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Canford celebrates Libraries Week

Karen Smith

Canford celebrated Libraries Week across the school.

The Library held a ‘Speedy Reads’ event at break time on Tuesday.  This involved trying to tell someone else in 30 seconds why they should read one of your favourite books.  Pupils from Canford, The Bourne Academy and staff were lined up in two rows with one side persuading the other side to read their books.  Then after 30 seconds were up, everyone moved on and tried again.  Shells joined in with staff from the English department, Chemistry department, History department and the Support for Learning department.  All refereed by Librarian Miss Hockey and her whistle!  There was an excellent buzz around the Library and lots of book discussions going on.  Well-deserved chocolate brownies were enjoyed by all. 

Book recommendations included:

·        The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R Carey

·        Look into My Eyes by Lauren Child

·        The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

·        Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Berniernes

·        One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

·        Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

·        Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky

·        The Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

·        Macbeth by William Shakespeare

·        The Salt Path by Raynor Winn 

·        The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

Also, this week, new teachers were invited to the Library to find out more about the school’s digital resources, including the online library catalogue, our excellent range of online resources and digital library of e-books and audiobooks. 

To end the week, the Library launched this year’s Fourth Form Library Committee.  One or two Fourth Form pupils from each house will attend the twice termly meetings, getting involved in stock selection, helping with displays and generating ideas for activities. 

Canford pupils were also joined by year 7, 8 and 11 pupils from The Bourne Academy this term for 'Book Club' Pupils from both schools read 'One' by Sarah Crossan ahead of the meeting, they reviewed the book and discussed ideas for future reads.

Miss Hockey was delighted with the response from pupils and staff: “It has been another successful celebration of Libraries Week.  It was wonderful to see pupils and staff swapping book recommendations and enjoying talking about books over chocolate brownies on Tuesday.  The Fourth Form Library Committee is an excellent way for me to gather feedback from pupils about the Library and ensure that the Library continues to be relevant to them.  Pupils can also pass on information to their houses.  Libraries Week has provided a great way of reminding us of the value and importance of libraries and library resources, whether they are in print or digital."


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