About the Library at Rushden Academy
Alongside supporting English teachers with the running of the Accelerated Reader programme to the Year 7 & 8 students, the Library at Rushden Academy also promotes reading across the school.
There are thousands of book titles students can choose from and staff are on hand to give advice and support students with the choosing of those books. Every break and lunch-time students are welcome to find a quiet nook in the Library and spend some time reading. Tranquil Thursday lunch-time is a particular favourite with our readers.
New books are added to the stock frequently and the titles are chosen with our particular students in mind; what they like or don’t like, popular authors and series of books. We sometimes get recommendations from our students, which a fantastic way of making sure that the books we buy are going to be popular with lots of students.
The Library has a team of Library Ambassadors who help the staff out at break and lunch-times. This team were mindfully chosen, knowing that they have a love of reading and are able to promote different books to their fellow students. One of our Year 8 ambassadors is an AR Word Multi-Millionaire, which is an amazing achievement and serves as an inspiration to our other students.
There are many book-themed events which the Library take part in, such as:
- Harry Potter Book Night
- World Book Day
- World Book Night
- Carnegie Medal Book Shadowing
- The Big Book Quiz (held at Sir Christopher Hatton, in Wellingborough)
- Author visits
To support our members of staff the Library also has a ‘Teacher Training’ area, with many helpful books to choose from. Staff are also welcome to browse our fiction shelves.
If you would like any further information about Library opening times or the different activities that run at lunch-times, then please visit the Library page on the school website.
Library Opening Times
Monday – Thursday 8.30am - 4pm
Friday 8.30am - 3.30pm
About the Library
The Library is open to students from 8.30 in the morning so that they can return or borrow a book or print off their homework before school starts. We will often have lessons booked into the Library for students to use the computer or book resources to help them with their studies. We also help to support the Year 7 & 8 English classes who are taking part in the Accelerated Reader program by helping students to find books they will enjoy to read. At break and lunch times the Library is open for students who would like catch-up on homework, read quietly, ask staff about reading books or take part in a Library activity. Please see the list below for details.
We also sell a small range of stationery items including pens, pencils and rulers.
After School clubs in the Library
If you don’t want to leave your homework until the weekend, come along to study club and get it done before you go home. If you are going to come regularly you will need to get a letter signed by your parents/carers. Ask the Library staff for more information.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 3.10pm - 4pm.
Chess Club (with Mr. Sims)
The very talented Mr. Sims is on had to give advice and tips on this very strategic game. Ask Library staff for a permission letter if you are interested in becoming a regular member.
Wednesday 3.10pm - 4pm
Lunch-time Clubs in the Library (homework can be done every day)
Monday- Philosophy Club
Debate & discuss some issues that may affect you...would you eat a sheep if it could talk??
Have some fun making up stories with other students...there will be competitions!
Wednesday- Chess Club (with Mr. Sims)
With the help of our chess expert, Mr. Sims, come and learn or develop your chess skills.
Come and have a quiet read, a quiet draw or get on with some homework...quietly.
Friday- Fill it Friday
Take one of our tricky word searches, dot-to-dot, colouring pages or other puzzles to try and complete.
Activities may change. We also sometimes have special events during the term, such as Harry Potter Book Night, so look out for any information or posters around the school.
Click the icon or scan the QR code to link to the websites below:
Libresoft (Library Catalogue)
ePlatform (online reading site)
Accelerated Reader (AR reading quizzes)
Accelerated Reader (Book Finder)
If you have books at home and would like to find out if they are on AR and what level they are, then click here to be taken to the AR bookfinder UK website. You can type in the author, title or ISBN (the barcode on the back of the book) and if the book is on AR you will see the quiz number and book level.