The Howard Library

About the Library

The library is a buzzing and thriving place to be and is guaranteed to be very busy throughout the whole school day. 

The library is used by all our students from years 7 & 8 using the accelerated reading books, year 9 library lessons to sixth form quiet study periods.  During breaks and lunchtimes you will find students browsing and reading books, doing homework, working on computers, working alone or in groups or enjoying some of the many library clubs available.

Reading is such an important part of every child’s day and our library is there to provide an excellent source of books to support our students with their studies and to enjoy reading.

Library Dedication

The Howard Library is dedicated to Mr Roy Howard (1922-2011), the first headteacher of Hugh Christie School.  He was a well-respected local school leader and made a huge contribution to the lives of thousands of young people in this area.

When are we open?

We are open throughout the day Monday to Thursday from 9.30 am - 2.45 pm.

Introducing the Library Team!

The College library is managed by Mrs Wood and supported by a team of enthusiastic student library assistants from Year 7 up to Sixth Form.

The current student library assistants are: Ethan Gibbs, Nathan Mair, Sam Barnett, Erica Lewis, Megan Holdstock, Danielle Thompsett and Tom Rudd.

The student library assistants are an invaluable part of them team.  They help out with issuing and returning books, collecting overdues, issuing birthday books, finding resources for homework or suggesting a good book to read as well as running the lunchtime library clubs.

I’m interested in becoming a student library assistant, what do I do?

As there is always more demand than places available, you will need to fill in a short application form and apply to the team.  If successful, you will spend a trial period with us to make sure it’s right for you!  One break or lunchtime is all we expect you to dedicate to.


All students can borrow up to 3 books for a period of 3 weeks.

All books must be signed in and out by the Librarian on duty.  If no one is available your book can be placed in the returns box next to the Librarians desk. 

If you have not finished reading your book you can ask the Librarian to renew it and get it re-stamped.

What we have?

We have over 7000 fiction and non-fiction books, First News newspapers, book posters, careers leaflets and prospectuses as well as 6 networked computers.

Our Library catalogue is available on the Homepage of the Hugh Christie website which you can search at any time.  You can also view student book reviews, book of the week and our new reads.

You can also have your own login to view your current and past loans, complete a book review or reserve a book.

We are happy for you to suggest any books that we should stock in the library.  Please give your suggestions to the Librarian.

Finding a book

Our non-fiction books are ordered by the dewey decimal number covered by a clear coloured label.  Further details are shown on the signs above the bookcases.

000 – 099                    General, reference                 White

100 – 199                    Philosophy, psychology           White

200 – 299                    Religion                                 Light Blue

300 – 399                    Society, community                Red

400 – 499                    Languages                             Purple

500 – 599                    Science                                 Lilac

600 – 699                    Technology                            Grey

700 – 799                    Arts, music, sport                   Green

800 – 899                    Literature                               Yellow

900 – 999                    Geography                             Dark Blue

Our fiction books are ordered alphabetically by author’s surname into the following genres.

  • Adventure
  • Biography
  • Careers
  • Fairytales
  • Fantasy
  • Historical Fiction
  • Horror
  • Humour
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction
  • Short Stories
  • Sixth Form Reading Scheme
  • Young Adult

The Accelerated Reading books (details of the programme are shown below) are organised by AR level. 

Level 1             Red                              Level 6            Green

Level 2             Orange                        Level 7             Peach

Level 3             Purple                          Level 8             Grey

Level 4             Blue                             Level 9             Brown 

Level 5             Yellow                                                

A reading ideas folder is available to all students to browse through.

Code of Conduct

The Library can become very busy during break and lunch times.  To ensure that all students can work safely and productively, we operate a simple code of conduct:

  • Students should have a clear purpose for their visit to the Library.
  • Bags to be kept under the tables.
  • Quiet talking is acceptable.
  • Eating and drinking is not allowed in the Library.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off.
  • Only one student to each computer.
  • Students should leave the area tidy.

Students will be asked to leave the Library if they break the code of conduct.

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is our structured reading programme for Year 7 and 8 students.  We are able to monitor and manage independent reading practice and motivate reading for pleasure.  At the end of each term, certificates are issued to students who have read Quarter Million, Half a Million, Three quarter of a million, million words and passed over 20, 40 or 50 quizzes.

Year 7s Library Induction

At the start of the academic year all Year 7s are given a tour of the library.  They are then asked to complete a short Library Treasure Hunt to make themselves familiar with the book locations.

Free Books

Every Year 7 student receives either a Michael Morpurgo or Ali Sparkes book.  In Year 8 every student receives a book of their chose on their birthday from Chris Bradford to Michael Morpurgo and Anne Frank to David Walliams.

Get Involved!

You could get involved in one or more of our lunchtime clubs.  Regular activities which take place every week include: Chess club, Carnegie Book Shadowing Group, Craft club and Board games club.

MONDAYS: Chess club

Run by sixth former Haopeng Li.  All students are very welcome to join us.

TUESDAYS: “Bookworms” (Carnegie Book Shadowing Group)

Run by sixth former Emily Golding, club members discuss and share views on the books they have read.  More members are very welcome!  You can view our page and blog on the Carnegie site.  This is updated by year 10 group member, Grace Crosby.


Run by two Year 10 students Erica Lewis and Megan Holdstock.  A popular club welcoming all new students to join in the creative fun!

THURSDAYS: Board Games Club

Run by two Year 10 students Erica Lewis and Megan Holdstock.  All new members are very welcome.

World Book Day

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading which takes place every year.   The whole school takes part by dressing up as their favourite book character. 

Author Visits

We have been lucky enough to welcome two best-selling authors to Hugh Christie – Chris Bradford (Young Samurai and Bodyguard) and Ali Sparkes (Frozen in Time and Shapeshifters).  We are delighted that they will both be returning to us next year.

Parent Readers

Reading is an important part of every child’s day. To help us provide additional support we are always happy for volunteers to become Parent Readers.  A CRB check will be required. Please contact the Librarian for more information.

Book Donations

We are looking for good quality fiction or non-fiction books. All donations are gratefully received.

Useful Websites


Carnegie Book Shadowing

More Information

For more information about the library please contact Mrs Wood on 01732 353544 ext. 246 or via email at awood@tonbridgefederation.co.uk

We hope you enjoy using our Library!