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Library gives Christmas presents to Year 7 students

Every single student in Year 7 has received a Christmas gift from our Library.

Every single student in Year 7 has received a Christmas gift from our Library.

In September the Library invited all our Year 7 students to choose one of 15 books for their present and this week our librarians handed out 200 wrapped books to the students.

The most popular titles this year were Geek Girl by Holly Smale, A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson and an adventure book by television presenter and wildlife writer Steve Backshall.

Librarian Amy McKay said: “Every Christmas we give our Year 7 students a book for Christmas because we want to encourage them to read during the Christmas holiday.

“There was a range of books for the students to choose from, including graphic novels, fiction and non-fiction – there was something for everyone.

“All of the titles are high quality contemporary books but they are not necessarily mainstream and we hope they open our students’ eyes to new authors and genres.

“The National Literacy Trust has published reports which has revealed the positive impact that book ownership has on literacy levels but sadly one-third of young people in this country don’t own a book.

“Here at CBA we can say 100% of students own a book and there aren’t many schools that can say that.”

Next term the Library will run a variety of competitions and activities connected to the books for those students who want to take their reading further.

The project is co-ordinated by our Assistant Librarian Christina Mangin.

(Pictured are Year 7 students Georgina Abrahams, Saskia Culbert, Joe Shirlaw and Edward Boaden with their Christmas gifts)