Whats been happening in the LRC

Busy times in the LRC, with many memorable activities around books and reading; supporting and encouraging our students to READ!

  • Book Blind Date to celebrate Valentines Day
  • StarBOOKS café for Y10+
  • New Magazines Rack, courtesy of Abingdon School
  • Taran Matharu, Novice Series, Author Talk at Abingdon School
  • Abingdon Schools Joint Carnegie Tea, Launch of this years Carnegie Shadowing
  • Oxfordshire Book Awards, student nominations
  • Book Club
    • Imogen’s Ideas; Book Recommendations from Mostly Books, Independent Bookstore, Abingdon
    • Book Club Members Recommendations
  • World Book Day
    • M G Leonard, Beetle Mania series, Author Talk at St Helen & St Katharine School
    • Mostly Books Book Fair
    • World Book Day Book Quiz
    • World Book Day ‘Who’s Reading What?’ Competition
    • World Book Day Competitions – 100 word short story, Design a National Book Token

Book Blind Date

In celebration of Valentines Day students were invited to speed date covered books, with only a taster to tempt them. A bit of fun and dates were rated on their return!

StarBOOKS café

An opportunity for our older readers to peruse their section of the library, along with refreshments too! We have a diverse Young Adult (YA) section for them to relax with.


Working with Abingdon School Librarian; Dr Graham Gardner, we now have a full and varied magazine rack for all to use in the LRC.

Taran Matharu, Novice Series, Author Talk at Abingdon School

Book club members were invited to attend this entertaining talk by Taran Matharu who started out by writing short stories on WattPad. His stories were soon published and his readers are worldwide.

Abingdon Schools Carnegie Tea

Carnegie Shadowing is now underway, whereby Year 7 & Year 8 students read and review this year’s Carnegie Shortlist of 8 titles. Each year we work with all of the secondary schools in Abingdon holding a Carnegie Tea launch to the programme, followed by a Carnegie Quiz in May and a Forum Day in June; where students present and vote for their favourite shortlisted title.

Carnegie Shortlist 2019

Oxfordshire Book Awards (OBA)

Some of our Book Club members have read and voted on their favourite from this year’s Shortlist of 6 titles. Larkmead had three joint favourites.

Winner to be announced soon.

Oxfordshire Book Awards Shortlist

Book Club

  • Imogen’s Ideas
  • Book Club Recommends

Book Club meets every Thursday lunchtime, where we discuss current reads, complete challenges, take part in Book Awards and do anything booky! We’ve also been fortunate to have Imogen, from Mostly Books, come in and tell us about her recommended reads. Book Club members have also shared theirs with her too!

Book Club Recommendations

World Book Day

  • Mg Leonard Author Talk, Beetle Mania series
  • Book Fair
  • Book Quiz
  • Competitions – 100 word, Design a National Book Token

World Book Day has now become a weeklong celebration!

We had soo many activities; ranging from author talks, book quizzes and a Book Fair!

Tutor groups competed in the ‘Who’s Reading What?’ Competition; whereby staff were to be identified reading their favourite or latest read. How many do you recognise?

We also ran a 100 Word Short Story Competition, judged by Local Author; Tim Pears entitled ‘Should I stay or Should I go?’

The entries were varied, thoughtful and passionate.

Our winning entry and the two runners up can be read by clicking on the buttons below.

Some of our Y7s attended an engaging author talk by MG Leonard, at St Helen & St Katharine School, regarding her Beetle Series of books. Please never kill a Beetle!

Whose Reading What...