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Animal Jam for Schools - free resources

Animal Jam for Schools’ - created in association with National Geographic, is an online playground for children who love animals and the outdoors that will engage pupils in a fun and interactive way.

The ‘Animal Survival’ lesson toolkit has been developed for pupils aged 7 – 11 years across the UK. Each class will embark on an exciting and adventurous animal journey, where pupils will work in teams to explore the animal kingdom, learning about animals, their diets and how they adapt to their habitats. The lesson-ready teacher pack will enrich and support the curriculum in all four nations for geography, science, art and design and maths

Following the lesson, pupils are encouraged to apply their learning and take part in an art competition! For further information visit: http://www.nationalschoolspartnership.com/animaljam.php

The first 500 schools that register will receive a free printed resource pack, including:

  • A fun and inspiring lesson plan
  • A deck of 30 fact-filled animal cards
  • An exclusive fact-filled animal poster to display in their classroom
  • 142 competition entry forms to encourage as many pupils in their school to take part!

There are some great prizes to be won, including an Animal Jam inspired workshop, Animal Jam membership and goodies.

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A free 2 week trial of Box of Broadcasts!

Box of Broadcasts

A free 2 week trial of Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is available to librarians and teachers in primary and secondary schools through the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC). A charity established in 1948, the BUFVC supports teaching, learning and research by enabling access to quality broadcast television and radio programmes. 

An online service, BoB allows librarians and teachers to screen, record, clip and download well over 1.2 million TV and radio programmes broadcast in English as well as modern foreign languages including:  

•    900,000 BBC TV and radio programmes 

•    110,000 Channel 4, ITV and Channel 5 programmes

•    22,000 programmes from foreign language channels. 

BoB is available on desktops and handheld devices so it can be accessed outside school premises. Librarians and teachers can create playlists, access high quality metadata, share content with colleagues, edit clips and embed content in their VLE.   BoB allows schools to make use of their DfE funded Educational Recording Agency (ERA) Licence.

To request a free trial of BoB for your school please email: BoB@bufvc.ac.uk or call 020 7393 1505

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Join The Kids' Lit Quiz Committee

Kids Lit QuizLooking to develop your CV and develop contact with like minded librarian colleagues across the UK? – Then look no further!

National Treasurer required for Kids’ Lit Quiz UK

This is a great opportunity to be an active part of a children’s literature charity (awaiting charitable status confirmation).

Qualities needed include the ability to run a spreadsheet & good communication skills.

The role starts from the beginning of the autumn term: sending out an accounts form to all the regions, and then collating information from the regional KLQ UK heats as they roll out through November. By January, the main task is to present the annual account.

Although the post is voluntary, there is a small annual honorarium.

All enquiries should be addressed to natorgklq[at]gmail.com

The link to our website is  wwwkidslitquiz.com

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Worcestershire's Awesomest Book Award 2015

The Shortlist for Worcestershire's Awesomest Book Award has been announced:

  • Demolition Dad, written by Phil Earle, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie  
  • The jam doughnut that ruined my life, written by Mark Lowery, iillustrated by Hannah Shaw
  • 11 birthdays, written by Wendy Mass
  • Pugs of the frozen north, written by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre
  • My brother is a superhero, written by David Solomons
  • Awful Auntie, written by David Walliams,  illustrated by Tony Ross

All titles were chosen by children around the county. They now have the chance to read these to vote for one favourite. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 23rd February 2016 with last year's winner – Rachel Hamilton.

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20017/libraries_and_learning/998/schools_library_service/3

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Nominate a Board Member: Board Nomination Form 2016

Nomination of Board Member

Word document, 85 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)

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IBBY UK Christmas Card 2015

Ibby Xmas Card 2015Jan Pienkowski has produced a stunning and timely design for this year's card. Entitled I Saw Three Ships, his illustration marries the traditional carol with Jan's own experience as a refugee coming to the UK after the Second World War. This card plus those from previous years including Michael Foreman, Shirley Hughes, Jackie Morris, Jane Ray and Axel Scheffler, are available at £6 per pack of ten (incl. p&p).

