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Virtual Library Newsletter No. 13

Hello everyone!

We can’t believe it’s the end of the school year! What an unusual one it has been. We’ve missed seeing you all in school over the last few months and we are very much looking forward to seeing everyone in September. Like many other things around school, the way the Library (and Sixth Form Library) works is going to be a bit different, but as long as no new restrictions come in, you should be able to borrow books from us and use the libraries with some new procedures in place. Using our app will make this really easy so if you haven’t already, do take time to download it and find your way around. This video should help!

Thank YouPupil Librarians and Reading Ambassadors

We want to take a moment to thank two groups who have helped us in the Library this year - our Pupil Librarians and our Year 9 Reading Ambassadors. These two groups show so much commitment to helping us and their school community every week and usually we would have had a celebration at the end of the year to thank them for their hard work. Give yourselves a round of applause!

Change the WorldChange the World Challenge!

Can reading change the world? We think so! We invite you to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, learn more about key issues and how they impact you, and take action, big or small, to make a change. Watch our video here and join our google classroom with class code tbccp2q to access reading lists, activities, and a world-changing community.

AudioFileFree Audiobooks

AudiobookSync release two free audiobooks a week aimed at Yr10 and up. Click below for this week’s titles!

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Public Libraries Are Re-Opening!

See here for the latest information about West Sussex public library services. Currently you can reserve books and collect them from your local library, or submit a form about what you like to read and library staff will use their expert knowledge to pick for you. Do check before you visit your library as restrictions are in place. All their online services like e-books, audiobooks, Britannica Online and other electronic resources are still available so if you aren’t already a member it is well worth joining!

Have an excellent, healthy and safe summer and we can’t wait to see you in September!

Mrs Regan, Mrs McMahon and Mrs Shuttleworth


Virtual Library Newsletter No. 12

Hello everyone!

We hope you’ve had a good week! We have had a busy week making plans for next year, improving our website and choosing some new books for our shelves for when you return in September.

Borrowing Books for the Summer

You can still get yourself a stack of brilliant books to read this summer for free from our libraries! You’ve got until 12 pm on Thursday 9th July to either choose books from our catalogue yourself!dashboard, or fill in this form and we will choose for you. You can do this no matter how many library books you have on loan already. You’ll be able to collect them in the last week of term and we will contact you to let you know exactly when and how.

Our e-book and audiobook digital services will be available all summer, but we won’t always be here to help you use them. You can browse our ebook collection here: and our audiobook collection here: If you find something you like and want log-in details, please email before Friday 17th July so we can get you up and running!

Our Last Virtual Bookclub!

Book Club LinkThis Friday will be our last virtual bookclub of the academic year! We’ve loved our Friday lunchtimes hearing about what you have been reading - and even writing - and reflecting on what each of the different themes means to us. When we are back at school, we’d love to have real in-person book clubs again, but it might be some time before this can happen. If it can’t, we’d love your ideas on how we can build connection around books in new ways. Come and share these ideas, and what you have been reading, in this week’s bookclub on Google Meet at 12.45pm on Friday 10th July. This week our theme is faithfulness. We hope to see you there!

AudioFileFree Audiobooks

AudiobookSync release two free audiobooks a week aimed at Yr10 and up. Click below for this week’s titles!

Christmas Carol  Twelfth Night

Public Libraries are re-opening!

Along with cafes, restaurants and many other kinds of businesses, public libraries are beginning to gradually open some of their services. You can find out more about West Sussex Libraries and what you can do there at the moment here: Keep checking back over the next few weeks as more services re-open.

Keep your eyes peeled for next week’s newsletter when we’ll be launching our summer reading ‘Change the World’ Challenge!

Virtual Library Newsletter No. 11

Hello everyone!

We hope you’ve had a good week. Thanks to everyone who dropped off Library books last week! We now have hundreds back on our shelves and you can choose the books that you would like to borrow for the summer.

There are three ways you can get books from us this summer:

  1. Reserve books that are available (up to 5 per person) by 12pm 9th July
  2. Tell us what you like and let us choose a book or books for you by 12pm 9th July
  3. Request a book that is not available or not listed on our catalogue (one per person) by 12pm 2nd July

Reserving Books

AppYou can do this through our app or the online catalogue.

Through the app:

If you haven’t already downloaded and signed into the app, watch this video here:

Use the Search, Visual Search, or Reading List to choose a book - check it has a green circle (this means it is available to borrow).

From the ‘Resource details’ page, tap the three dots in the top right corner and select ‘reserve’. You should get a message that says ‘Reserve placed’.

You can do this for up to five books.

Through the online catalogue:

Use the Search, Visual Search, or Reading List to choose a book - check it has a green circle (this means it is available to borrow).

Once you click it you’ll see a screen like this:

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Click ‘Make a reserve/booking’ under the cover image. You’ll be prompted to sign in - use your school username for this, no password needed.

You’ll see this screen:

Online 2

It will default to ‘Reserve/Book the first available copy’, so just click ‘Reserve' at the bottom of the screen, and you should get a confirmation message. You can do this for up to five books.

