At the heart of our School and open ‘all hours’, is our cosy library – home to over 6,000 books, visiting authors, comfy sofas, giant dominoes, chess and quiet contemplation. Help is on hand from Mrs. Morton, our librarian who has seen generations of Beestonians develop a love of reading.
Children throughout the school take on responsibilities as ‘Keepers of the Books’, charged with inspiring and developing a love of reading, as well as helping out. Older children regularly read to younger children during their class time and often one of our school dogs pad can be seen listening to the not-so-confident readers in or near the library.
As well as a collection of fiction suitable from Year 2 up to Year 8, there is extensive non-fiction collection and a range of daily newspapers, The Junior Week and First News.
Each year a packed timetable of activities are dedicated to the written and spoken word. To encourage a love of reading, including visits from authors and illustrators; ‘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; World Book Day parade and the hotly contested Balloon Debates.
Anna Wilson – children’s author
James Mayhew – author and illustrator of children’s books
Julian Sedgwick – author of ‘Mysterium: The Black Dragon’
Vivian French – British
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
Peter Kavanagh – local illustrator and author
Paul Jackson – local illustrator
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
Elen Caldecott – ‘Marsh Road Mysteries’ series and more
Children have been to see the following authors
Mrs Julie Morton
Librarian, Learning Support Assistant
Since 1999, I have been a Learning Support Assistant at Beeston, which is a role I love, supporting children across the key stages. I was Head of Drama for six years, but now enjoy the role of School Librarian and helping in the Pre-Prep. 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 and is keen to tell me all!
Away from Beeston, I can be found walking, practising yoga, growing vegetables, enjoying the company of my family and reading, of course. As a member of Cromer Parish Church and a Foodbank volunteer, life is busy and interesting.