The Junior School Library, which is situated in Kensington House, consists of two inter-connected rooms. The 'Fiction' room has a window seat and bean bags for quiet reading whilst the 'Non-Fiction' room has a computer suite of six networked computers. There are approximately 8,000 books, including fiction, non-fiction and reference. The Library is used every day, especially at lunchtime, by all Junior School girls, from Prep (year 1) to LIII (year 6). At the end of the School day it is a comfortable place where girls may sit and read books whilst waiting for their parents.
Library lessons take place for all pupils from Year 1- 4 each week, during which the girls learn about how to use the library and its resources and find out about new and established authors to inspire them with their reading. Pupils in years 5 and 6 have more specialised sessions to tie in with their literacy work e.g. genre and information skills.
Girls are also able to shadow some of the national book awards suitable for their age-group, such as the Kate Greenaway Medal (for best illustrated book) and the Red House Book Awards. KS1 and KS2 girls produce a termly newsletter called ‘The Book Worm’ where they review a book they have particularly enjoyed. Book-related events and competitions take place in the library throughout the year, with special events for National Storytelling Week, World Book Day and Book Week. Author Chris D’Lacey, a recent visitor to the School, praised the girls for being, ‘an enthusiastic audience….it’s talking to girls like you that encourages me to continue writing’.