School Library Resource Centre
Welcome To The Library
The SLRC is staffed by Moira Paton M.A.(Hons) MCLIP and SarahLouise McDonald MSc M.A.(Hons), two qualified librarians who share the job to provide a full time professional service. They both like to tweet about a range of things library and literary and can be found here: Moira Paton @dogslikebooks, SarahLouise McDonald @brawbooks.
The School Library Resource Centre (SLRC) plays a central and full role – both academically and socially – in the life of the school by supporting learning and teaching.
Library use and the role of the Librarians within school can be summed up by the following:
The Librarians are on hand to engage with users, answer queries, support staff and students and locate innovative resources to meet a range of learning needs. This includes issuing stock and answering enquiries to all users (staff and pupils); circulating stock using ELIS (an automated SLRC Management System); arranging Inter-Library Loans; compiling project boxes; creating bibliographies of printed and electronic resources (e.g. on www.delicious.com/broughtonslrc); conducting internet searches for topics / sites / specific information; providing information and materials etc.
Literacy Across Learning - Critical Literacy and Reading For Enjoyment
Each S1 and S2 English class has one period timetabled in the Library every fortnight as part of their Literacy time. The Librarians and English Department have developed a reading programme that aims to teach and develop a range of literacy skills such as critical literacy skills, and reading for enjoyment.
In term 1, S1 pupils begin the session with an introduction to the library and a short course in information and critical literacy skills. In term 2 pupils develop social and group skills and are also encouraged to read for enjoyment via a Literature Circles unit. In 2015/16 we were able to allow pupils to choose which book they read in their circles as we had funding to purchase multiple copies of books chosen by each Literature Circle. In term 3 pupils made book trailers of the books they discussed in their literature circles, also using critical literacy skills taught in term 1. Here are the winning booktrailer projects from 2015/16: http://tinyurl.com/broughtonpapertowns and http://tinyurl.com/broughtonpuzz
S2 pupils follow the Reading for Gold programme, whereby after choosing and reading a book, pupils are encouraged to complete a task from a wide range of options. Prizes are awarded for individual pupil achievement as well as to the class who completes the largest number of tasks by the end of the session. Pupils get a stamp (as shown on the display below) for each task completed, and the class with the most stamps wins a prize at the end of the session.
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Pupils from S3-6 English classes also access the Library on a very regular basis and a variety of tactics and methods are used by the Librarians to develop literacy skills in order to help raise overall attainment. In addition, the Librarians address literacy support as required.
Classes from across all years and departments use the Library for specific projects and research as required, for example in order to complete Added Value Units. The Librarians prepare specific resources in advance and talk through approaches to research at the start of the lesson, tailored to the particular topic and the needs of the class. They then continue to support and advise throughout the lesson.
The Librarians help plan, resource and support a wide range of interdisciplinary learning projects.
Senior students use the Library for private study throughout the week with the Librarians on hand to support as required.
Students come ad hoc from classes, requiring support and help as required.
The Library provides pupils with the experience of learning by research and investigation.
The librarians are ably supported by a group of library ninjas (formerly known as pupil librarians) who help out in the library before school and during lunchtimes, and assist with the day to day running of the library, such as shelving, tidying, creating displays etc. Pupils interested in applying can get an application form from the librarians.
John and Carole Barrowman
We were fortunate enough to have a visit from star of the stage and screen John Barrowman along with his co-author and sister Carole Barrowman in May 2016. The Barrowmans visited a number of Scottish schools to promote their new book ‘Conjuror’. S1 pupils were given the opportunity to attend a talk, reading and meet and greet with the authors as well as the chance to have books signed. Pupil Chloe Stevenson met the authors and had this to say about meeting Mr Barrowman:
“He was a very lovely man and he was so kind to sign my book and I got a picture. I was so happy because I have read all his books and he is AMAZING.”
