At St. Augustine’s we have a well-stocked and vibrant library. Our catalogue of resources is added to constantly, and suggestions from pupils and staff are welcomed. Much of our funding comes from the non-uniform day which is held annually, as well as donations from past pupils.
We have an extensive selection of fiction books, keeping up to date with current popular authors and series. Our non-fiction section contains many interesting books to help with homework, as well as new cookery, craft, hobbies and interests books to inspire pupils’ leisure time.
The library contains a selection of ‘speedy reads’ for those who like shorter stories. We carry a good selection of ‘Faction’ and ‘Horrible’ books, which are ever popular.
We have a specially selected range of DVDs, many of which support the school curriculum and others which are purely for enjoyment. Audio books are also popular, and provide an excellent opportunity for pupils to enjoy a story being ‘read’ to them!
All items are free to borrow, with pupils able to borrow books and audio books for two weeks (with the option to renew if necessary) and DVDs for two days. Pupils may borrow up to two items at any one time.
The library is open Monday to Thursday, with pupils able to check out and return books at break and lunchtime. Pupils are invited to come and use our bank of computers for homework, coursework and revision, or to sit and do their homework at one of our comfortable tables. Educational board games are also available.
All Year 8 pupils participate in the Accelerated Reader Programme, a partnership between English lessons and the Library, with the aim of promoting a lifelong love of reading.
Throughout the year quizzes, competitions and topical activities are held, including the very popular Book Fair. We also have a rotation of special activities, such as a craft club and visiting ‘Book Bites’ readers.
As well as our two staff Librarians, we have a team of specially trained pupil library assistants, who support the smooth running of the library, as well as offering help finding books and other resources for pupils to enjoy. If you need any help, just ask!