Cantell has a diverse and well-stocked library with over 10,000 books on the shelves. There is something for everyone to read: from action to romance, poetry to non-fiction, and classics to quick reads. Books are selected carefully to a) maximise the enjoyability of reading across the school, and b) to complement the curriculum and provide learners with the best possible resources to support their learning.
If there is something our shelves are missing, students and staff are able to request books through Miss Brett, our Librarian. If we do not have the books in already, we will get them in for the students, where possible. The student who requested the title will then be the first person to borrow that book from the Library. Students can also reserve books through the library website, which you can access here.
The Library is frequently used by some of our extra-curricular clubs such as the Wonder of Words Society and the Neurodiversity Book Club, as well as being a relaxing social space during breaktimes and before/after school, where students can come to read, study and socialise with friends.
Recommended reads are frequently on display around the Library, either general recommendations or books suited to a current topical event such as International Women’s Day or Pride Month, and these can tie in to some of our challenges. Our most popular challenge that students like to partake in is the Millionaire Readers, with those who meet the target being able to wear one of our golden Millionaire Reader hoodies in place of their school jumper. We also run frequent reading competitions such as Book Bingo, Bookopoly, and seasonal challenges such as ‘Design your own storybook pumpkin’.
Students have the opportunity to become involved with running the library by signing up to become student librarians. Applications for this can be collected from the library desk.
The library works together with the Literacy team to promote events such as World Book Day or the Cantell Reading Days. Book Fairs are run around the school twice a year to enable students and staff to purchase discounted books.
The library also produces a fortnightly digital newsletter to staff and students which advertises recommended reads, current challenges, and highlights a particular book and author of the week.