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The Beacon has two libraries, one catering for Pre-Prep and the other for Lower, Middle and Upper School, both managed by the school librarian.
The main aim of the two libraries at The Beacon is to promote and develop a love of reading and in older boys also to develop their information literacy skills. To this end there are bookable sets of iPads and Thinkpads in addition to the book stock.
In Pre-Prep, weekly library lessons give the boys a chance to choose books to take home each week and also to enjoy storytelling sessions.
In the Lower, Middle and Upper School, there are weekly library lessons during which boys choose books to read for pleasure, talk about what they are reading with their peers and have quiet reading time. Boys in Middle and Upper School take part in the Accelerated Reader scheme which allows them more independence in their reading but still enables them to be guided and monitored. Boys also have an opportunity to visit the library during break and lunchtime to change books, study, play board games or just read quietly.
There are regular author and poet visits to the school and the boys are also encouraged to participate in events such as World Book Day.
Katie Turrell – School Librarian