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Celebrating the Important Role of School Libraries

3 October 2019
Celebrating the Important Role of School Libraries

Books shape our world and provide children with a spectrum of ideas and stories which are waiting to be explored. That’s why Shaw C of E Primary School is proud to be joining schools around the world in celebrating International School Library Month.

Organised globally by the International Association of Librarians, this month is an opportunity for children to learn more about books, enhance their knowledge, and discover the joy of the written word. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Let’s Imagine’. Imagination is key to creativity and libraries are a place where all ages are free to learn, think, and grow.

Literacy provides children with the building blocks for success. Weaker reading and writing skills are often damaging to other important academic and social skills. That is why we place such an emphasis on proficiency in literacy at our school. By establishing high standards in reading at an early age, our pupils are given a push towards success in their learning.

In October, following extensive cataloging of the library stock, we will be launching our online library catalogue and electronic borrowing system. The launch poetically coincides with International School Library Month, and our pupils are looking forward to being able to scan their books in and out using our barcode scanner.

The new system has a variety of benefits. Not only will it make it easier for children to borrow and return books, but it also gives our teachers easy access to information about reading choices, and offers us a better understanding of pupils' reading tastes. This will in turn help us to determine which books we should order and help us encourage and guide children to reading a more diverse range of books.

Mr White, Principal, said: "We are so lucky to have such a fabulous library here at Shaw, thanks to the generosity of the community through PAFOS fundraising events. We have been frustrated that the electronic catalogue has presented so may technical teething issues, but are confident that these will soon be overcome and that our library can truly come to life in the heart of our school as planned."

We are excited to be taking part in this event as we continue to promote the link between literacy, creativity, and academic progress.

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