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Librarian On A Reading Mission

The Academy’s award winning librarian is taking her proven talent for making students passionate about reading and using it across the whole of Corby.

Amy McKay has joined the Corby Reads project (which is run by the Corby Learning Partnership) and will be spending one day a week as part of the literacy promotion team.

The aim of the three year project is to encourage reading across all ages, and Amy will be concentrating on methods to help other schools engage their students in reading for pleasure.

Amy said: "I'm really enjoying working with a whole host of other people in the town who care so deeply about young people's reading futures."

Amy has also been asked to sit on the panel to decide the winner of the 2010 Northamptonshire Secondary School Library award.

Her efforts helped the Academy's predecessor school lift the 2008/2009 title, so Amy knows what is needed to win the coveted award.

She said: "The award considers the many different strands that make up a successful school library and my role will involve meeting with other judges to decide which school library best demonstrates excellent practice."

The CBA library has been extremely successful in engaging students with reading and 25 students regularly attend the Session 3 club Corby Book Addicts.

Amy, and library assistant Bernie Smith regularly host reading based activities in the library and this year have already hosted an event to mark National Poetry Day; had a visit from a top children's poet; become involved in a nationwide Kids Lit Quiz and organised a readathon for Children In Need.