The library is central to supporting our children develop a life long love of reading at Bishop Gilpin.
It is a bright, welcoming environment where children can relax with a book or magazine. It is also a place of safety and wellbeing.
SEARCH THE BG LIBRARY
Please enter the BG School Library here.
Once logged in, children can search for certain books, ebooks and audio books. They can also check their account to remind themselves what they have out so they can return on time or renew and write reviews.
Parents and carers can also see what books their children need to look for at home so that they can help them return on time.
MERTON PUBLIC LIBRARIES
You can also access ebooks and audio books at your local public library.
As well as a varied and diverse selection of fiction and non-fiction books the library also has reference books, magazines, DVDs, EAL books, picture books, PHSE books, equalities and diversity books, inclusion books and BG published books. The majority, but not all, of our non-fiction books support the curriculum. There is also now the option of borrowing ebooks. There is also now the option of borrowing ebooks and audio books.
The library management system we use in the library is called Accessit and children use the scanners to issue and return resources. Children from year 2 upwards can borrow 2 books for 2 weeks. Year 1 and Reception can only borrow one book for 2 weeks. Magazines can be borrowed for 1 week.
We do not fine for over-due or lost books but this should be expected in secondary school as most do, so it is a good idea to get children into the habit of returning their books on time, apart from the fact that other children may well be waiting for a certain book. There is a returns box at the top of the library stairs. If a child cannot find a book or think they may have lost it they should speak to Mrs Le Marquand who will mark it as missing and remove it from their account. More times than most these books turn up so if found it can be restored to the on line catalogue.
Computers in the library have quizzes installed and these range from learning about how libraries work, to internet usage, information retrieval, books and authors, and every topic on the curriculum.
The Library can be found in the KS1 part of the school between the year 1 and year 2 classrooms.
The library is open every lunch time, from 12.30pm-1.25pm and each year group can visit twice a week. It is also open after school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3.30pm-4.30pm, where children can borrow and return books with their parents and carers.
There is a pupil librarian programme at BG and children from year 4 are encouraged to apply to help run the library. Successful applicants have an informal interview and are asked to help out one lunch time a week.
All children have the opportunity to suggest books for the library through the suggestion book box, and often suggest improvements, giving them ownership of their library.
REGULAR READERS CLUB
There is a Regular Readers Club from yr 3 upwards, open to children who are keen readers and want to read in the library one extra lunchtime a week, aside from their year group days.
The library is managed by Mrs Le Marquand, the School Librarian, and is supported by parent volunteers who sometimes supervise the children at lunchtimes, as well as the pupil librarians. Parent volunteers usually supervise in pairs so that they volunteer every other week. If you would like to volunteer at lunchtimes please get in touch with Mrs Le Marquand at the email below.
We are always grateful to parents for their book donations but we do not have enough space to store loads of them, so it’s better if you wait to donate them to school fairs or take them to charity shops.
For the BG school library we welcome fiction books, particularly those by new authors, and non-fiction books that are no more than five years old. We do not accept text books or revision books.
Alternatively, you may like to donate them to a wonderful charity called the Children’s Book Project which take donations for those schools and organisations that do not have any or enough.
For any reading or library technical queries, please email Mrs Le Marquand at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The BG School Library is part of the above network. We share all things reading: ideas, research, news, information inquiry, books, authors, etc. We are committed to supporting and encouraging children to become life-long readers and learners. You can follow here on twitter @mpslin