A new voice for our blog today. Harry, one of the Yr 13 boys, shares his thoughts on the library:
The knowledge that can be found in books is the primary source of their appeal, novels are important too but my interest is more often than not directed towards the non-fiction shelves. The library is valuable not only for reading around syllabuses, especially as a first point of reference for individual studies such as history coursework (the stock of Very Short Introductions in particular), but also as a place to generally broaden horizons in a way completely detached from the syllabus. Tim Marshall’s ‘Prisoners of Geography’ for example provides a fascinating interpretation of geopolitics based on a geographic determinism that, while dubious at times, is rather illuminating and certainly thought provoking. The reference section is also important, feeding a fondness for apparently useless facts and obscure information, dictionaries of quotations or subjects as esoteric as the burial places of famous people are always wonderful diversions. Building a wider knowledge and understanding of the world, with history as a main focus, has therefore been the biggest influence that books have had on my life from a young age to now and in the future.
We’re taking advantage of a quiet moment to round-up the start to Lent Term here in the Wodehouse Library.
Year 11s came back from the Christmas break straight into GCSE mock exams, so the Inner Room in particular has been a hive of activity for the past 9 or 10 days. It wasn’t always a peaceful hive of activity for anyone using the library (although there were moments!) but fingers crossed the results will be encouraging.
Today sees a return to lessons for the lucky Y11 boys so we’re looking forward to welcoming them all into the library for their wellbeing classes on plagiarism avoidance over the next fortnight.
The Periodicals Room has somewhat more than a fair smattering of covers featuring President-Elect Donald Trump. Earlier we ran a few of these covers by some Upper School boys who were in there reading and they agreed that the most striking was the NewStatesman’s Twitter/cuckoo clock effort.
One of the most exciting things to have happened though is the arrival of our new chameleon. Not yet officially named, he is around 18 months old, largely emerald green in colour (we are told he turns yellow at night), quite sociable and hungry! He joins us behind the Issue Desk to the chirping of crickets.
Finally we should add our current reads in case you need inspiration over the weekend:
Echo Burning by Lee Childs
The Humans by Matt Haig
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Girls by Emma Cline
We’ve definitely got the festive spirit here in the Wodehouse Library!
There’s a whopping great tree in the Periodicals Room and this tinselled marvel at the Issue Desk.
You can join in the Christmassy fun by making a guess at the number of books and CDs used in this Yuletide wonder. The most accurate guess will win a prize (most likely an edible one) when it is taken apart on Tuesday December 15th and the actual number of items discovered by all at the Pupil Librarians’ Christmas Party (Wodehouse Library, lunchtime, invitation only!).
Come and see us at the Issue Desk and make your guess.
Next in our series of posts about the Wodehouse Library and the services we offer is this short piece written by Bede Porter:
The Reading Room has many magazines for anyone to walk in and read, including a full rack of daily newspapers. There is a range of categories to search through with sport, languages, sciences, politics and general interest. The Room is well subscribed with good reading such as Nat Geo, New Scientist and Private Eye. A great place to relax and spend time if you have a spare minute. It also has various DC magazines if you ever want to know what is upcoming. It has comfortable sofas and always feels relaxed.
- Wodehouse Library (dcwodehouse.wordpress.com)