Stopsley High School library provides a welcoming space, friendly staff and a large collection of resources for reading, research and study. We promote reading for pleasure and work with teachers to develop students’ independent learning and information research skills.
We have an up to date collection of more than 10,000 books, DVDs, audio books and e-Readers (Kobos and Kindles). We are subscribers to several magazines which are selected to support the curriculum and extra-curricular needs of our students. In addition to magazines we have a range of newspapers including the Luton News, i newspaper and First News.
Students and staff can search the collection, reserve and review books, via the online-library Eclipse which can be access on the website or on a smart phone.
Our library is the location for various enrichment activities
To promote literacy and inspire students with books we have authors visiting on a regular basis. Some authors who have visited in the past are John Townsend, Tanya Byrne, Sufiya Ahmed ,Dan Freedman and John Mayhew.
The library runs several reading groups; “Chat about Books” targeting students in KS4 and SHS Book Club for students in KS3. Each group meets regularly to have lively discussion on books geared towards their interest level. If you love reading please join us. We are also a member of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Shadowing Scheme.
Stopsley High School Book Awards
On a yearly basis the school community takes part in the Stopsley High School Book Award. This award recognises some of the most popular books that were read by students and members of staff throughout the year. This award commences with the nomination of popular books that were read throughout the year and culminates with staff and students voting for the book they feel should win the title.
The winning book is announced at our red carpet Oscar styled award ceremony on World Book Day. On this day our reading achievers and top library borrowers are awarded prizes. Our Student librarians are actively involved in organising and hosting this event.
Students are invited annually to apply for the post of Student Librarian. Successful candidates help in the running of the daily activities in the library. They are trained in performing library duties such as issuing, returning and shelving books; processing new resources, recommending books to their peers and helping display library materials. Skills learnt are transferable to wider society i.e. customer service, communication and organisation to name a few.
Our student librarians play a very important role in the running of the school library and are actively involved in promoting and raising the profile of the library in addition to being a positive role model to library users.
The library has regular displays featuring new books, author information, special themes and student work. We have regular library competitions to engage students in reading and promote the love of books. We host popular competitions such as our reading challenges and themed quizzes, where students are rewarded with great prizes.
The library is open Mondays to Thursdays 8:00am to 4:00pm and on Fridays 8:00am to 3:30pm.
Student Borrowing Limits
The loan period for students is two weeks and students may borrow up to four books.