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. There are also 23 computers which students can use outside of lesson times.
Our library is open before school at 8.00 am, 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 can be given if a student requires it.
On Fridays, after school, the library hosts a general knowledge quiz in which students can win edible prizes for having the most knowledge. Book club is held on the first Friday of the month, where students choose their favourite from a selection of four reading books. 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. Snacks are provided for the meetings.
Regular competitions with prizes are run in our library, such as Harry Potter Night, Reading Bingo and Scavenger Hunts, it is also the venue for visiting school reading sessions. There is a book fair every March to celebrate World Book Day, where students can purchase the latest books and fun stationary. BBC News report is broadcast from the library every year also.
Prizes for the Harry Potter Night event in 2018!
Completion of the 2017 Bingo Card gained entry into a prize draw to win a polaroid camera!
Author Chris Russell entertaining Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils during a 2017 author talk. Teri Terry, Leo Hunt and Irena Brignull also attended!
Numerous displays and topical exhibitions can be seen during the academic year. Seasonal bookmarks are often handed out to mark important dates in the calendar, such as Christmas and Easter.
Readily available are current magazines 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 (Deputy Headteacher Ms Webster’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.
Reading is supported by Fiction Friday, which takes place every Friday lunchtime, during which the computers are switched off and only reading is permitted! Our school librarian is always on hand to give out recommendations.
Students can also take part in the smooth running of the library by volunteering to become a student librarian. As well as playing an important role, being a school librarian has its perks too: these keen readers get the first pick of new books!
Students can keep up to date with all the activities happening in the library by following the school library Instagram account: regentsparkcclibrary. The account is private to protect data so a request to follow will have to be confirmed with the librarian.