In the library we encourage students to develop a love of books and reading. Throughout the year we organise different reading challenges. These range from a group shadowing the Carnegie Medal to a Year 7 elite English group who are studying classic fiction. Each year we also participate in the Salisbury Schools’ Book Award where the girls read six shortlisted books and then vote for their favourite.
Two or three visiting authors are invited each year to come to St Edmund’s to conduct creative writing workshops and talk to the students. Authors who have visited to talk about their books and how to write a best-selling novel have included Echo Freer, CJ Daugherty, Jonathon Stroud and Marcus Sedgwick.
The library, a well-used learning environment, also has a large range of non-fiction books to support the curriculum. It is a unique mix of serene calmness and buzzing activity with classes, small groups and individual girls coming in to study and use the computers.
If there is a particular book that you love and we haven’t got, or a book that you think is a ‘must have’ – email us using this link: firstname.lastname@example.org and add to our Wish List.