June seems to have flown past! Lighting the Future was a resounding success with many people commenting on how energised and buzzy the whole event was. The conference venue said they had never had such a busy and cheerful conference before! I do hope everyone who attended got something to take home and think about, and perhaps try to adapt to their situation - that is, after all, the reason why we put on such a varied programme! We are adding presentations, pictures and reflections to the presentations page of the website as we get them so you can catch up on things you may have missed. Meanwhile, speakers and delegates - if you have any pictures or presentations you are happy to share on the website please do send them to contact[at]lightingthefuture.org.uk and we'll get them up there as soon as possible. It was a real pleasure to be working in partnership with CILIP Youth Libraries Group and School Libraries Group - and everyone I spoke to was very positive about doing this again in the future.
As if that wasn't enough for one month, there's also the Finalists for the SLA Library Design Award announced this week - have a look at the webpage and remember, if you have a new library or a refurbishment, you might like to consider nominating your library next time!
We are getting geared up for schools involvement in the Information Book Award too - the shortlist was announced recently. Peters will be happy to offer a 20% discount on all the books if you wish to order a pack and take part in activities plus the voting process for the award (the website will be open very soon for registering your school to be able to vote in the Chldren's Choice categories). There will also be a small toolkit of activities available to help seed some ideas for using the award for your library activity. Posters of all the books will be sent out to schools in the Scholastic Book Fairs mailing landing on desks in September and a download version will be availabe soon.
In between all that I was also priviledged to be a part of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Award celebrations - an historic win for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Jim Kay winning both awards. This followed fast on the heels of the announcement of the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards - a city wide process hosted by the Schools Library Service, including books across all age ranges. I have already read one of the category winners as the award whetted my appetite for the book!
Currently we are working on feedback to the DfE for the consultation on the new Primary curriculum in English, as well as looking forward to some interesting meetings in the next few weeks.
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