We are lucky to have a fantastic library at Elvetham Heath which is located at the very centre of the school. It is an exciting place to be and there is always lots going on!
We have a large range of fiction books to choose from including picture books, short stories and novels. Whoever your favourite author is, you can be sure to find them in the library.
We have also got some great non-fiction books on our shelves which cover many different topics and interests, such as animals, sports, The Victorians, weather, dinosaurs and space. There are also audio books and a large variety of big books for the children to access.
When children start school in reception, they are able to visit the library once a week with their class teacher to choose a book which they can take home and share with their family. The picture book section is clearly labelled and the shelving is easily accessible for all children. Once the children become free readers, they can visit the library to change their books as regularly as they need to. The children are encouraged to be as independent as possible and quickly become familiar with our Junior Librarian computer system. This allows them to issue and return books easily, and also enables them to search for their favourite titles and authors as well as leaving book reviews. Our non-fiction books are organised using the Dewey decimal system which enables the children to develop important skills which they can take with them when they leave Elvetham Heath.
We have a small group of year 5 librarians who help to keep the library tidy. We are also lucky to have a wonderful team of parent helpers who do a great job keeping the library organised whilst offering support and advice to children when needed.
We have a great link with the Hampshire School Library Service and are offered lots of advice and information in order to promote the love of reading. We update our library stock each term to ensure that there are lots of wonderful books for the children to use, whether they are reading for pleasure or researching their school topic. The School Library Service also enjoys coming in to school to meet the children and to share their enthusiasm for reading. The reception children loved their visit during World Book Day and thought all of the stories were great fun!
Our library is used as a great tool for promoting reading throughout the school. As well as World Book Day, we have had visits from many authors such as Anthony Brown, who visited us in the spring term. The children also enjoy taking part in reading challenges and the library is used to promote these.
We have recently completed a ‘Hop around Hampshire’ challenge and also enjoyed ‘Going for Gold’ during the 2012 Olympics.