Welcome to the Shrewsbury Library! This page provides an overview of library resources that are available for parents. If you have any questions about the library or anything on this page, please email the librarian, Kim Beeman, or stop by the library before or after school.
Parents and nannies are encouraged to become members of the library. If you would like your nanny to be able to check out books and other library materials, please fill out this form (also available at either of the library’s circulation counters), and ask your nanny to bring it to the library before or after school, along with their normal ID badge. Parents and nannies may use the library following these guidelines;
- Parents and nannies may visit the library at any time before or after school so as not to disturb children using the library during class time. The library is open before school from 7.15-7.40am in the morning, and at 12.30pm after dismissal from EY1. The library is also open for parents and nannies from 2.20-4.00pm in the afternoon.
- Parents and nannies can borrow up to five books, which go out for two weeks at a time. They may also borrow up to two DVDs or magazines, which go out for two days at a time.
- Whether parents or nannies, up to two adults in any family can join the library.
- All items must be returned to the library by the date stamped in the book or DVD, and any items that are lost will need to be paid for.
- Library staff will only check books out to a person that is present in the library – a child cannot borrow books in a nanny’s name, a nanny cannot borrow books in a parent’s name, etc.
The library welcomes your book suggestions. To suggest books, please fill out this form or email the library staff at email@example.com. Please note that final purchasing decisions will be made based on the needs of the students, but that parental input is valued.
If you would like to put a book on hold, please email the library staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow time for the library staff to find the book and put it aside for you. Generally, if you put a book on hold in the morning, the request can be filled by the afternoon, but in some instances it may take up to 24 hours.
The library offers a range of online resources, many of which are available for parents. If you have questions about how to use any of these resources, please email the librarian, Kim Beeman, or stop by the library before or after school for a demonstration.
Destiny Quest: Use the library catalogue to search for books and periodicals in the library’s collection. You can use the catalogue to quickly see if the book you are interested in is available.
The library offers two e-book systems, one for Junior School and one for Senior School.
- Tumblebooks is geared towards Junior School students, with a sizable collection of pictures books that can be viewed in a browser or on a tablet. If you use the link above, you should not need a username and password. A note for tablet users: The easiest way to access Tumblebooks is from the link on the library website. Once on the page, find the word CHOOSE under the Shrewsbury icon at the top; select MOBILE from the pull-down list. Now click on one of the brightly colored ovals, find a book or video you like, and click on WATCH ONLINE.
- Overdrive is geared towards Senior School students, with access to hundreds of contemporary novels, and thousands of classic books offered through Project Gutenberg. All Senior School students should already have a username and password. If your son or daughter does not know their account information, please ask them to stop by the library or email the library staff at email@example.com.
Databases and Online Encyclopedias
Please click here for usernames and passwords for all online library resources.
World Book Online: World Book is an extensive online encyclopedia, with materials appropriate for researchers of all ages. This site gives you access to all of the World Book resources, including World Book Kids (geared for Y3 to Y6), World Book Student (geared for Y7 to Y9), and World Book Advanced (geared for Y10 to Y13).
Naxos Spoken Word Library: Naxos Spoken Word Library has some great children’s books and classic literature available to listen to. This content is streamed not downloaded, so you must have internet access to use this resource.
Naxos Music Library: A wide variety of classical music is available as a streamed resource.
Grove Music Online: Over 55,000 articles written by over 6,000 leading international experts chart the diverse history and culture of music and musicians from around the world.
Online Access to Periodicals
We have online access to the following journals. Please click here for usernames and passwords for all online library resources.
- Only one person can log in to each of these at a time, so please log out as soon as you have finished.
- New Scientist
- The Economist
- The New York Times
- The London Review of Books
- PE and Sport Today
- History Today
- All Philip Allan magazines – 20th Century History Review, Biological Sciences Review, Chemistry Review, English Review, Business Review, Economic Review, PE Review, Physics Review, and Psychology Review
- We also have access to E magazine for English students.
- We also have online access to Hiragana Times – a Japanese/English language website (print journal also available in the library). This username and password changes on a monthly basis – if you would like to receive updates of the latest password please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading aloud with your children is a great way to share quality family time whilst building their literacy and love of reading. Here are some quick tips on how to make this a fun activity for everyone.
Time and Place
Reading can be done anywhere, anytime, with any book, but here are a few ideas to make it easier to organise.
- Make a commitment to read aloud with your child four or more times a week
- Try setting aside a regular time for reading together, that is separate to school work
- Turn off the television and computer, and put your phone on silent – try and achieve ten minutes of uninterrupted golden time
- Cuddle together as you share stories
- Ten minutes reading a story at bedtime is a great habit that will also help your child to sleep well
- Get the rest of the family involved – maybe every Sunday morning a grandma or auntie could read a story in a different language, whilst you read English stories at bed time each night
- Make sure your child gets to choose which book to borrow from the library or buy sometimes
- Children love the reassurance of repetition, so if they keep asking for the same story read it again
- If you want your child to be able to speak a language as an adult, read stories to them in that langage as a child – getting your undivided attention in this way will mean they see that language as important
How should I read?
All your child wants is to hear your voice – the thing making their storytime special is that it’s you doing the reading! If you want a few ideas to make your storytelling even more engaging, try some of these;
- Ask questions about the pictures as you go along – which is your favourite elephant? How many birds can you see? How do you think the monkey feels?
- Doing “voices” can be difficult, instead try making your voice loud and soft, fast and slow at different parts of the story
- You don’t have to read exactly what’s on the page! Just read enough to make sense of the story if your child is too tired, or go into more detail if you can see they are really engaged in the book
For more information
Reading is Fundamental have some great online leaflets with more ideas for reading aloud with your children.
- Choosing Good Books for Children of All Ages
- How to get Early Years Children Excited about Reading
- Reading Aloud to your Children
- Reading Aloud to Your Children Can Boost Academic Achievement
If you’re looking for some suggestions about books to try or you have any other questions, please contact the library staff at email@example.com.