Library Facility – The Sir Michael Parkinson Library
We are a small library which holds just over 3,000 books. These are predominantly non-fiction but we do have a section for each subject area. It is rewarding to see the library being used by the boys and we are building a culture of reading for pleasure through the library and a number of school based initiatives such as read-a-book Mondays, competitions and other planned events. Reading for pleasure has been linked to success in all areas of the curriculum and the library wishes to support this.
We try to keep our stock current and look out for new releases – pupils can request books to be added to the ‘wish list’. The library assistant can and does assist pupils and recommend books to suit their age, reading level and interests.
The library is in the new block adjoining the Performing Arts studio and the ICT classrooms.
The library is accessible all day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for students in years 12 and 13 to use for quiet study. Students in years 9, 10 and 11 need to apply to their form tutor for a library card to be able to use the library during short break and lunch. The library is closed on Mondays and Fridays.
Students may borrow up to two books at a time for up to three weeks. If students fail to return a book, they will be asked to replace the book or pay the RRP for a new book.
We have hosted a number of author visits including:
Chris Bradford October 2016
Matt Dickinson March 2017
Michael Grant October 2017
Taran Matharu February 2018
Curtis Jobling March 2018
This year Chris Bradford March 2019
Library refurbishment 2015/16
We have been lucky enough to receive financial support for the library refurbishment from several organisations and would like to thank the Foyle Foundation, The Friends of TWBS, Waitrose, The Prince Philip Trust Fund and Sir Michael Parkinson. Sir Michael officially re-opened the library on 24th February 2016. We wanted to give the library an identity and as Sir Michael was the first person to offer financial support and as a local resident and former parent at the school we felt it only right to name the library after him.
News from the library
Every year, Mrs Smith the Librarian at Eckington School, produces a guide to holiday TV viewing based on books.
Thursday 7th March was World Book Day, a day to celebrate stories and encourage a love of reading.
After recently having a library book returned after 25 years, we have now had a library card returned to us for a boy that left 11 years ago!
A library book found its way back to the school this week, via the local Hospice Shop
On the 1st of March, the author Curtis Jobling came into school to talk to us about his work.
World Book Day is a small independent charity, funded by sponsor National Book Tokens, publishers and booksellers.