Wednesday, 23 November 2016


To follow on our celebrations for Roald Dahl’s 100 year anniversary the library launched a ‘Design a Bookmark Competition’. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s life and works the children were encouraged to design a bookmark featuring characters from his books and images from his life.

There were so many absolutely fantastic entries and it was difficult choosing a winner from each class.

Pearl – Frankie-rae
Red – Matilde
Ruby – Imogen
Amber – Martha
Orange – Bethany
Diamond- Sapphire
Citrine – Dillon
Yellow – Assumpta
Emerald – Aaliyah
Green – Robert
Sapphire – Jasmine
Blue – Isabella
Turquoise – Kayleigh
Tanzanite – Narelle
Indigo – Priscilla
Violet – Destiny
Amethyst – Arabella

There was a special prize ‘The Librarian’s Favourite’ that went to Georgine –Turquoise class. Georgine had not only designed a spectacular bookmark but had laminated it, ready to use.


Well done Georgine!

Drama Workshop

“Celebrating Shakespeare 2016”

Workshop presented by the Freshwater Theatre Company

Archway Library

Friday 11th November

 As part of the celebrations for Shakespeare, as it is 400 years since his death
a group of Year 5 children were invited to Archway Library to a workshop presented by the Freshwater Theatre Company. It was called “Shakespeare’s Life and Times” and it was designed to discover more about the man behind the plays. The children had lots of fun learning about Shakespeare. They re-enacted scenes from the Bard’s plays, exploring the plot, experimenting with the language and taking on a host of captivating characters. There was a lot of laughter and excitement. And there was on ‘shushing’ going on despite it being in the Library!!

A huge thank you to the Freshwater Theatre Company and Archway Library for inviting us.


Monday, 21 November 2016

Author Visit

Matt Haig

On Wednesday 16th November the bestselling author, Matt Haig came to visit St Joseph's.

Matt Haig has not only won the Blue Peter Book Award and the Smarties Book Prize but, he has been shortlisted three times for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for his stories for children. Released last year, A Boy Called Christmas was called “an instant classic” by The Guardian, with Stephen Fry, the voice of the audio book, proclaiming it “The most evergreen, immortal Christmas story for decades”.Its sequel, The Girl who Saved Christmas, has just been published.

His presentation to children in Years 3 – 6 was fantastic. Matt talked to the children about his writing and explained how his inspiration for writing A Boy Called Christmas was his son who wanted to know how Christmas began. He read from his new book, The Girl who Saved Christmas and showed a fun video of the illustrator, Chris Mould, creating the images for the story. Matt also taught the children words that Charles Dickens had invented such as “chuckaboo” meaning friends and “gigglemug” meaning someone who laughs a lot.

The children were so delighted and participated in all the fun activities that Matt had prepared for them especially Ilaria (Year 4) who dressed as an elf and Bianca (Year 5) who dressed up as a troll for a game called ‘Trolls versus Elves’.
Afterwards many of the children got to meet him personally as he signed their copies of his books. He was truly impressed with the children and the school.

It was a truly inspiring visit!


Thank you so much Matt.

Thank you too to Canongate Books and Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill who made this event possible and to all the Parents/Carers who supported us by purchasing books.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog Visits the Library!

"Come and see the Library transformed into a Bookshop and maybe you will see me there." - Clifford The Big Red Dog

Thank you to Scholastic Book Fairs for organising him to visit us.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Book Fair

The Book Fair has arrived!

Come and join us in THE LIBRARY to see our very stylish Book Fair.

Friday 4th - Wednesday 9th November

8:40 - 9:00am and 3:00 - 3:45pm

Don't forget that every book you buy helps to get FREE BOOKS for our library!


Don't miss it!