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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
  KS3 and KS4 Exciting Reads

 

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

PIGLETTES BY CLEMENTINE BEAUVAIS

A wickedly funny and life-affirming coming-of-age roadtrip story - winner of France's biggest prize for teen and YA fiction.

Awarded the Gold, Silver and Bronze trotters after a vote by their classmates on Facebook, Mireille, Astrid and Hakima are officially the three ugliest girls in their school, but does that mean they're going to sit around crying about it? 
Well... yes, a bit, but not for long! Climbing aboard their bikes, the trio set off on a summer roadtrip to Paris, their goal: a garden party with the French president. As news of their trip spreads they become stars of social media and television. With the eyes of the nation upon them the girls find fame, friendship and happiness, and still have time to consume an enormous amount of food along the way.

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Sixthform Book of the Week

THE MARTIAN BY ANDY WEIR

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. 
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him? 

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