with research, to write reviews about books they have read, and search for new books that they may like to read.

Having the library accessible in this way and having parents engaged with reading will help to support our commitment to improving our student’s literacy standards.

Also as part of our new library experience you will frequently see new books on display. These are often linked to topics from around the school or news events. In addition we have subscribed to ‘First News’ an award-winning newspaper for children.

These developments have been achieved so far, with much thanks to Mrs Gill and her team of helpers and significant funding from the PTA. Book Fairs: From parental support at the last two book fairs the school raised a substantial amount , this money is ring fenced and will be directly re-invested in books for the library.

But there is still more work to be done. We want to develop a better range of non-fiction texts research facilities, a listening station for access to audio books, and a set of fiction books linked more closely to the wider curriculum in school.

Please continue to support us, whether this is offering to help in the library on a regular basis, or buying a book from our Book Fairs.  It all helps to contribute to a happy and vibrant library for the children to enjoy!

 

Our new Reading Shed has arrived to give us an outside library space.

Visiting author, Cas Lester, spent a very busy lunchtime signing autographs – at one stage we even had to employ crowd control!

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