“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books”
This quote from Roald Dahl's Matilda is engraved above the doors welcoming you into the Eagle House Library.
The redesigned and refurbished space was opened by Tim Bowler in September 2014, who described it as a “Dream Factory”. It is welcoming, and an attractive and accessible space for all age groups across the school. Soft sofas and a fabulous reading hideaway encourage children to linger with a book.
There are excellent resources, both fiction and non-fiction, and up to date stock is added regularly. Additionally there is a broad choice of picture books, and a reading tunnel for younger readers to enjoy. A weekly Library Session is a part of the timetable for all year groups, and the children see this as a highlight of their week. Eagle House encourages reading for pleasure as a key to unlocking children’s imagination and learning.
The Library is open from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. each day, and pupils fill this room in their free time, to read, discover and learn.
The students have access to iPads and Chrome Books specifically for Library use for research and independent study; yet pupils can easily request immediate help from the Librarian if needed, who can help to support students in their research, to identify, locate, select and use appropriate resources.
Additionally, there are board games, jigsaws, word games, magazines, journals and newspapers for students to enjoy. Our full time Librarian adds stock, helps pupils choose books, runs reading groups and looks after the Junior Librarian management software.
We’re fortunate to be able to bring in new stock on a regular basis and it helps to have face-out shelving which presents the books in a better way. The shelves aren’t too high so the children can reach any book they choose.