Reading is a vital part of a child’s development, and libraries offer children an invaluable local service to complement the formal school curriculum. Teachers and librarians work closely together to obtain the best outcomes for the children.
Children benefit from using the library to:
- Read for pleasure, to enjoy improving their reading skills and their ability to talk about books with their friends and families.
- Use books for their homework and projects, and to learn how to find the books they need and to evaluate the information they find in them.
- Study in the library, including at times when the school is closed
- Use computers free of charge and to print out material
- Access online library resources from the library or from their home computer, including a wide range of reference resources such as Britannica Junior and Student.
- Join in events and activities. Most libraries run regular rhyme times for young children and their carers, and story times and activities during holidays. All libraries run the Summer Reading Challenge during the long summer holidays, when children collect rewards and medals as they read six books of their choice. Each year has a different theme ; Creepy House was the theme for 2013, and supporting story times and craft activities encourage children to return to the library and borrow more books.
Joining the library is free, and can be done in the library or online join online. Children can use their card in any Oxfordshire Library, and can return books to any library. Books not on the library shelves can be requested free of charge (for under 18s) and reduced overdue charges apply. For further information, follow this link.
There are 43 libraries in Oxfordshire supported by mobile libraries. To find their locations and opening times, click here.
What libraries can offer teachers
- Class visits. Library staff give free introductions to the library for classes brought in by the teacher. Children are encouraged to join with their parents as guarantors, and to borrow their own books, but class cards are available to teachers to use where this is not possible.
- School visits by librarians, for example, to promote the Summer Reading Challenge in assembly, to talk to children about books and to support reading clubs.
- Opportunities for children aged 14 and over to volunteer, for example to help with the Summer Reading Challenge. Sometimes accreditation is available for students to use on their CVs.
If you require further information about Oxfordshire Libraries, please visit the main site page by following this link.