Learning never stops


Gladstone’s Library on Monday night


My study desk on Tuesday afternoon

This week I am not in the school library but I am in a completely different kind of library, Gladstone’s Library. This library was created by the former Prime Minister William Gladstone and it is special for a lot of reasons. One reason is that is made up of 20,000 books donated by William Gladstone in 1889; another is you can stay in rooms at the library so you get to sleep over in a library; another is the library offers scholarships for students, clergy, writers, and scholars so people can stay at the library and do research; another is the library is silent! No talking allowed!

I visited the library in May 2017 and found the library’s classification system (it is not Dewey Decimal System that we use in our school library) quite intriguing. I wanted to learn more about it so I took a chance and applied for a scholarship to do research in the library. I was really excited when the library told me I had received a scholarship and that I got to spend a week in the library! I arrived on Monday and have spent most of my time reading, researching, writing, and meeting with a member of the library team who has provided me really helpful information. I hope to compile all of the information I’ve gathered into an article about the library for a professional journal for librarians.

Even though I’ve finished school (a very long time ago) and completed my university degrees, I am still excited about my learning and really looking forward to sharing my findings with other librarians, and with anyone who asks me about my week staying in a library!

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New books! Thank you!


Thank you to all the Maple Cross families who have purchased a new book for our school library through the amazon wish list. As you can see, the books look great and they are already proving very popular with the children.

All donated books from this list are fitted with a bookplate including who donated it and a message from the giver. Children LOVE getting to see their family’s name inside a book.

I continue to add new books to the amazon wish list so please find the list using the wish list search at amazon, using admin@maplecross.herts.sch.uk as the search term. If you have any questions, please ask in the office or ask me on a Wednesday or Friday afternoon. Thank you!

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You are so generous!


Look at our new library books, all down to the generousity of the Maple Cross families! All of these have been purchased from the library wish list and will be on display in the library, including a bookplate for each book showing the family that donated it and a special message from each family. Thank you so much.

If you would like to donate a book for the library, please see our amazon wish list. All you need to do is put your special message for the book as a gift message. This message will be on the bookplate.

If you have any questions, please leave me a message through the school office or ask for me in school on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

Thank you again!

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New books for the library

Thank you to all the families who have sponsored new library books. These books are being purchased and a special bookplate with your message will be inside the book you purchased. All of these new books will be on display in the library; please come by and see “your” book!

To make helping the library even easier, the school has set up a list of books we’d like for the library on Amazon. To find our wish list, use the “Your lists” tab then click on search, using our e-mail address admin@maplecross.herts.sch.uk.

All you need to do is search this list, purchase the book and type your personalised message for the book in the area where you can include a gift message. The book will be delivered straight to the school and put in the library. We will let you know when the book is in school and ready to be borrowed by the children.

Thank you for any way you can support keeping high quality, exciting, and interesting books in our school library. This library is a vital part of learning at Maple Cross and your support is very much appreciated.

If you have any questions, please contact me through the school office or post a comment on this post.

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Manatee Baby


In this week’s library session, Year 5 finished reading Manatee Baby by Nicola Davies. What an ending! I found the epilogue had a mix of emotions for me; what did you think?

The circumstances of the manatee’s rescue and his protection seemed to inspire some ethical questions around hunting for sport. Year 5, are you ready to have a debate in next week’s library session?

To get you ready and to give you more information about the world’s oldest living manatee in captivity, who I have met by the way, have a look at his Guinness World Records entry and his live cam.

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The Lion Who Stole My Arm… We did it!


In Wednesday’s library sessions, Years 5 and 6 finished reading The Lion Who Stole My Arm by Nicola Davies. What a book! I thought the ending was perfect and especially appreciated the epilogue. What did you think?

If you want to re-read chapter 1, check this out.

Summer term will include more from Nicola Davies’ Heroes of the Wild series. Year 5 will be reading Manatee Baby and Year 6, Walking the Bear. I’m really excited!

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