Let us choose!

Don’t know what to read? Find it hard to choose from a list? Fill in this Google form and let us use our expert book knowledge to select a book (or five) for you that we think you’ll love!

Request a book!

If you can’t find a book on our catalogue, or it has a big red 0 to say it is not available (usually because it’s out on loan), you can request it on this google form and we’ll do our best to add it to our catalogue for you, ready to borrow over the summer. For this reason, we have an earlier deadline for new books as we need to allow time for delivery and cataloguing, so any requests must be with us by 12pm Thursday 2nd July.

Please note, this is limited to one request per reader, and we may not be able to add all titles requested.

What happens next?

We’ll send you confirmation of any books that have been allocated to you by the end of Thursday 9th July. We will let you know with this confirmation when and how to collect your books.

Book Club LinkVirtual Book Club

Virtual Bookclub is on this Friday at 12.45pm on Google Meet, nickname blsbookclub. This week’s theme is Resilience and Persistence - are they the same thing? How do they show up in the book you are reading? Even if you aren’t sure, come along and chat about what you are reading!

AudioSync - Free Audiobooks!

Free audiobooks every week, aimed at Yr10 and up. New titles available from 25th June:

Audio Books

Battle of the Books

MurderThe winner of the 2020 Battle of the Books is

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens





Virtual Library Newsletter No. 10

Hi everyone,

We hope you’ve had a good week!

In this newsletter:

  • Write a review!
  • Library Book Drop Off
  • Pride Month
  • Refugee Week
  • AudioSync titles
  • Virtual Book Club

Write a review

What have you been reading? I’ve just finished Mockingjay, the last part of the Hunger Games trilogy. I know, pupils have been telling me for years to read them, so I’m glad I finally took your advice! I’ve written a review on the library app, and if you’ve read a really brilliant book on lockdown, why not take a moment to write one too? It’s quick and easy. Here’s how:

  • Open up the Library app. If you’ve not got around to downloading it yet, how to get started is here:
  • Search for the book you want to review and then select it, so you see the ‘Resource details’ page. Tap the dots on the top right of the screen and chose ‘Write a review’.
  • Write your review, give it a star rating, and then press ‘SUBMIT’ at the bottom of the screen.
  • Your review will be checked by the Library team before being published, and you’ll get a house point!

Tips for a great review:

  • Don’t worry about re-telling the story because there is already a blurb on there.
  • Focus on what it was you liked about it, a particular character, how it made you feel, what it made you think about.
  • Help readers decide if it’s the book for them. Is it scary or gory? Very sad or laugh-out-loud funny? What kind of person might enjoy it?
  • Keep it short - a few sentences is fine!
  • We might edit reviews if we need to make them clearer but otherwise will publish them as they are so check your spelling and grammar!

Book DropLibrary Book Drop-Off

We sent a message on Parentmail last week about collecting in Library books THIS WEEK. The details of drop-off slots are below. If you’ve missed yours, don’t panic! Just email

Year 12 Monday 22nd 10-12 and 2-4

Year 7 Tuesday 23rd 10-12 and 2-4

Year 8 Wednesday 24th 10-12 and 2-4

Year 9 Thursday 25th 10-12 and 2-4

Bring your books to the roundabout by the Sports Hall and look out for the Book Drop minibus. Library staff will be on hand to help. Please observe social distancing rules.

For any Year 11 and Year 13s, there will be a clearing process for returning library books and textbooks which you will be told about in the coming weeks. Any staff, Year 10s or keyworker children currently in school have a drop-off box in Reception. Please don’t take them to the Library without us there, they are unlikely to be processed properly and will stay on your ticket.

We currently have double our usual number of books on loan and we want to give you the opportunity to take more out for the summer - but at the moment, there isn’t much to loan! So please do try to return anything you’ve finished with so others have the chance to borrow it too.

Pride Month

Pride Month

June is Pride Month in the USA and is increasingly recognised in this country too. In school we would usually highlight our LGBTQ+ books, so we’ve made a list on our catalogue here:

We’ve also added some titles that are available on ebook or audiobook so you can access those today!

We also wanted to let our library users know, in the light of JK Rowling’s recent comments about transgender issues and rights, that we stand with our school motto: ‘Everyone matters’. We will continue to love and celebrate the Harry Potter stories for their message of acceptance, their call to take care of friends on the margins and to fight for equal rights for all.

Refugee WeekRefugee Week

Last week was Refugee Week and you can also access a list of suggested titles through our online catalogue

We will continue to add titles that you can borrow from our e-book and audiobook libraries so keep checking back!

AudioFileAudioSync - Free Audiobooks!

Free audiobooks every week, aimed at Year 10 and up. New titles available from 25th June:

SilenceThe Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais - Deaf teen Maya moves across the country and must attend a hearing school for the first time. As if that wasn’t hard enough, she also has to adjust to the hearing culture, which she finds frustrating—and also surprising when some classmates, including Beau Watson, take time to learn ASL. As Maya looks past graduation and focuses on her future dreams, nothing, not even an unexpected romance, will not derail her pursuits.

MexicanMexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña - Danny’s tall and skinny. At his private school, they don’t expect much from him. Danny’s brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego, that close to the border, means everyone knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he can’t speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they’ve got him pegged. But it works the other way too. And Danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico. That’s why he’s spending the summer with his dad’s family. Set in the alleys and on the ball fields of San Diego County, Mexican WhiteBoy is a story of friendship, acceptance, and the struggle to find your identity in a world of definitions.

Battle of the Books

Battle of Books 4Today is your last chance to vote for the winner of the Battle of the Books!

Book Club LinkVirtual Book Club

Meeting this Friday at 12.45pm on Google Meet. Go to Google Meet, click Join a meeting and enter the nickname. This week’s theme is Secrets and Trust. How does it show up in what you are reading? Even if you can’t find a link you are always welcome to come along and talk about your book! If you are still not sure, perhaps this video from Mr Finniear can help you make up your mind?

Have a great week!

Virtual Library Newsletter No. 9

Hi everyone!

We hope you are all well and have had a good week! Behind the scenes, we are working on what our library service might look like when you do return to school and what really useful things we can offer you over the summer. If you have any ideas about this, please email us on, and in the meantime, download our app and find your way around on there - this video will help you get started. When school re-opens we’ll be using the app to help us run the library safely, so if you get used to it now you’ll be ahead of the game! In the meantime, we are devoting this newsletter to highlighting some of the digital content you can access now for free!

eplatformE-Book Highlights

We still have hundreds of log-ins available for our ebook library so if you have run out of books, email and we can send you a username and password along with instructions on how to borrow and read them. Here is a tiny taste of some of the ebooks available to borrow now:

Time Travelling With a Hamster - Ross Welford: For readers who loved Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time this extraordinary debut will make you laugh and cry.

Cristiano Ronaldo: The Rise of a Winner - Michael Part: Some people prefer true stories and if that’s you, we’ve got you covered. This is the gripping life story of a boy who rose from the streets of Madeira to become one of the greatest football players the world has ever known.

Looking for Alaska - John Green: BEFORE. Miles Halter's whole life has been one big non-event until he starts at anything-but-boring Culver Creek Boarding School and meets Alaska Young. AFTER: Nothing will ever be the same. This is recommended for year 9 and up. There is also a TV adaptation available on BBC iPlayer (parental guidance advised). It’s a good series but the book is much better, of course.

The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness: A great fantasy/ dystopian tale to really get your teeth into. Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming Noise. Then Todd Hewitt unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. And now he's going to have to run...

The Austen Girls - Lucy Worsley: Anna Austen has always been told she must marry rich, while her dear cousin Fanny is also under pressure to find a suitor. But how can either girl know what she wants? The only person who seems to have answers is their Aunt Jane. She's perfectly happy, so surely being single can't be such a bad thing? The time will come for each of the Austen girls to become the heroines of their own stories.

Listening BooksAudio Highlights

There are some audiobooks available on the ebook site, and many more we can borrow through the Listening Books Library. It's really easy to download both apps onto a phone or tablet and listen while you exercise, cook, clean, garden, or lie in bed pretending to be asleep so you don’t have to get up and do those things. Here are a few more we think you might enjoy:

Made on Earth - Wolfgang Korn: This non-fiction book tells the story of a red fleece from manufacture in Bangladesh to landfill, and everything in between. Great for anyone with an interest in the environment or economics, or just something a little bit different.

The Secret Key (Agatha Oddly Book 1) - Lena Jones: Perfect for fans of the Murder Most Unladylike series, Agatha Oddly could surely give Daisy and Hazel a run for their money! When a water crisis hits London amateur dectective Agatha Oddlow is the only person to link it to other obscure crimes and goings on and finally gets her chance at solving a proper mystery.

Positively Teenage - Nicola Morgan: Positively Teenage gives you tools to approach your teenage years with optimism and understanding and to develop real wellbeing for life. The media so often portray adolescence negatively but this book shows you how to approach these years far more positively so that you can really flourish.

The Enemy - Charlie Higson: When the sickness came, every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died.The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. But can they make it there - alive?

When I Was the Greatest - Jason Reynolds: In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you're totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut captures the heart and the hardship of life for a young black teen.

AudioFileDon’t forget you can also access two new titles every week from AudioSync!

Podcast recommendations

Never listen to a podcast? It’s a whole world of audio adventures just waiting to hit your ears! You need a podcast app to get started, then try out a few shows and see which ones you like. You can find podcasts on almost any subject, both factual and fictional, and while some are a limited series, many release new episodes every week. Here are some ideas to kick you off. If there are any podcasts you already listen to, we’d love to hear about those too.

Big FibThe Big Fib: (Previously Pants on Fire) Two experts. One Subject. One Liar. Can you spot the liar?

