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Kingsthorpe College boasts a huge library that is light and airy; it has high ceilings and skylights which give it an ultra-modern feel. It also has an outside terrace with benches and parasols for summer activities. It is stocked with the very latest titles in teen fiction as well as a complete range of ‘classic titles’. Students are able to recommend titles for us to buy and may purchase books themselves from the monthly Scholastic book club magazine.
Our library seats around 80 students comfortably and areas and shelving can be moved according to our needs, for example for guest speakers, author visits and special events. During the last academic year we have had the pleasure of meeting some amazing YA authors this include, Ross Montgomery, Cathy Cassidy, Marcus Sedgwick and Robin Stevens. We have also worked with the Northamptonshire Schools Chess Association who help run our annual school chess tournament.
In July, to promote reading and to bring books alive, we transformed our library to hold our annual Book Week Festival. All of our year 7 students participated in different events that all centered around books and reading. During this week we held lots of special events, competitions and participated in the annual County Literature competition.
Our school library is always busy, especially at break and lunchtimes. With so much happening there is a real buzz about the library. All of our students have the opportunity to take part in the many activities that we run. Our weekly activities include; drawing club, games club, quiz team challenges, KC Book Bugs reading group and ‘Y’ Not Try; here students can try something new each week (often a craft or game). We hold regular competitions and student challenges throughout the year where students have the opportunity to win prizes. We have lots of activities planned for 2017 which include Harry Potter Book Night 2nd February, World Book Day March 2nd, World Book Night 23rd April and Roald Dahl Day 13th September - so watch this space for more information.
For our year 7 and 8 students the school runs the highly successful Accelerated Reader programme. This programme allows students to read a book and then test their comprehension and understanding of the story by taking a computer based quiz. The programme is delivered in timetabled library lessons and benefits everyone, as individual goals and targets are set according to ability. Students who participate fully in the programme have the opportunity to win prizes and to join our “Millionaires Club”.
Each year we participate in the Read for My School competition. This competition sees schools across England and Wales compete to read the most books for their school. This year one of our students Qaseem Dawlatzai, won the coveted title of National Reading Legend in the year 7 and 8 category. He along with 11 other students from the college were treated to a VIP lunch at Glazier’s Hall in London, where they met the cast of Horrible Histories and won a tower of books.
We have an excellent team of adult volunteers from the local community who give up their time to work within the library with readers who need help. We also run our Champions of Reading Scheme at tutor time. This is where our sixth form students mentor our year 7 students and help them with reading and literacy skills.
For our 6th form students, the library offers a quiet working environment. Students have access to all of our resources, along with a dedicated area of 6th form books, careers and university information. The library provides study skills information, Harvard referencing sessions and help with revision.
Our opening hours are from 8.00am – 4.30pm daily.
Homework help is available daily at breaktime, lunchtime and afterschool and our team of librarians are always on hand to help and support. All of our students have access to our wide range of facilities, which include books, eBooks, online resources, computers and printers.