Students are welcome to visit the library during the following times:
8.00am - 4.00pm
Monday to Thursday
8.00am - 3.30pm
Each student is allowed to borrow up to four books at one time. Books can be borrowed via the computer operated issuing system at the Library desk. Books must be returned or renewed by the date stamped on the date label in the front of the book. Students are responsible for looking after their books, and they should not allow anyone else to borrow books in their name. Cost of replacement will be charged for any books that are lost or damaged.
There are some books in the Library that are designated as ‘Young Adult’ reads. These are books that are written for teenagers, and they contain more mature themes. These books are available to all students to borrow. If you do NOT want your child to be allowed to borrow ‘Young Adult’ books then please let us know.
Our Library is used extensively, with lessons taking place throughout the day, and students from all year groups make excellent use of the Library resources, and the suite of available computers, for homework and independent research. During break and lunchtimes we have a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
Mrs H Cossey
The Library System, Eclipse.net, allows students, staff and parents to view the school Library catalogue online. Students are encouraged to use this to help with research, to write reviews about books they have read, and search for new books they may like to read. The Little Heath Library catalogue covers over 10,000 books as well as thousands of approved websites. There is a link to the Library System on every student/staff desktop within school. When outside school, access can be gained to the school Library System via this link. Students can obtain their own individual login details from Mrs Cossey in the Library, and this will allow them to view their past and current loans. If you would like to know these login details so that you can track your child’s borrowing history, or perhaps help them choose their next read, then please contact Mrs Cossey.
Having the Library accessible in this way and having parents engaged with reading will help to support our commitment to improving literacy standards.
Accelerated Reader is a computer programme that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at a level appropriate to them and reads it at their own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer (passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read). Accelerated Reader gives both students and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set targets and direct ongoing reading practice.
We allocate 20 minutes during one lesson each day for students in Years 7 to 10 to 'Drop Everything And Read'. Students are asked to bring a reading book of their choice, or to select one from the library in advance of DEAR time.
Reading every day helps to:
- increase knowledge
- expand vocabulary
- improve writing skills