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Literacy and the Library

Literacy and the Library
Karen Smith

We were delighted to see our Head of English, Richard Redwood, recommending a book for every 16 year old to read as part of a feature in the Autumn edition of The Week Good Schools Guide.   He described ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee as “A coming-of-age story that teaches us all the importance of courage, community and conscience” and hope his words will inspire pupils across the country to read this iconic book.  The article may be found in the digital version of The Week magazine as well as by subscription in hard copy. 

Canford places literacy at the heart of learning and it has been an exciting and busy start of term for Canford School Library.  In the new climate, whilst adhering to the six main core principles for keeping Canford Covid-secure, we have still managed to offer a wide range of opportunities for our pupils and staff to make use of our library and its many resources. 

Upper Sixth pupils are able to use the library for silent, individual study and we have a new online “Click and Collect” system for reserving books from our online library catalogue.  All pupils and staff are welcome and encouraged to use this service.  We have also produced an online guide to help users to make the most of it.  Our library catalogue allows for online browsing of our books with ideas for recommended reads and is regularly updated and pupils and staff are welcome to email the librarians for recommendations if they are unsure what to read next.   

For research and reference, our pupils are encouraged to make use of our excellent range of subscribed online resources, including JSTOR, New Scientist archive online and European News Stream among others.  We also have a brilliant range of e-books and audiobooks available which are provided by OverDrive. 

Mary Anne Hockey, librarian, commented, “The library team is very excited about exploring these new ways to provide pupils and staff with books and continue to build the excellent reading culture that we have here at Canford School.  Literacy and reading for enjoyment are as important as ever and played a significant role in health and wellbeing during the lockdown. The library has a huge range of online and print resources and we encourage all pupils and staff to make the most of all of these services.“ 

Please visit Canford Library and Resources to find out more. 

The Week Schools Guide Canford


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