The Library is housed in what was originally the school chapel, extended in the 1950s to create a dining hall, and re-designed in 1999 with the addition of a new mezzanine floor. This has created an interesting combination of old panelled walls and stained glass windows with new metal staircases and open-plan upper floors, which house the Careers and ICT areas. The ground floor is now home to approximately 22 000 resources and 42 work spaces.
His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, officially opened the new Library on 1 July 2000.
The Library staff consist of a school librarian and library assistant. It is open from 9.00am to 6.00pm every week day, most of Saturday, and also Sunday afternoon, for quiet study, research, ICT, and Careers and Information Skills lessons. There is a wide selection of books catering to all academic subjects taught at Rydal Penrhos School, including a foreign languages section, as well as books and DVDs that can be taken out for pleasure.
The library holds many exciting competitions and fundraising events throughout the year. Details of competitions are displayed at the entrace to the library.
Passport to Reading
We have recently launched a reading scheme for year 7 in conjunction with the English Department. The scheme, called ‘Passport to Reading’, involves pupils having their own passport. Each pupil visits different countries of the world, reading two books whilst travelling to each country of their choice. This passport is then stamped and they get a prize for every two books they read.
Book reviews can be read on the Library’s section of the school’s intranet. Please ask for details if you are interested in joining.
The Novel Ideas Club
This is to be reformed by popular demand, whereby pupils of any age can meet in the Library to discuss what they would like to provide for pupils, such as new resources and events.