We also had the opportunity to meet thriller writer Helen Grant in October to discuss her inspiration and the writing of her book ‘Silent Saturday’. Helen discussed the setting of her creepy thrillers and talked S3 pupils through how they would research their own stories. Lena and Taylor from S3 spent some time interviewing Helen for Teen Titles, asking her in more detail about her own start in writing and the ideas behind the rest of the series. You can read the full interview in issue 65!
World Book Day 2016
This year we celebrated World Book Day with a literary cake competition, the Great Broughton Book Bake Off! Pupils and staff were invited to bring in book-related bakes and here are the results!
Best Pun: Mrs McDonald (The Game of Scones)
Best Taste: Sophie Brown (The Fault In Our Stars)
Best Idea: Mrs Daniel (Agatha Crispie)
Best Look: Sophie Brown (The Fault In Our Stars)
Ms Brown (The Invisible Flan)
Mrs Debechi (Oliver Cheesy Twist)
Ellie Davies (Hansel and Gretel)
Overall Winners: (A Tie!)
Alice Maguire and Anna Sladdin (Winnie The Pooh)
Sophie Brown (The Fault In Our Stars)
The Library is open before school, at lunch and after school. We are busy at all these times, supporting the diverse needs of a wide range of students – there are different activities offered every lunchtime, for example:
Monday: CoManga Club for comic and manga fans
Tuesday: Chess Club
Wednesday: Whisper Wednesday – a chance to study/play games/read in peace and quiet
Thursday: Knitting/Teen Titles/Book Club’ – a chance to knit and natter about books
Lunchtime Pass System
Library passes are issued to pupils who regularly use the library responsibly for homework or to attend clubs. They must carry the passes with them each day they wish to use the library so that if a staff member meets them in the hallway they can present the card before being allowed to continue to the library.
If a pupil is not a regular visitor but anticipates the need to use the library they can sign up for a temporary pass by asking at the librarian’s desk the day before (after school) or before school on the day of their visit. If they have collected five temporary passes with no negative incidents they will be issued with a full library pass to use regularly during lunches.
Laminated/colour passes: full pass, pupil is allowed access during any lunchtime the library is open (currently Monday from 13.35 for CoManga club, Tuesday for Chess Club, Wednesday from 13.35, Thursday from 13.35 for Book Group, Friday after school.)
Black and white paper passes: temporary pass valid for one day only (date written on front) with pupil’s name on back.
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The Librarians promote reading for pleasure and literacy through a variety of approaches such as: reader development programmes, displays, author visits and interviews, celebrating events like World Book Day, Teen Titles, book clubs and preparing reading lists etc
For a hand picked list of S4-6 fiction as chosen by a group of Edinburgh School Librarians, just go here: http://www.broughton.edin.sch.uk/images/FREE_YOUR_MIND_May_16.pdf
Broughton Students regularly review books for Teen Titles, the book review magazine that features only honest and unedited reviews of the latest books for teenagers.
There are some new developments from the public library’s Library2go service!
- All the childrens/teens ebooks have been organised into CFE level - you can look at the list here
This will give you a good idea of the range of titles now available on Overdrive for each ability range. The public library chose the secondary school titles to buy based on the Teen Read Edinburgh website as well as the Imagine and Free Your Mind leaflets which were created by Edinburgh School Librarians, so there should be lots of titles that appeal to students.
- Watch this space for a similar CFE level list of the 350 children’s and teen audiobooks that the public library currently have available through Overdrive and OneClickdigital.
- The Public library’s Zinio online magazine service includes dozens of titles which are useful for teachers or are interesting to teens.These include Teen Now; Gamesmaster; PC Gamer; National Geographic; Rolling Stone; Popular Science; Total Film etc. Please find the full list of 100 titles here
New Your Library Site
- The public library will shortly be launching a new and improved version of our Your Library electronic resources portal. Your Library is home to our 50 plus electronic resources including ebook services. The new site will include resource pages for children, teens, teachers and parents with links to resources of specific interest to these groups .
just go to www.edinburgh.gov.uk/library2go for online access to ebooks, audiobooks and magazines…and lots more