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The School Library

During the week each class has a dedicated library session, during which they are encouraged to select new books and talk about what they are reading.  The emphasis is on reading for pleasure as we believe that reading is something that we can all enjoy.  As well as the regular weekly sessions (see below for the timetable), we also organise events such as book fairs, book swaps, storytelling sessions and activities related to World Book Day.

Library Timetable 2018/2019

  • Monday – Year 4 
  • Tuesday – Year 2 and Year 6
  • Wednesday – Year 1
  • Thursday – Year 3 and Year 5
  • Friday – Reception

After school library session for KS1 – Mondays 3.30 – 4pm. Mrs Turner will be in the library so that all KS1 children can read, borrow and return books and use the library computer. All children need to be accompanied by a parent please. These sessions have now finished for Term 4 and the next KS1 after school library session will be Monday 14th January 2019.

Lunchtime session for KS2 – Monday lunchtimes. Mrs Turner will be in the library so that Y3-Y6 can read books, borrow and return books and use the library computer. The last KS2 lunchtime session in Term 4 is Monday 10th December.

Class library sessions will finish on Friday 7th December for the Christmas holidays and will restart on Tuesday 8th January 2019.

Second hand book sales

Thank you to everyone who supported the second hand book sales this term. We have raised £90 which will be spent on new books for the library. Keep an eye out for these in January.

If you are having a clear out of your books at home, we always welcome donations of books for the library. Please just drop these into the school office.

Recent Author Visits: Lisa Thompson, Vashti Hardy and Jess Butterworth

Years 5 and 6 have enjoyed visits from authors Lisa Thompson and Jess Butterworth, whilst Years 3 and 4 were delighted to welcome author Vashti Hardy. Thanks to Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, the children could buy copies of all of the authors’ books (which each author signed during their visit) and Mr. B’s donated a proportion of the money raised to the school.

Lisa Thompson

Lisa’s debut novel The Goldfish Boy was the Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month in January 2017 and has received excellent reviews.

She spoke to the children about her new novel The Light Jar and about her life as an author. Years 5 and 6 really enjoyed hearing Lisa share stories of her childhood, her daily life as an author and her previous work at Radio 2 and Radio 4, together with some hints about her third novel. Both The Goldfish Boy and The Light Jar are available in the school library, where they are proving very popular!

Vashti Hardy

Vashti’s debut novel Brightstorm was published on 1 March 2018 and is one of BookTrust’s ‘Books We Love’ for March . Vashti spoke to Years 3 and 4 about writing, exploration, Ernest Shackleton, the importance of drawing maps and what an explorer needs in their bag!  This was a really enjoyable visit and Brightstorm is currently going down a storm in the school library…

Jess Butterworth
Jess’s second novel When the Mountains Roared was published in April 2018 and is an exciting adventure set in India. Her first novel (Running on the Roof of the World) is a fantastic thriller set in the Himalayas. Jess spoke to Years 5 and 6 about snow leopards, using imagination, setting stories in lots of exciting places and yaks! Both books are proving very popular in the school library. 

Junior Librarian


The school library is catalogued and run using Junior Librarian, allowing the children to search, browse and review the books in the Library. This enhances the way children can use the Library and share books they have enjoyed. Please visit http://u020976.microlibrarian.net to search the library. 


Key dates and useful websites for book lovers (some of these are a great place to start looking for new reading inspiration):

World Book Day | Thursday March 7th 2019

National Poetry Day | Thursday October 4th 2018

Book Trust | a really useful source of information about books, including the Book Trust BookFinder.

Love Reading 4 Kids or Good Reads | both good for peer reviews and recommendations

Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal | annual awards for children’s writers which lists all the previous winners

Blue Peter Book Awards 

Library Newsletters

The library issues a regular newsletter to keep parents informed. Take a look at recent newsletters

April 2017

September 2017

May 2018

If you have any questions about the library or would like to get involved, please email Clare Turner on Librarian@bsm.bwmat.org

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