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Library website and google classroom   This is our new  website and it will serve as our virtual library. Pupils and staff will find information on books (including book lists), on-line resources, shelf help, information literacy etc.  Pupils can now also request  and reserve books via the website

We will also continue to use the library google classroom (cviklhw) and will be uploading new reading challenges there along with some fun activities.


At present we cannot let pupils browse the shelves as normal so we have reconfigured  the library and set up lots of  displays with face on books.  Pupils can  pick a book from these displays if they do not have a particular book in mind to borrow. We also have book lists available  which the pupils can look at for ideas.


Library Club and Book Group

Unfortunately we cannot run Library Club or Book Group at the moment but we will restart just as soon as we are able.






The Library during the Covid-19 pandemic

During school closure the Library has been supporting pupils via our new google classroom (code cviklhw). There is information there  on reading for pleasure, how to access e-books  and virtual book events, online learning resources  and fun activities to do from home

Reading Challenge : How far can we travel?

As nobody can travel any distance at the moment, we are going to see how far we can travel in reading miles. 5 pages = 1 mile travelled and if we choose to fly 5 pages = 10  air miles.  Pupils send us the number of pages they have read each week. Our first destination was Dundee which we made easily. London was the next target and after that we will cross the channel. Who knows where we will reach by the summer holidays. The world is our oyster!

Corona Diary

Why not keep a diary or some kind of record documenting  the extraordinary times we are living through. Inspiration can be found here.



Book Week Scotland


Author visit : We started our Book Week Scotland celebrations by inviting author Barbara Henderson into school. Barbara was here to talk to four S1 classes about her eco-thriller Wilderness Wars. The novel asks the question: what if nature fights back? and is a fast-paced adventure story which explores our relationship with nature.… Pupils found the talk really entertaining. Feedback was extremely positive



Throughout the week the following events took place:

  • I am currently reading……….. posters appeared  on classroom doors so pupils could  find out what their teachers were reading.
  •   DEAR Library (Drop Everything And Read)  took place in the library during Library club on  Wednesday 13th November at lunchtime
  • Most Despicable Character from a Book Competition. Pupils had to decide upon a character and give their reasons. We had a good response – Voldemort seemed to be the favourite!
  •  The annual Big Book House Quiz was held on the 20th November. Team Mo Bamba won with Dumbledore’s Army a close runner up.

Grampian Children’s Book Award 2020




The shortlist for the GCBA 2020 award has just been announced. The six books are as follows :

Last bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron

The disconnect by Keren David

A good girl’s guide to murder by Holly Jackson

D-Day dog by Tom Palmer

The boy at the back of the class by Onjani Rauf

The dog who saved the world by Ross Welford

For more information have a look at the GCBA website




Linda Strachan visit


The author, Linda Strachan visited the school for a session with three of the S1 classes. Linda writes for all ages (she is responsible for the Hamish McHaggis series) but it was her gritty teen titles – Spider, Dead boy talking and Don’t judge me –  that she  was here to talk about. She told us how she got inspiration, how she researched her ideas and also read extracts from her books which had us all intrigued. It was obvious that the pupils enjoyed  the visit. Quite a few purchased one of her books on the day and library copies are still in great demand. Here is some of the feedback we received:

“Interesting – especially finding out about how an author gets inspiration or research. I also liked that the books had a “message” behind the story eg Don’t Judge Me is about trust and judging someone from what you see and know”

“Linda was very inspirational for all the pupils here. Her books look so detailed, fun and lots more”

“I really enjoyed Linda’s talk because it really made me understand what she does to get an idea of what the characters go through and what they feel”

“I think she was awesome. I loved how she said every word with emotion”

“I think it was very interesting and having the privilege of having an author here is cool”

“I thought Linda’s talk was very interesting and I loved getting to know the research that goes into her books”

“I thought it was wonderful! I loved listening to the author talk about her books”

“I loved it and the books are awesome! Helped me with my writing”

“It was very interesting and nice meeting and finding out about Linda Strachan and her books. It would be nice to do this more often”

“She has made me start reading again”

World Book Day

To mark World Book Day, as well as a Reading is Power display we ran the following special activities:

Library competition – match the character to the book. Pupils had to track down members of staff who were wearing character badges and identify the book. This created a real buzz around the school.

Drop Everything and Read  (DEAR) – pupils were invited along to the Library at break and lunchtime for books, biscuits and banter. They could also pick up one of three WBD books.



Edward Ross visit


   The graphic novelist Edward Ross  came to the school to give a workshop to three S1 classes. Edward is the author and artist behind Filmish : a graphic journey through film and is passionate  about comics. He discussed his work and gave pupils tips about creating comic book characters. Pupils then had the chance to design their own comic. The feedback we received following the visit was very positive. Here are some of the comments:

“it inspired me and I went home and did a bunch of artwork about my comic”

“super awesome”

“I love comics. It was amazing”

“I thought the visit was innovative, exciting, interesting”  


Shelf Help


Feeling anxious? Worried about exam pressures or friendships? Come and have a browse in our new and expanded Shelf Help section in the Library. Here you will find books, leaflets and sources of information that offer help and advice on all sorts of stresses and problems.



Empathy Day

On the 12th of June we celebrated Empathy Day. We encouraged pupils and staff to #read for empathy by compiling a book list and a display of books that encourage empathy in the reader. We also ran a competition where pupils recommended a book that had helped them understand someone else and a sentence describing why.  All entries were displayed on an Empathy Wall with pupils with the best entries receiving a prize.

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