Oakham is delighted to be celebrating 25 years of the Smallbone Library all day today with a series of events and lectures.
During the day pupils from Oakham and visiting primary schools will be able to enjoy listening to the renowned author Frank Cottrell-Boyce talk about his award-winning books, which include Millions, Framed and The Astounding Broccoli Boy, as well as his highly successful screenwriting career - with credits including Dr Who, Goodbye Christopher Robin and the Watership Down series). Frank also worked with Danny Boyle to devise the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics.
In the evening the School is hosting the Smallbone Library Lectures – an event where staff, alumni, parents, members of the wider Oakham School community and members of The FOSIL Group, have been invited to hear the thoughts of Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Dr Huw Davies on the topic of "enabling understanding through informational and recreational reading".
Dr Huw Davies, a Lecturer in the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, is an expert on digital literacy and the critical examination of digital technology’s impact on society. The School is delighted that the Lectures will be opened by Nick Poole, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). As CILIP’s Information Literacy Group (ILG) and School Libraries Group (SLG) both endorse The FOSIL Group, it is wonderful that he is able to visit Oakham to join our Library’s celebrations, where FOSIL began over seven years ago. The timing is perfect too, given the recent announcement that FOSIL and The FOSIL Group have been shortlisted for the TES Strategic education initiative of the year award.
“Opened in 1994 after seven years of planning, and covering 2,400 square metres over two floors, the Library remains an extraordinary and profound educational statement by the School,” says Darryl Toerien, Head of Library and Archives. “A library is more than its building, though, and it takes time for words to call a reality into being. Twenty five years on we celebrate the vision of a Library integral to the intellectual and academic life of the School.”
During the evening, attendees will also be able to listen to the winners of our book-themed composition competition, as well as enjoying a drinks Reception where they can see displays from the Archives that showcase the Library’s development over the past 25 years at Oakham.