Pupil Library Volunteers

Bishopbriggs Academy Library has always had pupils who have helped out in the Library to issue and return books and help other pupils use the Library.  However, one group of pupils asked if this could be a more formal arrangement and the programme for Pupil Library Volunteers was developed in 2012.  This gave the Volunteers the opportunity to complete a number of tasks and challenges and to improve the ways in which they can assist pupils.

Working in the Library

Pictured below are Melissa, Emma, Skye, Rhiannan, Hayley and Amy who have all achieved their Bronze Pupil Library Volunteer Award.  The girls then worked hard to achieve their Silver Award.  Jade, who also achieved her bronze award is not in the photograph.

Library Assistants receive their Bronze Award certificates

As part of their Silver Award, the library assistants visited Waterstone's Bookshop in Glasgow to help select books for the school library.  This was a very enjoyable trip and a lot of great new titles were selected for the Library.

Meeting Wally at Waterstone's 

Pictured below are the Volunteers receiving their Silver Awards.  To achieve this the girls helped to select new books at Waterstone's, process the new books and also create a notice board of book reviews.  Unfortunately, Hayley, who also achieved her Silver Award was not available for the photograph.

Library assistants December 2012

In recognition of their hard work and help in the Library, our seven volunteers were delighted to receive the Parent Council Award 2013 at the school's Award Ceremony on Thursday 6th June 2013.  The girls are pictured below with Mrs Thomas.  Hayley, who also received the award was unavailable for the photograph.

Parent Council Award 2013

Our six Volunteers have now achieved their Pupil Library Volunteers Gold Award.  To achieve this, the six Volunteers have undertaken a number of activities including organising a library competition for World Book Day and changing wall displays in the library.  Rhiannan, Jade, Melissa, Amy, Katie, Skye and Emma - help out regularly before and after school and at lunchtime to issue and return books, help other pupils to use the library correctly and process new books.

The Volunteers also planned and organised a trip to Waterstone's booksellers in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow in 2014 to select and purchase new books for the school library.  Other pupils also suggested new books for the library and these were also purchased.  Thank you to Jane at Waterstone's who helped arrange such a successful visit.  The girls are pictured below during their visit to Waterstone's.

Library assistants visit to Waterstone's

In April 2014, the Volunteers spent a day of their Easter holidays reorganising the library shelves.  This involved moving almost 7000 books from shelf to shelf!  Doing this gave much more room for our fiction books and made it much easier for pupils to find their favourite authors and titles.

Despite being extremely busy with many other activities and SQA exams, the Volunteers have continued to make an important contribution to the library throughout session 2014 - 2015.  They have assisted pupils, updated displays, reminded pupils about their overdue library books, helped with competitions and processed new stock.  As a result of their commitment to the Library we were delighted that the Volunteers received Saltire Awards recognising their work in the library.  These Awards are supported by the Scottish Government and recognise the contribution made by young people who volunteer regularly in their community.

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