Canford places literacy at the heart of learning, Head of English, Richard Redwood, recommends inspiring reads for 16 year olds and the Canford library launches new systems to keep Canford Covid-secure.
The library has been a busy place during the first half of term with involvement in a number of national events.
On 4th October, the school celebrated National Poetry Day. Alongside displays of poetry in the library and the English department, teachers began lessons with a poem, including some in Latin and Spanish. There was also poetry reading by staff during assemblies.
National Libraries week took place from 8th-13th October. As explained on the National Libraries Week website http://www.librariesweek.org.uk/, the national focus was on wellbeing and how libraries “bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health.” Canfordians were encouraged to fill in a book-shaped notelet writing about what they enjoyed and found inspiring about the new library space at the school – fuelled by a chocolate reward for doing so! There was a great range of comments to add to the library visitors’ book.
The first meeting of the new Fourth Form Library Committee has also taken place which was very productive with lots of ideas for displays and ways to better promote books in the library to pupils and staff.
Mary Anne Hockey, Librarian, commented:
“The weeks have certainly flown by and I am very pleased with the response to all our library initiatives so far this term. The new temporary library space is light, bright and with areas for individual study and has been well used by both staff and pupils. The Fourth Form committee has also been a great way of getting pupils involved in their library and also for us to keep them informed about events and initiatives. We look forward to the coming weeks in the run up to our Christmas celebrations!”