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 Rugby World, BBC History and Focus.
      •  20 journals supporting the curriculum for A level and GCSE such as the Economic Review, New Scientist, Biological Sciences. 
      •  DVD collection which can be borrowed for free on a 2 day loan.
      • The 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 has offered activities based on Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter.

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

www.childrensbooksequels.co.uk | Book Lists

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.