Purchase online at www.ibby.org.uk/shop

IBBY is a non-profit organisation bringing books and children together and IBBY UK is a Registered Charity.
 

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MLS Reading for Pleasure video

RfPflyingbooksaplentyThe new MLS Reading for Pleasure video animation which MLS have created to support schools with promoting reading for enjoyment. This colourful and engaging video has been produced in collaboration with school librarians Caroline Roche & Adrian Thompson and MLS are hoping that schools can use it as part of reading assemblies, bookweeks, parents evenings and literacy themed events. A very useful resource!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15DquCwKN9I

 

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Fourth year for Little Rebels Book Award

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) is thrilled to announce that the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction is back for its 4th year. The Little Rebels Award recognises children’s fiction which promotes social justice and social equality. The award is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) and is administered by specialist children’s booksellers, Letterbox Library. The closing date for nominations is January 11th 2016. Full details on the website.
 

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Outsell's IM Benchmarking Survey - please note revised deadline of 30th November

*With a big thank you to everyone who has contributed so far*

Over the past several years, Outsell's IM Benchmarking Survey results show spending on e-books to be almost flat, despite the proliferation of platforms and formats, and the same was predicted for 2015. How has this situation changed in 2015/16? How does your library compare to other education sector libraries? This is just a reminder that you can find out by participating in Outsell's 2015 survey for library leaders and managers, which is now live!

In return for your participation, you will instantly receive a free 12-page data report showing how your responses compare to both your peer group, and the library community as a whole.  You can find the survey at: http://outsell.interceptsurveys.com/IMB

The survey should take around 20 minutes of your time to complete (you can pause it and return at will), and all information will be kept strictly confidential. We know many of you have been kindly taking the time to consult with colleagues about your responses, and to review the questionnaire carefully. Thus, we have revised the deadline to Monday 30th November, 2015.

Questions? Need a copy of the questionnaire?  Contact Leonie Nicholas, Affiliate Analyst, Outsell, Inc., at lnicholas@outsellinc.com.

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The Week Junior

New weekly current affairs magazine for 8-14 years olds, The Week Junior, is launching with a special offer for schools. Brought to you by Britain’s bestselling news magazine, The Week, it’s designed to help pupils explore and make sense of the world around them.

Covering news about science & technology, animals, sports, environment, the arts, film and computing, The Week Junior offers lots of ways to enhance curriculum learning in lesson time and out of the classroom, across all subject areas.

Launch offer for schools

The first 500 schools to register will receive a free eight week subscription and a free printed school pack including:

  • ‘Great Ideas’ teacher guide providing tips as to how the magazine may be used in and out of the classroom
  • A staffroom poster
  • 100 pupil competition forms
  • Two copies of The Week Junior magazine

The ‘Great Ideas’ resource is cross-curricular with strong links to English & Literacy, PSHE, Citizenship, Science, Technology & Geography. You can find out more here: http://www.nationalschoolspartnership.com/theweekjunior.php.
 

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Shortlists announced for Peters Book of the Year 2016

Peters Books & Furniture have announced the shortlists for their annual book awards, Peters Book of the Year 2016. The shortlists (see below), were compiled by Peters' own team of children's librarians, who read and review every book that the Birmingham-based children's specialist takes into stock.Pboty2016feat

Across the three categories, Picture Books, Junior Fiction and Teen Fiction, Peters’ librarians have included their favourite publishing from the last 12 months.

Peters encourages their customer base, schools and public libraries, to get involved with the awards by providing downloadable posters, teacher’s notes, bookmarks, voting forms and certificates. Many schools shadow the awards during spring term, with pupils placing votes either by post or online. They are also offering the shortlisted books to schools and nurseries at 25% discount – place your orders using the Offers page.

