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Patrick Ness amazing fundraising effort for refugees

Unable to continue just tweeting outrage at the terrible pictures of dying children in the refugee crisis, Patrick Ness launched a fundraising page for Save the Children yesterday, September 3rd 2015, promising to match fund up to £10,000 if people donated. That total was smashed in under two hours and John Green stepped in with a further £10,000 of matched funds. This was swiftly followed by a further £10,000 from Derek Landy, then JoJo Moyes and then Hank Green. As each total was passed more and more authors joined in. Rainbow Rowell rallied round an amazing group of YA authors who matched £10,000.  Those fab people are Brendan Reichs, Ally Carter, Margaret Stohl, Jenny Han, Shannon Hale, Siobhan Vivian, Richelle Mead, Gayle Forman, Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi.

Not to be outdone, More YA authors from USA got in on the action, too, and matched another £10,000 They are Margaret Stohl (again!), Melissa de la Cruz, Sabaa Tahir, Leigh Bardugo, Lauren DeStefano, Pseudonymous Bosch, David Levithan, Libba Bray Lauren Oliver, Jacqueline Woodson, Alexandra Bracken, IW Gregorio, Stacey Lee and an incredible effort from Maureen Johnson who gave bespoke nicknames to everyone who donated on her timeline. As I type this, the total raised is £248,403.50 from 3,934 donors.

This is an inspirational piece of news to display in the school library to show young readers that the authors they admire care very deeply about the world we live in and the sort of society that young people will inherit.It may well inspire fundraising in your own school as well as valuable copy for future citizenship, sociology,politics,history and geography study.

( Message from Patrick)

It's been an amazing day! Authors Rosamund Lupton, David Nicholls, Louisa Young and YA publisher Andersen Press have all pledged (and had matched!), so you can add £45,000 to the total on the right! ( above)

What's more, when we reach £200,000, the awesome Marian Keyes will donate £10,000.  And if we raise another £10,000 after that, Horrid Henry legend Francesca Simon will add ANOTHER £10,000.

What's more, the very good people at Virgin Giving have agreed, if we reach £250,000, to waive ALL FEES!  Let's do this!

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Sign up for the DK Advisory Panel

Are you a children's librarian? Do you work in a primary school? 

DK has provided quality content for over forty years, and we want to make it even better. So we need your help to make that happen!

To find out what you use, what you need, and what you want, DK is creating an advisory panel filled with a variety of people including teachers and, of course, librarians. This panel will shape the future of our publishing to make sure that our audience continues to receive the best books and digital content. 

To learn more about the DK Advisory Panel and to sign up, please click here.  DK welcomes anyone who works with children or young adults, or anyone who works in education to apply for a spot on the panel. So if you don't think you have the time but know someone who might, please do forward this email on. 

If you are selected as a panellist and complete all the surveys, you will receive £200 worth of DK books (titles of your choosing) for you to use at home, in the classroom, or in your library.

Thank you so much for taking the time to register your interest. If you are selected to join the advisory panel, you will hear from the DK marketing department by 30 September 2015.

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T S Eliot Prize 2015

TSESchools with Sixth Forms do look at the prize website as they have relaunched their writing competition.  This year there is a new additional category for students to write their own poem in response to their choice of one of the shortlisted poems. This Writing Competition is run in conjunction with the English and Media Centre.  There is also the opportunity to shadow the shortlist of books for the prize with reading groups - do check it out, all the details are on the website.

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Job Vacancies: Cokethorpe School, Witney, Oxon - Librarian


Required as soon as possible.

Cokethorpe School is an independent HMC day school for 660 boys and girls, set in beautiful parkland near Witney, in Oxfordshire. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified Librarian who will develop and promote the Library and facilitate independent learning and a love of reading.
This is a full time term time only (+ 5 days) position, working Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.
For more information on the post and an application form, please visit the School website (
Applications should include a covering letter addressed to the Headmaster, Mr Damian Ettinger, explaining your reasons for applying and a Cokethorpe Support Staff Application form. All documents should be emailed to: (recruitment[at] There is no closing date for this role. Applications will be accepted until an appointment has been made and therefore it is advisable to apply as soon as possible. Previous candidates need not apply.
Cokethorpe School, Witney, Oxon OX29 7PU, 01993 892359
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service