ZombieOnce Upon a Time in Zombieville: Something strange is going on in the local mine. Sam and Jamie investigate ... Award-winning sci-fi adventure.

habitatThe Habitat: The true story of six volunteers picked to live on a fake planet.

Big MeltThe Big Melt: Tackling climate change for teens.

LoreLore: Real life scary stories - 14-19 only



Black Writing Matters

We recognise that as a Library, we can do more than we have in the past to promote anti-racism resources and lift up the voices of black and other minority authors. We are in the process of adding a reading list to our catalogue of all the great black authors we currently have in our collection, plus creating a wishlist of new books to add when we are back in school. If there are any books you have seen on this subject that you would like us to add to our catalogue, you can email In the meantime, the National Literacy Trust has produced some great BLM reading lists for children of all ages:


Battle BooksBattle of the Books

The Battle of the Books Final Round begins tomorrow, Wednesday 16th June.

Vote to decide on the winner for 2020!


Virtual Book Club

Book Club LinkVirtual Book Club meets every Friday at 12.45pm on Google Meet. This week our theme is compassion - how does it show up in the book you are reading? Even if you aren’t sure, come along and tell us what you are reading, it’s a fun and relaxed way to end the week!


Virtual Library Newsletter No. 8

Hello everyone,

We hope you have had a good week! This week we are very excited to introduce you to our brand new library app. Through the app you’ll be able to get reading suggestions, make books lists and write reviews. As we gradually move towards returning to school and re-opening the libraries, the app will allow you to ‘click and collect’ library books, as well as book space at a library computer or table. If you have a smart phone or tablet we’d recommend downloading the app and getting used to using it. You can find out how to download the app get started here:


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Book Club LinkVirtual Book Club

Virtual Book Club meets every Friday at 12.45pm on Google Meet. This week we are discussing Fear. How does it show up in the book you are reading? Can books help us overcome our own fears?

Battle of the Books

The results for Round 2 of Battle of the Books are in and we are now down to our final four books: Wonder, Murder Most Unladylike, S.T.A.G.S., and Beauty Sleep. You can now vote in the Semi-Finals here!

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Audio Books

Free audiobooks for teens all summer here! These titles available from Thursday 11th June for one week :

Easy PreyEasy Prey by Catherine Lo - Only three students had access to a teacher’s racy photos before they went viral. There’s Mouse, a brainy overachiever so desperate to escape his father and go to MIT that he would do almost anything, legal or not. Then there’s Drew, the star athlete who can get any girl’s number—and private photos—with his charm but has a history of passing those photos around. And finally, there’s Jenna, a good girl turned rebel after her own shocking photos made the rounds at school last year, who is still waiting for justice. All three deny leaking the photos, but someone has to take the fall.

Mark of the RavenMark of the Raven by Morgan L Busse - Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person's dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate. As she discovers her family's dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family's legacy--a legacy that supports her people--or seeking the true reason behind her family's gift.

World Empathy Day

Today (9th June) is World Empathy Day, a day to celebrate stepping into someone else’s shoes and seeing the world their way today. The murder of George Floyd has really highlighted the importance of empathising across racial and social divides so we can prevent future tragedies like this.


Empathy Lab have a whole day of activities planned, the programme is here

EmpathyLab also produce a Reading for Empathy reading list every year. We’ve made a reading list of audio/ e-books on our online catalogue here!resources/visualsearch (also accessible on the app!).


Virtual Library Newsletter No. 7

Hi everyone,

We hope you had a restful and relaxing week!

For the first time since February, a news story other than coronavirus is making the headlines. You may have heard that there are riots in cities across America following the killing of George Floyd by a group of white police officers. Tensions are running very high, violence has been widespread and with centuries of systemic racism behind it, the situation is unlikely to stop overnight.

While it is easy to think ‘it couldn’t happen here’, it has in your lifetime. In August of 2011 there were riots around the country following the shooting of Mark Duggan by police. The death was later found by an inquest to be lawful, but at the time conflicting reports and the treatment of the family by police raised tensions to boiling point.

What can we do? The first step is to recognise that other people’s lives are different to yours, and this can be affected by all kinds of things including race, gender, beliefs, sexuality, abilities, poverty, as well as individual factors for each person. Books, both fiction and non-fiction, are an excellent way to start to understand the experiences of other people, to experience for yourself ‘life in all its fullness’. Here are some of the books available for free right now on our e-book and audiobook platforms, as well as from West Sussex Libraries, by black authors that deal with race and racism.


Year 7 -9

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred D Taylor Audiobook

Stella By Starlight - Sharon M. Draper Audiobook

Year 9 and up

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas Ebook Audiobook

Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman Ebook Audiobook

Home Girl - Alex Wheatle West Sussex Libraries Audiobook

Kindred - Octavia E. Butler Audiobook

Tyler Johnson Was Here - Jay Coles Audiobook


Year 7-9

Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson Audiobook

Heart and Soul - Kadir Nelson Audiobook

Year 9 and up

White Fragility (published for adults) Audiobook

Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates (published for adults) Audiobook

Email if you need log-in details for ebooks or audiobooks. This list is just a very small sample of what is available from us now and there are many more books available on other platforms, as well as physical books in our libraries at school.

