Our school is strongly committed to improving literacy standards and this term, with the support of the PTFA, we have invested a substantial amount into our KS2 library. The new books we have purchased include 100 recommended titles for children to read by the end of Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6 respectively. This means the books are matched specifically to year group expectations to ensure that children are appropriately challenged. Within each set of 100 books, each author only appears once so that children are introduced to a wider range of authors than those they would typically select. Please visit the '100 books' page to find a list of these titles. As well as being able to select books from our new library titles, the children will, of course, still be able to read their own books from home.
In order to allow the children to share their enjoyment of reading, and to encourage them to read a growing range of quality literature, we have also purchased an online library catalogue called the Reading Cloud. The new system allows the children to electronically loan books and allows us to be able to track and monitor what the children are reading, how often they are reading and when they are returning titles.
By using the Reading Cloud, the children will also be able to view our school library catalogue from home. They have their own profile where they can create their own avatar, blog about the books they have read, write reviews and add friends so that they can see what other people are reading. The children will also be able to see the most popular books in school, meet authors by watching video interviews, as well as look at suggested texts and authors that the cloud has recommended based on their previous reads. These are just a few of the fantastic features that the Reading Cloud can offer and we hope that it will help to develop a reading culture at Leasowes.
As part of the package we have also subscribed to 900 eBook titles that are accessible through the Reading Cloud and can be loaned electronically from home. To find these, the children need to use the search feature in the top right hand corner of their home page. They can search by using key words, titles or authors. Any ebooks will then be listed as an ‘Overdrive Resource’ which you can then click and open to read. This will then automatically loan the book to your child for 2 weeks.
You can access the system via the school website through the alternative 'Reading Cloud' tab which acts as a direct link. Alternatively, you can access the Reading Cloud directly using the following URL: https://U021954.microlibrarian.net.
To log in, the children simply need their barcode number which should be stuck inside their Home School Record. At present, this acts as both their username and password. If you have access to an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android phone, then you can also download a new App called ‘iMLS’ to access the library from those devices.
Further user guides for the App and loaning eBooks are available in the attached documents below.
We hope you find the new facility useful and would gratefully welcome any feedback.