School Library Resource Centre
Welcome To The Library
The SLRC is staffed by Moira Paton M.A.(Hons) MCLIP and Lucrezia Gaion MLitt Ma, two qualified librarians who share the job to provide a full time professional service. TThey both like to tweet about a range of things library and literary in the library twitter account which can be found here: @BRO_Library
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. and promoting literacy across learning.
Literacy Across Learning
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. Since 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 group. 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 booktrailer projects from 2018/19: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp-1mBbaQMzA9MrTiRF4d8pvWezhHnfHY
In the academic year 2019/2020, S2 pupils follow a brand new programme: the Broughton Reading Ristorante. Based around the idea of an Italian restaurant, pupils choose tasks from tailored menus to complete. Prizes are awarded to pupils who complete 5 books or 5 tasks in one term, and they will be invited to the end of the year party. Monthly book recommendations are also part of the daily menu.
We subscribe to www.independence.co.uk – a one stop website for all your research needs across a range of current social issues. The username is broughton and the password is 21217.
This year also saw the official launch of our Bibliotherapy (#EscapeConnectRealate) lunchtime club. On Wednesdays around 15 students have the opportunity to come to the library and enjoy a Story Café (a part of a book is read to them, and then discussed) or some Readaxation (quiet, individual reading while listening to some relaxing music). Every week a different topic is tackled. So far themes have included: social anxiety, depression, grief and loss, bullying, LGBTQ+ and racism. Because of the great enthusiasm and participation, now the students are watching the film ‘The Hate U Give’, which discusses and explains the #blacklivesmatter movement. A film discussion followed. A section of the library has been reserved for Bibliotherapy books along with a display that includes an ECR toolkit, a folder containing all sort of explanations and book recommendations. Student Ambassadors have been recruited and will undergo training in the next academic year.
Librarians have undergone autism training and our library is autism friendly.
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.
Broughton’s participation to the Citizen 2019 project promoted by the Edinburgh International Book Festival also gave the students the opportunity to go meet the amazing Lari Don, who came to school for an hour-long conversation about creative writing and gifted all her books to the students.
Will Sutcliffe and Helen MacKinven
During Book Week Scotland 2019 the library celebrated in many different ways. Two authors came to visit us thanks to the Live Literature Funding that we won. On Wednesday Will Sutcliffe talked to two of our S3 classes about writing humour. His brilliant workshop included some impromptu acting and the students were chuffed. On Thursday Helen MacKinven talked to Mr Brown’s Higher class about how to approach creative writing.
World Book Day 2019 and 2020
The 2019 and 2020 World Book Day celebrations with a literary cake competition, the Great Broughton Book Bake Off were a success! Pupils and staff were invited to bring in book-related bakes and here are the results!
For World Book Day 2020 some pupils were able to attend a Waterstones World Book Day Event with author Emily Ilett.
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: Creative Writing Club
Tuesday: Chess Club
Wednesday: Bibliotherapy – reading for mental health and wellbeing (You need to sign up for this)
Thursday: Knitting/Teen Titles/Book Club – a chance to knit and natter about books
S1-4 Library Passes
What are library passes?
Library passes are required for all S1-4s taking part in our library lunchtime clubs from Monday to Thursday. Please note the library is now only open for pupils going to specific clubs at lunchtimes, and not for general access.
How do I get one?
If you want a pass you must come up to the library desk either the day before (after school) or before regi to sign up for a pass. You will get a temporary pass valid for one day only. Permanent passes will be issued to library regulars. No pass = no entry!
Why do we need them?
Without a pass system, the library can be an unpleasant place to be at lunchtime with bad behaviour and increasing noise levels. We want to keep a lid on that so we can all enjoy the library. If you misbehave your pass will be removed and you will have to wait 2 weeks before you can ask for a new temporary pass.
When can I use it?
Mon 1.10-1.50pm Creative Writing Club
Tues 1.05-1.50pm Chess Club
Wed 1.20-1.50pm Bibliotherapy (You need to sign up for this)
Thur 1.15-1.50pm Book Group
Also, the library is OPEN to EVERYONE before school (8:00-8:30am) and after school on Wednesdays (3.30-3.45pm) and Fridays (usually until 3pm)
The library is always closed during break.
Broughton Library Recommends…
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
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 Dare to Read 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
Since the government has announced the closure of schools, the Library has immediately created an online platform for students, ensuring that the clubs and literacy groups of S1 and S2 students keep receiving the support needed. The Creative Writing Club and the Bibliotherapy Group will continue to virtually meet and work productively and creatively until schools reopen. In the former, the librarian provides writing tips and advice, and reads students’ work, and has created a platform where students can also share their own work and ideas. The Bibliotherapy group will watch films and read books together, discussing how these make them feel and sharing their emotions. The librarian has also created Teams for S1 and S2 students, where she provides bookish activities, tailored individual book recommendations, shares online resources to access books and audiobooks for free and answers questions. Two channels will let students post their own book reviews and recommendations, which will be collated by the librarian and displayed once schools reopen. Check Twitter where resources and updates will be posted weekly.