On Wednesday 22 November, Dulwich College pupils were delighted to welcome Ann Sei Lin, author of Rebel Skies and Rebel Fire.
There are three libraries here at Dulwich College:
- The Junior School Library (Junior School Years 3 to 6)
- The Raymond Chandler Library (Lower School Years 7 & 8)
- The Wodehouse Library (Middle and Upper Schools Years 9 to 13)
Their principal objective is to contribute to all levels of academic attainment by giving all pupils equal access to appropriate and relevant information to support their studies.
We aim to:
- increase pupils’ confidence and competence in using information technologies to find and evaluate information from a range of sources;
- extend and develop pupils’ reading for pleasure by providing a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction;
- nurture independent learning skills and foster a desire for life-long learning;
- contribute to pupils’ social development by involving them in running the libraries and through participation in book related activities.
The online Library catalogue contains details of all of the books, DVDs, music and spoken word CDs in the College Libraries. The Library is also the hub for the Extended Project Qualification where students taking the course can find resources and expert advice for their research.
The Junior School Library
Reading for pleasure is fundamental to Dulwich College Junior School and we offer a vast range of ﬁction for all ages plus graphic novels, newspapers, comics and magazines. We also house a wide range of non-ﬁction to support curriculum learning and encourage boys’ interests.
There are four well subscribed book clubs run for each year group from ‘Storytelling and Myths’ for Year 3 boys to the popular Year 6 book club. Each class has a weekly library session – sharing and encouraging reading – with their class teacher and the librarian, Mrs Forbes. A constantly updated stock of over 8,200 books ensures boys are constantly curious about new titles and authors; as well as encouraged to savour classic texts.
An array of reading initiatives encourages all boys to try new genres and authors – from the Rumbustious Reading Challenge, am 8 book reading challenge for new Year 3 boys, to following the Royal Society Non Fiction Children’s Book Prize and the Awesome Books Award for the best debut children’s author. Each Year Group has a Reading Passport which challenges boys to read books within six different genres. Participation in these initiatives is voluntary but those who complete the challenges are celebrated in the weekly whole school Celebration Assembly.
Themed fun book displays keep the library vibrant – and encourage the boys to see “what’s new”. Peer to peer recommendations are always welcomed and author visits are always a highlight with recent visitors including Jenny Pearson, Greg James and Chris Smith, Tony Bradman, Sam Copeland, Berlie Doherty, Iona Rangely, and Patience Agbari .The annual themed Book Week is another highlight in the Junior School Year with treasure hunts, author visits, creative writing competitions and crafts aimed at all year groups.
The non-ﬁction section has relevant up to date books which tie in with the ever-evolving curriculum; from science, to geography, to history or RS and teachers bring their classes to the library to allow boys to “think outside the box” and ﬁnd information to enhance their studies. The library itself is comfortable and welcoming and open every break-time and lunchtime and until 5pm every day.
The Raymond Chandler Library stocks almost 10,000 items including books, DVDs, spoken word CDs and magazines and all subjects use the teaching space and facilities during timetabled lessons.
Our book clubs provide a variety of activities, including quizzes and shadowing of book awards such as the Trinity Schools Book Award and the Carnegie Medal and weekly reading lessons offer English teachers and librarians the opportunity to engage with and develop a life-long love of reading in each child. As well as reading for pleasure, boys follow our two stimulating reading schemes: Year 7 follow the Reading Wheel - an individual challenge rewarded with a completion certificate; whilst Year 8 read a mix of fiction and non-fiction across history, geography and culture as part of the One World, Many Stories scheme alongside their free reading choices.
As part of the Wellbeing curriculum, boys follow a half-term-long study skills programme with the librarians, which will help them with all their research and exams. Skills include: mind-mapping, highlighting, bullet points, notetaking, writing up in their own words and proofreading. They learn to cite their work and create a simple bibliography.
Boys eagerly contribute to their biannual school newspaper, the Dulwich Despatch, which is edited by the library staff. It is a popular platform for everything from pages of jokes to cutting edge political commentary. The ever popular ‘Books to Enjoy’ is regularly amended with further recommendations from Book Club members, and without ‘Prequels, Sequels, Trilogies and Sagas’ we could never get to read all our series fiction in the correct order. We regularly host visiting authors and boy-led charity events strengthening our place at the heart of learning in the Lower School.
The Wodehouse Library provides a multimedia collection and a service that is as responsive as it is comprehensive. There are more than 20,000 books and DVDs plus an impressive range of periodicals and online resources collection.
Reading for pleasure is no less encouraged in the Wodehouse Library than in our Junior and Lower School libraries. In collaboration with the English Department the Wodehouse offers the ‘42’ and ‘66’ reading lists, aimed at developing the reading habit through diverse and often challenging authors.
As the boys move through their GCSE years to A-level, the Wodehouse Library aims to nurture their independent learning skills. Having been introduced to our extensive range of online resources as part of project-based whole class library sessions in the Middle School, Upper School boys in the Remove receive subject-specific induction sessions in preparation for their extended essays and study at a higher level.
Many boys take the chance to be involved in the running of the Wodehouse Library as pupil librarians and the tasks they undertake give them some insight into how our library operates: participation is rewarded with the coveted Library Tie. The weekly Word of Mouth Book Group is a forum to swap peer to peer recommendations and more broadly talk about books with Mr Paul Fletcher, the Head of Libraries.
The Junior School Library
Mrs Hazel Forbes
Open Monday to Friday
08:30 - 17:00
The Raymond Chandler Library
Ms Katherine McGuinness
Mrs Isobel Pearson
Open Monday to Friday
08:00 - 16:00
The Wodehouse Library
Mr Paul Fletcher Head of Libraries and Head of EPQ
Ms Kate O'Connor
Mrs Charlotte Judet
Mrs Michelle Robinson
Open Monday to Friday
08:00 - 17:15
Junior School boys from Years 4, 5 and 6 were thrilled to meet the author Hannah Gold on the publication date of her new book FINDING BEAR this week.
Pupils were delighted to participate in a virtual visit with Sarah Govett, author of the TSBA-shortlisted novel We Go On Forever and the ever-popular Territory trilogy.
Congratulations to William (Year 7), Taylor Lai (Year 8), & Adam (Year 7).
The Trinity Schools Book Awards (TBSB) Club and other pupils were delighted to virtually welcome Darren Charlton, author of TSBA-shortlisted zombie adventure/queer romance Wranglestone, one of the most popular titles in both the Raymond Chandler and Wodehouse Library.