Downloads and online voting can be accessed via www.peters-books.co.uk/pboty.

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony at Peters’ Birmingham premises on the 15th March 2016.

Picture Books:
There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)
Space Dog by Mini Grey (Cape)
Families, Families, Families!  by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang (Picture Corgi)
Stay! by Alex Latimer (Picture Corgi)
Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie (Bloomsbury)
Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Birgitta Sif (Walker)
A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton (Hodder)
Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean Jullien (Walker)
Max at Night by Ed Vere (Puffin)
Slug Needs a Hug! by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross (Andersen)

Junior Fiction:
Not as We Know It by Tom Avery, illustrated by Kate Grove (Andersen)
How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell (Hodder)
Demolition Dad by Phil Earle, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie (Orion)
How to Fly with Broken Wings by Jane Elson (Hodder)
The Pirates of Pangaea by Daniel Hartwell, illustrated by Neill Cameron (David Fickling Books)
The Marvels by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)
The Cake, the Wolf and the Witch by Maudie Smith, illustrated by Tony Ross (Orion)
My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson (Nosy Crow)
Hamish and the Worldstoppers by Danny Wallace, illustrated by Jamie Littler (Simon and Schuster)
Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb (Scholastic)                   

Teen Fiction:
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne (Usborne)
The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis (Usborne)
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton (Corgi)
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle (Corgi)
The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew (Hot Key)
Anything That Isn’t This by Chris Priestley (Hot Key)
Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin (Simon and Schuster)
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz (Walker)
Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury)
Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly (Hot Key)

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Support for librarians at Information Book Award

Wednesday evening was an important day for Information Books - the winners of the SLA Information Book Award were celebrated and awarded at a very well attended event held in Carmelite House, at the roof terrace cafe.  The spectacular backdrop of the London skyline illuminated by the many offices and landmarks created a wonderful setting for the event.  Huge thanks to our sponsors, Hachette Children's Group, for hosting the event.  

The shortlisted authors and illustrators with Hilary Murray Hill
The shortlisted authors and illustrators with Hilary Murray Hill

Hilary Murray Hill, Managing Director of Hachette Children's Group, used her welcoming speech to emphasize the importance of libraries and librarians by saying "We are delighted to sponsor these special awards which we hope bring attention not only to the infinite variety of contemporary information books, but also the incomparable value of information professionals.  We are doing all we can to promote the expertise of librarians and the central role they play in encouraging children to pursue a lifetime of reading.

There has been a lot of discussion recently in the industry about the revival of interest in non-fiction – well for some of us it never went away!  Librarians know that the route to reading is not always fiction.  There are many, many children who first connect with reading as pleasurable by finding a book containing new facts they find fascinating or describing in great detail a subject which already intrigues them."  

She went on to emphasize "I would particularly like to mention the very topical inclusion of titles covering teenage stress and the experience of refugees.  This shows beyond doubt the continuing importance of high-quality non-fiction publishing in explaining and describing the world, and stimulating the minds of young readers.  These awards could not be more important given the times."

It was particularly encouraging that virtually all the authors, illustrators and publishers were abe to attend, as well as a number of school librarians and other guests.  The Chatterbooks Reading Group from Wolverhampton Grammar School had made a delightful video that was shown on the night, with some very perceptive comments from the young people involved. You may like to read their blog about the experience of joining in with the award. The WGS teachers comments from the award experience are "As part of the Information Book Award we created a PowerPoint advertising the books to the entire school. This was used in lessons linked to the subjects.  We also held a book review competition and WGS Book Club read the younger age category books to our Junior School students. Both our Junior and Senior Book Clubs read and voted for the book they wanted to see win the award. We also used book trailers and made the books we loved "Book of the Week" to encourage the whole school to read/vote for them."  We are delighted it was obviously such a fun and useful experience!
 

