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Library Facility

 

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.

Location

The library is in the new block adjoining the Performing Arts studio and the ICT classrooms.

Opening hours

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.

Lending Rules

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.

Author Visits

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.

The Windsor Boys' School - Foyle LogoThe Library has been supported by funding from the Foyle Foundation.

 

News from the library

 

Read a Good Film

Read a Good Film

Every year, Mrs Smith the Librarian at Eckington School, produces a guide to holiday TV viewing based on books. 

Library card returned 11 years late

Library card returned 11 years late

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!

World Book Day 2018

World Book Day 2018

On the 1st of March, the author Curtis Jobling came into school to talk to us about his work.