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Allenbourn Middle School

Welcome to the Library

What has changed in the library under Covid restrictions?

The library and librarian, Mrs Jensen, continue to support all aspects of teaching and learning, as well as reading for pleasure. Happily, the library’s resources are all still available for loan, but students won’t be visiting in person, so there are new challenges and ways of working.

Library Web app: go to https://uk.accessit.online/all04

This app is the main way to search the catalogue and choose books, and it’s accessible on all platforms (tablets, phones, PCs), so you can easily look at it at home. When you log on as Guest you can see all resources and suggestions lists, but not borrow, reserve or review.
All students will be able to log on using their school gmail address (which Years 6-8 used for Google Classroom during lockdown); Mrs Jensen will be showing them how to use the app, but there is also a how-to video on the app itself.
We are adding ebooks to our library system this term, following a trial in lockdown, and everyone will be shown how to borrow them. A reminder: students may bring their own ereader (not phone) in to school, but it is their responsibility to keep it safe.
The app will have news about new books, events like National Poetry Day, and links to websites.

Recommendations and ‘wild card’ requests

As well as regular visits to English classes in their rooms, we be using Google Classroom to keep in touch. Students can send recommendations and requests, and there will also be a ‘wild card’ request form, if they want Mrs Jensen to choose something new and different for them.

Accelerated Reader

All years are now following the AR programme, and the library catalogue shows each book’s level. However, it is important that students choose a book that they will enjoy, and if in doubt they can discuss their choices with their teacher or Mrs Jensen.

Book Groups and Student Librarians

The book groups for all Year groups will continue at lunchtimes, but at the moment we still need to work out how they will take place. Our keen Student Librarians will work with Mrs Jensen to find out how they can best champion the library in our new circumstances.

Allenbourn is a member of the School Libraries Association and supports the Great School Libraries campaign https://www.greatschoollibraries.org.uk/ : ‘Every child deserves a great school library!’