Roshan Hunt – Librarian & Learning Resources Manager
Paula Middleton – Library Administration Assistant
Library and Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
The Library & LRC is at the heart of Fearnhill School. Students can use the Library before school, at break, during lunchtime and after school Monday to Thursday until 4pm (3.15pm on Fridays).
The welcoming environment offered to students and staff ensures that the Library is always busy.
Using The Library
All students and staff are members of the Library and may borrow books and other resources.
Years 7-11 may use the Library at break, lunchtime and after school for study, recreational reading, borrowing books, using the computers and playing board games.
All Year 7 and some 8 classes have a regular timetabled Accelerated Reader lesson in the Library to enable them to choose books, enjoy a period of silent reading and to encourage reading for pleasure. More about Accelerated Reader
The Sixth Form may use the Library throughout the day for private study.
All books and resources borrowed from the library must be properly issued at the Library staff desk.
Students may borrow up to 2 books at a time and may renew them if they are not required by another borrower. Students are responsible for returning or renewing their books by the return date which is usually in 2 weeks time.
Reminders for overdue books are sent weekly to each class in register packs. Students who fail to return books after 3 reminders have a letter sent home to their parents requesting the return of the book or payment for the cost of replacement. If items are still outstanding 7 days after this letter, then students will no longer be permitted to borrow books from the Library.
The library stock is constantly being added to and library staff are always pleased to consider requests for books that the library does not have.
Books on loan to other students may be reserved.
The Library collection
We have over 9,000 resources to choose from.
We aim to meet the needs of students by providing books, magazines, computers and electronic resources that support the curriculum and encourage reading and research for study and pleasure.
The Fiction area contains a large collection of books especially chosen to appeal to students of all ages, interests and abilities, from the latest in teen and young adult fiction to the established classics. Library staff are on hand to provide suggestions and advice with the choice of books.
The Non-Fiction area has a collection of books and other resources such as journals and magazines. Students often visit the library as a class to do research and extend their information handling skills. The Non-Fiction collection comprises many books which may be borrowed for study or pleasure.
A quiet corner of the LRC is also a popular place for staff working with a small group of students. Book boxes can be provided for use in the classroom.
The Eclipse Library Catalogue at school, at home, wherever you are
The Eclipse library catalogue enables users to search for items in Fearnhill School library from any computer with internet access. The catalogue can be found at https://tinyurl.com/FHSLibCat
You can also download the iMLS app – no password required required, just search for Fearnhill and login as a guest.
The Library has 8 computers with Internet access. At morning break, these can be booked for use during either the first half of lunch (1.10-1.35pm) or the second half of lunch (1.35-2.00pm) that same day.
The Library computers must not be used for games or chat rooms. All students must follow the school Code of Conduct for using computers.
Photocopying and colour printing facilities are available.
Extra Curricular Activities
Students are permitted to play board games in the Library at break and at lunchtime. Chess is very popular, as is bananagrams and scrabble. Join us for a game, there is always someone to play with.
The Library hosts author visits and participates in author web chats. We hold an annual half price Scholastic book fair in early December and a World Book Day book swap too.
In May 2017 we won a bookshop spending spree thanks to the Siobhan Dowd Trust.
The Library is part of the North Herts School Librarians Group which holds an annual event involving students from 9 local schools. Students review a selection of shortlisted books and vote for a winner. Fearnhill School will host this event in Spring 2019.