Working in a school library, you quickly realise that one of its key roles is as a place of sanctuary for many students, one that supports both their social and emotional wellbeing. With the reported decline in children and young people’s mental health over recent years, this has never been more important. In this webinar, Emma will look at the range of innovative and unique ways a school library and librarian can support and enhance a student’s mental well-being during the school day, acting as a ‘third space’ between home and classroom. She will look at examples of how library design, library lessons, events, staffing and codes of conduct all work together to support students social and emotional health. She will also explore the Bibliotherapy collection she has developed at St Benedict’s Senior School in Ealing, London, looking at the various reading schemes and charities that support and promote this area.
Emma has been a librarian for over 15 years, working in legal, public, academic and school libraries. She gained an MA in Library and Information studies from UCL in 2004 and became a Chartered Librarian in 2007. She has worked in a number of London secondary schools and currently works as Senior Librarian at St Benedict’s School, along with being EPQ Level 3 Lead Supervisor.