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A Children's Illustrator Calendar for 2016 in association with Farms for City Children

Following on from the terrific success of the Peter’s Friends Calendar last year, Peter Sheldon (ex Peters Bookselling Service and Hon YLG member!) has persuaded his illustrator friends to provide illustrations for another calendar for this year. So again, he will be producing a quality, spiral bound, A4 seasonal calendar, with original illustrations from new friends Quentin Blake, Jane Ray, Colin Hawkins and Catherine Anholt, plus our regular friends Michael Foreman, Tony Ross, Ruth Brown and Arthur Robins, with a welcome return for Clara Vulliamy, Anthony Browne, Pat Hutchins and Nicholas Allan.

There is a definite countryside farming theme for 2016, (but sadly no 'scratch & sniff' ), as we are supporting Farms For City Children in their 40th anniversary year with all profits from the sale of calendars going to their charity.

There will be a charge of £6.95 per copy including p&p, and distribution will take place by the end of November. If you would like to order a copy/copies (perfect for Christmas Presents! ), then please contact Anne Marley by 23rd October deadline with your requirements .

You need to email: anne.marley[@] Please either send a cheque with your order (payable to E.A. Marley) to 8 Bolderwood Close, Bishopstoke, Eastleigh SO50 8PG  - for BACS details please contact anne. You will also have to email me with your name and address and how many calendars you would like to buy. Orders cannot be accepted without payment attached this year, sorry.

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distance learning PG Dip/MA/MSc in Information and Library Management

The distance learning PG Dip/MA/MSc in Information and Library Management has been running successfully at Northumbria University for many years now – and they have many past post-graduates successfully working in a variety of library and information posts throughout the world.  The course is a 2 full year linked award studied entirely at a distance (with 2 optional study days – one per year) – the PG Dip actually takes 16 months to complete, and as their award is linked – students can return to complete the masters part of this qualification within 5 years, or some choose just to take the PG Dip.

The PG Dip and MA/MSCs are CILIP accredited – and there is a small and friendly department who will teach you at a distance.

There are still places available for this year’s study starting in September 2015 – so if you are interested please look at the website for further details  .

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Join the School Library Association’s Information Book Award team to discover what makes the best information book for your library or classroom, how to choose them and what to look out for. The Information Book Award demonstrates the wealth of fantastic fact books out there that can provide daily inspiration for your pupils. This event will give you loads of tips and practical advice on how to use them in your classrooms across the curriculum as well as for reading for pleasure.

Taking place on 28th September in Bath (at the Guildhall – Brunswick Room on the ground floor) between 4.30-6pm (though may run till 6.30pm to allow good discussion and question time), the session will be introduced by our Chair, Karen Horsfield, who is the manager of the Somerset SLS.  There will be a session from Jane Walker, Macmillan Publishers, on the job of creating good information books from the publishers perspective, referencing their winner last year. We have Jayne Gould, a judge and Primary school librarian, to talk about using the books in school and Catherine Mackenzie, a judge and librarian at Peters Books and Furniture, on tips and hints for choosing good information books.  Plus Ruth Thomson, author of one of our 2012 winners Terezin, talking about creating a good information book from the point of view of the author.

Tickets cost £25 – please visit to reserve a place.

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Job Vacancies: Glenthorne High School, Surrey - Library Assistant

Salary:  £14,172 - £16,401 pa depending on experience

36 hours a week, term time plus one week

Required as soon as possible

We are looking to appoint a Library Assistant to assist our Librarian in the development of our Library as a vibrant learning environment used by the whole school community.  You will have excellent communication and inter-personal skills as well as a good knowledge of Word and Excel.  You should also have a passion for reading and be able to share this with pupils throughout the school.

Glenthorne High School can offer you:

  • The opportunity to work in an ‘outstanding’ school.
  • A comprehensive programme of professional development for staff at all levels
  • The opportunity to work with colleagues who have a passion to inspire pupils.

A National teaching and support school with a specialism in the arts, Glenthorne High School is a mixed comprehensive academy based in Sutton, Surrey with 1500 pupils, which has been judged 'outstanding' in all areas by OFSTED. This is a genuine opportunity to join a popular school and become an integral part of the academy's continuing success.

Closing date: 10.00am on Monday 7 September 2015

For an application form and further details please e-mail recruitment[at] or visit our website:

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