|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.
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:
Library Manager: Mr P. Bates
Senior Library Assistant: Mrs C. Webb
Library Assistant: Ms G. Davis
Book of the Week
WED WABBIT BY LISSA EVANS
You're called Fidge and you're nearly eleven. You've been hurled into a strange world. You have three companions: two are unbelievably weird and the third is your awful cousin Graham.
You have to solve a series of nearly impossible clues.
You need to deal with a cruel dictator and three thousand Wimbley Woos (yes, you read that sentence correctly). And the whole situation - the whole, entire thing - is your fault.
Wed Wabbit is an adventure story about friendship, danger and the terror of never being able to get back home again.
Borrow it from the library now!
Sixthform Book of the Week
THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP BY JOANNA CANNON
England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbours blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren’t convinced. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by the local vicar, they go looking for God—they believe that if they find Him they might also find Mrs Creasy and bring her home.
Spunky, spirited Grace and quiet, thoughtful Tilly go door to door in search of clues. The cul-de-sac starts to give up its secrets, and the amateur detectives uncover much more than ever imagined. As they try to make sense of what they’ve seen and heard, a complicated history of deception begins to emerge. Everyone on the Avenue has something to hide, a reason for not fitting in.
In the suffocating heat of the summer, the ability to guard these differences becomes impossible. Along with the parched lawns and the melting pavement, the lives of all the neighbours begin to unravel. What the girls don’t realize is that the lies told to conceal what happened one fateful day about a decade ago are the same ones Mrs Creasy was beginning to peel back just before she disappeared.
Borrow it from the library now!