Eastbury School Library is located in the centre of the school building, and its mission is to engage our learner in effective independent study and promote and develop reading for pleasure. The library is stocked with fiction and non-fiction books and currently houses over 6000 resources. The non-fiction section is in the process of being organised in the dewey decimal system. This is to prepare our young people for future educational development. In addition to books, the library contains computers and printers which allow access to the school network, VLE and the Internet. There are also subject specific magazines and a diverse selection of daily newspapers.
An ebook library is currently being developed using an electronic lending platform and students can now choose from over 250 titles which can be read online or downloaded to personal devices.
Activities in the Library
An after school Homework Club is held in the School Library every evening. The Library is open until 4.00 pm every day; apart from the last day of each full term when the opening times may vary (students are advised to check for any updates on a daily basis). In Homework Club the students have the opportunity to work in a quiet and studious environment.
Students are offered the chance to become reading champions and library stars. These students assist in the running of the School Library. Activities include stock selection and maintenance, cataloguing and processing stock, marketing and customer service.
The Librarian runs several formal sessions throughout the year in partnership with the English Department; these include year 7 library inductions, summer reading promotion, Readathon, use of eBooks. A variety of book clubs run throughout the year.
Teaching and support staff will also book the library for guided reading, research and information literacy activities and accelerated reader set-up and instruction.
Throughout the year the Library supports a number of events highlighting important dates in the calendar including National Poetry Day and World Book Day. Competitions and various education trips regularly take place. Our recent events have included a poetry competition, bookmark competition, a trip to the local library to meet a published author and visits to the British Library, London Metropolitan Archives, Dickens Museum and Canada Water Library.