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Celebrating the Important Role of School Libraries

3 October 2019
Celebrating the Important Role of School Libraries

Books shape our world and provide children with a spectrum of ideas and stories which are waiting to be explored. That’s why Gloucester Academy is proud to be joining schools around the world in celebrating International School Library Month.

Organised globally by the International Association of Librarians, this month is an opportunity for children to learn more about books, enhance their knowledge, and discover the joy of the written word. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Let’s Imagine’. Imagination is key to creativity and libraries are a place where all ages are free to learn, think, and grow.

Literacy plays a large part in children’s learning. Important academic and social skills can often be affected when reading and writing skills are poor. That is why we emphasise how important it is to read and write with ease. By strengthening their reading abilities, our students are enabled to succeed in education and their life after school.

This year, to celebrate International School Library Month, our library is holding an 'open day' for students, staff, and parents/carers on 15th October. This is our opportunity to showcase our new surroundings and the way our library supports the students of GA in their reading and literacy.

During the open day, we will demonstrate the working of Accelerated Reader, our exciting IT reading package. Throughout the event, our very talented GA Ambassadors (the student librarians), who work so hard to make GA library great, will be on hand to help with any questions visitors have.

Additionally, we have asked our favourite local author, Jane Ryan, who writes the very popular Missing Dad books, to join us and talk about the next instalment of the riveting series. Jane's visit, as well as the tasty cakes and refreshments on offer, are sure to make this day a very special one.

Carole Oliver, School Librarian, said: "As the librarian working for Gloucester Academy, I have found this year to be such an exciting prospect. To be able to invite parents and carers from the local community to see our new surroundings will be such a pleasure. Hopefully this will be the start of many more visits from the local community in the near future."

We are excited to be taking part in this event as we continue to promote the link between literacy, creativity, and academic progress.

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