It is clear as you drive through the entrance gates at Aldro that reading is a key aspect of daily school life. One of the first things you will see is the large bay window of the library, often framing boys relaxing quietly on its window seat cushions. Whether our boys want to compile research, choose their next fictional adventure or simply relax on a beanbag with a magazine, our spacious and well-resourced library provides everything they need.
The library is in the Centenary Building of the school and was opened in 1998. It is home to over 6000 resources which include books, magazines, audio books and DVDs. The computer area, printer and iPads facilitate both individual and group work.
We use Accelerated Reader to track each boy’s reading progress. Badges are awarded by the English department for attainment of individual targets. We are proud to have many Word Millionaires and each term we hold a Word Millionaires’ lunch to celebrate their achievements.
In conjunction with the English Department we have organised a number of Author and Illustrator Visits. These have included Anthony Horowitz, Chris d’Lacey, Johnathan Stroud, Kirsty Riddiford, Simon Mayo, Dan Freedman, Tony DeSaulles and Kjartan Poskitt. All of whom have captivated the boys with tales about their writing and in the case of Johnathan Stroud with some very impressive line drawings of his characters.
A number of activities take place in the library. For example, a group of boys meet regularly to look through the recent newspapers and magazines and choose articles to place on the Current Awareness Board, which generates much interest from the boys. The library is open during free time and is often a hive of industry during breaks with pupils reading and catching up with work.
Our spacious and well used library is always open offering a welcoming and comfortable study area as well as a place to simply snuggle down with a good book.