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.
Library Lunches – ‘Books for Lunch’
Up to eight children meet and have lunch with the librarian to chat about books.
Monday break Story Café
The lower school enjoy hearing stories whilst tucking into biscuits and squash.
Monday 2nd March, 2020
Dr Tim Godden, Illustrator
Wednesday 4th March, 2020
‘Read to Feed’ Sponsored Read House competition – collecting food for the Cromer and District Foodbank
Bedtime stories in the library for the Pre-Prep with hot chocolates
Over the years the following authors have visited Beeston:-
Anna Wilson – children’s author
James Mayhew – author and illustrator of children’s books
Julian Sedgwick – author of ‘Mysterium: The Black Dragon’ published in July 2013
Vivian French – British author of picture book texts
Nicola Davies – children’s author
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 twenty 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 Learning Support Assistant at Beeston, which is a role I love, working across the key stages. I was Head of Drama for six years, and latterly enjoyed a two year stint in the Pre-Prep. I have been School Librarian since 2001. My love of books and reading means that I am never happier than when I hear children discussing books, or a reluctant reader who 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 book; research has proven that it gives children a head start in life.
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. We are truly blessed to be living in such a beautiful location.