Welcome to the library at Impington Village College.
Here are the times when you will be able to visit us during the school term:
|Monday||9:00am - 4:00pm|
|Tuesday||9:00am - 5:00pm|
|Wednesday||9:00am - 4:00pm|
|Thursday||9:00am - 5:00pm|
|Friday||9:00am - 4:00pm|
Our library is a busy, lively place filled with great books and people who are enthusiastic about reading them and recommending them to others. We try to provide novels written by the most exciting and significant authors currently being published while also ensuring that our stock contains an excellent range of classic novels from the past and from around the world and of more accessible texts for developing readers.
The Librarian, Mrs Gage, has a joint honours degree in English and librarianship, is a chartered librarian, has worked as a school librarian in London, Scotland, Suffolk and Norfolk and was one of the 32 school librarians who were shadowed by HMI/Ofsted as part of their research into ‘Good school libraries’. She is passionate about books and has read most of the novels shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for the last twenty years as well as thousands of other books for adults and younger children so she is well placed to help students find books to enjoy.
We participate in ‘shadowing’ the Carnegie medal each year and also take teams of our keenest book lovers in years 7 and 8 to compete in the Kids’ Lit Quiz so a large proportion of the library’s annual budget is spent every year on providing a wide range of carefully selected, high quality novels. In addition, all students in years 7-9 spend one English lesson a fortnight reading mostly fiction in the library so it is necessary to buy large quantities of manga, graphic novels, short stories, science fiction and some fascinating resources on factual subjects to meet that demand and to encourage students to try authors, genres, styles and subject matter that may be new to them.
There is still a good variety of non-fiction and reference materials to support both the curriculum and our students’ broader interests but most subject-based curriculum research is obviously now conducted on-line. We are fortunate to have a library large enough to provide enough study space for a whole class at one end of the library and 28 newly upgraded computers with internet access at the other end. There is a black and white printer, a colour printer and a photocopier/printer which may all be used by students. We have easy chairs and beanbags for our students to use for more relaxed reading during breaks and lunch times and there is a whole separate, slightly sound-proofed room at the back of the library for the exclusive use of our 6th form as a quiet study area. Sixth formers are also welcome to use the computers in the main library and elsewhere on the college site but there will be times when those are in use for timetabled classes.
Most of our work in the library is focussed on encouraging children to become confident, enthusiastic readers and independent researchers and we run special events throughout the year to ensure that they continue to be excited about books, ideas, literary debate and the pursuit of knowledge.
The Librarian runs a Homework Club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 3.35 – 5 pm. She is supported by volunteers from our international sixth form who provide help to the younger students in the subjects they are studying at a higher level for their International Baccalaureate qualifications while fulfilling the ‘Creativity, Action, Service’ component of their courses. Mrs Gage also runs, with the college Chaplain, an informal discussion group which we call ‘The Thinking Forum’. This is held in the library during one lunch break a week and is for anyone interested in philosophy, politics, religion, ethics and the ‘big questions’ in life generally.
Events and competitions related to books and readings are held throughout the school year. Here are some photographs of a few of our most popular activities that have happened since 2016: