“My favourite part of the school” (Year 8 girl, 2017)
We are so excited in the LRC because the Excelsior Awards are here!
The Excelsior Awards are the only nationwide book award for graphic novels and manga where young people decide the winner by rating each book as they read it! It was previously known as the Stan Lee Excelsior Award, named after Stan Lee who is widely credited to be the Godfather of Modern Comics.
At King Edward VI School we are participating in Excelsior Blue 11+, Excelsior Red 14+ and Excelsior Black 16+. All students can take part, they simply need to sign up and commit themselves to reading all 3 titles in their age category. A simple rating form is handed out with each loan and this is returned with the book to the library. From these forms we are able to work out who has read the most titles, what the schools’ favourite titles are, then we send them off to the nationwide award and follow the results. The final deadline for the return of ALL Rating Forms is 1st April.
The awards attract participation from over two hundred and fifty schools and public libraries from all over the UK and Ireland! The scheme highlights amazing books that are really enjoyed and fully deserve to be available in libraries!
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The Library Resource Centre is staffed by a professional librarian, a library assistant and parent volunteers. The LRC runs with the help of a team of over 20 student library helpers.
The library is open every break and lunch time, in the morning before school begins and after school until 4:30pm.
“Libraries are special places.” (Parent of Year 7 girl, April 2018)
Alongside the library’s 11,000 fiction, non-fiction and reference books, there are twelve desktop computers, sixteen iPads, printers and photocopying facilities. There is a quiet area with soft seating for reading, and a Sixth Form study space upstairs.
All students can search the library catalogue Reading Cloud at https://u003964.microlibrarian.net/default.aspx They can also log in to see their current and past loans, review books and set up reading lists (Username is their school email, password is their date of birth as an 8 digit number)
The LRC has a large collection of non-fiction books on all topics, with many especially selected to support and accompany curriculum areas. Students can use Reading Cloud to search for useful books. We use the Be Alert acronym to aid students research skills.
We stock a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books to support students’ reading for pleasure. Our collection caters for all tastes and abilities, including graphic novels, manga, and shorter books for reluctant readers. Our team strive to find the perfect book for every student.
- Need help finding your next book? Looking for a novel you won’t want to put down? Then come to the LRC and ask for your own ‘personal shopper experience’ with one of our expert library staff. They will help you find that next book just right for you. Why not try this fabulous resource from Book Trust and come and borrow a copy from the LRC – for free! Book Finder from Book Trust
- Why not check out these Reading Hacks suggested by our fabulous Library Assistant Mrs Edwards. Hacks on reading More PDF
We are particularly proud to be part of the whole school focus on student wellbeing – an inclusive and supportive space, students can be themselves in the LRC. Our Shelf Help selection of books covers topics such as bereavement, mental health, online safety and exam stress. Simply search these topics on The Reading Cloud, visit the shelf help section or contact Library Staff.
Years 7, 8 and 9 are all welcome at the weekly book club, which provides a variety of activities throughout the year, with the aim of encouraging wider reading and book chat! Sixth Form reading group meet half termly at Lichfield public library.
The LRC is regularly involved in local, national, and international events to celebrate books and reading, including World Book Day, Storytelling Week, the Carnegie Medal for children’s books, the Staffordshire Young Teen Fiction Prize (staffordshire.gov.uk/ytf), and the Stan Lee Excelsior Prize for comic books.
A KES student is a reading student
All students at King Edward VI School are encouraged to become life long readers – to help see what this looks like in practice we have created Expectations of a King Edward VI Reader. The following activities are offered to support our students achieve these expectations.
Sixth Form Use
Our Library Resource Centre is the ideal place for 6th form students to explore their chosen subjects further.
There is a specific private study area exclusively for sixth form, specialist collections of books aimed at specific sixth form courses, subscription to Online Products which are password protected exclusively for student use and a half-termly 6th form reading group held in collaboration with Lichfield Public Library.