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Cilip Carnegie Greenaway Awards 2009

The winners of the 2009 Cilip Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards have been announced.

Siobhan Dowd has won the Carnegie Award for Bog Child (David Fickling Books) and Catherine Rayner has won the Kate Greenaway Award for Harris Finds His Feet (Little Tiger Press).

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School Libraries in Action

With all the current discussion and passion around reading in schools and the use of school libraries - referencing Campaign for the Book, Michael Rosen's Just Read, it was with interest I discovered this fascinating video. It was made as part of their year-long Teacher Inquiry project, by Vancouver teacher-librarians and has been made available at Teacher-Librarians: Supporting 21st Century Learners. The professionally produced video features teacher-librarians working with students at Charles Dickens Elementary, Kerrisdale Elementary, Tecumseh Annex, and Vancouver Technical Secondary.

Executive produced by Moira Ekdahl, Vancouver School Board's Teacher-Librarian Consultant and its BCTLA Liaison Chair, the video powerfully demonstrates "school libraries in action" and I would urge everyone to take a look! Once you have watched the video, you can look at the other pages on the Vancouver teacher-librarian inquiry wiki site by using the Side Bar on the right-hand side of the page.

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Campaign for the Book

As you know Alan Gibbons has been campaigning tirelessly on behalf of libraries over the past months with the Campaign for the Book. He has now raised the gauntlet for school libraries and is sending an open letter to the government - have a look at the text here and do sign up and get others to sign up too. Alan has also set up a petition on the Number 10 website whose text is - We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to make school libraries statutory.

We, the undersigned, call on Her Majesty's Government to accept in principle that it will make school libraries, run by properly qualified staff, statutory and to prepare the necessary legislation in consultation with the appropriate professional associations and trade unions.  Sign up here.

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A day in the life...

...of your Chief Executive turns out to be really fascinating. This morning started off with an early start and the train down to London to attend the Children's Laureate announcement ceremony. This was in Centre Point on the 31st Floor, I don't think I have ever been so high before, and the views across London were spectacular, especially as the day wore on and the haze lifted. The excitement as the ceremony progressed was really tight.  Michael Rosen, the retiring laureate, made an impassioned plea for the Campaign for the Book and the Just Read campaign (about to start) as well as thanking the many people who had helped make his tenure such a success. Andrew Motion was equally powerful in his comments about libraries and the value of the laureateship in promoting reading and engagement for children.  Anthony Browne was announced as the new laureate to great applause, and stated his case that he wants everyone to play the Shape Game - to help unleash the creativity in us all...  It seems very appropriate that the 6th laureate is an illustrator - as was the first!

That was followed by a very short notice interview at Sky News commenting on the news that Arnold Schwarzenegger thinks students in California should use the internet for text books - and not have to carry around those heavy books!  Quite odd sitting in a remote studio talking to a camera (the main studio is in west London and I was in the centre!

Then off to south of the river to meet with some school librarians from IB schools - to see if there is more SLA can do, or something we can do differently that may be useful.  If you're not an IB school - don't worry - we also want to meet with you about what we can do to improve our offer to you too.  Tube strike later - wonder if I'll get back to my train station to get home?  Library and Information Show in Birmingham on Wednesday and Thursday - see you there?

Tricia Adams

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SLA AGM Agenda

SLAThe Agenda for the 2009 AGM is now available on the SLA Members' pages. As notified in the Spring 2009 info[at]SLA, the AGM will take place at the Management School Building, University of Surrey, Guildford, on Sunday 21 June 2009 at 9.15 am.

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Seven Great Ideas

This is the title of a KS3 reading programme on Teachers TV that features Werneth School, in Stockport, and the School Librarian of the Year 2008 - Nikki Heath.

One of the initiatives at the school is "Drop Everything And Read", whereby all pupils and staff stop what they are doing and read for 20 minutes to demonstrate how much the activity is valued throughout the school.

Year 7 English lessons are relocated to the library once a week, and pupils are allowed to spend the time reading for pleasure - be it from a book, magazine or comic - under the supervision of librarian Nikki Heath and a team of pupil librarians.

As part of the annual literacy challenge, pupils of different year groups work together on reading tasks linked to the Tour de France. This helps to engage reluctant boys and target pupils of all abilities.

Finally, teachers and support staff are brought together with pupils to act as positive role models, to recommend books and share reading experiences.

The programme will be shown on June 4th (06.15) and July 14th (10.45 & 18.45) or can be seen on the web.

Nikki is also quoted, along with Sally Duncan, SLA Assistant Director, in the TES article (magazine 29/05/09 p 36)- on How do I become a school librarian?  Do try to see it!

Tricia Adams

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