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Information Book Award 2015 Winners Announced

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The School Library Association celebrated the 2015 Information Book Award on Wednesday 11th November with an event at the sponsors – Hachette’s - new offices and 6th Floor roof café.

The overall winner chosen by the judges was Shackleton's Journey by William Grill, published by Flying Eye Books, whilst the Children’s Choice was Pop-Up New York by Jennie Maizels, published by Walker Books.

The SLA Information Book Award is an annual event celebrating information books, and is designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available.

Winners in each category are:

  • 0-7 Winner: Tiny - the Invisible World of Microbes by Nicola Davies & Emily Sutton - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4104 1
  • 7-12 Winner: Shackleton's Journey by William Grill - Flying Eye Books ISBN 978 1 909263 10 9
  • 12-16 Winner: The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 5314 3
  • Overall Winner: Shackleton's Journey by William Grill - Flying Eye Books ISBN 978 1 909263 10 9

Children’s Choice Winners are:

  • 0-7 Winner: Ali's Story - His Journey from Afghanistan by Salvador Maldonado & Andy Glynne - BBC Learning, Wayland ISBN 978 0 7502 7887 4
  • 7-12 Winner: Pop-Up New York by Jennie Maizels - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4945 0
  • 12-16 Winner: The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 5314 3
  • Overall Children’s Choice Winner: Pop-Up New York by Jennie Maizels - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4945 0

For full information about the SLA Information Book Award and this year's winners please see the Information Book Award 2015 page on the SLA website.

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Barroux at South Ken Kids Festival

BarrouxAs part of the South Ken Kids Festival the acclaimed illustrator and cartoonist Barroux will orchestrate a special live drawing event around his graphic novel Alpha on 21 Nov, about a man from the Ivory Coast who decides to leave his homeland and head for Paris to join his family without a visa.

Barroux will be joined by graphic novel specialist Paul Gravett to discuss the role of current affairs in his work both as an illustrator and as a press cartoonist. His drawings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and in Forbes Magazine but his main occupation remains seizing current issues, like immigration in Alpha, and adapting them in picture books for all ages.

Translator Sarah Ardizzone will also be involved to present the Translation Machine project created around the book and to talk about how to translate a graphic novel.

For more information about Barroux at the South Ken Kids Festival,click here.

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Copy and Paste Generation: Worcester, 4 December 2015

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Our course Copy and Paste Generation, run by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, will be held at The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester on 4 December 2015. The closing date is 20 November 2015.

As custodians of a vast pool of information resources and materials, it is essential that school library staff and teachers have a good all-round knowledge of Copyright and Plagiarism legislation.  This highly practical course will focus on understanding the importance of academic honesty and cover activities such as photocopying, loans of DVDs, software and downloading images from the internet and licences. 

By the end of the day delegates will have the necessary knowledge to write an Academic Honesty Policy and the confidence that the advice they give colleagues and students on Copyright and Plagiarism issues confirms to current regulations.

Key Audience: Secondary school library staff and teachers

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Job Vacancies: DULWICH COLLEGE (SINGAPORE) - Library vacancies

AUGUST 2016

Dulwich College (Singapore) opened its doors to its first students in August 2014 with an initial intake of 880 students. Today the College has 1300 students from Toddler to Year 9, with growth and expansion set to continue with the opening of an impressive Senior School building and Performing Arts Centre on the campus in August 2016. The College caters for a diverse range of international students reflective of Singapore’s cosmopolitan nature as one of Asia’s most vibrant centres.

Dulwich College offers the highest quality of learning for all our students with one of our core values being ‘students come first’.  The Dulwich College International group is committed to drawing upon its position as a global family, with ‘one College, many campuses’ as its mission, enhancing the education of its students and providing its teachers with enriching and rewarding careers.

Senior School Librarian

Dulwich College (Singapore) is recruiting a Librarian for its Senior School from August 2016.  The successful candidate will develop, manage, and promote the library within the school and the community, and ensure a vibrant and professional library service is provided to students, teachers and parents. The Librarian will be tasked with raising the profile of the libraries and promoting reading across the school.  The Librarian will also have a significant role in developing research skills for Senior School students in preparation for University entrance.

Successful applicants will need to be sympathetic with the ethos and values of Dulwich College.  An attractive and competitive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate, and details will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

To apply for this position please go towww.inDulwich.com/careers.  The closing date for applications is 13th November 2015.

Interviews will take place at Dulwich College London, in Singapore, or via Skype.  UK-based applicants need to be available for interview between 22nd and 26th November in London.

For further information please see our website at www.dulwich-singapore.edu.sg

 

Junior School Librarian

Dulwich College (Singapore) is recruiting a Librarian for its Junior School from August 2016.  The successful candidate will develop, manage, and promote the library within the school and the community, and ensure a vibrant and professional library service is provided to students, teachers and parents. The Librarian will be tasked with raising the profile of the libraries and promoting reading across the school. 

Successful applicants will need to be sympathetic with the ethos and values of Dulwich College.  An attractive and competitive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate, and details will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

To apply for this position please go towww.inDulwich.com/careers.  The closing date for applications is 13th November 2015.

Interviews will take place at Dulwich College London, in Singapore, or via Skype.  UK-based applicants need to be available for interview between 22nd and 26th November in London.

For further information please see our website at www.dulwich-singapore.edu.sg

 

Our College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our care. We follow safe recruitment practices and appointments are subject to vetting including reference checks, and identity and criminal record checks.


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Children's Book Award Shortlist announced

The Children’s Book Award  (previously known as The Red House Children's Book Awards) 2016 shortlist has been announced. Among those shortlisted are bestselling children’s author Francesca Simon, Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham - who were shortlisted last year - and debut author Kim Slater.CBA 3

Who will win? Children nationwide are now invited to vote for their favourite of the ten shortlisted books. The category winners and the author of the best children’s book published in the 2015 nomination period will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony which takes place in Central London on Saturday 28th May 2016.

The Children’s Book Award, the only national award for children’s books that is voted for entirely by children. It is owned and coordinated by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups and is highly respected by teachers, parents and librarians. It has brought acclaim and strong sales to past winners such as J.K. Rowling, Patrick Ness, Andy Stanton, Malorie Blackman, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo, who has won a record three times. The award has often been the first to recognise the future stars of children’s fiction and has the ability to turn popular authors into bestsellers.

The full shortlist for the Children’s Book Award 2016 is as follows:

Books for Younger Children

Is There a Dog in This Book by Viviane Schwarz (Walker)

Read, Steady, Jump by Jeanne Willis and Adrian Reynolds (Anderson)

This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne (Oxford)

Fabulous Pie by Gareth Edwards and Guy Parker-Rees (Scholastic)

Books for Younger Readers

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen (Doubleday)

Horrid Henry’s Krazy Ketchup by Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross (Orion)

My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham (Nosy Crow)

Books for Older Readers

Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo (Harper Collins)

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)

Smart by Kim Slater (Macmillan)

 

Wendy Gilham, Children’s Book Award coordinator says ‘It is always fascinating to see what the children from the Federation of Children’s Book Groups have enjoyed reading and this year they have chosen a truly great shortlist. It is an exciting combination of favourite authors, characters and the latest debut novels.

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Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means: Gateshead, 2 December 2015

Apply before 4th November to qualify for the £15 early booking discount!!

Our course Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Gateshead Central Library on Wednesday 2nd December 2015. The closing date is 18 November 2015. Bookings received by 4 November 2015 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for delegates from schools which are not SLA members but subscribe to a School Library Service based in North East England), £150 (non-members of either the SLA or a local SLS). Further discounts are available for a second person attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying delegate) - see SLA website for details.

Key Audience:primary and secondary school staff (not necessarily using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one session)

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