Friday, 20 July 2018

Summer Holidays



at a Library near you!

Junior Librarians

Junior Librarian Award

Our Spring and Summer Term Junior Librarians were all awarded with a certificate this morning at our final assembly.

Thank you for doing such an excellent job of monitoring the library.
I could not have done it without you all.


Violet Class  - Georgine/Kayleigh/Natalia/Lewhat/Ciaran/Leonardo 
Amethyst Class - Scarlett/Josie/Ondine/Esther/Victoria/Morgan/Shayne/Leo
Indigo Class - Lekan/Addison/Alice
Tanzanite Class - Ruby/Eadie/Nixie/Kirsi/Andrew/David/Isabella

Well done!

Your teachers will be selecting Junior Librarians for next term after the holidays so make sure you let them know if you would like to help in the Library.

Thursday, 19 July 2018


Library Events


Roald Dahl Day is on Thursday 13th September.

Roald Dahl Day takes place on 13th September every year and marks the anniversary of the birth of the world's number one storyteller. To celebrate we invite children in Year 1 - 6 to come dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character. There will be a COMPETITION for the best costumes.

So remember to think about costumes over the Summer Holidays and make this year's celebration a truly Dahlicious one!

Piers Torday - author visit on Wednesday 19th September.

Award winning and best selling children's writer, author of The Last Wild trilogy, Piers Torday, will be coming into school to talk to children in Years 3 - 6 about his writing.

National Poetry Day on Thursday 4th October.

WINNER OF THE 2017 CLiPPA, THE AWARD FOR THE BEST CHILDREN’S POETRY BOOK, Kate Wakeling, will be in school to help us celebrate poetry and make the day extra special. 'Moon Juice' was her first poetry collection for children. 

We are very much looking forward to having Kate with us for the day and inspiring our children.

Look out for more details about these events in September.

at a Library near you!



Monday, 9 July 2018

Summer Fair


Our second-hand book stall was a great success. 
We managed to sell most of the books that had been donated to the school.

Thank you to our Junior Librarians, 


 who set up and managed the stall.
Amazing girls!

We also promoted the SUMMER READING CHALLENGE which is organised by the Reading Agency and Library Service.
All children are encouraged to continue reading over the summer holidays.
It is free to join in at your local library, read 6 books and win a certificate and medal.

A huge THANK YOU to Pickled Pepper Books who donated a prize for the raffle of a voucher for one of their 'Young Illustrators Workshops.

Thanks for joining in with the Summer Fair.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Return Books

Please remember to return all your library books before the end of term.

from the School Library


Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Summer Reading Challenge



On Monday at a special assembly we launched the 2018 SUMMER READING CHALLENGE.

The SUMMER READING CHALLENGE, which has taken place annually since 1999, aims to help children to retain their reading skills and confidence while school is out. Organised by the Reading Agency and run in partnership with the UK public library network, the campaign seems three quarters of a million children take part each year.
Children are challenged to read at least SIX library books over the summer and collect prizes, such as stickers along the way to earn their final challenge certificate and medal.
Each year, the SUMMER READING CHALLENGE has a new creative theme. 2018 will see the Challenge focus on mischief and pranks, as inspired by the much-loved iconic children's title Beano marking it's 80th anniversary.

We invited two librarians from our local Islington library at Archway to come into school to talk to the children about joining in with 'Mischief Makers' Summer Reading Challenge.
They explained how to join in  and showed the children a fun video.

It is simple.

1. Register at Local Library (Archway Library will be at our Summer Fair on Friday 6th July)

2. Read 6 books over the summer

To find out more go to the Summer Reading Challenge website

Check out the Reading Agency's reading lists:link

At the end of the assembly all the children who had joined in and completed last year's Summer Reading Challenge and/or Winter Reading Challenge were presented with a certificate.

KS1 children 

KS2 children


2016 - 40 children participated
2017 - 80 children participated

We will celebrate everyone who completes the challenge after the holidays.

So come on and join in and make St Joseph's the best read school in Islington!

Thank You

to the librarians, Paul and Kevin, from Archway Library 

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Summer Reading Challenge


What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!

The Summer Reading Challenge website helps you keep track of your reading all year round: find new books to read,
 take part in competitions and play games.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Book of the Month


The Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

The books are about two boys called Andy and Terry who live in a treehouse. They invent things and write stories.
The books are full of crazy, funny pictures that will make you laugh.

Listen to the StJBC Podcast with Year 3 interviewing Mrs Rooney, the Librarian, about this series.

Friday, 18 May 2018

New Books

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Among the new books are the delightful  Kes Gray 'Oi' series

and the adaptation of 'Wonder' by R.J.Palacio for Early Years which inspires kindness and acceptance in everyone who reads it.

We also have some new additions for our Poetry shelf:

'Moon Juice', poems by Kate Wakeling. They are clever, funny and inspiring. A worthy winner of the CLiPPA 2017 Poetry Award. Perfect for children aged 8+
'Werewolf Club Rules', poems by Joseph Coelho. This book won the  CLiPPA 2015 award. Get ready to howl with laughter as you discover the rules of the Werewolf Club.
'The Language of Cat' poems by Rachel Rooney, the 2012 CLiPPA winner. Poems full of wordplay and riddles that make you laugh and think.

It is thanks to the funds we raise with our Book Fairs that we are continually able to add exciting new books to our library. 

Thank you again to everyone who supports our Book Fairs.

Our next Book Fair will be in NOVEMBER 2018.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Library Sessions

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Each class has a weekly session in the library and every child has an opportunity to take a book on loan. Please could you make sure that your child returns their library book each week on their library day so that they can either renew it or take another book. 

