The J.O. Heap Library, which is staffed by a full-time Librarian, and her assistant, contains collections of books, films, journals and digital resources to support the teaching and learning at Kingswood School. The Library is a quiet place where students and staff can read, learn and research while enjoying a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere.
The Library aims to provide resources that complement the subjects studied by students while also enhancing their wider knowledge of the world. We also aim to encourage and develop students’ literacy and reading for pleasure by providing fiction resources across a wide range of interest and ability levels.
Through Firefly, all staff and students have access to the online Library catalogue and can search for any of our resources. They also have access to online resources, including university-level journal databases such as JSTOR. These can be particularly helpful for A-Level coursework or the Extended Project Qualification. The Library also has a variety of print journals, magazines and newspapers available, ranging from titles such as The Economist and National Geographic to Rugby World.
The Library regularly hosts events including author visits and Open Mic Nights at which students can perform their own writing. These events are often in support of initiatives such as National Poetry Day and World Book Day. We also follow national book awards such as the CILIP Carnegie Medal and YA Book Prize.
Staff and students may recommend new resources for the Library at any time, and we work hard to maintain a print and digital stock that is both up-to-date and interesting.
If you have any questions about the Library or would like to know more about how we are currently offering services, please contact the Librarian, Kirsty Sutherland, via our contact form.
What's been happening in the Library recently?
Book of the Month
October's Book of the Month: D.O.G.S. by M.A. Bennett.
"After the dramatic events of the last few weeks, Greer Macdonald is trying to concentrate on her A levels. Stuck for a play to direct for her drama exam, she gets help from an unexpected quarter . . . A priceless lost play, buried by time, is pushed under her door. It is Ben Jonson's The Isle of Dogs, a play considered so dangerous in Elizabethan times that every copy was burned . . . except one. As the students begin to rehearse, events become increasingly dark and strange, and they lead Greer back to where she never thought she would return - Longcross Hall. There she discovers that not only is the Order of the Stag alive and well, but that a ghost from the past might be too . . ."
Open Mic Night
To celebrate World Book Day, the Library hosted an Open Mic Night with a number of students displaying the variety of talent at Kingswood. Davida (left) performed a short story, Evie (middle) read a poem, and Gabriel (right) performed a song.
All the performers were fantastic and the level of writing talent on show was amazing. We were a very lucky audience!