This week at GCH we joined in the Guinness World Record attempt for the largest number of people writing a story http://www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk/2013/02/school-librarians-to-set-a-new-world-record-to-celebrate-national-libraries-day/
45 of the students came and wrote over break and lunchtime, and 6th form prefects, the Pupil Librarians, the debating coach and a school govenor came to be observers and stewards.
There was such a lovely atmosphere in the Library. It was very busy (and not exactly quiet), what with a rainy lunchtime, paired readers coming to change books and people writing stories, but there was a great feeling of purpose, excitement and concentration.
Yes, concentration! Even though there were a lot of people there, and despite the loudish murmur, there was a still centre of determined attention: the yr7 girls reading to their 6th former ‘paired reader’; the excited story writers; the everyday library users – they were all using the Library like billy-oh, and long may it continue.
Silence is great in the Library – when everyone is reading in an English Library lesson for example, or studying in the Upper School – but sometimes a little noise is better. I’d rather a hectic lunchtime like last Wednesday’s, than an empty Library. Sometimes, as The Doctor can attest, silence is deadly.