Library

With over 12000 resources, a dedicated teaching space, a comfortable reading zone, plenty of study areas, a qualified, chartered Librarian and lots of events and activities taking place, the Library is the ideal place for today's learners (and readers!) to become tomorrow's leaders.

Situated at the heart of the school, the Library is a vital, vibrant learning hub of the school, offering a safe, stimulating space for pupils, students and staff to read, study, work, think and be creative.

For all the latest news and updates from the Library, visit our Library Latest page.

Your new Library Web app is here!

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Browse your Library online 24/7 with Accessit.
With Accessit, you can:
  • browse the catalogue
  • reserve books and other items
  • renew online and keep on top of your loans
  • find suggestions for good reads
  • find resources for your schoolwork - including information books, fiction, websites, video clips, magazines and journals, links to other sources, and more
  • create reading lists
  • read and write book reviews [earn house points for your reviews!]

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How to log on and reserve a book:
  • To log on: Log onto your school Google account
  • Go to our Accessit page, (or, alternatively, go to your bookmarks in the browser and find 'YHT Library' which will take you to it)
  • Click on Guest near the top right of the page and then the blue button (Login via SSO)
  • Search for a title, author's name, keyword, etc in the Search box.
  • To reserve a book: Drag the cover of the item you'd like to reserve to the Reserves tab and hold it until a number appears in red. Alternatively, you can search for a book, click on the cover or title for more information, and then click the 'Make a Reserve/Booking' button. and then 'Reserve'.

For more information, watch the video on 'How to Reserve Books Using the You Click, We Pick and Deliver' service' on the Accessit dashboard.

For the moment, when they're ready, your reserved items will be delivered to you in class!

Recommended reads and activities

We are all understandably feeling a bit unsettled by events at the moment; one way to distract ourselves and a proven boost to our wellbeing and mental health, as well as a great way of keeping our minds active, is to lose ourselves in a good book!

No need to worry if you’ve still got books on loan from the school library – all the dates were automatically extended.

Now we're back in school, please do bring your books in and put them in the Returns Box just inside the Library door. According to COVID-19 guidelines, they will then be quarantined for 72 hours before they are returned to the shelves.

Mrs Smith has put together some recommendations for reading-related activities, videos and author and illustrator websites; suggestions for book, ebook and audiobook sources; and suggested good reads, etc.

Mrs Smith is happy to help with any questions regarding reading for pleasure, book recommendations, research and study skills, and print and online information sources. Just get in touch.

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Opening Times

Your Library is open every day before school (8.00 - 8.40 am), throughout the school day during lessons (but closed 12:45 - 1:15 pm), and after school until 4:30 pm...

... for browsing, borrowing, study and homework help, research, reading, listening, creating, sharing, exploring and discovering...

Clubs in the Library

During three breaks in the week (out of ten) we are closed so that members of our Library-based clubs can enjoy the advantages of a dedicated space in which to pursue their interests. Our clubs are:

  • Rebel Readers Club (Tuesday, Break 1) for enthusiastic readers in Years 7-8. 
  • Readers of the Round Table Club (Wednesday, Break 2) for experienced readers in Year 9 and upwards
  • Doctor Who Club (Thursday, Break 2) for anyone who believes that books are the best weapons in the world!
  • Choices Club (Friday 2:00 - 3:15 pm): Friday Enrichment afternoon for anyone who wants to stay to read or work on homework after the end of formal learning.
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Classes in the Library

During lesson time the Library is frequently buzzing with classes who have been brought in by teaching staff to undertake learning-related activities. Mrs Smith, the Librarian, works in partnership with the class teacher to prepare and run the lessons, enabling pupils to enrich and extend what they are learning in the classroom, as well as develop their all-important independent learning skills and confidence in using the wealth of resources, online and print, available to them.

At the start of Year 7, all pupils visit the Library on a regular basis in their Transition Curriculum lessons to help them familiarise themselves with their new Library, getting to grips with strategies for learning, and for finding, choosing and using information. They then consolidate those skills on future visits with their teachers to investigate specific topics further over the course of the year, and continuing into other years.

In their fortnightly 'IRead' lessons in English, Year 7 pupils are helped along their personal reading journeys, being introduced to a variety of genres, authors and themes and new strategies for discovering exciting things to read. They are given a Reading Journal, which is their creative space for responding to their reading.

Library Activities and Events

A series of ongoing fun activities - some one-off, some annual or termly - help to give pupils an extra perspective on reading and learning. Recent activities include:

Harry Potter Book Night

The new hall at Ysgol Harri Tudur was transformed into Hogwarts Grand Hall as pupils and students enjoyed a range of Potter-related activities, including mind-bending quizzes and an explosive session on "Science or Magic" very kindly provided by Mr Male. Books on our display just flew off the shelves before and after the event!

 

 

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Fall in Love with a Book

To mark Valentine's Day, pupils and students were invited to go on a 'blind date' with a book, choosing from a selection of good reads chosen by the Rebel Readers and Readers of the Round Table. The books were wrapped in brown paper, with a one-line taster on the outside. Before unwrapping, pupils and students pledged to read and rate the book, and were promised a small prize on its return.