Welcome to St Catherine’s Senior School Library where ‘reading for pleasure’ and independent learning through purposeful private study are simultaneously encouraged by the large number of books available for loan and reference use. There is also a collection of hard-copy magazines, as well as online Library resources available to students through our online Library system, ‘Oliver’. The Library also subscribes to the daily papers, including 3 foreign language newspapers. The librarian is always happy to receive book recommendations and reservation requests, and provide support in finding information.
Highlights in the Library calendar include ‘Book Week’, celebrating literature in all its diverse forms throughout the school, and the Librarians’ Literary lectures, a joint venture with the prep. School promoting books and authors to the pupils, thereby extending their ‘reading for pleasure’ choices.
The Library is open 7 days a week and staffed by the Senior School Librarian from 8:30-5.30pm Monday -Friday. Pupils can borrow up to six books for 3 weeks. The Library is available to Day Girls after school for homework.
Do come and visit the library to see the resources available to the pupils whilst at St Catherine’s.
Our suggested reading lists for current parents can be found here.
Book Week March 2022
The beginning of March saw our annual Book Week, with this year’s title of Adventures through the pages, inviting everyone to consider their own interpretation of the theme. Activities ranged from a Bookmark design competition, Library quizzes and activities, launch of the Library Short Story Competition, and, of course, an opportunity to dress up as a favourite character from, or subject of, a book on World Book Day – a thoroughly enjoyable event!
20th September 2022
On Tuesday 20th September we welcomed Karl Nova to speak to girls from Upper 2 to Lower 4 for the first of this year’s Librarians’ Literary Lectures.
Winner of the CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) award in 2018, and the Ruth Rendell Award for his services to realising children’s literacy in 2020 Karl Nova is a Hip-Hop artist, author and poet.
Karl used his funny and engaging style to highlight the importance of reading, and illustrate how he developed his love of poetry and performed some of his work, whilst speaking about his childhood in the UK and Nigeria, further explored in his most recent collection of poems The curious case of Karl Nova, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medial 2022.
- Robin Stevens - October 2019
- Geraldine McCaughrean - June 2019
- Linda Newbery - January 2019
- Katherine Woodfine - June 2018
- Jo Cotterill - September 2017
- Elen Caldecott - September 2016
- Frances Hardinge - January 2016
- Lauren St John - June 2015
- Julia Golding - September 2014
- Theresa Breslin - June 2014
- Michelle Paver - September 2013
- Lauren Child - June 2013
- Marcus Sedgwick - March 2013
- Philip Reeve - June 2012
- Lauren Child - May 2012