Virtual Book Club

Book Club LinkTo tie in with this, and Empathy Day on June 9th, the theme of this week’s Book Club is Empathy. Empathy simply means being able to understand what another person is going through. We’ll talk about the different characters in our book and what things might be like from their point of view - sometimes that’s easy and sometimes it’s harder, but it can be really eye-opening to try it. All are welcome at Book Club whether you’ve been before or not, we’d love to see you there! Just go to Google Meet at 12.45 on Friday.


There are some dark tales from AudioSync this week, so do remember that these are aimed at US High School students, which would be Yr10 and above in the UK.

This week’s books:

Like No OtherLike No Other by Una LaMarche - When a hurricane strikes the Northeast, Hasidic good girl Devorah and Jaxon, a fun-loving nerd from a West Indian family, become stranded in an elevator together where fate leaves them no choice but to make an otherwise risky connection. Though their relationship is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jaxon risk everything to be together.

Into WhiteInto White by Randi Pink - LaToya Williams lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and attends a mostly white high school. Toya doesn’t know where she fits in, but after a run-in with another student, she wonders if life would be different if she were . . . different. And then a higher power answers her prayer: to be “anything but black.” Toya is suddenly white, blond, and popular. Now what?

Battle of the Books

Ding ding! Round 2! Thanks to everyone who voted in the last round, there were some real nailbitingly close contests and we said goodbye to some really great books. If you want your favourites to survive, click here to vote in the second round! This round ends on Monday 8th June.

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Virtual Library Newsletter No. 6

Hello everyone!

This half-term has flown by for us and we are looking forward to a week of rest, relaxation and of course, reading. But before then, we need to let you know about some library events and activities to get involved with.

In this newsletter:

  • Battle of the Books
  • Virtual Book Club
  • AudioBookSync
  • Half-Term Reads
  • National Book Tokens Short Story Competition

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

We want to know what Bishop Luffa’s favourite book is! KS3 have nominated their favourite books they’ve read this year, we’ve combined them with our top loans, and put 16 fantastic books into battle. Eight books won’t make it through Round One, so make sure your favourite lives to fight another day! Anyone, pupil, student, staff or parent - or anyone else for that matter - can vote here:

Will it be third time lucky for the Hunger Games, or will a newcomer take the crown this year? YOU decide! Round One ends on 1st June.

Virtual Book Club

Book Club LinkVirtual Bookclub meets on Fridays at 12.45pm on Google Meet - new members are always welcome! Go to and click Join a Meeting (the nickname is in your emails). We’d love to find out what you’ve been reading on lockdown, and this week we are linking in with the worship theme of Hope. How does it show up in your book?


Free audiobooks for teens. Here are the titles available from Thursday 21st May:

SistersSisters Matsumoto by Philip Kan Gotanda - Stockton, California 1945. Three Japanese-American sisters return to their farm after years in an internment camp, but the once prosperous family finds it’s not easy to pick up the pieces of their former lives. As the details of their deceased father’s final arrangements emerge, the sisters must work together to keep their dreams alive.

DisappearedDisappeared by Francisco X Stork - A missing girl, a determined reporter, and a young man on the brink combine for a powerful story of choices, suspense, and survival.

Half-term Reads

Just a reminder of some of the other places you can find new books to read on lockdown!

We have hundreds of log-ins available for our school ebook library, just email us at for a log-in and full instructions. There are audiobooks on here too, or you can also email us for access details to our school Listening Books account

West Sussex Libraries - if you are already a member, just log in to their online catalogue here for ebooks, ecomics and audiobook downloads: Sign in with your library card number. If you need to join the Library, go here

If you want to buy new physical books, is an online shop that gives a percentage of your purchase to a local bookshop of your choice. Or you can call a number of independent bookshops directly and they will send your book out to you. The lovely team at the Hayling Island Bookshop supply books for most author events we do in school and you can find them online here: There have been new release from some fantastic authors over the past few weeks, including a prequel to the Hunger Games, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, out today!

National Book Tokens and Puffin Big Dreamers Writing Competition

Puffin CompetitionNow more than ever is a time for imagination. While our world changes, every day people are finding new, creative ways to tell stories and spread joy. Now is the time to find comfort and inspiration in unbelievable words, extraordinary adventures and magical encounters with big friendly giants and tiny talking spiders. Now is the time to dream.

In collaboration with the Puffin Festival of Big Dreams, we've teamed up with six of the UK's most exciting children's and YA authors to ask your children to do just that.

How to enter: write a story of up to 300 words, using the theme BIG DREAMS. Submit it here by midnight on 28th May.

For more information visit:

Have a great week everyone, and happy reading!

Virtual Library Newsletter No. 5

Hello everyone!

