Library

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The College has two libraries – one in each campus – and both are busy, vibrant spaces at the heart of the school community. Both are open every day ensuring that pupils can always access resources needed to assist their studies and research. The library also works directly with academic departments to provide books, periodicals, posters and DVDs for specific projects in class. Pupils can also gain valuable work experience by volunteering as student librarians – there are around 40 chosen each year from years 9 - 14.

There are around 10,000 books to choose from on subjects across the curriculum, ensuring that pupils' enquiries and research needs are always met. The library also stocks DVDs and subscribes to a wide range of periodicals, many of which are now available online and accessible anywhere in school or even at home. A comprehensive reference section still exists in print but has also been updated for the 21st Century and many of the resources are available online. Pupils can access resources through our own customised computer database to check titles, reserve, renew and review items.

The library also stocks a wide range of fiction books for every age group and ability. Pupils are encouraged to read constantly and events are frequently held to highlight and encourage reading on specific themes or authors. We use Accelerated Reader software in the College to assess and aid pupils’ literacy skills and reading development.

Examples of our regular events include:

  • hosting visiting authors, recently including Robert Muchamore, Sophie McKenzie, Caroline Lawrence and Sheena Wilkinson
  • competitions and promotions for events such as National Poetry Day and World Book Day
  • hosting an annual book fair
  • taking part in annual book awards including the Carnegie, Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize & The Northern Ireland Book Award
  • weekly book and reading clubs for pupils.
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On Monday 7th April 2014 nine students travelled to Methodist College to see the author Darren Shan.

A popular writer of teenage horror fiction, Darren was in Belfast to promote his Zom-B series of books. Although full of blood and gore, the books combine clever plots with thought provoking moral questions such as dealing with racism and abuse of power.

After an enthralling talk, the pupils got to meet Darren and get books signed by him.

Visit by the author Sheena Wilkinson a past pupil of VCB. Sheena gave a talk to all of Y8 & Y9 pupils. Sheena focused on writing and her books Taking Flight, Grounded and Too Many Ponies.

Visit by the author Sheena Wilkinson a past pupil of VCB. Sheena gave a talk to all of Y8 & Y9 pupils. Sheena focused on writing and her books Taking Flight, Grounded and Too Many Ponies.

Launch of the Northern Ireland Book Award http://www.nibookaward.org.uk/2013-14/index.php , a local award for schools in N.Ireland. 25 schools attended the event, each school sending about 8 pupils. As well as a quiz for pupils, there was a performance by Niall de Búrca, one of Ireland’s finest traditional storytellers.

Launch of the Northern Ireland Book Award http://www.nibookaward.org.uk/2013-14/index.php , a local award for schools in N.Ireland. 25 schools attended the event, each school sending about 8 pupils. As well as a quiz for pupils, there was a performance by Niall de Búrca, one of Ireland’s finest traditional storytellers.

The VCB team at the 2013 Kids Lit Quiz finals in Belfast http://www.kidslitquiz.com/ . They are pictured with quizmaster Wayne Mills. Over 30 local schools took part; VCB finished in the top 10 but the event was won by Killicomaine Junior High, Portadown.

The VCB team at the 2013 Kids Lit Quiz finals in Belfast http://www.kidslitquiz.com/ . They are pictured with quizmaster Wayne Mills. Over 30 local schools took part; VCB finished in the top 10 but the event was won by Killicomaine Junior High, Portadown.

Author Nicola Pierce spoke to all of Y8 & Y9 pupils and focused on the importance of writing and discussed her book Spirit of the Titanic.  

Author Nicola Pierce spoke to all of Y8 & Y9 pupils and focused on the importance of writing and discussed her book Spirit of the Titanic.

 

Author D.J. McCune visits Victoria College On Wednesday 29th January the College was delighted to host the author D.J. (Debbie) McCune. Debbie was born in Belfast and grew up in Carrickfergus. After reading Theology at Trinity College, Cambridge, she embarked on a teaching career and has worked for several years at a local integrated college. Having taken a break from teaching, she has now published two highly acclaimed teenage novels – Death and Co. and its sequel The Mortal Knife. After speaking to pupils from Years 8 & 9, Debbie took time to answer some probing questions from the pupils before signing copies of her books. For more details on Debbie and her books see www.hotkeybooks.com/authors/detail/d.-j.-mccune www.twitter.com/debbiemccune www.facebook.com/djmccuneauthor www.tumblr.com/blog/debbiemccune

Author D.J. McCune visits Victoria College

On Wednesday 29th January the College was delighted to host the author D.J. (Debbie) McCune.

Debbie was born in Belfast and grew up in Carrickfergus. After reading Theology at Trinity College, Cambridge, she embarked on a teaching career and has worked for several years at a local integrated college. Having taken a break from teaching, she has now published two highly acclaimed teenage novels – Death and Co. and its sequel The Mortal Knife. After speaking to pupils from Years 8 & 9, Debbie took time to answer some probing questions from the pupils before signing copies of her books.

For more details on Debbie and her books see

www.hotkeybooks.com/authors/detail/d.-j.-mccune

www.twitter.com/debbiemccune

www.facebook.com/djmccuneauthor

www.tumblr.com/blog/debbiemccune

Northern Ireland Book Award Drama Workshop

On Thursday 27th February five Year 9 pupils enjoyed a trip to the Lyric Theatre to take part in a drama workshop with acclaimed actor/director Stephen Beggs. The workshop, one of several taking place across Northern Ireland, was facilitated by the Northern Ireland Book Award which the pupils involved are currently taking part in. Stephen worked with pupils in groups to improvise scenes from books shortlisted for the award which were then performed to those attending.

For further information on the NI Book Award visit www.nibookaward.org.uk