The School Library has recently moved to the Drum Building and has been completely refurbished and offers a bright and welcoming space on two floors with a study area, a computer area and a comfortable seating area for browsing books and quiet reading upstairs in the Library.
It is easy for students to access the newly situated Library from the playground and it is approached from the main School building via a covered walkway.
When are we open?
The School Library is open from 9am until 5pm every school day
- The Library is open for Year 7 at Break
- For Years 7, 8 and 9 at Lunchtime
- However, students from Years 10 and 11 who need to borrow or return a book may come into the Library at Lunchtime
- Otherwise Years 10 and 11 pupils may use the ICT rooms in the D-Block to work in at Lunchtimes.
- All students may use the Library after School until 5pm.
- The 6th Form can use the School Library during their study sessions
- Students may be brought in by a subject teacher during a lesson time to use the Library to do research, borrow books or use the computers.
What can Students borrow from the School Library?
Can Students help the Librarian with the running of the Library?
A number of students play a very important role in helping the Librarian to run the Library and to assist other students. They help by lending and returning books on the Library computer system, assisting other students to locate the books they want in the computerised Library catalogue and helping them to find the books they want on the Library shelves.
How can Students find a book they want or find out which books are in the Library?
Students may search for a Library book in the School Library catalogue by going to Internet Explorer and clicking on the ‘Library’ box on the St Gregory’s Portal (the box with the book icon).
You do not need a User Name or Password to do this.
In the ('General search term...enter here') box
All they have to do is type in either:
- AUTHOR’S name (eg KINNEY, JEFF - you have to use the last name first separated by a comma) or the
- TITLE of a book (eg DIARY OF A WIMPY KID) or a
- SUBJECT you want to find books on (eg ART) in the
They will get a list of which books are in the School Library relating to what they are searching for, which they may print out. They will also be told if the book is in the Library or out on loan to another student.
Students may then go and find the books on the Library shelves, using the
- CLASS NUMBER for information books, which are kept upstairs in the Library, or under the
- AUTHOR'S LAST NAME for fiction, which they will find downstairs
If they cannot find the book they want they should ask the Librarian or a Student Library Assistant to help them find it or to reserve it for them, if it is on loan to another student.
Students will be notified via their Form Tutor when a book they have reserved is returned and has become available for them to borrow.
If students cannot find the book they want in the School Library catalogue they should ask the Librarian to consider buying a copy for the Library.
What will students find in the School Library?
- Over 8,000 non-fiction and fiction books for all ages and abilities
- Reference books, including dictionaries in different languages, thesauruses and encyclopaedias
- 10 networked desktop computers, with access to 60 more computers in the ICT rooms next to the Library at Lunchtimes
- Daily and weekly newspapers including ‘First News’ the newspaper for young people
- An online newspaper database archive covering local and national UK papers going back to 2010
- An online subject journal archive going back to 2004 covering a number of journals on different curriculum areas
- Subject-based journals in hard copy including ‘The Economist’, ‘Business Review’, ‘Sociology Review’, ‘Religious Studies Review’ and ‘Physics’, ‘Chemistry’ and ‘Biological Sciences Reviews’.
- General interest magazines like ‘The Week’, ‘Aspire Teen’, ‘Current’, ‘Click’, ‘Crown’ and ‘Team’.
- French language magazines like ‘Allons-Y’, ‘Bonjour’ and ‘Ca Va?’
The School Library Programme of Events
Year 7 Induction
Every Year 7 student is introduced to using the School Library soon after they join the School. They are shown how to use the Library’s computer catalogue to find the books they want and where to find them on the shelves.
Free books for Year 7 students
To help encourage reading every Year 7 pupil gets a free book through the School Library in their first term in the school, chosen by them from a list selected by the Book Trust. They may keep these or swap them with other students once they have read them.
World Book Day
Every year in March the School Library celebrates World Book Day by giving each student a £1.00 book token, sponsored by National Book Tokens, to use towards buying a book or in exchange for a specially produced £1.00 book from most bookshops. The tokens are valid throughout the month of March. They may be used in most bookshops and also to buy books through the Scholastic Book Club catalogue held in the Library.
