Berkhamsted School Library blog


We started the blog to try and test out whether we could have a presence on the web, to see whether we could join the information revolution that was really taking off a couple of years ago…  Initially we wanted to communicate with the school community and get a feel for using IT in the current online world.  It started as a book review site where we asked all members of staff, not just teachers, about the books they like reading, when they like to read (mainly during the school holidays as we’re all so manically busy during term-time!) and how they like to read (all the books ever written by one author in one shot or dipping in and out of an author’s body of work and mixing genres as they go).  We found it interesting to see whether people read mainly fiction or non-fiction and whether it was scholarly or for pure enjoyment.  We went global, as in online, with a blog, because we sought a wider readership than just members of the school as we thought it would be great if we could get people from around the world to talk with us about the books we reviewed. We need to find ways to do this better as we only have a few followers still!  Sharing books and our love of them with others is always a joy and it’s fabulous to start the discussion!

 What we have done:

We have reviewed our favourite books – in a fairly random manner – but, we feel, quite successfully, perhaps you could write to us to suggest ways of improving this!  We have started to cover book awards as well…  There is the odd review of a film which we’ve enjoyed but this is another area we’d like to cover in more detail, especially the ideas of turning books into film and whether or not this is successful.

What we would like to do…

We’d like to blog more regularly and insert news on forthcoming publications, maybe do features on authors who come to visit us as well as our favourites, insert reviews from you students (please!) and build up our links with fabulous existing book blogs we already like and find some more…

Links to our favourite book blogs so far:

We’re very aware that this is just a small list at the moment, we’ll add to it as time goes by.  Please get in touch if you write a book blog and would like us to link with you or if you know of any more fantastic ones, kindly drop us a line!


Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

8 thoughts on “Berkhamsted School Library blog”

  1. It is difficult to connect with a larger audience as there is so much content out there. I’m a children’s author very local to you and also a member of YA author collective The Edge ( One of the reasons behind starting The Edge was to provide a focus for discussion of teen and YA literature. It strikes me that there may be an opportunity for some collaboration. If you’re interested, maybe we could discuss less publicly via email. I can be contacted via my website at ( Best wishes, Dave Cousins.

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