The Notley library aims to foster a lifelong love of reading and learning. Throughout the year, the library holds a number of themed activities and events to promote literature, reading and a passion and enthusiasm for learning.
Our extra-curricular activities have covered a wide range of themes; from Science and Maths, to multicultural and historical events. Events from previous years have included “Around the World in 80 Minutes”, “Shakespeare Week”, “The Brain Gym” and an exploration of world water issues in “World Toilet Day”, in conjunction with “Water Aid”.
One of our key events in our calendar is World Book Day. This is a celebration of authors, books and, most importantly, reading. In fact, it is the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. This event is celebrated annually at Notley library with new competitions and quizzes every year.
The library regularly promotes wider reading and encourages students to explore classic and contemporary literature through special events and activities. In order to coincide with World Book Day we held a Scholastic Book Fair on 17th & 18th March. This was a huge success and resulted in the school receiving almost £200 worth of free books.
This year we started our events calendar with the launch of the “BookBuzz” programme for Year 7 students. Every student in Year 7 had the opportunity to choose a FREE Book from a specially selected collection of 16 titles. So, whether you are hooked on horror, fanatical about fantasy or hankering for some humour, there was something for everyone! Students will receive their FREE book as a Christmas present from the school library.
Other plans for later in the academic year 2022 – 2023 include a Christmas story writing competition and a readathon which was launched on the first day of this half term. Students have the opportunity to raise sponsorship through reading, which will then go to ReadForGood.org who provide books for children in hospital.
The Notley library encourages all year groups to take part in the events. The activities are designed to encourage students to actively engage with the world around them, to explore new subjects and topics and, most importantly, to have fun!