Firstly: A big “Thank you” to the Friends of the School; who have supplied a new computer to run the Library records and issuing system.
Now that we have the suitable hardware, we would like to introduce the “Identikit” issue system, purchased with the Junior Librarian Software. This uses a: “fingerprint” style recognition of borrowers!
To begin with we would like to trial the system with pupils from the top of Key Stage 2.
*The manufacturers have demonstrated the technology to the DfE, who had no issues with it, but recommend that we inform parents about its use.
The actual thumb print is NOT stored. The software calculates a huge number from the image and it is the number itself that is stored. This is like any other personal identification number. The number cannot be used to reconstruct the original image.
(A full copy of the Legal Issues document is available in the Library if you would like any further information).
We hope that this system will encourage wider reading of our extensive, up to date books stock! Please come into the Library at any of the opening times to enjoy choosing books with your children.
We now have more than 6000 books in our catalogue; we regularly weed out old, damaged and unread stock and restock using the School Library Service, exchanging more than 250 books each year. The collection uses the Dewey system for the Non Fiction, the Fiction is presented in collections of picture books, “series reads”, challenging longer reads and shorter quick reads. Readers’ recommendations, reviews and illustrations are displayed to encourage wider and more adventurous book choice.
Our Friends’ Association funds the purchase of some new books, last year we added new SERIES READS sections to the book cases and these have proved extremely popular with newly confident readers.
We provide regular opportunities for the pupils and parents to purchase new publications using commercial “BOOK FAIRS”, these provide funds for the Library to buy popular reads for lending and quality NON FICTION titles.
Assistant Librarians are recruited from Y5 and Y6, application is by letter and Assistants take responsibility for keeping the Library in good order and helping other children with the use of the computer based issue and return system.
Our current focus is to increase our loan stock of story cassettes and CDs, CD ROMs, videos and DVDs. We are also planning some improved shelving and display.
Library Opening Times: Each School Day:
During these times, please use our new service:
Some parents have kindly donated good condition used books: these are available to take away for a small donation to the school LIFEBOAT collection box, situated on the Library desk. This is a good opportunity to add to your home library at very little cost!