At the beginning of our summer term we welcomed our new Librarian, Mrs Dearden. She has bags of experience from working in public libraries and is doing a fantastic job overseeing the Learning Resource Centre. We wanted to find out more about her passion for books and literacy.
Tell us a bit about your background.
I’m a qualified librarian, I’ve worked in public libraries for 14 years. I was the manager of a library in Coppull, just outside Chorley for 5 years. I’m hoping to be a Chartered librarian in the future. I’ve always loved reading and books, my gran was a huge advocate for reading she took me to my local library when I was a child, and it’s because of her that I’m a librarian.
Why is it important for children to read?
Apart from the fact that reading is a wonderful experience, and can take you to places you will never forget. It is also incredibly important for your social and mental well-being. It teaches you to engage with stories and learning. This has been linked to social mobility, and a predisposition to life-long learning. For a young person, reading helps develop language and learning skills. Reading stories helps us to understand one another better by connecting information to emotions.
What types of exciting events do you plan to hold in the library?
I’m really looking forward to celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter on Monday 26th June. We will be having lots of exciting activities on the day, at break, lunchtime and after school. It’s going to be amazing! I’m very keen to have lots of author visits, and different kinds of reading groups, and after school activities. I also want all subjects to have a display in the library to promote their subject. I would like the entire school to get involved with their library. I want our pupils to think of the library as a welcoming place, that they love using.
How can pupils get involved with the library?
If a pupil wants to work in the school library, then they can ask to be a pupil librarian. They just need to come and see me in the library. All pupils are very welcome to use the library during break and lunchtime. We also have a homework club after school. I will be advertising new activities in the future, on the Morning Report, and throughout school.
Are there any fiction/non-fiction books you would recommend?
Non-fiction books are fantastic, my absolute favourite is “The Hare with the Amber Eyes” by Edmund De Waal. It’s a wonderful read. It will tell you a story about art, Japan, netsuke, Vienna, the list goes on. Its brilliant, go read it! I read an amazing fiction book last year called “We are all completely beside ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler. I don’t want to give too much away, it’s about two sisters, which sounds perfectly ordinary, but this book is completely extraordinary!
What was your favourite book as a child?
My favourite book was Roald Dahl’s ‘Danny the Champion of the World’. I read it over and over again when I was a child. I think it is a wonderful story, I loved the fact that Danny and his father lived in a Gypsy caravan.
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