I am Ms Parry, the Librarian at Wyvern St Edmund’s. I am proud to be able to tell you a little bit about the Library and the opportunities that the students have here.
The Library is located in the Bourne building and is an extremely popular place to be. It is open at break and lunchtimes and I am here at the start and end of the school day.
I welcome book recommendations and series continuations as I have found that this makes for a smooth transition in reading from Primary school and helps students continue in their reading journey that will take them through their years at Wyvern St Edmund’s.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to invite many authors to the school for talks and book signings, authors like Julia Donaldson, Joss Stirling and Jonathan Stroud to name a few. I invite one sometimes two authors a year to visit the school and still love the excitement and buzz around the place, not only by the students but from the staff and the author too.
Students also get the chance to visit authors in other schools with the Salisbury School’s Book Awards, this is a reading scheme that was started in 2008 and is still very popular today. 6 book titles are read by our students who have chosen to take part and those from surrounding schools, from November to March, students then vote for their favourite book and the winner is announced during a ceremony at the hosting school.
Year 7’s have an induction session to the Library during the first couple of weeks of starting school, they also come in to choose their free ‘Bookbuzz’ book, a scheme that has been run by the Book Trust for many years and one that I am very passionate about continuing.
The Library is also used for quiet study and catch up sessions, it is also a place to complete Homework during break or lunchtimes and works with the English Department to help with Scavenger Hunts and reading schemes.
So if you want to sit quietly and read or have a great recommendation for a new book series, come to the Library.