If the book is lost please provide a fee of £5 so that it can be replaced. This should be given to the school office in an envelope clearly marked for the attention of the Library with your child's name and class. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss this matter. 

Mrs Rooney 

School Librarian

Friday, 4 May 2018

Library Monitors

Library Monitors

Children are encouraged to participate in the running of the library. Each class selects library monitors to help the Librarian during their class session in the library. They organise the books, help other children choose book and generally make sure the library remains a quiet and relaxed place.

This week children from Year 2 took part in the running of the library. They all got a chance to use the library scanner to issue their own books!

Fun learning!

Summer Term

Summer has come to the library!

We can look forward to lots of days reading outside on the grass or on our benches under our sun umbrellas. 
Children from Years 2 and 3 were able to enjoy their library session outside this week. The sun came out and warmed us up whilst we listened to stories or read our own library books.

Happy Summer Reading!

Monday, 23 April 2018

Pupil Librarians

Welcome to our Spring Term
Welcome to our new Librarians

The pupil librarians will be helping with the running of the library during lunchtimes. They will learn how the library is organised and will help other children choose books to borrow. 



Leonardo - Violet
Elijah - Amethyst


Ciaran -Violet

Kayleigh - Violet


Isabella & Nixie - Tanzanite


Addison - Indigo

Lekan - Indigo


Esther - Amethyst

Ondine - Amethyst

Thursday, 29 March 2018

World Book Day Dress Up

World Book Day
Dress Up

Pearl – Diego – Zog from ‘Zog’ by Julia Donaldson. Prize: ‘Dinosaurs Love Underpants’ by Claire Freedman
White – Fryderyk – Dinosaur from ‘How to Grow a Dinosaur’ by Caryl Hart. Prize: ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’ by Julia Donaldson
Red – Joe  - Stickman from ‘Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson. Prize: ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell
Ruby – Evie – Matilda from ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl. Prize: ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson
Amber – Dominic – Dusty from ‘Disney Planes’. Prize: ‘Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam’ by Tracey Corderoy
Orange – Isabella-Mia – White Rabbit from ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll. Prize: ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ by Judith Kerr
Yellow – Ella-Grace – Owl from ‘Blossom Wood’ by Catherine Coe. Prize: ‘The Fox and the Ghost King’ by Michael Morpurgo
Diamond – Reece –Kung Fu Panda: The Junior Novel by Susan Korman. Prize: ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ by Roald Dahl
Green – William – Steve  from Minecraft. Prize: ‘My Brother is a Superhero’ by David Solomons
Emerald – Anna – Miss Root from ‘Demon Dentist’ by David Walliams. Prize: ‘The Last Wolf’ by Michael Morpurgo
Blue – Celino – Giant Peach from ‘James and the Giant Peach’ by Roald Dahl. Prize: My Brother is a Superhero’ by David Solomans
Sapphire – Frankie – Zog from ‘Zog’ by Julia Donaldson. Prize: ‘The Treehouse Fun Book’ by Andy Griffiths (Signed copy)
Indigo – Maisha – Gangsta Granny from ‘Gangsta Granny’ by David Walliams. Prize: ‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl
Tanzanite – Nina – London Eye from ‘The London Eye Mystery’ by Siobhan Dowd. Prize: ‘Four Children and It’ by Jacqueline Wilson
Amethyst – Leo – Skulduggery Pleasant from ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ by Derek Landy. Prize: ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar

Violet – Georgine – Hilda from ‘Hilda and the Troll’ by Luke Pearson. Prize: ‘My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord’ by David Solomons

Congratulations to the winners of our World Book Day Dress Up Competition.
Thank you for everyone who participated and made such wonderful and creative costumes.

Keep Reading!

Friday, 23 March 2018

New Books

Our Book Fair free books are already arriving in the library from Pickled Pepper Books.

We have the new Pamela Butchart book - 'The Phantom Lollipop Man!' and we have a few new books by Tracey Corderoy featuring the exciting detective duo - 'Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam'.
We have for Years 5 and 6 the surprising and beautiful novels, 'The Light Jar' by Lisa Thompson and 
'What not to do if you turn Invisible' by Ross Welford.

There is also another book in Andy Griffith's very enjoyable 'Treehouse' series, 'The 39-Storey Treehouse' and the charming illustrated series 'Mango and Bambang'  by Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy.

Come in and take a look!

World Book Day

This year we celebrated World Book Day on Friday 9th March due to the adverse weather conditions.

World Book Day Dress Up was a roaring success with all children and staff dressing up as their favourite book characters. It was a chance for creativity to shine and many costumes were home-made.

We had a costume parade as part of our World Book Day Assembly and every child received a World Book Day Token which they could use to get a special World Book Day Book from the Book Fair.

The child with the best costume from each class was awarded a golden ticket to be exchanged for a book of their choice. They were all so brilliant so it was hard to choose.

Congratulations to the following golden ticket winners: Diego, Fryderyk, Joe, Evie, Dominic, Isabella-Mia, Ella-Grace, Reece, William, Anna, Celino, Frankie, Maisha, Nina, Leo, and Georgine.

Share A Story was the theme of this year’s World Book Day and the children were encouraged throughout the day to share a story anytime and anywhere. Special stickers were given to the children as a reward.

Nursery and Reception classes visited Years 5 and 6 classes where they shared stories with their buddies.

We invited one of our local bookshops, Pickled Pepper Books, to arrange a Book Fair for the week and we transformed our library into a mini-bookshop with a fantastic selection of children’s books. We also had the wonderful World Book Day books for which the children could exchange their World Book Day Tokens; a book for every child.

Together we raised more than £700 and earned credit to use on new books for our school library. We will be able to choose from the latest releases so that we keep up-to-date with children’s books.

Thank you to everyone for helping to make it such a fantastic day!