We hope you have had a good week. It’s very possible that with all this extra time at home and the Luffa Spring Clean, you have found a few of our library books lingering at home - perhaps even very old ones from an older sibling who has since left! While we don’t yet know when the school library will be open again, please keep these safe however old they are, ready to return to us as soon as we are operating again. We’re never cross when an old book comes back, we’re always just happy to see them!

In this newsletter:

  • National Book Tokens
  • Virtual Book Club
  • AudioBookSync
  • Britannica For Schools

National Book Tokens

National Book TokensWin £5000 worth of books for our Library!

National Book Tokens have an annual prize draw for one lucky Library to win. Staff and parents (or any pupils/students aged 16 or over) can enter here, the more nominations we have the higher our chance of winning!:

Virtual Book Club

Book Club LinkVirtual Book Club is back to the usual Friday slot this week, 12.45 on Google Meet. All staff, pupils and students are welcome! Just make sure you are logged into Chrome with your school account and click Join a Meeting (check your emails for the nickname). Whatever you’ve been reading, come along and tell us about it! This week’s theme is Freedom.

For anyone who has been feeling shy about coming to join us, here is a quick Q and A to help you understand how book club works!

Q. Who comes to book club?

A. mixture of staff, pupils and students - some come every week and some drop in and out. We usually have around 10 people. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been before!

Q. I don’t like speaking in front of a group/camera.

A. It’s fine to come along and listen, and feel free to keep your camera off. We’ll always invite you to speak but it’s okay if you don’t want to. You can use the chat if you’d rather communicate in writing.

Q. What if people laugh because I’ve been reading a book by Zoella/ Dostoevsky /Julia Donaldson?

A. No one will laugh whatever you’ve been reading - all books are equal at book Club.

Q. Does non-fiction count?

A. Of course!

Q. The book I’ve been reading has nothing to do with the theme.

A. Don’t worry - sometimes people come and just rave about how brilliant a book is or rant about how bad! So far readers have always found some way to link it in but even if you can’t, you can still come along for a chat!

If you have any other book club questions, just email us at


AudioFileThere are some dark tales from AudioSync this week, so do remember that these are aimed at US High School students, which would be Yr10 and above in the UK.

This week’s books:

FaustFaust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - This classic drama presents the story of the scholar Faust, tempted into a contract with the Devil in return for a life of sensuality and power.

Jack the RipperStalking Jack the Ripper by Kerry Maniscalco - this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...


Britannica for Schools Feedback

Homework HelpBritannica have told us that lots of you have been using the site since we shared our how-to-guide last week. If you are one of those people we’d love to know what you think of it, please take two minutes to fill in this quick form below:

And if you haven’t had a chance to use Britannica for Schools yet, you can access it here:  Check your emails for the School ID and passcode.

Thank you!

Have a great week everyone, and happy reading!

Virtual Library Newsletter No. 4

Hello everyone!

We hope you’ve had a good week. In this week’s newsletter, as well as the book club details for this week, you’ll find all the information you need to get started on Britannica for schools. It’s a fantastic #homeworkhack that will make research on any topic quick, easy and reliable.

Go to  Check your emails to access the School ID and Password.

Once you’ve signed in you can choose your level:


EB Level

We’d recommend that all Yr7-11 pupils start with intermediate - once you are looking at an article you can decide if you want a different level. The intermediate homepage looks like this and is a great place to browse if you just want a bit of an explore:


If you are looking for information on a particular topic, use the search bar at the top. As we are celebrating VE day on Friday, we’ve had a look for information on World War Two. Britannica has found us one article:

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Using the circular buttons down the left-hand side, you can have a look at the other content on Britannica, like images or videos:

Brittanica 3

If we go back to Articles and click the link, at intermediate level, it looks like this. Once you are reading, you might decide you want to make the article simpler, or add depth. You can use the numbers at the top to change the level: 

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Double-clicking on any word will bring up a dictionary definition of that word:

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The buttons at the top right of the article do some useful things. You can click the speaker button for the article to be read aloud to you, and use the + /- buttons to increase the font size. The globe button will translate it but be aware that this is just a google translate so don’t rely on it to do your homework for you - it may not be 100% accurate! It might be helpful if English is not your first language.

For Sixth Form, go in at the advanced level and you’ll find a home page aimed more at you with more in-depth articles. There are some topics that might only have an advanced article so it is worth searching from here if you are struggling to find something through intermediate. You might also find the links of the left-hand side of the articles useful, where you can find primary source documents, journal articles, and further sites from around the internet. The tick symbol in the top-right corner will give you the citation details for adding references to your work.

I hope this has been enough to get you started. This is just an overview and we’d really recommend having a proper explore! If you need any help with this or any of our other online resources, just email us


AudioFileFree e-books for teens every week! Go to  This week’s titles:

Secret SoldiersSecret Soldiers by Paul B Janeczko - What do set design, sound effects, and showmanship have to do with winning World War II? Meet the Ghost Army that played a surprising role in helping to deceive — and defeat — the Nazis.

Picture UsPicture Us In The Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert - When Danny discovers a taped-up box in his father's closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there's much more to his family's past than he ever imagined.


