Our library is an exciting place to be. It is also a great place to learn, think, read and study. We are proactive in developing literate, well-educated young men who are inspired to read widely and improve their understanding of the world around them.
As a reflection of the special character of the College, the library provides facilities for pupils of all abilities and cultures, keep pace with curriculum needs and trends in recreational reading for boys, and maintain a collection which is vibrant, enticing and progressive. The library staff are friendly and helpful and are wildly enthusiastic about books and literacy as the keys to achievement.
At the heart of the learning philosophy of the library we strive to provide:
- a dynamic and stimulating but settled learning environment which caters for independent and collaborative study.
- programmes which endorse school-wide literacy and develop independent readers with the skills necessary to navigate the library with confidence.
Go McGlashan Read - Our annual sponsored reading programme promotes library awareness and reinforces that reading is highly valued at McGlashan. Competitions such as “We’ve Got Our Eye on You!” and “The Great Choccywoccydoodah Reading Extravaganza” are run in conjunction with Go McGlashan Read and the Prepared Reading competition.
S.H.R.I.M.P. - The library provides ‘Summer Holiday Reading Mystery Packs’ for boys so that they can maintain their reading mileages over the summer. The packs contain about 30 books and are individually tailored to age, reading ability and interests.
Peer Reading - Junior and senior boys read together in pairs and discuss their books with the aim of creating a shared enthusiasm for reading.
Student Librarians - Students gain their librarians’ badges by developing library skills and passing knowledge on to other library users. Student Librarians are part of the library team creating a better learning environment for all library users.
What the boys say …
“Really good books JUST for boys.”
“You get to sit on the bean bags while you read – they’re really comfy. It’s heaven.”
“There’s a book on everything from Adolf Hitler to puberty.”
“You can search for a book on the computer. You can get out DVDs, and you can find a book on almost any topic.”
“Our library is like any other library except that the books are actually interesting!”