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Library News

​"Time is set aside in English lessons for silent reading and this encourages a love of books and passion for reading."


Ofsted, June 2016

The Library at DGGS

For the majority of the past year, the physical library has either been empty of students or home to studying Year 12s.  These difficult times have meant the library has been available in different ways to students – an online book request form, a new digital ebook platform (details below) and form time visits from Mrs Hickman. 

During this period, we have been very busy behind the scenes and the library is set for an important upgrade.  We are now in the process of implementing a brand new system: the library catalogue, and any online resources we have, can be now be accessed by anyone at any time from any device.  Students will be able to reserve books, write reviews and share their reading lists.

Please watch this video for an introduction to Accessit Library


DGGS eBook Lending Platform

You can access the ePlatform by logging on to our dedicated webpage: https://dggs.eplatform.co/account/logon or by installing the ePlatform app on your device.  You can then access our school’s collection of eBooks.

Every student can borrow up to two books for two weeks at a time.  If a book is unavailable it can be reserved and you can also submit a request for a title if you can’t find what you are looking for.

The ePlatform library homepage contains sections for DGGS Recommended Reads, “Sixteen before 16”, English Wider Reading lists, Latest Additions and New/Recent Releases.

All the information you should need to use this amazing resource can be found here.

Any questions can be emailed to Mrs Hickman (shickman@dartfordgrammargirls.org.uk)

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Student Librarians

For the time being, Student Librarians have been replaced by Reading Reps in Years 7, 8 and 9.  Reps have been encouraged to set up book clubs and quizzes within their forms and many have made presentations to their form groups about what is on offer.   

Sixteen before 16

As part of a whole-school strategy to develop students’ reading habits, cultural capital and vocabulary, a project entitled ‘Sixteen before 16’ was launched last year which is promoted in the library.  All members of staff in our school community were invited to nominate a book which they think all students should read, ideally by the time they are sixteen (or eighteen for the current Sixth Form), avoiding texts which are already taught in school.  A shortlist for students has been created from the seventy-seven excellent nominations. 

Winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Carnegie medal and the Pulitzer prize feature on the list.  It covers a vast range of themes, including: hope, love, deception, loss, growing up, conflict, choice, inequality, courage, poverty and power.  The books present a wide variety of literary styles including satire, fables, modern memoirs, gothic literature and magic realism.  Reading these texts will transport students to different times and locations, including: the Victorian workhouse, Hardy’s Wessex, America in the 1930s and post 9/11, Auschwitz 1944, the rural Punjab, Wolverhampton, London, Nigeria and Havana.  It is hoped that all students will find books to humour, move and inspire them. 

Sixteen display

World Book Day 2021

World Book Day 2021 looks set to be a little different.  Vouchers will be available as paper and digital copies this year. Although they are still only valid in physical bookshops, students will have longer to spend them.  Plans are being made for activities which include quizzes and competitions.