The New Beacon Library in the main school caters for the boys in years 5-8. There is a separate library for the Junior school. Both have been refurbished in recent years.
The main school library provides a positive, relaxed and welcoming space, where boys are encouraged to read for pleasure, augment their knowledge of their curriculum subjects, explore both existing and new interests and develop an awareness of topical issues.
Year 5 spend a private reading session in the Library each week. This has proved to be very popular and exposes the boys in that year, to what the library can offer them and how to make visiting it an enjoyable experience.
All sections of the library, fiction, non-fiction and reference are very well stocked. New books are regularly added to the library. What we buy is based on recommendations in the ‘School Librarian’, loveReading4kids, other reputable sites and suggestions from the boys themselves. Boys are frequently alerted to the new additions and encouraged to borrow them with a request for feedback. There is also available an excellent range of newspapers and magazines. No library for boys, however, would survive without the weekly edition of the ‘Beano’ and The New Beacon is no exception!
Each year the librarian organises a two-day book fair in the Autumn Term and an author visit in the Summer Term. Authors who have visited the school in the past few years include Marcus Sedgwick, Paul Dowswell, Tim Bowler, Nick Arnold and Joe Craig. All have been hugely inspirational to the boys in communicating their skills, experience and passion.
There is a team of pupil librarians, all volunteers, which assists in shelving, sorting and tidying the library. Also, as keen readers, they are on hand to answer queries from other library users. The Head Librarian is chosen from Year 8. The team’s support is invaluable to the New Beacon Librarian in maintaining what is undoubtedly a flourishing area of the school