"The best thing about my school is the library." Year 2
Our School Library
Reading is key at Etz Chaim. A reading child is a successful child, both academically and as a fully rounded citizen.
Our library is an important feature of our school. We aim to foster a love of books and reading for pleasure, which we hope will stay with the children throughout their lives.
Our library stocks thousands of books, including picture books, early readers, general fiction, non-fiction, Jewish Studies, and graphic novels. We also encourage the reading of periodicals and the benefits of good research.
Children visit the library during their timetabled schooling, as well as having the opportunity to access the facilities during a designated lunchtime. There is also an after-school book club for Year 6 keen readers.
The library is managed using Libresoft software, an online library management system designed by teachers and librarians, and the school can keep track of which books each child is reading, and see trends in borrowing.
Our library is volunteer-run, and has been managed by Mrs Zinkin since 2014.
Please do come and see the library on one of our school tours. It’s bright and welcoming, and our library bear is always pleased to be read a story.
We were delighted that Mrs Zinkin won the Volunteer Award at the 2020 Jewish School Awards for her work in our school library. We look forward to enhancing reading across the school with the money granted for this prize.
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World Book Day- Provides lots of information about the next World Book Day and the £1 books on offer. Also has a “Parents Book Selector” where you can select an age and a genre for instant recommendations or you can ask an expert! Plus a cool fun and games section.
Toppsta Blog-Toppsta is to help children to discover a love of reading. We do this by providing an online space where readers can review children's books and share their recommendations.
Story Time Online- Watch selected children’s books being read aloud for free.
Fantastic Fiction- Find over 30,000 authors. Use the browse menu on the left to find surname, or use the search boxes on the right to search for an author or book. Information on over 350,000 books. Throughout the site, just click on a book to see its cover picture, description and publication details. Excellent for finding the order in which a book series was written.
Love Reading-Fantastic website, very useful for finding good, age appropriate children’s books. Lots of book recommendations by age, genre, author, reluctant readers and many more categories. Up to date awards and featured books (some of which you can download the first chapter for free).
National Book Tokens-National Book tokens can be bought and spent in thousands of bookshops across the UK and Ireland, including all major chains and local independents. They make ideal gifts too. Use this website for book recommendations, purchasing tokens and finding your nearest stockists.
Minerva Reads- One of our parents, and volunteer librarian, Clare Zinkin writes this twice weekly blog on children’s books, and book reviews. She also recommends booklists for children and writes and edits children’s books.