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  • About the School Library
    About the School Library

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 subjects, topics and 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 are holding a Scholastic Book Fair on 17th & 18th March, there is currently a competition to win vouchers by submitting a book review on Reading Cloud as well as themed lessons to get students thinking about the type of books they want to read, leading up to the fair.

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 17 titles. So, whether you are hooked on horror, fanatical about fantasy or hankering for some humour, there was something for everyone! Students received their FREE book as a Christmas present from the school library.

The library is also pleased to have just announced the winners of the library art competition with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for years 7 & 8 and further prizes for years 9, 10 & 11. All entries will be displayed around the library.

Other plans for later in the academic year 2021 – 2022 include a Mental Health & Wellbeing event where we will have a Good News Feed and a selection of self-help books available for students. There will also be a big push to get students interested in Empathy Lab, to coincide with Empathy Day on 9 June, this gives students an opportunity to think more about kindness and the environment in which we live. Empathy Lab is a Community Interest Company spreading a message of empathy.

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!

Who said the library is boring? Certainly not our library—keep in touch!