Library News – July 2020

School Library Goes Virtual!


School has access to the Digital Library from Renaissance until the end of August and this access is now password protected. Please see below for how to access this great resource which includes daily news items as well as e-books. If you are in Year 7 you can also quiz on any age appropriate reads where the quiz number starts with a 2.

Student login:

Go to and enter your login information:

  1. a. School Name: St John Fisher Catholic High School
     (type the first few letters of your school and select from the drop-down menu)
    b. Username: st022student
    c. Password: read
  2. Click on the Sign In button, select a book, and start reading!

Other ideas for e-reads and book chat

Football School series has its own YouTube channel with a Football School Friday slot weekly at 10am.

Anthony Horowitz is sharing chapters of his latest Diamond Brothers novel Where Seagulls Dare. Find that at:

Stay at Home with Walker Bear YouTube Channel: lots on here including Alex Rider Live, Cassandra Clare on her latest book Chain of Gold (in the school library too!), Get ahead in Physics and Vivian French (The Steam Whistle Touring Company also in the Library) and her Creative Writing Challenge.

BBC Big Book Weekend: check out previous festivals and events at and current interviews with writers for older readers Patrick Ness, Juno Dawson and Katherine Webber as they chat about their latest books.

Puffin Festival of Big Dreams: online virtual festival with lots of videos with authors and plenty of book chat.

Amazon Kindle – Books for Free: go to Kindle Store and type in search box ‘free children classics’. This will bring up a lot of old favourites like Treasure Island, Moonfleet (smugglers!), Rikki-Tiki-Tavi (about a mongoose), Daddy-long-legs (letters to an unknown guardian), Black Beauty, etc. If you like Percy Jackson try Keith Robinson’s Island of Fog trilogy, free to download too.

Your Local Library Online! Don’t forget your local library card, whether North Yorkshire, Leeds or York, is a passport to e-books from those library collections. Go online to your library catalogue and have a browse. You can also access digital magazines.

Year 7
Year 7 students will receive their library cards in an A5 wallet which includes their Accelerated Reader record, bookmark and also information on downloading the free iMLS app which allows you to access the library records from wherever you are. Students can check what books they have out, write reviews and search the library catalogue. If you have any queries about the app please contact the Librarian Mrs Pollard.

Craft Club runs on Monday lunchtime and is available to all students. We have various projects available from loom banding to simple sewing but this term we would like to knit 10cm squares for charity blankets. If you have any spare double knitting wool or 4mm (size 8) needles please send these into school with your child.

The Library also runs the Scholastic Teen Book Club which allows you to order discounted teen fiction for your child. Book leaflets are distributed through the form registers on a half termly basis and orders can be placed online or via the Library. Orders are delivered free to school and 20% value of each order translates into free books for the school library. The new leaflet will be distributed soon so please look through it and take advantage of the offers inside, you can also order books for younger children online through the other catalogues. The shortcut link to our page on the Scholastic website will also be included.