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The SLA blog contains news about the SLA and topical information of general interest to our members. The blog has been running since 2004. An RSS 2.0 feed and information about how to subscribe to the blog are available.

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Just published world of books in translation

AdventivityWe have just published "A World of Books in Translation", a key guide to a wealth of topics and genres. 'Books in translation help us all to reach beyond our own language and culture.' writes David Almond in this exciting new Riveting Reads publication. Until recently few foreign books were translated into English, yet there is a vast untapped wealth of material out there from all corners of the world and our two well-known editors, our own Joy Court and the renown Daniel Hahn, writer, editor and translator, have gone some way to plugging the gap. They provide a superb selection of book titles for the under 8s through to the 14 + age ranges – titles that really should be on our library shelves. With pithy and illuminating annotations, if you don’t yet know some of these titles, here is an excellent listing for you and your readers, with a very welcome and shrewd introduction by our SLA President, the wonderful Kevin Crossley-Holland.

Available to purchase now from the SLA (ISBN 978-1-911222-00-20.

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Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society: Ilford, Essex, 23 February 2017

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE!

Our course Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society, run by Alec Williams, will be held at Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Essex on 23 February 2017.

This new SLA course looks at the recent pattern of population change, and examines the implications for resources, the library environment, promoting reading and information literacy. Delegates will consider the role of books in challenging perceptions, the growing need for resources for English language teaching and the case for specific activities to attract those from ethnic minorities into the library. They will leave with a plan for library development which ensures the library welcomes all students.

The closing date is 9 February 2017. Bookings received by 27 January 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff

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The 2017 Betjeman Poetry Prize opens for entries!

Chris RiddellAre you aged 10-13? Write a poem on the theme: ‘a sense of place’ and enter by post or online. Deadline is 31st July 2017.

The 2017 Betjeman Poetry Prize will be judged by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell with poet Rachel Rooney.

Prizes

The top fifty poems will be printed in the BPP 2017 anthology. Six short-listed poets will be invited with their families and teachers to a prize giving on National Poetry Day, 28th September, in St Pancras Station, London, where the winner will be announced. The winning poet will receive £1000 (£500 for their school), Eurostar tickets and will be crowned St Pancras Laureate for twelve months. All six finalists are invited on a 3-day poetry workshop in Spring 2018. 

Every teacher who enters their class joins a prize draw to win a poet visit.

Ideas

Go to our website for videos and writing tips from poet and spoken word educator Indigo Williams, Kate Clanchy’s Top Tips for Young Poets and poems by former finalists.

www.betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk

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Job Vacancies: DRAGON SCHOOL, OXFORD - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN (Maternity Cover)

                                                       Required for April 2017

The Dragon seeks to appoint a suitably qualified Librarian, who is passionate and knowledgeable about books; who is also willing to make a wide contribution to the life of this busy, exciting and successful school. The post is to cover a maternity leave from April 2017.

For further information and to apply, please refer to: http://www.latestvacancies.com/dragon-school/

Start Date: 18th April 2017

Closing date: Friday 3rd February although an appointment may be made before this date if an early applicant proves suitable.

The Dragon School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  The successful applicant will be required to undertake a criminal record check via the DBS.

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ReadingZone World Book Day Picture Book Competition 2017

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picture book on and around World Book Day with the launch of the ReadingZone WBD Picture Book Competition 2017.  The competition will launch in January and will run in homes, schools and libraries until Saturday 22nd April and the winners will be announced in June 2016.

Author and illustrator Neal Layton (illustrator of Cressida Cowell’s Emily Brown books) will select the winning entries across three Categories. These include: Young Creators (ages four to six years); Primary(ages seven years plus) and Secondary(ages 11 years plus).   One overall winner will be chosen.

There is an additional Achievement Awardfor the most enthusiastic ‘behind the scenes’ activities that have gone into making picture book entries, such as the whole school getting involved.

Picture books entered for the award can be made by individuals and groups and any media can be used. Each picture book can be up to 24 A4 pages.

Each winning individual, school or library will receive 50 printed copies of their picture book; a selection of picture books or fiction titles; and a free author / illustrator visit will be given to the overall winner.  

Visit www.Readingzone.com for further tips, guidelines and entry details.

The 2016 picture book competition attracted over 1,500 picture book entries and we have estimated that some 14,000 children took part in creating a picture book during the course of the competition.

For more details, please contact: info@ReadingZone.com

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Don't forget BETT this week!

BETT17 Logo Header 20042016Bett– the world’s leading education show – is returning to ExCeL London this week from 25 to 28 January. With a huge range of new education solutions on display, and a number of speaker sessions and workshops dedicated to best practice in education, it’s a must-attend event for all in the education world.

