Private School Library

The Edgeborough Library is a very special place. It is a ‘real library’ as was observed by one of our charming visiting parents who wandered through the venue exclaiming in amazement! It has a computerized database, thousands of fiction books arranged in alphabetical order and non-fiction titles organised using the correct Dewey classification.

But the heart of the Edgeborough Library and critically, what makes it real are the children who flood the space every break, every lunchtime and every spare minute of every day.

 

“One of the things that made me long to be back in prison was that I had so little opportunity for reading, thinking and quiet reflection after my release. I intend, amongst other things, to give myself much more opportunity for such reading and reflection.”

Nelson Mandela

It is a productive, industrious working space filled with teachers, children, parents and friends who cross the threshold to read for pleasure and leisure, to research information and look for new and creative ideas.

A team of efficient, organised and informed Year 8 pupils volunteer their services to keep all the systems running smoothly as well as the children supplied with timeless classics as well as modern award winning stories.

Other activities include hosting interesting authors, entering our own renowned Library quizzes and appreciating the resplendent creations of diverse illustrators by participating in the Shadowing Greenaway Project every year.

In the words of the Author Chimamandla Ngozi Adichie, ‘Teach your children to read. Teach them to love books. The best way is by casual example. If they see you reading, they will understand that reading is valuable.’

One of the finest, most dimensional inquiries into the significance of books and the role of reading in human life comes from the critically acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, in a beautiful piece titled “Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming.”

“Fiction can show you a different world. It can take you somewhere you’ve never been. Once you’ve visited other worlds, like those who ate fairy fruit, you can never be entirely content with the world that you grew up in. And discontent is a good thing: people can modify and improve their worlds, leave them better, leave them different, if they’re discontented.”

The mission of our library is to foster a deep and lasting love of reading and attempt to show your children a glimpse of these other worlds.

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