At Beeston, our children are encouraged from the beginning of their time here to have a love of books, through having access to a wide selection of fiction, structured early morning reading for pleasure, tutor groups visiting for library sessions, English classes visiting the library, book events, visiting authors, weekly Story Cafés, library lunches, as well as hearing stories read aloud, in the hope they develop a life-long love of the written word. We want our children to want to read; to create life-long reading habits.
Reading deepens our knowledge and understanding of the world around us, we learn to empathise, access new places, meet interesting characters, understand other cultures, increase our vocabulary, write more creatively as well as helping with spelling and punctuation and learning to take the time to switch off from our busy lives.
Did you know that there are over 50 million words to read in our library!
Open ‘all hours’ and home to over 6,000 books, visiting authors, comfy sofas, giant dominoes, chess and a place to just be, is our cosy library. Help is on hand from 8 am from Mrs. Morton, the librarian and, during the day, many of our Keepers of the Books are also on duty to inspire children with what to read next. Keepers of the Books are appointed from Years 4 – 8: the criteria is a natural interest in books and wanting to help in the library.
The library comprises of a collection of fiction suitable from Year 2 up to Year 8, non-fiction for research or interest, magazines, a daily newspaper, as well as The Junior Week and First News.
Weekly renewing is encouraged and a book may be renewed as many times as is required to read it.
Harry Potter and Hot Chocolate – #HP&HC
During Junior Activities (5-5.45pm) – every Tuesday.
Children gather around with their hot chocolate, whilst listening to the librarian reading from Harry Potter. Drawing and colouring is also encouraged, whilst they relax and enjoy the story.
Library Lunches – ‘Books for Lunch’
Up to eight children meet and have lunch with the librarian to chat about books.
Thursday break Story Café
The lower school enjoy hearing stories whilst tucking into cookies and juice.
Over the years the following authors have visited Beeston:-
Michael Morpurgo visited just as he had been made Children’s Laureate
Eoin Colfer of the fabulous Artemis Fowl series of books
Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (now Children’s Laureate)
Rafaella Barker – creative writing workshop
John Mole – Poet – poetry workshops
Jackie Morris – wonderful illustrator and author
Caroline Lawrence – ‘Roman Mysteries’
Michelle Paver – ‘Wolf Brother’ series and many others
K.M. Grant – ‘Blood Red Horse’ series
Peter Kavanagh – local illustrator and author
Paul Jackson – local illustrator
Elen Caldecott – ‘Marsh Road Mysteries’ series and more
Children have been taken to meet the following authors:-
MEET THE LIBRARIAN
I feel extremely fortunate to have been born and raised in beautiful North Norfolk, although when I was much younger, it felt like the end of the world. However, now I appreciate the beautiful open vistas, being close to the sea with its ever changing skies and magnificent sunsets. It is, indeed a wonderful area to live. Being a true Norfolk person means, of course, there is only one team to support – ‘The Canaries’ – winning or losing!
Before Beeston, that is seventeen years ago, I was employed in local government and for Norfolk Constabulary. It was an interesting time; it gave me an insight into how our county was governed and policed during the 1980s. I recall the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, 1984, bringing about many changes in the way crimes were recorded and prisoners were dealt with and another time when DNA was confirmed as a way to secure evidence, enabling past crimes to be looked at again using DNA. I also recall the Miners’ Strike which meant many of our own force were sent to give strength in numbers to deal with the striking miners.
Since 1999, I have been a Teaching Assistant at Beeston, which is a role I love. I am fortunate enough to be with Year 2 in our pre-prep, working alongside Mrs. Claire Grieves. I was Head of Drama for six years and I have been School Librarian for fifteen years; now I wear only two hats instead of three. I love all aspects of my work; the only frustrating thing is there are not enough hours in the day to fit everything in!
My love of books and reading means that I am never happier when I hear children discussing books, or a reluctant reader has suddenly got the reading bug – just magic. I am a passionate advocate of bedtime reading and that reading to babies is never too soon to start nurturing a love of books; research has proven that it gives children a head start in life.
Outside of school, I absolutely love walking, being out in the fresh air and enjoying the beauty of our countryside – time to think. I enjoy yoga and pilates too. I love photography and the ability to capture a snapshot of time. I appreciate the Arts in all its forms and cannot imagine life without music, books, theatre or art.