It was wonderful to start the year off by being able to welcome all of our students back in, and we loved meeting all of our new Year7s as well as welcoming back familiar faces. Sadly, now we are back to wearing masks and taking Covid precautions we have reintroduced our break and lunchtime rota as follows:
Monday: break Year 11 lunch Year 7
Tuesday: break Year 10 lunch Year 8
Wednesday: break Year 7 lunch Year 9
Thursday: break Year 8 lunch Years 10 & 11
Friday: break Year 9 lunch Book Club
We are still open until 4.30pm Monday - thursday for socially distanced use.
If anyone from any year group is just returning, renewing or quickly choosing a book they can so long as they keep their mask on, but they will not be able to stay in the library if it is not their day. Thankfully, although our numbers are reduced we are still quite busy at break and lunch, so we are happy librarians!
You can see from our picture that we have our Black History Month display up, and already lots of the books have been checked out. This year, we were lucky enough to win the National Book token competition to receive the shorlisted books for the Jhalak Prize for authors of colour, and Woodbridge Emporium kindly sent us a copy of Marcus Rashford's book as they are trying to donate as many copies as possible to school libraries.
We have a display in the library about the history of fairy stories: 'Fairy Tales: Not just for babies!', our Year 7s and 8s have enjoyed learning about the dark history of fairytales and hearing original versions of them in their library lessons. Some of them have written or are writing their own which we hope to showcase in the next Chronicle.
Speaking of writing stories and winning things... we have just launched a house competition to create something to explain what lies beyond the library clock. The clock never tells the right time, or at least not the time at HBS, so we believe it's a portal to another dimension. We are inviting students to write, draw, create, build, film, or record something to let us know what they think lies beyond the clock. All entries can be brought to us in the library, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
closing date is midnight on 31st October.
Library closure: The library will be closed after school on Thursday 14th October as we will be having our half termly meeting of the North Herts Schools Librarians' Group where we will be sharing ways to make what we do even better, and discussing a possible shortlist for next year's North Herts Schools' Book Award.
HBS Book Club
will be meeting at the Kite in Bucklersbury on Wednesday 13th October at 7pm. This month we have been reading the YA novel, The Lefthanded Bookselllers of London by Garth Nix. It's a lovely, welcoming group, and we aren't afraid to be controversial in our opinions! Please contact Hilary Robertson on email@example.com
for more information.
Mrs Baugh and Mrs Rushton, Librarians