"It's great if you can read but the question is: do you read? If you do, the world is yours."
Michael Rosen, former Children's Laureate
Our library is managed with the help of parent volunteers and pupil librarians, and is usually open daily from 8.30am to 4pm. Due to Covid restrictions, children have a weekly allocated time for their bubble to visit the library and after-school opening is currently suspended.
|8.30 - 9.00am|
|9.00am - 3.30pm||Timetabled for independent use, groups and library sessions|
|3.30 - 4.00pm||Late-night opening. Parents are welcome to come and choose books with their children.|
Children have a free choice of books and a wide range of texts and genres are promoted. They can change their books before and after school or during their library sessions. All library books have a barcode and need to be issued and returned via the library computer system, Libresoft Librarian. The 3.30-4.00pm opening is very popular and younger siblings are also offered their own tickets thus starting good habits early! The Kings Worthy Preschool also visit the library on a weekly basis, this helps with a smooth transition into 'big' school.
Books and reading are a central part of our school life. Through the use of our school library we aim to:
- Promote reading for pleasure
- Encourage children and parents to explore a wide range of books together
- Extend reading skills
- Promote independence
- Provide books about current classroom topics
- Host author visits at least once a year to stimulate and encourage our children to read as a writer and write as a reader.
Throughout the year the children take part in various reading challenges; 'The Worthy 10' is a super way to get our Year R children off to a flying start and funded by the PTFA. This involves the children visiting the library 10 times after school and choosing one of the Worthy 10 books each time. On successful completion of the challenge, the children are presented with a new book of their choice. Other challenges include Hampshire Picture Book Award (Y1), Moving Up Transition Challenge (Y2), Hampshire Information Book Award (Y4), Hampshire Illustrated Book Award (Y5) and the Moving On Transition Challenge (Y6).
We borrow approximately 1000 books a year from the School Library Service and buy new stock throughout the year. Our new books are funded by the school budget, the PTFA and the books sponsored by parents through our pledge table. The children also have their own wish list if they feel we are missing anything!