Welcome to our library at St Martin’s Catholic Primary School!  We have over 3,000 up-to-date children’s books in the library, both fiction and non-fiction and covering a wide range of interests and reading abilities.

Library staff

Our library is staffed by a parent volunteer, currently Mrs Lucy Ring, with guidance from the Senior Leadership team.  If you have any messages for her, please leave a note with the School office or email them to her via admin@stmartins.reading.sch.uk.  Alternatively you can write in the library suggestions book on the librarian’s desk.

 

 

 

 

 

We also have Year 6 librarians who work hard at lunchtimes to keep the shelves tidy.

 

Borrowing books

Children are allowed to borrow one book at a time.  Children who come to the after-school sessions with their parents / carers can borrow up to 3 books.

Each book can be borrowed for a maximum of 21 days, but we encourage the children to exchange their books every week so they can enjoy a wide variety of reading material.  We are happy to renew books unless the book has been requested by another child.

We send out reminders for overdue library books once a term, and at the end of the summer term we ask for all library books to be returned so we can do a stock check.

 

Opening times

Each class has a weekly timetabled visit to the library, as follows:

Lima class                   Wednesday

Rose class                   Friday

St John class               Friday

Gregory class              Wednesday

Dominic class              Thursday

De Porres class           Thursday

We also have Year 6 librarians who work hard at lunchtimes to keep the shelves tidy.

 

After-school sessions

One afternoon a week, usually a Wednesday or Thursday, the library is open for parents and carers to come and visit with their children.  Children are welcome to borrow books during this session or simply browse and read together.  The session is staffed by parent volunteers.

 

Lost or damaged books

Please encourage your children to look after their library books.  If you think your child has lost or badly damaged a library book, please contact your child’s teacher or the School Office.  We ask for a £5 contribution towards the cost of replacing the book and its plastic jacket.  If the book is subsequently found, this payment will be refunded.

 

Requests and reservations

We keep a suggestions book so children can tell us about books they would like to see in the library.  Parents are welcome to make suggestions too!

If a child would like a book which is out on loan, we can reserve the book for them if they leave a message in the suggestion book.

 

Choosing the right books

We have a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books in the library and each class has a list of recommended books on their class page.  These can also be found in the library for children to browse through.

There are also various excellent websites which can guide your child with their choices

Books for Keeps. www.booksforkeeps.co.uk

Book Trust www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children

Love reading for kids. www.lovereading4kids.co.uk

 

We hope your children will have many years of happy reading at St Martins!