All LNS students are encouraged to read widely as a way of improving their literacy, learning about the world and understanding themselves. We have a well stocked library of over 8000 books including resources carefully selected to support the curriculum as well as wide range of fiction and graphic novels to read for pleasure.
Students are able to use the library in their own time, before and after school, at break and lunchtimes. A range of curriculum areas use the library for resource based lessons and there are numerous activities offered throughout the year to encourage an enthusiasm for literature. The library is staffed by a full-time qualified librarian who is available to support students with homework and reading suggestions. Please do get in touch in you would like any advice or recommendations for books your son might like to read.
Angela Suter (Librarian)
Encouraging reading at home is one of the easiest and most effective ways to support your son in his learning. There are many excellent websites with advice on reading and book recommendations. Below are links to some of the best:
Love Reading 4 Kids website
This site recommends books by age range and allows you to download and print off sample chapters to try. It is possible to sign up for a free monthly newsletter which is an easy way keep up to date with the latest children’s fiction.
Reading Zone Website
Reading zone is a very accessible website which recommends books according to age range. It also has a free monthly email newsletter.
National Literacy Trust Website
The spinebreakers website focuses on is more demanding reads so is the perfect resource for older students or those who want to challenge themselves.
Book Trust Website
Book trust offers a wealth of advice on supporting reading at all ages from baby through to adult. This site is an easy way to find out about prize winning books and shortlists. Be sure to check out their excellent book finder function which suggests books by age range and theme.
LNS Library News
Carnegie Book Award 2019
Anas has chosen to read "The Land of Neverendings" by Kate Saunders, which is on a shortlist of 8 titles this year. Looking forward to hearing what he and others have to say about their books when our book club meets up next week!
LNS Library's new library monitor
Congratulations to Eric for getting his Library Monitor Badge. Your help and commitment in the library is very much appreciated.
World Book Day 2019
Ronnie Francis (LNS Alumnus and published author!), pays a visit to LNS Library and talks to year 11 about what inspires him to write.
Doing the D.E.A.R. (Drop Everthing And Read!) in the Library - year 7s and 6th form with their reading buddies!
They've got their free books...taking on some WBD-related library challenges.
Very happy with his free World Book Day book - happy reading!
Christmas Book Fair 2018
Lots of great titles at the book fair - fantastic books to get everyone reading this Christmas!
Cinema Visit - T.H.U.G.
Some of our students at the screening of The Hate U Give, adapted from the critically-acclaimed novel by Angie Thomas. Thought-provoking, moving - it generated lots of discussion. A great transition from book to screen.
Poetry Workshop - National Poetry Day 2018
Students from Year 7 were joined by students from St Clement Danes Primary, Charlotte Shaman Primary, St Joseph's Primary and Argyle Primary School.
A huge thanks to Neal Zetter for leading a fun-filled, inspiring session.
Our fabulous poets - well done!
Working together, inspiring each other. Practising their performance poetry.
Neal Zetter leads an inspiring session.
Carnegie Amnesty Winner
We have a new collection of books, which have similar themes to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, our LNS Library Book of the Month (May) and the winner of the Carnegie Amnesty Award (2018) - This book proved to be a popular reading choice for many students this year. Thanks to Ms Jewitt for kindly donating these books to the Library.
Carnegie Book Award
There are some interesting books on the shortlist, which has generated lots of discussion at our book club.
A group of keen readers braved the wet (and cold!) for a tour of this world-renowned bookshop. The Manga section was popular with many students, others made a bee-line for Science (and skeletons!).
Year 8s and Year 9s met with M M Vaughan, science-fiction author, in the library for an intimate chat about her work. This was followed by a question and answer session which enabled them to discover more about her love of writing books. She met more students at break-time, the visit was arranged as part of the library's World Book Day celebrations.
LNS Mastermind 2018
Well done to all who participated - thanks for making it such a thrilling, closely fought contest! Congratulations to Andy for scoring the highest number of points and becoming this year's LNS Mastermind champion!
World Book Day 2018 - Introducing our Library Manga Mates!
A team of badge-wearing manga mates will be in the library and around the school to talk to students about their love for all things Manga! They will spread the word from World Book Day to the end of March.
The library was the grateful recipient of a set of "The Hate U Give", by Angie Thomas, which was donated by Walker Books. Some of our students are hoping to meet the author at a forthcoming literary event which will take place on 21st March 2018.
A lovely book donation from Ms Jewitt's mum - great titles! So generous, thanks for thinking of the library!!
SplendiferousrollickingKingRoaldDahlreading for Christmas
Shorif was the winner of the Library's Roald Dahl Book Bundle competition - he won a box set of 15 books which will no doubt keep him reading over the festive season and well into 2018 - well done!
Yugioh has taken over the Library!
Congratulations to Malachai - our first tournament winner!!
National Poetry Day 2017
Primary students from Tower Bridge School, Snowfields, St. Joseph's and John Ruskin joined a group of LNS Year 7s for a fun-filled day of poetry reading and writing. The session was led by LNS library regular Neal Zetter.
World Book Day 2017
The whole school dared to "D.E.A.R*" (*Drop Everything And Read) on March 2nd. Students, teachers and support staff joined in, reading their books at a designated time.Mr. Benyam's class had a fantastic reading session in the library - it was a great way to mark the 20th anniversary of World Book Day!
Holocaust Memorial Day 2017
Mr. Goldsmith's class, locating and reading books about the Holocaust on Holocaust Memorial Day.
Chess and Monopoly obsessives!! Honing their board game skills at Library Games Club - Tuesdays and Fridays.
