When I read the article I couldn’t help but agree with the sentiments and observations expressed. I too believe that the library is a ‘safe place’ or sanctuary for many pupils. As such, it is my aim to ensure as staff we are caring and approachable. We try to maintain a quiet, working atmosphere while offering activities to interest them and encourage them to use the space wisely. Chess is a popular pastime and we run regular book fairs, competitions and craft sessions.
The library is a good area for pupils to complete homework and do research as we have a suite of 13 computers and plenty of desk workspace. There are books on every subject imaginable and we have a very well stocked fiction section. Pupils are encouraged to make requests for books they would like and we keep abreast of current trends in reading.
Hopefully, Bablake Library will continue to evolve to meet the needs of pupils, while retaining the features and characteristics of a traditional library too!
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