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Library

Open Times:

Monday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
 
 

The library is a well-resourced, vital and thriving part of life at Finham Park and is guaranteed to be very busy during the school day, and also before and after school.

Our overriding aims are to:

  • Support students and staff across the curriculum by providing up-to-date and relevant resources for information and research
  • Provide a positive working atmosphere which encourages lifelong learning
  • Promote the love of reading for pleasure and embrace students' curiosity about the world

All students can use the library during their free time. Breaks and lunchtimes will find them browsing and reading books, magazines or newspapers, playing chess, Scrabble and other word games. Before and after school is the ideal time for students to start or complete homework and the library staff are always on hand to help with research.

The after-school library club is attended by Year 7 and 8 students. They have had opportunities to see authors talking about their work and attended several exciting events during the annual Literally...Coventry Book Festival in June.

Members of the library club and other students also take part in Coventry's Inspiration Book Awards, posting comments and voting for their favourite reads and, each year, the library shadows the Carnegie, during late Spring and early Summer Term.

We also take a team to the regional heat of the Kids Lit Quiz, which has an international following with competing teams as far away as China, and which has been described by a guest author as "a really good pub quiz without the beer"!.

Sixth form students use the library regularly during their free periods for work and research and we have extra laptops available for them to use in the library. There are 16 single study carrels available in a silent work area as well as numerous work tables in the body of the library.

The after-school library club is attended by Year 7 and 8 students. They have had opportunities to see authors talking about their work and have, recently, each been allocated a sum of money to spend on books for the library during a visit to a local bookshop. Not only have they indulged their love of books but also learned how to budget and calculate percentage discount!

If you're a parent looking for that elusive book to get your child reading or a student wishing to widen your reading horizons try a title from these tailored, recommended booklists (all books available from the school library) or use one of the 'useful websites' links below:

Staff

Library Manager: Mr P. Bates
Senior Library Assistant:
Mrs C. Webb
Library Assistant: 
Ms G. Davis

Book of the Week

The loneliest girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

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Sixthform Book of the Week

A Sunday at the pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche

A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali is a moving, passionate love story set amid the turmoil and terror of Rwanda’s genocide.

All manner of Kigali residents pass their time by the pool of the Mille-Collines hotel: aid workers, Rwandan bourgeoisie, expatriates, UN peacekeepers, prostitutes. Keeping a watchful eye is Bernard Valcourt, a jaded foreign journalist, but his closest attention is devoted to Gentille, a hotel waitress with the slender, elegant build of a Tutsi. As they slip into an intense, improbable affair, the delicately balanced world around them–already devastated by AIDS–erupts in a Hutu-led genocide against the Tutsi people. Valcourt’s efforts to spirit Gentille to safety end in their separation. It will be months before he learns of his lover’s shocking fate.

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