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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 Devizes School & Sixth Form College 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 plays a large part in children’s learning. Important academic and social skills can often be affected when reading and writing skills are poor. That is why we emphasise how important it is to read and write with ease. By strengthening their reading abilities, our students are enabled to succeed in education and their life after school.

At Devizes School, we celebrated International School Library Month a day early, as we were visited by author, poet, and all-round legend Laura Dockrill on Monday 30th September as part of the Bath Children's Literature Festival. Laura spoke with year 9 students who were really engaged by her enthusiasm and humour as she discussed what encouraged her to be a writer. We'd like to thank Bath Children's Literature Festival and Waterstones Bath for supporting Laura's visit.

We also plan to celebrate National Poetry Day and International School Library Month together by working with our SAGA club to make sure the school library is fully stocked with amazing LGBT books. This month will also see the arrival of our Bookbuzz books for year 7 students as part of the Booktrust scheme that sees the school purchase a new book for every student in year 7, which they are excited to receive, keep, and read many times. Our final literacy endeavour launching in October is our pen pal project with author Emma Norry, who will be corresponding with one of our classes all year.

Mrs Eagle, LRC Manager, said: "We are lucky to be a well-used and resourced library situated in the middle of the school. We really do see ourselves as the 'beating heart of the school'. It is hard to quantify a love of reading, but September has seen 884 books issued, which is a record month for us and a great reflection on our school's focus on reading."

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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