** Latest News - This is just a small selection of the resources we have available for our EAL students. Our library selection includes multilingual books and dictionaries as well as accessible texts for our students, which we are adding to and updating on a regular basis. Please speak to Mrs Finch if you need any support choosing resources. **
Welcome to the Chantry Academy Library and our fantastic, friendly and welcoming space in the new East Wing of the Academy.
Reading is a passion at Chantry Academy and we actively encourage a whole school reading ethos. There are regular fun reading events, challenges and promotions for everyone to get involved in, including Library Fortnight, Read Your Timetable, World Book Day and interactive workshops. Students have also enjoyed exciting and inspirational author visits, workshops, and thought-provoking presentations and we have welcomed Megan Rix, Grant Strong, Beverly Birch, Ann Hayton, Mai Black and Sophie Green.
The Library has a team of Student Librarians and Ambassadors, as well as Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, who assist in the Library at break and lunch times learning and developing a variety of skills and assisting their fellow students. We offer many extracurricular activities including mindfulness colouring, a lively and interactive book club as well as a vibrant after school ‘Manga Mayhem’ Club.
The Library is open to all students during morning break allowing the opportunity to exchange resources, read, study, complete homework or simply to enjoy some ‘quiet time’. The library is open to all students for a short while before and after school and is accessible to Year’s 10 and 11 during lunch break for quiet study. There are timetabled Library Lessons throughout the school day for Key Stage 3 classes which are linked in to lesson content as well as inspiring and encouraging a love of reading.
If you need any help or inspiration choosing your next read or even if you are not sure where to begin, please talk to Mrs Finch our enthusiastic and helpful Librarian who is very happy to assist. Make sure to let Mrs Finch have any Library related comments, suggestions or recommendations too!
With thousands of exciting, informative and inspiring books to choose from there is something for everyone, so why not come and pay us a visit!
We look forward to welcoming you into the Library soon!
As part of Library Fortnight students from Years 7, 8 and 9 enjoyed a visit from author Sophie Green. Students found the sessions engaging and inspiring and it was an extremely enjoyable morning encouraging a love of reading and creative writing. Thank you Sophie.
We also had a visit from local poet Mai Black and a small group of Year 8 and Year 9 students were able to take part in fantastic poetry/history workshops. Thank you Mai.
June Book of the Month
October, October by Katya Balen
WINNER OF THE YOTO CARNEGIE MEDAL 2022
WINNER OF THE YOTO CARNEGIE SHADOWERS' CHOICE AWARD 2022
October and her dad live in the woods. They know the trees and the rocks and the lake and stars like best friends.
They live in the woods and they are wild. And that's the way it is. Until the year October turns eleven. That's the year October rescues a baby owl. It's the year Dad falls out of the biggest tree in their woods.
The year the woman who calls herself October's mother comes back.
The year everything changes. Written in Katya Balen's heart-stoppingly beautiful style, this book is a feast for the senses. And, as October fights to find the space to be wild in the whirling chaos of the world beyond the woods, it is also a feast for the soul.