Library and Reading

Search for a Volunteer Librarian

We have a lovely library, refurbished last Summer, in which we invested a lot of our time in choosing great books to inspire our children to read more. Now we have returned to school we have nominated two Junior Librarians per class who will be shown how to lend assistance, however, we would love to have one or two adult Volunteer Librarians to support them each week.

Is this something you might be interested in? As a Volunteer Librarian you would need to:

  • love reading
  • be happy to promote the library and the benefits of reading
  • have some basic computer skills

The roll would be for a minimum of 1 hour per week (and not more than 3) and in advance of starting we would need to obtain for you a DBS certificate.  We will show you the ropes of what the roll would involve, but will include:

  • issuing / returning books on the library system
  • putting books away on the shelves using the Dewey system
  • cataloguing new books
  • possibly helping with displays

If you are interested in joining us in this role, please email Miss Armstrong, Office Manager on or call the school office 01438 216565

Hay Festival Programme for Schools

Watch authors filmed at this festival over the past four years – just click here.

New live events took place at the end of May. Authors include: David Baddiel, Konnie Huq, Cressida Cowell, Ade Adepitan, as well as Simon Mole who recently completed a virtual poetry workshop with Year 3.

Ready Reads – Hertfordshire Libraries Collection Service – for access click here

Free author events hosted by Hertfordshire Libraries held throughout the year To book tickets click here.

LoveReading4Kids – one of the biggest and best websites for children’s books: reading, reviewing and recommending so you can find your next favourite book or author. There is a Kids’ Zone designed specifically for children, with competitions, activities, video, quizzes and other fun book-related content. Why not check it out? Just click the highlight words.

Our Library Refurbishment!

We are delighted to announce that our library shelves are now full of books!!! There is huge choice of fiction and non-fiction books, and the children have already started to borrow these.

Each child has their own unique barcode which allows them to borrow two books for two weeks at a time. The Class Teaching Assistant issue and returns these books (and any other reading scheme books that your child may come home with) via the library system ‘Access It’.

Pupils can log onto Access It at home: check which books they have been loaned, search for books by author, topic, title etc, reserve books, and the children can even write book reviews for other pupils to read!

Pupil can login here Access It Pupil Dashboard

  • Enter ‘Borrower ID’ –  a six-digit number that can be found in the front of their reading record (looks like a barcode).  No pin or password is needed.
  • Pupils are advised to watch the short video ‘Junior Guide to the Web App’ which can be found on the front page.

Reading – Please encourage your child to read lots, and note what and when they read in their reading logs. All loaned books should be returned promptly before being exchanged for new ones.

Caring for books – We would ask that the children take good care of the books they are loaned and bring them back in good condition. There are no fines for overdue books, however, if a book is lost or damage, we will have to charge to replace this. Please help us reinforce good habits with your child/ren:

  • Handle books carefully; don’t fold pages or corners of books
  • Keep books in a safe place; away from food, drink, sticky fingers and pets!
  • Return library books on time

We look forward to a great year of reading in 2021 and many wonderful stories. Check out our library assembly below.

Library Assembly