Welcome to the Loreto Library!
The library can be found in the Teresa Ball building, at the heart of our school. It is open from 8.00 am – 4.00 pm daily, including all break times and lunch times.
All of our pupils automatically become library members when they join Loreto. Soon after they first arrive, they all receive 2 induction sessions. Mrs Parkin, our librarian, explains to them how the library works, and what sort of resources are available to them. We currently have just under 17,000 books, as well as other resources such as audio books, DVDs, daily newspapers and a host of periodicals. We also have computers which the students are welcome to use during the school day as a learning resource. The numbers of items the student can borrow from the library rises as they move up through the school, reaching a maximum of 10 when they enter the Sixth Form.
If pupils cannot find a book they want, we are usually happy to order it for them. Books usually arrive in school within 7 days of the request being made. There is a fine for returning books late, as with all libraries: the cost is 5p per day for each book.
Our librarian welcomes the support of her library monitors. Girls who apply for this position are given 5 training sessions during their lunch breaks. They are shown how to shelve the books correctly, take care of a certain part of the library, issue and return books and help with displays. This is greatly enjoyed by the girls and they really benefit from this opportunity to develop their skills.
Whole School Read
Our girls are encouraged to read widely. Each year the librarian chooses a book for the whole school to read and enjoy. Once the book has been read and approved by Mrs Lynch, multiple copies are purchased and the whole school becomes a giant book club! Recent titles include The Child’s Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston (2014), ‘Wonder’ by RJ Palacio (2013), and ‘Between Shades of Gray’ by Ruta Sepetys (2012).
Our librarian is closely involved in the prestigious Carnegie Award, and is a leader in this. This means that our gifted readers in Year 9 are asked to read the ‘shortlisted’ books – usually seven titles – and their reviews of these are posted on the Carnegie Website. This is a great way for the girls to see their written work published, and to have fun discussing books.
The Loreto library also encourages our readers to enter writing competitions, and the successful girls enjoy being rewarded with new books and occasionally chocolates too!
We love inviting authors into the school, and aim to have at least 8 author visits per year. This gives the girls a chance to meet established writers, and be inspired to be explore their own creativity. Authors who have recently visited Loreto include JULIE HEARN, HELEN MOSS, JOHN BRINDLEY, JONATHAN STROUD, CATHY CASSIDY, JULIET ARCHER, NICOLA MORGAN, MARRISA MEYER, MOIRA YOUNG, KATE MARYON, SOPHIA BENNETT and RACHEL CAMPBELL-JOHNSTON.
World Book Day
The library also celebrates World Book Day every March. As well as inviting authors in for this event, we also have a Giant Book Sale, and each student is given book tokens to reduce the costs of books. Free book are sometimes available too.
National Day of Poetry
Every October we take part in the National Day of Poetry. Girls are asked to read one of their favourite published poems or a poem they have written themselves. This is a very enjoyable day during which the librarian encourages everyone to write for pleasure.
During the wet and cold winter months, pupils can also take part in chess clubs or scrabble sessions, as well as studying and reading for pleasure.
To sum up …
Loreto Library is a very busy place, where students and staff are all made to feel very welcome.