Library & Resource Centre
What we aim to achieve:
- The Library to be an integral and effective part of Knights Templar School,
- To foster and develop a whole school reading community which enjoys reading widely and for pleasure.
- To make a positive contribution to Teaching and Learning by meeting the information needs of all pupils across all year groups and abilities
- To play an integral role in the ensuring all pupils become effective independent learners across all year groups and abilities.
- Help to develop literacy intervention initiatives, in liaison with other departments and support literacy skills across the curriculum and for all year groups, aiming to narrow the gap in attainment.
- To keep abreast of information technology and utilise new innovations which help to achieve all of the above aims.
- To help to foster confidence, independence and tolerance in all our pupils.
- To provide a unique enriching and supervised environment conducive to learning; in addition, to provide a place where students from all years are given the opportunity engage with one another and implement ideas during their free time.
How we achieve this:
- Ensuring that the aims of the Library & Resource Centre respond to those set out in the School’s Improvement Plan and reflecting and promoting its ethos and aims.
- Purchase up to date and attractive resources (fiction and non-fiction) to meet the interest and needs of every student.
- Close collaboration with all Faculty and Subject heads throughout the academic year to plan for provision of curriculum resources in a variety of formats, which effectively support all curriculum and enrichment subjects taught at KTS and across all levels.to provide easy access to these resources for pupils across all year groups and abilities.
- Promoting the importance of Information Literacy in the 21st Century and provide formal Information handling skills expertise through self-help guides, training and induction sessions, in addition to informal day to day support.
- Initiate and participate in literacy initiatives including book groups, celebration of and participation in national and local reading/author events such as Carnegie/Kate Greenaway Award, World Book Day, as well as local events such as North Herts Schools Author Event, school Book Fairs, author visits .
- Build on expertise through professional CPD training , for example, with CILIP and affiliated professional/educational bodies, as well as sharing best practice with fellow professional Librarians and other staff in the secondary school sector.
- Arrange the layout of the Library to be such that it provides space for individual study, group work, class teaching and work at computers, in addition to quiet reading areas and space for browsing; also focused and positive interaction at break times.
- Creation of themed displays, quizzes, craft activities, fundraising for charities such as Book Aid. Pre-Christmas Library Activity Week
- Encourage and train interested students to become student librarians who are actively involved in running the library.
The Library staff:
Mrs Evans…School Librarian. A post–graduate and qualified Librarian/Information Scientist. Mrs Evans started Knights Templar in May 2004. “I love to engage with the students, helping them to discover the joy or reading widely and for enjoyment, realising the many social and academic benefits that reading brings. I am also eager to support pupils of all abilities with their learning, linking closely with subject teachers and SENCO staff to help achieve this. It is important for each student to become independent learners, both during their time a Knights Templar and beyond into higher education and the world of work”
Interests: Reading (all genres); art and art history, international sport, swimming, walking, cookery, theatre, social history, films and music
Mrs Evans’ favourite authors: Charles Dickens; Malorie Blackman, Anthony Horowitz and Dave Cousins.
Mrs Evans’ recommended read this year : Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman.
Favourite local football team : Luton Town FC J
Ms Rogers , Assistant Librarian. BA Hons in Information and Library Studies from Brighton University, and BTec Nat Diploma in Art and Design. With over 20 years’ experience n the llibrary and information sector, started work at Knights Templar in 2014. Coming from an arts background, Ms Rogers enjoys encouraging the pupils to enjoy the Library’s graphic novel collection, and promotes an appreciation for illustration and jacket design.
Interests : Theatre, Art, Comedy, Film and reading
Recommended read : 1984 by George Orwell, The Graphic Novel genius of Alan Moore.
Mrs Martin, Library Assistant, has newly joined the Knights Templar Library this term. She has a background of working in public libraries as well as studying Art and Design to degree level. Is passionate about promoting reading for pleasure alongside the wealth of information resources on hand to support students in their learning. She is pleased to be in this position to help students reach their academic goals, as well as supporting the teaching staff in encouraging students to utilise the available resources and read, read, read!
Interests : Live music and theatre, art and crafts, community events
Mrs Martin’s recommended read : The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Mrs Boddy…Admin Assistant,. has worked at KTS since 2003, assisting with administrative duties on the library. She enjoys working in the library because she likes working with children and thinks the library is well-stocked with resources which support our students with teaching, learning and homework.
Mrs Boddy’s recommended read: Far from the madding crowd by Thomas Hardy
Log in to RealSmart, the school’s VLE to access the library’s authoritative online resources and the school’s library catalogue (AUTOLIB)
http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/libraries - for details of all Hertfordshire Library Services
http://www.literacytrust.org.uk - the site of The National Literacy Trust which is an independent charity that transforms lives through literacy by supporting literacy initiatives for all ages from babies to adults
http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/home/index.php - Details of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway annual awards scheme and the related shadowing reading project
Reading and book review web sites for teenagers :-
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