The Martyn Gerrard Library
Information for Parents and Carers
Things you might like to know about the school library:
- It is a most important part of our school life, helping to foster a love of books and of reading for pleasure, which we hope will stay with the children throughout their lives. It provides books for the whole school both children and staff (and sometimes, even parents and carers!)
- It is next door to the main hall, opposite the reception area, and is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, when our librarian, Tanis Towse, is in school.
- The library has a large stock of both fiction and non-fiction books, suitable for all ages throughout the school. This is in addition to the books contained in the Nursery’s own library and the various class/year group reading corners which provide ‘reading books’ and other classroom reading material.
- The non-fiction section has books covering most of the topics covered in the curriculum, as well as a wide variety of books of general interest, from poetry and plays to technology, via sport, history, pet care and much more. This section is arranged using a simplified version of the internationally recognised Dewey classification system.
- The fiction section includes a large number of bright and exciting picture books and early readers, but also aims to appeal to both the keen and the less enthusiastic reader at every stage with an excellent selection of great books by authors old and new from Charles Dickens and Louisa May Alcott to Jeremy Strong and Jacqueline Wilson. This section is arranged in alphabetical order, according to the author’s surname.
- The Library is managed using Junior Librarian.net, which is an online library management system specifically designed for primary schools. It combines a database containing details of all the books in the Library with a second one containing brief details of all the borrowers. This allows us to note which books the library currently holds and identify gaps and trends in borrowing, but also to keep track of which books the children have borrowed.
- You can access the School Library website directly from any computer which has the free Microsoft Silverlight program installed, using the address https://u004005.microlibrarian.net, or by using the free-to-download ‘iMLS’ app on a smart phone or tablet. In either case you can open your child’s library record using his or her library borrower number and date of birth (ddmmyyyy).
- Every class in the school has a regular weekly library time, during which books can be borrowed and returned, although the library is also open during part of school lunchtimes on the days Tanis is in, and also after school on Tuesday and Wednesday for those who were unable to visit the library at their usual time or who wish to browse a little longer. The end of school is the best time to catch Tanis if you need to talk to her or just to pop in and take a look at the kinds of books which are available to your children if you would like to.
- The number of books which a child can borrow increases as the child moves up the school. In Reception and Year 1, he or she can borrow one book at a time, in Year 2 this increases to two, in Year 3 to three and so on, so that Year 6 children can borrow up to 6 books at a time. This allows Junior children the opportunity to take out books to help with projects in addition to their usual reading choices.
- Although Tanis is always ready to give advice and help in choosing books, we believe it is important that the children have as much freedom as possible in their choices so that they learn to evaluate books for themselves and so develop their own tastes.
- Books are usually lent for a maximum of three weeks in the first instance. If a child needs a book for longer than this – to complete a project, for example – he or she should bring it to the library during the next library session and have the loan renewed.
- Reminders about overdue books are sent out regularly to both classes and individual borrowers, but it is easy to keep track of your child’s borrowings by going direct to the website.
- In order to encourage a responsible attitude to borrowed books, if a missing book still cannot be found after three months, the borrower will be asked to pay the cost of replacing it, although this money will be refunded if the book is subsequently found and returned to the library in reasonable condition. However, children who do not either return their books or pay for replacements when asked, have their borrowing limits reduced to the minimum until the problem is resolved.
- We welcome suggestions for additions to the library (this is another facility offered by the library website), and, finances permitting, will do our best to acquire the most frequently requested books.
PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF THIS WONDERFUL FACILITY!