The Library Resource Centre
The aim of the Library Resource Centre (LRC) is to support learning and teaching in the school. The LRC works towards this aim by:
- Providing a bright, attractive and positive learning environment for staff, pupils, classes and groups.
- Providing a range of relevant, current resources to meet the curricular needs and personal interests of staff and pupils.
- Supporting and extending departmental coursework, particularly in research-based learning and information literacy activities.
- Fostering a culture of reading for pleasure.
Available during the school day, the Library also offers extended opening to allow pupils to use the facilities at interval, lunch and before and after school. Pupils are very welcome to browse, borrow and return books, read, study, complete homework and use the ICT facilities at these times.
The LRC holds an extensive range of resources, including sections for junior, young adult and senior fiction, short reads, graphic novels, non-fiction and reference. In addition eight computers and ten iPads are available for pupil and staff use.
Library stock is updated throughout the session to offer the latest titles to support pupils’ personal and curricular interests. Pupils are encouraged to make suggestions for new stock at any time.
The LRC catalogue can be accessed at home from the school website (under Resources) or at this address: http://opac.ea.n-lanark.sch.uk/BLL01 . Pupils are able to check library stock, their current loans and reserve items if they login (username is available from the issue desk).
The Library, in collaboration with English, has been developing a programme of author visits to enhance the pupils’ learning experiences. Over the past few years we have welcomed some famous and award-winning writers to the school, including Barry Hutchison (author of the Invisible fiends series), Cathy MacPhail (Tribes and Mosi’s war, winner of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2015) and Matthew Fitt (Scots language writer).
As well as the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature programme, the LRC participates in local and national reading initiatives throughout the session, such as Book Week Scotland and the Scottish Children’s Book Awards.