Usually, at this time of year, my focus in the Senior Library turns to identifying books to help the Lower Sixth with their Extended Essays (EEs) and planning for the upcoming World Book Day on the 4th March. Whilst the ordering of EE books is a tried and tested exercise, I would like to try something different for World Book Day this year.
Fostering a love of books is often nudged along with conversation and, to that end, I am asking for your involvement. Do you have a book that you enjoyed reading and think your son or daughter would enjoy too? Or perhaps there is a book you have never read, but you might both like to read? Maybe you are not a keen reader, but you share an interest in a particular hobby or sport? If this is the case, then I am sure there is a book out there that you both would enjoy. I would love it if conversations about these things were started at home with your family. I am happy to offer any book suggestions and will order the books as part of the World Book Day initiative.
The Library always has room for new books and what better way to continue with renewing and refreshing its shelves than to have books recommended, requested and discussed by its community, I hope to hear from you soon.
Whilst growing up, despite my parents’ best efforts to encourage a love of reading, I was not a bookworm. I came to love books gradually, and I am sure this slow start has helped to shape my approach in guiding reluctant readers and hopefully opening their eyes to the possibilities of reading for pleasure. They may not share my passion for reading yet, but I am proof that opinions can change and that there really is a book out there for everyone.
My current read The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is one of our recent purchases. The title may have been a contributing factor when I decided to read it, but as a 2020 bestseller I wanted to see if it lived up to the applauds. The story revolves around Nora, who has the opportunity to alter her past life and effectively undo her mistakes and regrets, but as the story develops she realises this opportunity comes with a catch. I don’t want to say anymore in case I spoil it for you, but I have really enjoyed it. Pure escapism and a message worth listening too.
Mrs Eatough | Senior School Librarian