Regents Park Community College library is situated in the heart of our school on the ground floor. It is a light, bright and comfortable place for our students to work and read.
Our library is open before school at 8.00am, during both breaks and after school until 4.00pm every day. This is an ideal place to complete homework with plenty of resources and help that can be given if a student requires it. The large library computer suite is used for homework and to enable independent study to help foster enthusiasm for learning.
There are also a variety of activities run from the library for the students to enjoy:
On Thursdays, after school, the library hosts a general knowledge quiz, which students can win edible prizes for first and second place. Book club is held at lunch time on the first Friday of the month, where students can choose their favourite book from a selection. The favourite is then displayed in the library. At the end of the year the favourite book of each month is reviewed to get The Regents Park Book of the Year! Students in book club are also able to assist with choosing The Hampshire Book Award Winner during the summer term.
Creative Writer’s Club is run from the library every Tuesday from 3.00pm - 4.00pm. The writing activities are primarily based around short stories and poetry. This club will enable students to enter prestigious national writing competitions with prizes including publication, awards for excellence in writing and monetary rewards. At the end of the year, a collection of the best stories written by club members will be released in our own RPCC Author’s Corner.
On selected Fridays, the lights will dim and the library will become a cinema showing themed documentaries on a big screen. Students will be invited to bring snacks and drinks to enjoy while they watch and learn in a relaxed atmosphere.
There is a book fair every March to celebrate World Book Day, where students can purchase the latest books, stationary and celebrate with themed decorations from books well-loved by young people throughout the world.
To keep updated on events in the library and elsewhere in the school you can follow the Regents Park Twitter account where all the latest RPCC news is posted - @RegentsParkCC.
Current magazines are readily available in a variety of subjects. Popular choices are Shout, Empire, Games TM and Match of the Day. The magazine titles change annually to reflect interests and support learning.
The library has a large range of resources, mostly available for loan. In fact, there are over 12,000 books available! The non-fiction titles are kept up to date and reflect the subjects taught here. The library purchases the nominees for the SLAs Information Book Awards each year. Also found in the library are popular reference books such as the Guinness Book of Records. However most of the library stock is made up of fiction titles with a massive range of books to suit all ages, tastes and reading abilities. These vary from classics such as Wuthering Heights (Ms Webster - Deputy Headteacher’s favourite) to the popular Girl Online series. The library also has special collections of books, this includes ‘When a Book Might Help’ shelf, where students can find books on a range of issues they may need support with. New books are always being purchased and students’ requests make up most of the stock. DVDs can also be borrowed.
At Regents Park we have a reliable, hard-working team of Student Librarians who help to care for the library, it’s resources and visitors. They enjoy the challenge of learning new skills such as using the Dewey Decimal System and helping others to find books. Each year students have the opportunity to join the team, earn recognition and rewards and do something important for the school community that they can take pride in.