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.

The Library Team

The school library is managed by Alice 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.

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.

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More Information

For more information about the library please contact Alice Wood on 01732 353544 ext. 246 or via email at awood@tonbridgefederation.co.uk
We hope you enjoy using our Library!