News from The Arthur Holt Library

News from The Arthur Holt Library

It was Albert Einstein who said that the measure of intelligence is the ability to change, but even he couldn’t have foreseen the levels of flexibility required of all of us under the present circumstances. We’ve all had to change the ways we work, whether we’re students, teachers, parents or the organisers of the Premier’s Reading Challenge!

In response to the ongoing lockdown, the deadline for this year’s Challenge has been extended by two weeks until Friday 3 September. Students are also now able to include up to 10 Choice Books on their reading records (a doubling of the usual five) in recognition of the difficulty they might have tracking down the books on the list.

Another important concession to these ever-changing times, is that students can add any books that they have read in class to their reading records. That means that any books that you have studied in English or read as part of the Library’s Wide Reading can be added to your total.

So – quick recap – to complete the Challenge you simply need to read 20 books, 10 of which need to appear on the official list, which can be found online at And if you’ve lost or forgotten your login details, all you have to do is email Mrs Nolan at

Oh, and we have one final challenge for you! We’d love to see some pictures of you all reading – the more unusual the location, the better. Email them through to and we’ll add the best ones to our Instagram feed.

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.”

– JD Salinger

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