THE ENCHANTED BOOK EMPORIUM
The library was officially named, AMBERLEY’S ENCHANTED BOOK EMPORIUM in April 2014, following a competition won by a pupil, Olivia Hinch. Dame Janet Trotter, Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, led the official naming ceremony.
The school is very lucky to have an allocated space for a library and I am very pleased to say it is used every day.
Each class has an allocated lunch time when they can use the library and they are very keen to attend these sessions. Pupils also come into the library during their guided reading sessions. There are spaces for them to work on school projects if they wish.
As the school librarian (qualified as a Primary School Librarian in 2016) it is one of my duties to make sure that the pupils are aware of the book storage systems used in all libraries and how to find books using these systems. We use the Dewey system for reference books and the A-Z of authors surnames for fiction books. The children are expected to know this by the time they go to secondary school. They are helped and encouraged to do this with library challenge exercises.
I also help to promote reading within the school by working with each class. For example, working alongside the Year 5/6 teacher, I am supporting the involvement with Cheltenham Literary Festival’s pilot scheme “Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils” initiative to promote reading specifically for Years 5 & 6 which is running from October 2016 for one year. To promote reading in other classes I use other means of engaging the pupils such as requesting them to illustrate a cover of a book which they have recently read. This year “Tweedy”, the clown, came to the school and launched the Summer holiday reading challenge in which the pupils have to read four books of their choice and subsequently comment via a simple questionnaire as to what they thought of their chosen books.
The library has a good selection of books covering many topics and genres. The pupils are able to borrow two books of their choice, three if they are working on a project. They are also able to request books they would like to have in the library. Pupils are encouraged to keep the library tidy and replace books if they are able. There are library monitors on hand to help the pupils find books or even read stories.
Please feel free to visit the library if you wish! We are also glad to accept any books in good condition you would like to donate.
Granny Maureen and Mr Beech are currently involved in the Reading Teachers= Reading Pupils programme and work by one of our pupils has been featured in the programme Blog. please follow the link to see what they have been up to .