The Ernulf Library is located adjacent to the Maths and English departments. It offers a large collection of books, magazines and computers that are available to all students. The library is normally open from about 8:45 until 15:30, and is managed by Mrs Twydell. The main purpose of the library is to support students’ learning with information and recreational reading material. There are over 10000 books in the library, along with subscriptions to a selection of magazines. The library is zoned so it is clear where students should be working quietly, reading silently, playing chess or using the computers.
There are lots of suggestions to help students choose their reading books, including the top 100 or so titles from the past school year (The fault in our stars, and the Diary of a wimpy kid series are always near the top – they are perennial favourites).
The library computer suite gives access to the internet, intranet and many locally held resources, accessible by all our students. There is also access to a number of subscription-based online services.
All students can borrow up to 3 books, usually for 3 weeks. These can be renewed at any time, but if they are overdue, must be presented for renewal. Overdue charges are not used, but those students with overdue books will not be allowed to borrow further material until their accounts are cleared. As in the public library, lost material should be paid for.
Students can expect to visit the library during lesson times in any subject area, and of course are welcome to use the facilities during break and lunch. At these times students (who volunteer their services usually at the start of the school year) have the role of library assistants and help to issue and return books – for details of how to join this group please see Mrs Twydell or Mrs Larkins.
Each year for World Book Day there are usually displays, events and, when we are lucky, free copies of the World Book Day books, as well as book tokens for every student. Other national and global literary events such as poetry day are celebrated with competitions and prizes. Each year a group of students also takes part ‘chasing’ the CILIP Carnegie medal shortlist titles. Students read and discuss the shortlisted titles, post reviews and keep a blog to record thier opinions.
For those who are unsure what to read, the first port of call should always be the library staff. However, there are also recommended books and the top 10 books on the library pages of the website and you can also look at the library catalogue online to see what’s available. There are two ways to do this – by PC or by app. Using a web browser type in https://u011199.microlibrarian.net to access the catalogue.
The library also hosts our year 10 reading leaders, a group of students who use library books to help younger students with their reading. This is lead by our literacy co-ordinator Mrs. Twydell.
After school on Monday to Thursday students can come to the library for home learning club, where they can do research for their home learning and, if required, get extra support from staff.
May I also recommend http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/info/20060/online_library_services which gives free access to further online subscription-based resources for members of the public library service, including ebooks and emagazines. You need to join the public library to access these services, but remember, membership is free.
Click here to see books that should be enjoyable to pupils in KS3