High-profile speakers such as Heston Blumenthal, Sir Tony Robinson, Ken Robinson and Ed Stafford will be speaking at the show, and over 700 exhibitors will being displaying their solutions to the varied challenges facing the education sector.

They’d love to welcome you along to the show to see the speakers and exhibitors, test some of the latest solutions, and mingle with people at the forefront of the education sector. Register to attend.

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A Monster Calls offer for members

Walker Books have been working with eOne and Picturehouse Cinemas to offer an exciting opportunity for schools to book a private screening of the A Monster Calls film! Picturehouse would  now A Monster Callslove to share this exciting offer with SLA members.Out now in cinemas nationwide and starring Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Lewis MacDougall, the film has received rave reviews, The Times calling it a “heart-searing drama”, the Independent a “very cleverly crafted film which has a searing emotional impact” while the Evening Standard said that the film was a “touching, fantastical adaption”. 

 The film is 12A and is suitable for Year 6, KS3, KS4 | Subjects: English, PSHE, Media and Film.  As many teachers will know, the book appears on many Key Stage 3 reading lists and covers numerous key PSHE themes such as issues of family relationship dynamics, personal identity, bereavement, grief, bullying and isolation.  Picturehouse will include a discussion guide and are looking to create further resources for teachers to use post screening.  Full details of how to book and prices are on the website

http://pheducation.wixsite.com/pheducation/a-monster-calls-secondary

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Job Vacancies: Newcastle School for Boys - Senior School Librarian

Newcastle School for Boys is seeking to appoint an ambitious and suitably experienced individual to the new post of Senior School librarian. The post offers an exciting and rewarding opportunity for a candidate who has the vision and drive to set up an effective and vibrant new Senior School library at this growing independent boys’ school. Newcastle School for Boys is the only independent school in the north east of England providing continuity of education for boys only from 3 to 18.

The successful candidate will establish, lead and manage the new Senior School library to support the School’s teaching and learning particularly through facilitating boys’ independent learning (including the use of new learning technologies) and their reading for pleasure.

The start date for this role will be no later than September 2017.  It is hoped that the successful candidate will be able to take up post before then.

At this initial stage, the School envisages the successful candidate working approximately 20 hours per week arranged as 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday, term time only, although the exact hours and working arrangements are reasonably negotiable for the right candidate.  It is anticipated that these hours may increase over time as the School and its library provision grow.  Salary will be in the region of £19,500 to £26,000 per annum pro rata according to experience and qualifications.

For a job pack please see below:

Applications may be e-mailedto the Headmaster’s personal assistant, Mrs Sharon Greener, at sgreener[at]newcastleschool.co.uk or posted to David Tickner, Headmaster, Newcastle School for Boys, The Grove, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE3 1NH. CVs will not be accepted as substitutes for the School’s application form.

Application Form 2016 2017

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All completed applications should include a concise supporting letter and arrive no later than 4pm on Tuesday 7th February, 2017.  Interviews are likely to be arranged to take place on Tuesday 14th February, 2017.

Newcastle School for Boys is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils and this position is therefore subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and other pre-employment checks. Applicants forthis post must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with previous and current employers and the DBS.

For further information, please contact:

 Mrs Sharon Greener, Headmaster’s PA

Newcastle School for Boys

The Grove, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1NH

0191 255 9300

sgreener[at]newcastleschool.co.uk

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amazing apps for primary schools

50 ThingsBev Humphrey's new book on Amazing Apps for Primary Schools is now also available in an eBook edition from the SLA.

This publication outlines the many ways that using apps on tablets and iPads can help with reading promotion, creative writing and other library/classroom activities and gives you a toolkit of fantastic apps and suggestions on how to source them and use them, spending your budget wisely.

Available to purchase from the SLA website as a PDF Download Edition - add it to your basket in the usual way and you will receive it via an email notification.

The book is also available in a separate Print Edition at a slightly higher price (ISBN 9781903446973).

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In support of school libraries

Author Cathy Cassidy's thoughts on the importance of school libraries:

I see a lot of school libraries on my travels around the country as a children’s author - they are often where my school events begin and end, with a chat and a coffee and a meeting with a bunch of super-keen student librarians. I’ve seen libraries that look like something out of Hogwarts, all galleried and gorgeous and smelling of wood polish and magic; I’ve seen shiny, futuristic libraries that wouldn’t look out of place on the Starship Enterprise; and of course, plenty of libraries that aren’t fancy or grand at all, but buzzing with life and filled with kids and bright with artwork and posters. Where there is a school library - and that mythical, magical creature, a school librarian - there is hope.

 

My secondary school had a library, but it was neglected and dusty, with elderly, dog-eared books and no librarian. It didn’t open at break times or lunchtimes - you could only get in there in lesson time, if an intrepid English teacher took you there. It was just a room full of books, and most of the time a locked one, which was kind of tragic, but I managed to get my book fix from three local public libraries, so all was well. Things are different now. Public libraries are closing all around us, and school libraries are a lifeline for those young people who don’t have books at home.

