Our amazing new Library was officially opened on 26th February 2014 by award-winning author, Guy Bass.  

We believe the investment we have made in our Library reflects the importance we place on reading for pleasure within the School.  We hope the children find it a vibrant and welcoming place to come and browse for a book. The children are encouraged to borrow books regularly and are given the opportunity to read every day.  

We are also pleased to announce that the children can now view the School Library catalogue online, which means they can search for books they would like to read and write reviews about books they have read.  Having the library accessible in this way and getting 
parents engaged with reading will help to support our commitment to improving our students' literacy 

You can access the online Library catalogue via this link Orchard Junior School Library catalogue

There is also an App called 'iMLS', available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android and Windows Phone.  This App can be downloaded by going to your App provider and searching 'iMLS'.  Click here for more information iMLS app


Since author Guy Bass opened our brand new School Library back in February 2014, we have been very busy in our quest to encourage the children to enjoy reading for pleasure.

 More children than ever took part in the Summer Reading Challenge at their local library.  We celebrated World Book Day with an Extreme Reading competition and prizes were given for the most unusual places to read.  

Guy Bass cutting the ribbon to officially open our new School Library.

 During the year a wide range of people from the world of literacy have visited our school, including award winning authors Dan Freedman, Paul Geraghty and Ali Sparkes, who was accompanied by her illustator Nina Lazarski.

Another very popular visitor to our School is local author and illustrator, Simon Chadwick, who wowed us all with his amazing cartooning skills.

We have had some lovely storytelling events too.  Year 3 and Year 4 were treated to tales from local storyteller, Christobel Thomas.  

We also held a special event in December, when children returned to school during the evening in their pyjamas for festive stories and hot chocolate around the Christmas tree.

We have enjoyed two visits from the wonderful 2 Steves (Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore), who put on amazing iHero and Action Dog shows and hosted creative writing workshops with some of our pupils.

It has been a very enjoyable and busy time in the Library and we would like to thank parents for all their support with the many events and for helping to develop a love of reading with the children.