Library

Introduction

 

The Library is situated on the first floor of the main school building and is open to all students and staff. It provides a comprehensive facility for the whole school with resources, study tables, a teaching/silent study room, computers and a separate fiction area with comfortable seating.

 

Opening hours are:

8:30am – 5:00pm: Monday – Thursday

8:30am – 4:00pm: Friday

 

**Please note at present the library is only being used for Year 13**

 

Books are still available for all year groups to take out by:

  1. Visiting St. Aidan’s Virtual Library Catalogue to choose your book
  2. Completing this library book request form
  3. Emailing your completed form  to library@staidans.co.uk

 

Staff

 

Mrs K Roth – Learning Resource Manager

 

Resources

 

The extensive book stock is continually updated. In addition to books to support the curriculum areas there is a wide ranging collection of fiction books. Daily newspapers and a selection of periodicals are also available. Online resources are available for students.

Books may be borrowed for three weeks but can be renewed for longer by asking one of the Librarians. Overdue book fines are 10p per day. Reference books, such as encyclopaedias and dictionaries must not be removed from the Library. Pupils aged 12 and over are allowed to borrow teenage and adult stock without restriction.

The St. Aidan’s Virtual Library Catalogue is networked to enable resource searching throughout the school and can be accessed from home via the student and staff area of the website or via a downloadable App.

 

Events

 

Novel Reading Ideas

Novel Reading Ideas is a book group for Years 7 – 11. It promotes literacy and the love of books. The group is held in the Fiction Area of the Library every Thursday lunchtime. Chat about your favourite book, find new books to read, review brand new books and recommend good books to other students. It is very informal and gives an opportunity for like-minded pupils of different ages and abilities to meet, read and enjoy literature together in a safe environment.

 

Visiting Authors & Book Sales

We frequently have visiting authors and book sales which are advertised around school.

 

Reading Lists

To find out more about suggested reading lists, please click on the following links:

Year 7 Reading List 

Year 8 Reading List

Year 9 Reading List

Further lists are available from the Library.

A reading list for Year 6 students preparing for Year 7 can be found here: Year 6 – Year 7 Reading List

 

Wider Reading

BBC News – The latest news headlines from around the world

Bookshop– Online bookshop which supports local independent bookshops.

Booktrust-for book recommendations, book finder, tips and advice.

Cambridge University Press & Merriam-Webster – two free online dictionaries

Eclipse.net – St. Aidan’s school library catalogue

Fantastic Fiction – An interesting site with information on over 300,000 books

Love Reading for Schools

Summer holiday reads

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