Our Library

About the Library

 

      

 

Welcome to our amazing library! It's such an wonderful reading area but we do so much more here, as you'll find out when you wander through our website.

 

 

  Opening Hours

We are open throughout the day every day whilst the school is open. Currently, pupils can only come into the library when supervised by an adult. They will need to sanitise their hands before and after. We will be looking into opening after school on selected days after the Coronavirus situation is over.

 

  Loans

  • Children are allowed to borrow up to three items at any one time. If you are not yet a 'free reader', you must borrow one Oxford Stage book and if you like, a library book or audio CD too. If you are a free reader, you may borrow up to three library items.
  • You can borrow items for up to 30 days - after that they will become overdue and you will either have to return or renew the items. 
  • Any items long overdue, damaged or lost will have to be paid for.

 

   What you can find in the Library

We have books of course, plus magazines, graphic novels and audio CDs (talking books). In fact, we have more than 8,000 items in our library and classroom reading areas - wow! Our wide range of books includes picture books, ones for children who aren't quite yet confident readers, titles for those with reading difficulties or dyslexia, dual language titles, books to challenge more confident readers. You can borrow and look for books on our library computer system, Libresoft.

We have a chill out area with cushions and bean bags plus tables and chairs if you'd prefer to sit there or do some work there. There is also a display which is changed regularly to give you ideas on reading.

 

  Fiction books

There are arranged on the shelves in alphabetical order of the author's last name. For example, all authors beginning with D are found in one area together - Roald Dahl, Penny Dolan, etc. Authors with hyphenated names will be shelved under the letter of the name just before the hyphen - for example, Dick King-Smith, Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

We have fiction books in all genres - fantasy, sport, war, adventure, humour, real life and more. There are also more challenging books for our Year 6 pupils (they have Y6+ on the spine label).

 

  Non-Fiction books

These are also often called Information Books. Non-fiction books are arranged in number order using a system called Dewey. Books are divided according to their subject, from numbers 000-999. For example, general books dealing with the Ancient Romans are grouped together on the shelf at number 937. Look at the ends of the shelves to give you an idea of how it works. 

We use these books to support our topic learning but there is also plenty to interest you whether it be Minecraft, football biographies, learning how to play chess or how to cook and more.

 

   Reference books

Use these books to check certain facts or information. Reference books include dictionaries and atlases. Our reference books are all in one area with red and white 'For Reference Only' labels. They must only be used in school and put back on the shelves when you are finished with them.

 

   Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are books that have pictures all the way through to tell a story, in a similar way to comics. We have a great collections of these and aim to add more regularly.

 

  Audio CDs 

These 'talking books' are books which have been recorded onto CDs for you to listen to. You will need a CD player or computer/laptop to listen to them. They're great for when you don't feel like reading but are happy to listen to someone read the book out loud to you. Also great for long car journeys.

 

  Picture Books

Our picture books range from simpler stories to more complex ones for older readers.

 

Magazines, Comics & Newpsapers

We have a small selection of magazines in our library - Aquila (non-fiction), TbK/Wrd (about books and authors and illustrators), First News Children's Newspaper, Animal Action (RSPCA animals), Jacqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl, Kickaround (football). These are only for use in school and should be returned to the library when you've finished reading it.

 

  Comic/Magazine Swap & Wet Play

We have a box of different types of comics and magazines in the library. They can be used in two ways:

  • you can bring a comic in from home that you no longer want (and is in good condition) and swap it for one from the box.
  • you can read the comics during wet play or quiet reading times in class or in the library. When finished with, they must be returned to the library comic box so others can read them.

 

  Finding books

  • Use Libresoft: we have a great library computer system (Libresoft), which allows you to search for books and audio CDs in our library, write books reviews, see what's new in the library, check your own loans account. You can search by author, title, keywords, subjects, topics for both fiction and non-fiction. Have a look at our Libresoft page to use the system and get more information.
  • Use the printed subject index: to help you find non-fiction books, using the Dewey number system.

 

  Any questions, comments or suggestions?

You can contact Mrs Parr on the Contact form on the library home page.


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