Stromness Academy Library

Books, reading and life in a school library

A New Term, New Pupils, Library @Lunchtime & Upcoming Events


So, once again we are into the start of a new session and most of us have hit the ground running. I am now safely ensconced back in my library, clean (mostly) and tidy after the upheaval of the building work. The windows are in, the insulated cladding is on the external walls and the radiators are turned off (well as off as old valves allow). There is no doubt the library is substantially warmer than it has been over the last few years. There is still some external work yet to do in the form of rendering the walls but I am looking forward to when the scaffolding is down and allowing more natural light back into the library (just in time for the darker days of winter).

The school has now been back seven days. The new S1 pupils are now finding their way round. Most were issued with their library cards last week and will start on a programme of Library & Information Literacy Skills lessons this week.

The library is proving to still be a popular gathering place at lunchtime with the usual regulars and increasing numbers of new S1 pupils coming along to use the space, in particular the computers. This may be a timely reminder to regulars and new users alike that even at lunchtime the library needs to be properly used. We are usually fairly relaxed in what activities take place at lunchtime, but do remember the library is still a work space for many. There are guidelines in place in the form of a leaflet available from the library , but here are some salient points:

  • Use the library (@lunchtime) for: Homework; Study, research or revision; Reading (books or magazines); Use computers; Play board games, Magic the Gathering, or other games; Help the Librarian.
  • You are expected to:
    • Be seated in chairs
    • Leave furniture where it is
    • Chat quietly
    • Respect those doing school work
    • Use the Reading Zone for personal reading
    • Keep mobile phones and personal music players switched off and out of sight

Enjoy your use of the library. Remember if you have any suggestions as to activities we can offer or you want to suggest new books then please let Mrs Sinclair know.

Upcoming Events

  • Scholastic Book Club leaflets available in library from 25th August.
    • Deadline for school orders: 3rd December 2015. Online (preferred)at
    • OR… fill in order form on leaflet and hand to Mrs Sinclair, Librarian with correct payment. (NB. if you want delivery from to home P&P is extra.)
  • National Poetry Day – Thursday 8th October
  • Spooky Happenings – Hallowe’en storytelling – Friday 30th October

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