Our Library is a particularly wonderful space and resource, lined with books right around the walls and having more than 90 PC’s arranged in ‘turrets’ and zones.
It also has seating for quiet reading and for (quiet) group work. It is used all day every day for:
Accelerated Reader Programme (see below)
In addition it is the base for our Librarians, who organise author visits, book boxes, reading groups and competitions, as well as managing the Library itself.
The Library is used extensively by all year groups.
Library user guides
All Year 7 & 8 students participate in Accelerated Reader. Based upon assessed reading age, we direct the students to particular ranges of books. All students are given a reading card to record their reading age progress and the level of the books they should be choosing for reading practice
The Library has a really excellent selection of books at each level and students are encouraged to make their own selection. Time is allocated at the start of every lesson for five minutes reading and there is also opportunity for reading during form time.
We recommend that students should read for at least 20 minutes per day at home. The Accelerated Reader book that each student should have in their bag is ideal for this, but reading any book is good.
If you have any questions about Accelerated Reader please speak to your child’s English teacher, Form Tutor or myself. A guide to Accelerated Reader is available below for download.
Searching the school library online
Students can search for books or films using the Manshead Oliver Library system. This can be accessed from the computer beside the colour printer in the library or from the W:\ drive using their school logins. You can also use The Oliver Library link in the quick links on this website
The Virtual Library
Central Bedfordshire Virtual library has some wonderful resources that students and their families can access free of charge. The attached leaflet tells you about the e-books, audiobooks, music, magazines, newspapers and other resources available and how to access to them.
Mrs C Lowther
Librarian and Co-ordinator for Accelerated Reader