We are fortunate to have a library in the central area of the main school building offering a large stock of books and other resources for children of all abilities.

All the children have access to the library on a daily basis to change books and are supported on a daily basis by Mrs Adsley, School Library Manager. Children idependently use the Junior Librarian system to take books on loan, renew items and return their books.

The library is open all day from 8.50am to 3.15pm; the children are welcome to use the library in break time and lunch time providing they have a library pass which is available from Mrs Adsley.

Junior Librarians

Junior Librarian positions are available for children from year 4 and upwards. Each September the children can apply by writing a letter to Mrs Adsley explaining why they would like to help in the library and what they think they would be good at. They are then trained by Mrs Adsley and asked to help one lunchtime per week.

Junior Librarian jobs include tidying the library shelves by ordering the books in alphabetical or Dewey Decimal system, preparing new books for the library, replacing worn book jackets, creating display boards within the library and suggesting books to other readers.

The children also get an opportunity to work on and complete library worksheets, working their way up from a library monitor badge to a librarian’s badge.

Hampshire School Library Service

We subscribe to the Hampshire School Library Service (SLS) and this enables us to develop our library resources to support the whole school curriculum and meet the learning needs of the children.

Mrs Adsley liaises with the SLS and has access to: Curriculum and literacy related booklists Transition booklist leaflets for new Year2/3 and Year 6/7 pupils Forum meetings every term for librarians

Encouraging Reading

Reading is something that a lot of us take for granted, after all we do it all the time, whether we are reading road signs, instructions, supermarket price comparisons, books for pleasure or reports for work.

Studies have shown that children that read for pleasure and read out loud are more successful at school and in life than their counterparts.

At Hook we ask children to read with an adult for twenty minutes every day. As a parent myself, I appreciate that twenty minutes can be a struggle to fit in to the day time routine but it is vital that your child gets that opportunity. If you can't manage twenty minutes in one go, break it down into smaller chunks to make it more manageable. We also suggest that children read out loud.

Reading out loud helps your child with comprehension, it often leads to children asking and wanting to discuss why an event may have happened, or what may occur next. It also helps with pronunciation and expression. It can make the whole reading experience more enjoyable especially if you both take it in turns to read.

Reading for pleasure for some is difficult, so take a step backwards. If your child doesn't like reading then either read to them or try an audio book that they can listen to. Nosy Crow books sometimes have a QR code to scan which allow you to read the book whilst the story is being read from an iPad, which is fantastic.

Encouraging Children

Another important point is let your child choose what they would like to read. It's easy to remark that a book may be too easy for them, if this is happening try choosing something together. Join and visit the local library so you can choose together, or alternatively download them from Hampshire Overdrive to read from an iPad or other device.

If at any time you are concerned with your child's reading please speak to or see your child's teacher. The class teacher can always arrange for Mrs Adsley to spend time with any child/children to help them find suitable books.

Whatever you do, try and have fun and use reading as a time to relax. Make cosy dens or just simply snuggle down and make the experience less like an expectation or another task after an already long day.