Joydens Wood Junior Library
We are very proud of our award-winning library here at Joydens Wood Junior School. It is run by our dedicated team of Year 5 and 6 librarians who religiously turn up every lunch hour to provide a much-valued book-borrowing service to pupils (and staff) in the school. The librarians are trained to stamp, issue, return, label, colour-code, and even dewey books. They also follow up any overdue books and are able to reserve or request books that children need or want. No adults needed! Our librarians also look forward to our weekly ‘Working Lunch’ on a Friday where we plot, plan and mastermind further stratagems for encouraging reading across the school.
Without our librarians, we would be well and truly stuck. They tidy, sort, stack, organise, titivate and even do their own displays! If you’re stuck for ideas about what to read next, come and consult with one of our librarians. There is something for everyone and if we don’t have what you want, put your request into our suggestions box. We’re keen to hear from you!
What can we tempt you with?
Although small, our library is FULL of up-to-date, enticing books. Money raised from the Spooky Stories event went towards some new books specially selected by children in the school. For those of you who don’t want to read a book, we also subscribe to ‘First News’ – a newspaper written especially for children. Check out our new Newspaper rack so you can peruse our collection!
Last summer we won (for the second time) the 2019 Best School Library category in Dartford Gravesham for the Kent Literacy Awards. Our pupil librarians had been nominated for their outstanding work in encouraging reading for pleasure along with organising and helping to run all the wonderful reading events throughout the year, such as our ‘Spooky Stories’ event and ‘Bring and Buy Book Sale’! We had previously won the 2015 ‘Best School Library in Kent’ for all the amazing fund-raising to help build and create our small (but buzzing) library.
We’re always trying to find new ways to engage readers across the school and one way of getting everyone talking about books is through our seasonal library newspaper! Current events, latest gossip, exciting new books, debates and topics – nothing escapes our notice. We like to keep our school fully updated and ‘in the know’, especially with latest fiction, non-fiction and trendy authors. There is even a fantastic puzzle page for those of us who want to relax back and test those brain cells. Look out for latest publications!
Our latest creative enterprise is being run by our boy librarians in a bid to encourage reluctant boy readers in the school. Nathan, Charlie and Kyle are in charge of igniting enthusiasm for books with their ‘Boys Into Books’ club. Special invitations are sent out to nominated ‘reluctant readers’ and we hope to convert them into life-long readers. We have currently got a ‘Bear Grylls’ theme in mind – yes! Reading can even help you in a survival situation!
We’re looking for Top Readers in our school! Do you think you can make it onto the the library board of top readers? You had better get borrowing!