8 February 2018

One of our hardworking Pupil Librarians has created this fantastic new display in the library.

Year 8 pupil Anthony has been a Pupil Librarian since he started at Archbishop Temple School at the beginning of year 7.

“I got involved as I love reading,” he said. “Since I have been a Pupil Librarian I have learned lots of new things. We have a rota for duties; we issue and return books, make reservations and shelve books. It is a nice environment to work in. I enjoy working with the team of other Pupil Librarians but you have to work independently too.”

As part of their role, the Pupil Librarians take part in on-going training. They can then work towards and achieve their Bronze, Silver, Gold and even Platinum Awards. Anthony completed the display as part of his Gold Award.

“The work the Pupil Librarians do gives them skills they can take into employment,” explains school Librarian, Mrs Dearden. “It is a job that has many responsibilities and requires skills and knowledge. We have a lot of fun along the way too. The children get involved in author visits, decorating the library at different times throughout the year and choosing new books.”

If you know a pupil who is keen on getting involved in the library they need to contact Mrs Dearden in the first instance, “They will be put on a shortlist for interviews after September. We are very popular and currently have 19 Pupil Librarians; I cap it at 20, so we currently have one vacancy. They will then have a short informal interview with myself and another experienced Pupil Librarian. Last September we had 19 applicants, so competition is tough! It is fantastic how our pupils embrace their school library, and want to be a part of it and make it better every year.”

Anthony’s book recommendation is ‘Knife Edge’ by Malorie Blackman. “It is an intense and really moving novel.”

Posted by Mrs L Brown

Category: Love Books Library Blog