The books are now housed in a bigger building than that of two years ago, which has much more room for new shelves and the storage of books. It doesn't have the same potential as the the one we have plans for, but is certainly an improvement on the shack-like original building.
|Lucas at work|
Tina, Linda and I had managed to acquire many pieces of equipment from a couple of library services - items that had become redundant with the computerisation of services. Chris had received much information on systems from his cousin and we had arrived with everything we needed to classify and catalogue the books already at Aquinoe and the piles that we brought with us. The idea at that time was that the pupils would all be encouraged to borrow books from the library and would develop a love of reading.
|Some "little ones" enjoying books|
The system at the moment is that teachers will bring the pupils in their class to the library once a week and the children will read a chosen book. This will then be bookmarked and the pupil will read more the following week. Some of the pupils are also allowed to come in small groups and will read informally
|Older pupils choosing books & newspapers|
Four library monitors help to put books back on the shelves and generally tidy up.
There is a possibility that an assistant may be employed so that the library can open in the evenings and at the weekend.
Even further into the future there are dreams that the library may become a community resource for local people.