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Refurbished Library is at the heart of the College, fostering a love of learning

A fully refurbished and modernised Library at Havering Sixth Form College was officially opened by the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Dilip Patel.

The brief ceremony on Tuesday 13th November was attended by College staff, colleagues from Havering College of Further & Higher Education, Havering Libraries and also Patricia Metham from the Havering Learning Partnership.

Principal Paul Wakeling welcomed the visitors and spoke of his personal love of libraries, saying that he saw a library as ‘a safe and fascinating place that fosters independent learning’.

Guest Patricia Metham then spoke about why a library is a centre of learning and how it can stretch your mind, citing many literary figures to support her view, including William Wordsworth and Ezra Pound.

Referencing the novel The Wizard of Oz, Patricia said: “Just as the Scarecrow wanted a brain, the Tin Man a heart and the Lion courage, libraries are places for anyone who wants to broaden their imagination. They are the heart of the College as they foster a love of learning and they are for those who want to display the courage of their convictions by choosing learning over other activities.”

Visitors complimented the design of the new library that was achieved with input from many staff members, including the Library team led by Gemma Osborne and Jennifer Cooper, teachers, members of the premises team and students. The design was realised by the College Keepers who worked on and oversaw the project.

The new Library incorporates an IT Study centre where students can work independently; a group study centre; traditional silent working areas and a reading area. It houses a wide selection of books, magazines and newspapers and students can take advantage of a self-service facility to borrow and return books as well as accessing high quality advice from the library staff.

There is a weekly book club open to all students and the library hosts many events, including workshops with authors.

In declaring the Library officially open, the Mayor said the space was calm and purposeful in its design and it would contribute enormously to literacy and learning at the College.




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