We have new carpet, chairs and signage in the Library! Now that’s worth celebrating!
Students, governors, teachers, librarians, Head Teacher and Mark Thornton, owner of Mostly Books Book shop in Abingdon, gathered to celebrate the make-over of our school library on 23rd February.
The Library was officially re-opened on Thursday 23rd February 2017 by Mark Thornton, Book store owner of Mostly Books in Abingdon.
Mark has been a keen supporter of reading activities within schools in the Abingdon area. Mark commented that “Reading opens the door to stories, and it is ‘story’ that shapes our ability to make sense of the world, and make imaginative leaps to solve problems and drive progress. Reading builds empathy, allows us to share experiences way beyond our own narrow reality – which is why reading has been shown to boost everything from improving focus, boosting maths skills and becoming more resilient.”
“In the bookshop we say ‘one mountain, many paths’. That’s why libraries are so important. For every child that devours books, there are another ten for whom reading is far more of a challenge, and to get them into the reading habit, they may need several attempts – and plenty of different types of books – to get the momentum going. That’s where libraries really add incredible value.”
Mark cut the ribbon and gave a thoughtful talk on the ‘Power of Reading’, whilst Head Teacher; Chris Harris ‘Thanked’ our site team for the excellent work they did over the Christmas holidays to create a more welcoming space; it’s a real hub of activity within the school. Considered a vibrant, inspiring place to learn and to grow.
Larkmead School is dedicated to raising literacy levels and the provision of a school library with a variety of reading resources which are appealing to students is a key factor in achieving this. The library is staffed by: Linda Stone, LRC Manager & Christine Strachan, LRC Assistant along with volunteer student librarians.
The Library is host to KS3 Library Lessons and many reading related activities, including Book Clubs, Book Quizzes, The Kids Lit Quiz (KLQ), Carnegie Shadowing, Film Clubs, World Book Day (WBD) activities and lunchtime talks from the literary world; previously including Philip Pullman, Chris Bradford, Cathy Cassidy, Margaret Drabble, Andy Briggs, Jo Cotterell, Tim Pears, Mark Grist, Paul Gustafsson, Meg Rosoff, Matthew Skelton, Anthony McGowan & Gerald Dickens.
Reading and writing workshops have also taken place with Jo Cotterell and Tim Pears (Award winning Oxfordshire Authors), Deborah Cooper (Story Telling Artist) and Mark Grist (TV personality and Poet/Spoken Word Artist) with Mixy (RAP Artist). A team of adult and 6th Form volunteers also read with students for 20 minutes at a time. The Library can also be hired out for external events.