Our fantastic new library facility opened in June 2013. It was partly funded due to a generous and significant donation from the Stamford Burghley Rotary Club. The new, modern, and well stocked library is a wonderful learning resource for our pupils. The children love to use the library; they are excited and motivated by the wide range of books available for them to read for enjoyment and to support their learning. The library also has up to date technology enabling pupils to develop their research skills to support their learning across the curriculum.
We have recently received another generous donation from the Rotary club of Stamford Burghley and the Rotary Foundation, which has enabled us to buy a significant number of additional new books for the children to enjoy. In addition to supporting us with fundraising, some Rotarians have also become very welcome ‘friends’ of our school and come in regularly to read to and with our pupils, which the children greatly enjoy.
I am Mrs Jane Thomas, the librarian. I have an interesting and varied role in the school. My primary aim is to promote a love of reading books amongst the children. I am responsible for managing the computer based information system called ‘Junior Librarian’. This system provides information about all the books in the library, current loans and details about the borrowers. I work with children across the school and look after all the resources in the library. New displays give the opportunity to raise interest about authors or to promote a particular collection of books. I also work with groups of children throughout the week to support the development of their reading and comprehension skills.
Classes of children visit the library each week and may borrow both fiction and non-fiction books. We have a group of Year 6 librarians who are fully trained and support our children in making their book choices. They are competent in issuing and returning books both into the ‘Junior Librarian’ system and back onto the shelves and also enthusiastically support younger pupils in their use of the library during their visits.
The library is very busy place in our school! Children often work on their research skills using both non fiction books or tablets, Small groups of children use fiction books to develop their comprehension skills. We have a ‘Reading Buddy’ scheme where younger children pair with older children and spend time enjoying books. Big books are a popular choice as well as the weekly ‘First News’ newspaper.
We are extremely fortunate to have received a large number of new books in the library recently, which will further enthuse the children’s reading. The children are looking forward to borrowing and reading these during the coming months both in the classrooms and at home with their parents.
Mrs Jane Thomas