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In a recent meeting with the DCSF SLA was discussing the difficulties of finding appropriate bookstock that might be suitable for primary age children to give them an inspirational or motivational insight into possible careers. Do you ever get asked for career-based material for this age group (thinking mainly KS 2 here)? In which case what do you recommend - and is it book based or web based?
Any responses are only to be used in a future discussion with DCSF and will be credited to their originator. I am happy to amalgamate any responses into a digest and circulate to all concerned. Please email me tricia.adams[at]sla.org.uk
The SLA are delighted to announce the Honour List for the 2009 School Librarian of the Year Award. The four Honour List librarians are Lucy Bakewell from Hill West Primary School in Sutton Coldfield, Barbara Band from The Emmbrook School in Wokingham, Joy Wassell Timms from the Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury and Lynne Varley from Sponne School Technology College in Towcester.
The four have been chosen for their outstanding work in their school library from a pool of excellent candidates. The winner will be announced at a ceremony to be held at London Zoo on the 5th October.
Take part in this year's World Book Day Short Stories competition and you could see your students' stories published in the next World Book Day anthologies.
10 famous authors and 1 famous poet have provided opening lines, so primary and secondary school children from all around the UK and Ireland can take part in the World Book Day Short Stories competition 2009-2010.
Evans education are inviting schools to register now. Make sure you're involved in this year's competition; click here to register your school now. Schools must register by 2nd October. Once you've registered Evans will be in touch to let you know what your opening lines are.
Start With the Youngest: The Library for Nursery and Infant Children has just been published – a long awaited brand new title, written by an experienced school library service manager. It is vitally important to introduce and familiarise our youngest children in nurseries and infant schools to the world of books, reading and libraries. This Guideline gives practical advice on how to set up and run a library for the youngest children.
Full of practical ideas, it discusses possible locations, furnishings, policies, use and much more. This new Guideline also includes two case studies – one with a reader development focus and the other outlining some work carried out with a top infant class who were using the library for topic research.
This compact text is competitively priced in our "Guidelines Mini" series at £5.00 for members (£6.00 to non-members) and is available to purchase now on our website.
LISU at Loughborough University are about to start work on a new edition of the publication Who Next...? A Guide to Children's Authors and in order to make sure it is as useful as possible they are conducting a survey of users to find out their views and ask for suggestions. As schools regularly use this resource perhaps you would like to fill in the survey.
The new Autumn 2009 issue of The School Librarian should soon be with you, featuring the usual fascinating mix of feature articles and comprehensive reviews.
SLA members have access to an online index of books reviewed and to the full text of the reviews in the ict[at]SLA section, with live links for all websites.
If you are not a member of the SLA and would like to see a sample back issue, please email publications[at]sla.org.uk