Library

Opening Times

Monday
8:30-17:00
Tuesday
8:30-17:00
Wednesday
8:30-17:00
Thursday 8:30-17:00
Friday 8:30-16:30

Using the Library

 
  • The library is staffed by Mrs Jones on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Day on Thursday and Friday. Mrs Jones leads the non-fiction collection including Reference books and curriculum resources. Mrs Day has special responsibility for the fiction collection and reading clubs and activities.
    • Year 7-11 may borrow up to 4 books for 2 weeks. Books can be renewed at the circulation desk; you don’t even need to have the book with you.
    • 6th Form may borrow up to 6 books for 2 weeks and can renew them if they need them for a longer period.

    Induction

    At MGS the year7 students follow a library induction programme throughout the year. They learn how to use the library for research, develop reading habits and become confident library users which supports their future studies.

    Resources

    • The library has over 15,000 books, 3,000 fiction 12,000 non-fiction.
    • 1 dedicated library catalogue computer ( although you can access the library catalogue from any computer in school by clicking the library menu, then Heritage catalogue)
    •  16 networked computers providing internet access.
    • Magazines such as fourfourtwo, Q, Focus, Pc Format, and Rugby World.
    •  20 journals supporting the curriculum for A level and GCSE such as the Economic Review, New Scientist, Sight and Sound, and some language titles.
    •  The Times daily newspaper and the Kent Messenger on Fridays.
    • DVD collection which can be borrowed for free on a 2 day loan.
    • The Connexions careers library contains information on careers, gap years, job applications and CVs. We also stock prospectuses from every university in the UK, and specialist books on how to get into Medical school, Oxbridge and advice on taking professional exams such as the LNAT for Law.

     

    Reading

    The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go.

    — Dr. Seuss, 'I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!'

    • Recommended reading lists for students who are unsure of what to read next. The year group is only a guideline and able readers may look at lists for older year group for inspiration.
    • The library runs a reading group in conjunction with the English Department. We participate in the Maidstone Area Book Awards with several other local schools.
    • We take part in a regional book quiz competition called Kids’ Lit Quiz.
    • During extended learning week the library was transformed into Hogwarts and we arranged a week of wizarding activities.

    Click here for recommended reading lists:

    Year 7 reading list

    Year 8 reading list

    Year 9 reading list

    Year 10 & 11 reading list

    6th Form reading list

     

    E books and Digital audio books.

    We encourage the use of digital resources in the library and recommend the Kent libraries website. They have a huge range of e books and audio books to download which is free to all Kent library users. These resources can be downloaded onto the overdrive app which is compatible with a huge range of mobile tablets, e-readers, PCs and other devices. Click on the link below for more info or to access their catalogue.

    http://kent.lib.overdrive.com/7DEEAD16-3303-4792-9A78-BA413D0E4184/10/50/en/Default.htm

    www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/libraries Kent County Council Library Catalogue

     

    Reading Websites

    www.cool-reads.co.uk | Book reviews by children

    www.readingmatters.co.uk | Book Reviews. Offers a 'book chooser'

    www.childrensbooksequels.co.uk | Book Lists

    www.storiesfromtheweb.org | Interactive Book Website

    www.meettheauthor.co.uk | Book Authors

    www.ckg.org.uk | Carnegie and Greenaway Book Awards

     

    Research Links

    If you have a Kent library card you can access a huge range of journals and online resources using the Kent library website listed below.

    http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/libraries/online_library_services/online_reference_library.aspx

    UCAS Homepage Track your progress online.

    http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective/index.html  A tutorial for research skills and how to use the internet effectively.

    Times Online | News and Views from The Times and Sunday Times Use the search function to access articles from the last ten years.

    Google Scholar Save time by only searching academic sources.

    http://news.google.co.uk  By using advanced search techniques you can search by dates and publications to find specific news stories or articles.

    BFI | Home British Film institute search for clips and events.

    Poetry Archive Poets reading their own work.

    Browse all Topic Guides - New Scientist

    BBC - Learning Useful links, video clips, games and information.

  • "My son was skipping and jumping through the halls, and his excitement to show off his school and his lessons was very heart warming. He comes home daily with happy stories about his day at school. He has doubled in confidence and has taken on much more responsibility for himself in such a very short time." - A New Year 7 parent
  • "I'd like to send a quick note on behalf of my son, who attended the Brazil fair (Year 6 outreach event) yesterday. He had a great time and was so excited when he came home and couldn't stop talking about the amazing things that he did whilst at the school. Thank you so much to you and all the boys from MGS who helped make the afternoon such a success. " - Parent of a year 6 student
  • "My husband and I wanted to send a message to say how very impressed we were with our guide on Thursday evening and what a wonderful ambassador he was for your school. His manners were impeccable and he conversed confidently and informatively with us both. In addition, he engaged our 9 year old without patronizing him made his visit fun and insightful. Jack greatly contributed to our first impression of Maidstone Grammar School being such an overwhelmingly positive experience." - A visiting prospective parent
  • "Students’ achievement is outstanding, both in their academic programmes and their personal development." - Ofsted (2013)
  • "My son is in year 7 and was struggling with 2 heavy musical instruments, a school bag, his diabetes bag and his lunch bag this morning and I saw 2 sixth formers rush over to help him carry his bags. I just want to register my thanks." - Parents of a new year 7 student
  • "There is not a week which goes by even now without me thinking of the school with gratitude, and of its teachers who never gave up on me and allowed me a chance in life. " - Words from an Old Maidstonian
  • "The sixth form is outstanding. Students’ above average attainment at the higher grades in AS and A level equip them exceptionally well for higher education and careers of their choice." - Ofsted (2013)