Virtual Library Newsletter No. 3

We hope everyone has had a good start to the term and settled back into school-at-home. The longer this goes on the more we miss our books and the chats with staff, pupils and students. In the meantime though, here are some of the things we would be sharing with you if we were in school this week.

In this newsletter:

  • Virtual Book Club
  • AudioBookSync
  • April's New Books
  • The Book of Hopes
  • The News
  • Luffa Spring Clean

Virtual Book Club

Book Club LinkThis now takes place on the Google Meet platform, and all staff, pupils and students are welcome. All you need to do is make sure you are signed into Chrome with your school account, and click the following link.

Click on Join Meeting and enter the password provided to you by email to join the book club discussion. Make sure you have read and understand the information the school has sent out about using videoconferencing.

Come and tell us about whatever you’ve been reading - this week we are thinking about how the theme of patience shows up in our books. It’s been so great hearing from so many people about the books that are keeping them going through lockdown, from Girl Online to the Walking Dead!


AudioFileAudioFile are giving away free audiobooks for every teen this summer - starting on Thursday 30th April there will be two titles each week for the next 13 weeks. The best thing about audiobooks? You can listen while you do your chores for the Luffa Spring Clean!  Just go to and register to be notified when new titles become available.

This week’s books:

The 57 BusThe 57 Bus by Dashka Slater - This riveting nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.

Mondays Not ComingMonday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson - From the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, comes a gripping new novel perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Gillian Flynn about the mystery of one teenage girl’s disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth.

April’s New Books

Some of you may well be running out of books by now, but don’t panic! Most new book releases are going ahead as planned, so World Book Day have rounded up some of the best new books at the moment!

If you want to get your hands on new titles, our friends at The Hayling Island Bookshop (who usually support authors coming into school) are able to order and deliver books to you, see their website for details.

The Book of Hopes

One of our most popular authors in the Library, Katherine Rundell, has put together The Book of Hopes, a free anthology of stories, poems and illustrations for children, that you can read online here. It is full of content from famous writers and illustrators like Michael Morpurgo, Lauren Child, Jacqueline Wilson, and more:

Don’t forget that you can also contact us for log-in details to our audiobook and ebook libraries too!

The News

The Day 3Don’t forget we subscribe to two news sources aimed at young people to help you find reliable and balanced news. Our school-specific link to The Day newspaper is here:

And First News, aimed at upper Key Stage 2 and lower Key Stage 3 pupils, is here:

Luffa Spring Clean

We’re spring cleaning too! Chloe, her family, and everyone with serious health conditions at this especially difficult time will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Library Spring Clean

Have a wonderful week!

Virtual Library Newsletter No.2

We hope everyone had a chance to relax over Easter, put the schoolwork aside and enjoy a few lie-ins, the glorious weather, and of course a good book or two!

In this newsletter:

  • Keeping Busy
  • Virtual Book Club
  • World Book Night
  • Homework Help
  • Other News

Keeping Busy

We know teachers will still be setting work for pupils and students, and we know teachers will be marking that work, but whatever part you play in the school community you might just find that lockdown has left you with a bit more free time. Here are some book-related suggestions for keeping busy: A variety of book-themed quizzes, test your knowledge or get reading ideas! Don’t forget the Library can help you find books at home, just email us at

The Guardian has rounded up just some of the wide variety of book-related content accessible from home at the moment.

Artemis Fowl, the movie based on the book series of the same name, was due to be released around now. It’s come out on Disney+ instead so if you’ve subscribed, give it a try and if you like it, why not check out the books too?

Three free daily articles from the Financial Times to keep you up-to-date.

It is really important to get your news from reputable sources at the moment because there are many fake, exaggerated and extremely biased stories circulating! This YouTube series is really helpful for understanding how to navigate information online:

Virtual Book Club

Book Club LinkCome and join us at lunchtime on Friday to talk about whatever you have been reading, thinking about the theme of sacrifice. This will be hosted on Google Meet.

Just a reminder that the Virtual Book Club Meeting is today at 12.45pm and all staff and pupils are welcome. We have changed platforms and it will now be hosted on Google Meet.

To join us, make sure you are signed into Chrome using your school google account (your school email address and password), and click the following link:

To join you will need to give Chrome permission to use your microphone and camera but please keep your video off for the meeting.

Its a chance to share whatever you've been reading and think about the story through a theme - this week we are thinking about sacrifice, as suggested by one of our members before Easter. You might not think it's relevant to what you are reading but once you start looking, it's amazing what comes up in discussion! It's even more appropriate this week when so many of you will be thinking about the sacrifice you can make to support the Luffa Spring Clean.

World Book Night

World Book Night 2Thursday 23rd April is World Book Night, and the Library will be celebrating on twitter on Thursday from 7-9pm with lots of book-related challenges and chat! Follow @BL_Library to join in the fun.

