St Ninian’s High School Library is a whole-school resource, providing material for both students and staff. It contains a wide variety of resources (around 8000 catalogued items), selected to support the curriculum at all levels. Most of this material can be borrowed by students for use at home. The Library has 17 PCs running on the school intranet. Internet access is available on these machines and they can be booked by students for individual use at morning break and at lunchtime.
The Careers Library is situated within the School Library and holds a range of information on courses, jobs and job-hunting skills. The PCs in the Library can be used to access careers websites such as My World of Work www.myworldofwork.co.uk and PlanitPlus www.planitplus.net . At different stages in their school careers, students will come to the Careers Library as part of the Supporting Learners programme. The Librarian can assist students to find and use information, and the Careers Adviser, Mrs Forrester, holds a ‘drop-in clinic’ one weekday lunchtime, when any student can see her without an appointment - this is usually on Thursday from 12.45 until 1.10pm. Ask in the Library for further information.
In S1, students take part in a short course to introduce them to the different sections in the Library, and to enable them to locate and borrow any items from the Library. They are also encouraged to be critical and careful users of the internet. These information literacy skills are reinforced by work with students in a variety of subject departments on an individual or group basis. Students in all other year groups continue to use the Library to support their studies, as individuals or as members of class groups.
Library Book Group
This group meets every second Friday at lunchtime, to chat about what we have been reading, take part in other book-related activities and hopefully to challenge the members to tackle books which they might not otherwise choose. In the autumn term, we follow the 'older readers' category in the Scottish Children's Book Awards for writers working in Scotland. In 2014, the winning title was Ferryman by Claire McFall - members of reading groups all over Scotland vote for their favourite title. We also ‘shadow’ the Carnegie Medal in April -June, which involves the group members in reading the shortlist (usually at least 6 books) of the best new titles published in Britain for young people. We usually have a look at some of the titles on the 'long list' between January and Easter. All the shortlisted titles, and many of the longlisted ones, are available for borrowing from the Library.
Staff Book Group
This well-established group has around 10 members who meet in the Library every few weeks to discuss the current book, and to choose the next one. Suggestions are written down, placed in the Book Bag and the next title is selected at random – this results in a wide variety of books being read and leads to some lively discussion! Any staff member is welcome to come along and join the debate.
Kids’ Lit Quiz
St Ninian’s sends a team to the West of Scotland heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz, which is held in Kilsyth Academy in November each year. This is a very challenging event which really tests the team's knowledge of books written for young people, ranging from picture books and nursery rhymes all the way up to young adult fiction. The Kids’ Lit Quiz was started a few years ago in New Zealand by Wayne Mills, to allow keen readers to display their knowledge of books. Sometimes reading is regarded as a bit nerdy and uncool, and he felt it was important to tackle this misconception! Wayne himself travels to Britain every year to act as quizmaster in the heats, and his enthusiasm for children’s literature is legendary.
C2C book leaflets
These book leaflets will be distributed again this year to S1 students at various times throughout the session. Other students can collect a leaflet from the Library. The leaflets contain a good selection of books for young people, most of which are at discounted prices, and can be very good value. The Library receives commission from any sales, and this is another way of adding new titles to the Library stock.
A range of basic stationery items (such as pens, pencils and rulers) can now be bought in the Library at prices starting from 10p. All money raised will go towards buying new books for the Library.