Library and Reading
Welcome to the EPHS Library
We are proud to be a Reading School. The library is a central point in school for students’ reading and research needs and is located on the ground floor of C Block. We have close to 10,000 items in our collection including fiction and non-fiction books, comics, graphic novels, text books and revision guides, journals, magazines and newspapers.
Every Elthorne Park High School student is automatically a member of the Library - their school ID card is also their library card. The library is open Monday-Friday, and is accessible to specific year groups during morning break and lunchtime, when students can borrow and return books, carry out research or homework, access the printer/photocopier and library chromebooks or read quietly. The professional library staff are always available to help with student enquiries and book requests. If you would like to find out more about our library and all it has to offer, please contact Ms A. Martino (Librarian).
What we offer
- A quiet space for individual reading, research, homework, small group work and whole class learning
- A dedicated study area for Sixth form students
- Regular opportunities for Year 7 and 8 to visit the library during fortnightly English library lessons
- A wide range of books all abilities and interests including children’s, teen and YA fiction, graphic novels, comics and Manga
- An extensive collection of non-fiction, information resources to support homework in all subjects and for general interest. We are working hard to ensure our collection is as inclusive, diverse and representative of our school community as it can be
- Online access to the library catalogue from home to search for and reserve books. Students can also write reviews and recommend books they have enjoyed
- A stationery shop where students can purchase basic stationery such as pens, pencils, rulers and maths equipment
- Special events throughout the year to promote and encourage reading and literacy in addition to our usual work supporting students and staff – Harry Potter Day, World Book Day, author visits, reading events outside school including the Ealing Teen Read
- Regular writing and reading competitions and bookclubs including the Carnegie Medal Shadowing Group
- Weekly "Reader of the Week" book prize awarded to a student for working hard at their own reading or being a good reading role model or library user.
If there is anything you need help with, just ask!
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Ms Martino graduated from Northumbria University with a BA (Hons) degree in Modern Languages and Political Studies.
She worked abroad teaching English and then pursued a career in marketing and label management in the music industry for 10 years before taking a break to raise a family. She then retrained as a librarian and qualified with a MSc in Library and Information Science from City University with a particular interest in library spaces. This is her first job working in a school library and she is passionate about encouraging and supporting reading and research across the whole Elthorne community and helping students access the right resources for their needs. She will do practically anything to extol the merits of reading for pleasure. Not surprisingly, she is a total bookworm and her favourite book is 'Revolutionary Road' by Richard Yates. She likes nothing more than hearing and sharing what staff and students are reading.