Author visits to the School Library
To help celebrate World Book Day each year an author is invited to come into the School Library to work with groups of students to talk about their work and encourage both reading and writing. This year the award-winning author, Andy Mulligan, visited the School Library. Many of his books can be borrowed from the School Library.
Groups of students from Year 8 prepared for his visit by researching his life and work and mounted a display in the Library.
They also read and discussed many of his books, including 'Trash', 'The Boy with Two Heads' and his three 'Ribblestrop' school story books.
To look at Andy Mulligan’s website:
Next World Book Day the author Neil Arksey, author of the football themed books ‘Brooksie’, ‘Result!’, ‘Flint’, ‘MacB’, ‘Playing On The Edge’, ‘Sudden Death’, ‘As Good As Dead In Downtown’ and ‘Intelligent Life’ is coming into the Library to work with groups of students.
They will be preparing for his visit by researching his life and books and thinking of questions to ask him when he visits the Library. They will also produce a display on his work.
To find out more about Neil Arksey and his work:
Slambassadors UK Poetry Competition
Twenty-five Year 10 students spent two days in July in the Library attending a workshop with a performance poet coach, Deanna Rodgers, writing poems on ‘Identity’ and learning how to perform them.
Two of these students were chosen to join other schools in competing in the Slambassadors UK Performance Poetry competition in October in the Arts Theatre near Leicester Square.
To look at Slambassador’s webpage:
Roald Dahl Day
For Roald Dahl Day in September students from Year 8 participated in Roald Dahl themed lessons in the Library and then watched a live video stream with former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton hosting a half-hour of fun and games to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The show came live from the home of the West End musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Helen will be joined by members of the cast to lead a global sing-along of the hit song 'Pure Imagination.' There was also a live draw-along with Roald Dahl's principal illustrator Sir Quentin Blake, a Willy Wonka-inspired cookery feature and much much more.
Roald Dahl Day website: http://www.roalddahl.com/
National Poetry Day
The performance poet Deanna Rodgers was asked to come back into the Library on National Poetry Day in October to work with groups of students writing and performing their own poetry.
Deanna Rodger website: http://deannarodger.co.uk/
Other activities planned for this academic year:
- Staff reading out loud to students in the Library at lunchtime for National Story Telling Week in February
- A parent and baby reading group in the Library for younger siblings and parents of students
- A Year 7 reading club
- A Readathon linked to World Book Day
- Activities to celebrate of Children’s Book Week in June
- Talks from Brent Public Library staff about their Summer Reading Scheme and other summer activities in Brent Libraries
- The Reading Buddies paired reading scheme is held in the Library every week before school
- The Debate Club is held in the Library every Wednesday after School.
How are students expected to behave in the Library?
They must be sensible and responsible when using the Library and avoid disturbing other students
They must aim to keep the noise at a reasonable level so that others using the Library can concentrate on their own work and reading
They should always read quietly in the ‘Quiet Reading Area’ upstairs in the Library
They should put their bags and coats out of the way of other students so they do not take up space on chairs and tables or become a trip hazard
They should keep any food and drink to areas of the school where eating and drinking is allowed. Water is acceptable in the Library.
They must have any books they want to borrow stamped at the main desk before they leave the Library
They must return all books on time to the main desk so that other students may enjoy them afterwards. They should remember to have them renewed for longer if they haven’t quite finished them
They should always ask for help when they need it
The Librarian and Student Library Assistants will do their best to:
Be friendly and helpful at all times
Make sure that the Library is a pleasant and welcoming place to be
Help students to find the information, books or other resources they need
Make sure that a range of books on different topics and by different authors are provided for students’ use
Provide quiet areas for students to read and to studyListen to students’ opinions and suggestions
The Top 20 Books Borrowed from the School Library this Year:
- Dairy of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- The Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
- Tom Gates by Liz Pichon
- The Gone series by Michael Grant
- Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan
- Lilly Alone by Jacqueline Wilson
- The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
- Percy Jackson series by Rich Riordan
- Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris D’Lacey
- Geek Girl books by Holly Smale
- The Cherub series by Robert Muchamore
- Harry Potter books by J K Rowling
- The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
- The Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman
- The Simpson Comics by Matt Groening
- Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
- Scream Street series by Tommy Donbavand
- The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein
- Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy