The library welcomes the children to a world of stories and reference books.
All classes use the library either for story periods or research activities. They are taught to respect and value books.
The library at Dines Green currently holds over 3000 books and all pupils have access to the fiction and reference books on offer. Throughout the school we aim to help children to use the library effectively and understand the cataloguing system as they get older. A new way of making our library more efficient and effective through a fingerprint scanner has just been put in place. This will enable even the youngest children to use the system and us to track their interest in reading and research.
The library also has a computer linked to the Internet that allows children to have access to a variety of search engines and research tools. (This access provided by RM, our Internet provider, restricts pupils to sites that are safe and approved for educational use.) Children are able to find and use information in projects, as well as download pictures that enhance their work.
We enjoy close links with the library in St John’s with regular visits planned by librarians to work with the children in school, as well as children visiting the city’s library itself. Visits by the authors of children’s books are also planned to promote the value of books, to motivate reading and to raise pupils’ aspirations.