Library News – July 2021

Library Lessons for Year 7 & Year 8

We are delighted that students in years 7 & 8 can now access the Library in small groups during their library lesson time. Students can now explore the great reads independently and seek advice as necessary. Instead of library cards students have their borrower barcodes taped onto the front cover of their planners.

Book Reviews Rock!

Students in years 7 and 8 are encouraged to write book reviews on their library reads and also on books read from home. There is a half termly prize for the best review in each form class and runner up bookmarks for the other entries.

Carnegie Book Award

The Cake-a-Book Club have been reading their way through the diverse shortlist of 8 books for the annual Carnegie Book Award. This year we have enjoyed verse novel format, historical reads, fantasy and coming of age books. The Carnegie medal was awarded to Look Both Ways by Justin Reynolds with the Shadower’s Choice being verse novel Run Rebel by Manjeet Mann. SJF Librarian’s Choice is The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys.


We are giving time to years 9 and 10 to visit the library on selected lunchtimes to choose and return books. Monday is 9L, Tuesday is 9R, Wednesday is 10L and Thursday is 10R. We are looking forward to more year groups having access at lunchtime in the autumn term.

Library App Free to Download

Look for the iMLS app on Google Play or Apple store.  This is free to download and once logged in you can access the catalogue of the school library. Ask at the Library counter for your login.

E-Books for Free!

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.

Library Clubs

These include:

Cake-a-Book Club: runs on Monday at lunchtime. Join us for a wide range of reading, book suggestions and cake! During the year we also follow the Carnegie Book Award and the Children’s Book Award. All years welcome.

Krafty Kritters: knitting, stitching and other crafty stuff on a Wednesday lunchtime. Join in our latest charity project, learn how to knit and sew. All years welcome.