rachel gibb School Librarian
I came to Merchiston in August 2018 to work as the school librarian. Before this I worked for Edinburgh Napier University Library, spending time at all the campus libraries and working with students studying the specialities of each of the schools there.
I have immensely enjoyed my short time at Merchiston, it has been everything I had hoped for and more. It has been a pleasure getting to know all of the staff and particularly the boys and their individual reading preferences. My days are varied, and made up of supporting teachers and their classes in the library, hosting book groups, chatting to the boys about books, listening to younger boys read, and more. The library is a quiet space for research and study, but also a place to help the boys discover new books and genres, introduce them to wide ranges of literature and promote a culture of reading which will hopefully motivate and encourage them for life.
I love to hear reviews of books and authors I have suggested to them, and aim to keep the library stocked with relevant and interesting literature.
Outside of school, I spend much of my time with my children and dog walking on beaches or in the hills, and travelling as much as possible during the school holidays. I also enjoy baking, sewing, painting and drawing, and usually have a number of creative projects on the go at any one time.
I also love to read (who knew!) and will often be found visiting libraries and bookshops, even when on holiday - Shakespeare & Co. and NYPL are my particular favourites. I love a good book festival and the chance to hear and speak with favourite and new authors.
I’ve had a great time here with so many memorable occasions, but I’d say my highlight was when Kate Wiseman author of the Gangster School books visited us for an event with our juniors. Arranging this was a real pleasure, Kate was inspirational and her activities were engaging, and the boys seemed to gain so much from meeting a real author. I believe this type of interaction is a real motivational force in encouraging reading for pleasure.