Friday 6th March was World Book Day, aka the ‘Librarian’s Christmas’! The School library hosted a Book Fest, in conjunction with Waterstones Cheltenham where throughout the day, pupils explored a featured Book Sale and chatted with the Librarians and Waterstones staff about books, reading, and a love of stories. Members of Dean Close’s Student Literary Society were also on hand to help pupils exchange their World Book Day token for one of the £1 books available this year, and share favourite books and novels.

That evening the Library teamed up with the English Department to host the BIG Read Debate.Pupils and staff took turns to pitch what they considered the must-have-book for the next BIG Read.

Following a very persuasive collection of presentations, doughnuts and literature-themed games (famous first lines, a Lit Pop Quiz, and matching teacher “selfies” to “shelfies”), Kristyna Tataryan’s (U6) masterful offering of The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov pipped other titles to the post, winning the privileged title of The Next BIG Read.

The library also looks forward to a visit from Marcus Sedgwick, author of this year’s World Book Day Young Adult Book, Killing The Dead, to Dean Close this autumn.