National Poetry Day 2016
Award-winning spoken word poet, Anthony Anaxagorou, paid a visit to the library and recited poetry taken from his newly published book of poems called "Heterogeneous". A thought-provoking session, filled with lots of questions in between readings from our students.
Carnegie Reading 2016
Congratulations to Tiago and Aaron for reading the most number of books on this year’s Carnegie shortlist and producing great reviews!
One, by Sarah Crossan, was a popular choice with many of our students; Aaron correctly predicted that it would scoop the top prize (Carnegie Medal) after reading it. Both students were recipients of the library’s “May the (Reading) force be with you!” prize-winning bundle.
EU Referendum 2016
Should we stay or should we go? - plenty of heated debates taking place at the library's EU Referendum table at the moment! Looking forward to having more discussions on results day!!
World Book Day Celebrations
Our World Book Day celebrations extended well into the following week, which ended with a high-profile visit to the Library from Dan Freedman - author of the Jamie Johnson series of football stories, soon to be made into a TV series. Congratulations to competition winners and all who took part in the various WBD activities!
Dan Freedman competition winners
This Year's LNS Mastermind Champion - Well done!
How many books in the bookpile?
Xmas Book Fair
There were many great titles for sale and bargains to be had at the library's Xmas book fair - all books were half-price.
Great to see so many excited students stocking up for Christmas reading!!
Author visit: Alex Wheatle MBE - Black History Month
Our year 10s heard about Alex's extraordinary life story, and were treated to readings from "Liccle Bit" his first book for teenagers. He also performed some spoken word poetry with a 1980s twist - a very inspiring session for those who met him.
Carnegie Competition 2015
Eight books were shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal this year, our students were given 8 weeks in which to read them. The shortlist, which comes out annually, usually has much to unite and divide readers. LNS students, in addition to students throughout the country, are invited to discuss, review and vote for their winner. There is plenty to appeal to those with different reading tastes and different reading abilities.
Congratulations to Tanya Landman, who won the prize for “Buffalo Soldier”. For those who managed to read the book a deserving winner! Roll on next year…
Poetry Transition Workshop
Neal Zetter was warmly welcomed by all, as he returned to lead a poetry workshop in the library, which ran for the whole day. Students from year 7 were invited to take part; they were joined by year 5 students from neighbouring primary schools. Neal likes to make his workshops as “highly interactive” as possible.
Students were asked for their views on questions such as:
· Do all poems have to rhyme?
· Can poems ever have enough verses?
They were also given the opportunity to write and edit their own poems, which they read out to others at the end of the day. The group were treated to readings from Neal’s own collection of poems – he’s written 800 poems so far, with more to come…
The theme of the day – Superheroes!
Author visit World Book Day – March 2015
How to write a great novel – according to author Caroline Lawrence there are 7 steps…she shared the secret of her success as a writer with years 7 and 8 at a special assembly on March 3rd, which took place to mark the start of a whole week of activities in the library to celebrate World Book Day.
Our students were introduced to Flavia, John; Nubia and Lupus, main characters from Caroline’s collection of books collectively known as “The Roman Mysteries”. The children, amateur sleuths, set about solving crimes through pure deduction - without the help of today’s modern detection aids!!
Later, at an intimate session which took place in the library, she spoke further about her interests in all things classical and the in-depth research required to bring such vivid characters to life. She showed off props as she talked, which generated many questions - most items represented household goods used during the Roman period.
Everyone was put through their paces by Caroline, who had prepared a series of questions based on her talk and readings, those who answered correctly were treated to a free book giveaway, made all the more rewarding because the lucky respondents were allowed to pick a title of their choice.
It was an absorbing talk, which made for a very lively book-signing session, particularly as word spread about her visit throughout the school!!
Poetry workshop: National Poetry Day
Neal Zetter, comedy poet, came to LNS on September 30th to take part in the library's National Poetry Day celebrations. He started by sharing his views at assembly with year 10s and year 11s, he recited his poems on a range of diverse topics, which covered matters such as sport, chocolate, bees and mobile phones!
Later on in the day, during several interactive poetry sessions, he inspired year 7, 8 and 9 students to write poems of their own. Much fun was had by all and it is hoped that Neal will take part in more school library events.
LEST WE FORGET
LNS LIBRARY REMEMBERS WW1
We started our WW1 Centenary commemorations by inviting students to listen to lunch-time short story readings, delivered by Mr. Curran and Mr. North. These took place throughout the week leading up to Rembrance Day.
Author Tony Bradman was a guest of the library on November 10th. At the KS3 assembly, the main focus of his talk was “Stories of WW1” a book which he is editor of. He spoke at great length about the contributions of authors such as Malorie Blackman, Jamila Gavin and Geraldine McCaughrean. This powerful compilation of stories is also on this year’s prestigious Bookbuzz booklist, and is one of 12 titles published specifically for all year 7 students throughout the country. He went on to introduce 3 further books that he has written on the theme of The Great War.
Later on in the day, he facilitated workshops with selected English and History classes in the library. There were numerous questions for Tony about his research and approach to writing. Many students were impressed by his detailed knowledge of all aspects of the First World War; his stories of his family’s naval connections were also of great interest to his audience. The visit proved to be entertaining and enlightening, this no doubt heightened the awareness and reflection of our students when the 2 minute silence was observed on Armistice Day.
In keeping with the themes of War and Sacrifice, the LNS library book of the month for November is “Testament of Youth” by Vera Brittain. This also ties in with a themed WW1 library book display, which offers students the opportunity to read about the harrowing experiences of many young soldiers during this tragic period.