Normally there would be free book giveaways, but under lockdown this is a bit trickier! Still, if you have any books in your house that you no longer need, why not leave them outside your home with a sign for people to help themselves? If you are worried about contamination, pop them to one side now and then don’t touch them with your bare hands before leaving them out. The virus doesn’t live long on paper anyway so the risk of passing on infection is low, but the chance of making someone’s day is high!

Homework Help

Homework HelpBefore Easter we shared with you some links to online resources. We now have extended free school-specific access to the brilliant Britannica for Schools resources - great for researching a new topic.


Username: bishopluffa

Password: bls

Many of you have used this in school before and will be happy to dive straight in, but if you want more help there is a tutorial here:

It’s made for US schools so be aware that the levels are a little different. For KS3, intermediate will be appropriate for most pupils but some might prefer Foundation, and similarly, most KS4 pupils will be happy with the advanced level but some might prefer intermediate. The language and amount of detail is adjusted for each level but it’s easy once you are in an article to flip between them so you can find the information that is right for you.

Other News

Guppy YA Novel Competition

Are you a writer? From 11th to 15th May 2020, Guppy Books will be accepting submissions of young adult fiction from unagented writers aged 12+. You are asked to submit the first three chapters (or 2000 words) of you YA novel, plus a synopsis. For more information visit:

Looking for something new to read?

Our ebook library (email for a username and password)

Our audiobook library (email for the username and password)

West Sussex Libraries e-books, audiobooks, comics and magazines: (you need a West Sussex Libraries card - if you don’t have one, apply here You can’t go into branches at the moment and must apply online.

Happy reading!


Virtual Library Newsletter No. 1

We hope you are well and are settling in to school-at-home! It’s strange for all of us and we are already missing chatting about books with so many of you, staff and pupils alike.

In this newsletter:

  • Links to help with research at home
  • Looking after your mental health
  • Books on social media
  • What if I run out of books?
  • Other News

Links to help you research at home

Look, we know very well that unless your teacher brought your class down to the library for a research lesson, only about 1% of you would think of turning to books for research, so you probably aren’t missing the non-fiction section of the library yet! You’ve been using Google since you were in Year 1 and if you can get away with using Wikipedia as your only source of information, you will. But now you are learning more independently, it’s a great time to hone your online research skills and there are a ton of resources that are now free for you to access. We’ll be adding more to our website and in each newsletter, so if you’ve been set a research task, it’s well worth having a look at what these can offer you:

For all Year Groups:

The Day

The Day 2No log-in details needed! You can use the search box to see all archived articles on a particular subject and at the bottom of the article there are always links to find out more about the subject. Plus their three daily stories can help you keep up-to-date with the news without being overwhelming.


For KS4 and 5, especially for EPQ and coursework essays:

Credo reference

Username: JCS_Distance

Password: learning

Background information to start your research - another encyclopedia with links to take your next steps in your research.

The same company, Infobase, have specialist sites for researching the following topics, all with the log-in details above:

Don’t forget for Sixth Form you can also continue to access all the fantastic resources at the London Library. Email for details of how (as our number of users at any one time is strictly limited).

Our top 3 tips for online research for all year groups:

  1. Copy and paste the links you use at the end of your work so your teacher can see where your information has come from. This should be the only copying and pasting you do!
  2. Wikipedia is great but you cannot use it for research for school because you cannot guarantee the information is reliable.
  3. Try to get your information from trusted and relevant organisations by checking the ‘About’ section of a website.

Looking after your mental health

This is always important, but especially in coping with the thoughts and feelings that the lockdown brings. Check out our webpage for tips, information, and signposts to organisations that can help

Books on social media

There are hundreds of others, we’ll retweet them daily as we find them and we’ll do a round-up each week in case you miss them!

Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart is reading one of Shakespeare’s sonnets each day

Cathy CassidyCathy Cassidy is reading her book Love From Lexie

RJ PalacioRJ Palacio has been reading her bestselling book Wonder

BookwanderersAuthor Anna James has set up The Bookwanderers Club, a live Book Club every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2pm. Her first guest was Robin Stevens of the Murder Most Unladylike series. Click here to watch


What if I run out of books?

Our ebook library (email for a username and password)

Our audiobook library (email for the username and password)

West Sussex Libraries e-books, audiobooks, comics and magazines: (you need a West Sussex Libraries card - if you don’t have one, apply here You can’t go into branches at the moment and must apply online.

Other News

ZombiesZombies, Run! - The Home Front

At a time like this, it might feel odd to be thinking about games. But while Zombies, Run! is a game, it’s here to keep you fit and healthy. It’s also good for your mental health to have a break from the world and spend time with characters you love. All ten missions are free and fully unlocked. These workouts are designed for beginners and intermediate exercisers, and they don’t require any special equipment and can be done from inside your own home. They’re also fun! Visit: to download.

Spring Into ReadingBeanbright

The Spring into Reading Challenge has already begun!

Don't forget to log your reading into Beanbright.

If you cannot remember your login details you can email us at and we can email it to you.

If you would like to sign up as Year 10, Year 11 or staff we can set up an account for you!

Have a great week, and happy reading!