Library

Our Libraries at Felsted offer a welcoming, safe and comfortable environment with a peaceful atmosphere that is conducive to reading and study.

They provide an excellent range of resources which are carefully selected to support our pupils’ academic studies and wider interests, as well as encouraging reading for pleasure and promoting independent learning.

There are 14,000 items in the Senior School book collection and 5,000 in the Prep School.  Fiction and non-fiction books are complemented by a selection of periodicals and magazines, newspapers, online resources such as JSTOR School Edition and Encyclopedia Britannica, audio books on CD, foreign language resources and DVDs. If pupils prefer to read online they have access to a selection of books from the ‘VLeBooks’ collection.

 

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Classified and well organised materials

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Foreign language resources

Events, activities and competitions

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Accelerated Reader management and monitoring programme

All materials are classified and organised, using the Dewey scheme, and are catalogued on the Library’s computerised catalogue (Eclipse/Junior Librarian) to make them easy to locate. An on-going programme to tidy, evaluate, weed and update the stock ensures that the collection remains fresh, up-to-date and relevant. Recommendations are always welcome and we endeavour to fulfill requests through new acquisitions.

The Library plays an active role within the school community. With the assistance of our Library Committee we organise various events and activities throughout the school year including the MFL Languages Cafe, the annual ‘Cromwell Lecture’, Breakfast Reading Club, poetry and creative writing competitions (for pupils, staff and parents), the ‘Reading Challenge’, the Inter-House Book Quiz and Guerrilla Love Poetry.

We provide support for ‘information literacy’ through the Year 10 projects and the Sixth Form EPQ and IB Extended Essay.

Senior Library Reps

A Library Representative is appointed by each Senior School House and their role is to provide a link between the Library and the Houses, to discuss library-related issues, and to promote the Library’s resources and events. Led by the Library Prefect, the Library Reps meet with the Librarian on a fortnightly basis. 

Prep School QIs

A small group of year 7 students are appointed each year as Library QIs.  This role involves acting as pupil librarian, helping to prepare for World Book Day and promoting a love of reading by helping to organise events such as book clubs.

Accelerated Reader

The Prep School (and Year 9) use the Accelerated Reader system.  Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading management and monitoring programme that aims to foster the habit of independent reading among primary and early secondary age pupils.

The internet-based software initially screens pupils according to their reading levels, and suggests books that match their reading age and reading interest. Pupils take computerised quizzes on the books they have read and earn AR points related to difficulty and length of book. 

The Libraries are open throughout the school day for use by classes and by pupils undertaking private study and research. The Senior School Library is also open in the evenings for pupils to complete their prep.
 
Opening Times - Senior School Library  
Monday – Friday: 8.45am – 5.45pm
7.15pm – 9.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 12.30pm