 

If kids hook onto the joy of reading for pleasure, the results are clear; they will do better at school, better at all kind of things, in all kinds of ways. And how do we make sure they find this crucial stepping stone to creativity, learning, life? There are lots of expensive initiatives to grade reading skills, push literacy, get kids reading, but without libraries to back them up, not one of them is worth a thing. Young people need free access to a whole variety of books from across every genre, and yet not all schools can see this. Some revamp their libraries into Learning Resource Centres, gleaming with new computers, stripped bare of fiction; some close their libraries altogether. In one school I visited recently, the head asked me if I could suggest ways to encourage reading in the school... they didn’t have a library, and seemed not to see the connection.

 

School libraries are awesome. They are a refuge for the lost, the lonely; a haven for the bookworm; a hotbed of creativity, revolution and adventure. School libraries often contain book clubs and cake and laughter, as well as shelf after shelf of brilliant stories, dreams, other worlds. They teach young people how to find their wings and fly, and without them we’d be lost.

 

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Bringing it Alive! Storytelling to boost Literacy and Reading for Pleasure: Witham, Essex, 7 March 2017

Our course Bringing it Alive! Storytelling to boost Literacy and Reading for Pleasure, run by Alec Williams , will be held at EES for Schools/School Library Service, 11 Freebournes Road, Witham, Essex CM8 3UN on 7 March 2017. 

This is a lively, new course aimed at all primary school teachers and support staff.  It will cover the use of stories across the whole Primary Sector and explore how participants can ensure their stories both motivate pupils to read, and show them the pleasure they can get from it.  They will learn -

- How to prepare stories and make best use of their voice

- How to make stories interactive

- Sure-fire story ideas that will work in every classroom

- How to hold children's interest and deal with interruptions!

The closing date is 21 February 2017. Bookings received by 7 February 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for delegates working in schools which are not members of the SLA but subcribe to EES for Schools/Essex School Library Service), £160 (non-members of either group).  Additional discounts are available for a second person attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual).  Please see SLA website for details.

Key Audience: primary school teachers and support staff

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Travelling Librarian Award

Applications are now open for the Travelling Librarian Award This fantastic CPD opportunity is run in partnership between the English Speaking Union (ESU) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

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The Travelling Librarian Award builds relationships between library and information professionals in the UK

and their counterparts in the US and across the Commonwealth. Participants undertake a professional development study tour to explore areas of their professional interest through visiting relevant libraries, information centres and associated agencies.

The award of £3000 is intended to help promote the exchange of ideas through effective communication in the English language, to facilitate learning between cultures and nations, and to encourage the pursuit of best practice within a particular field of professional expertise.


Applicants must be UK library and information professionals and a personal member of CILIP at the time of application.

In order to apply, please send a CV, cover letter, and reference letter from your current or most recent employer.
Completed applications should be sent to education[at]esu.org or Education, ESU, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED. References may be emailed/posted separately if needed.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview with a panel of experts from CILIP and the ESU. The successful candidate can then travel any.

 Closing date for applications is 26th April 2017. Further information can be found here http://www.esu.org/our-work/cpd-for-librarians

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Be a Wally for Literacy!

Be a Wally for literacy!

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The National Literacy Trust are delighted to announce that the popular Where’s Wally? fun run will be back on 19 March 2017 at Clapham Common, bigger and better than ever.  Free official Where’s Wally?costumes are included in the ticket price and children and dogs are also welcome!  All proceeds raised will help us to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills they need to succeed. For more information visit www.literacytrust.org.uk/support/fundraising_and_events/fun_run/wheres-wally-2017.

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Job Vacancies: reading blue coats - ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN (PART TIME, MATERNITY COVER)

Founded in 1646, Reading Blue Coat School is a leading independent day school with 750 pupils, boys aged 11 – 18, and a co-educational Sixth Form. Set in a beautiful country estate of 46 acres of sport fields, grounds and woodlands overlooking the River Thames in the village of Sonning, just outside Reading, we provide a wonderful working environment. The School employs over 170 staff and offers a stimulating, friendly and supportive atmosphere in which each pupil can realise his or her full intellectual, physical and creative potential.
We require an enthusiastic and professional part time Assistant Librarian to assist the Librarian with effective resource and information provision to students and staff. The Library consists of the main collections room; reading room; resources room equipped with 26 computers and the Old Blues room.
Key duties will include:

  • 1. Supervising pupils during the day and after-school.
  • 2. Issuing, returning and shelving library resources.
  • 3. Assisting Librarian in delivering a programme of library skills to Years 7&8 within the timetabled reading sessions.
  • 4. Producing display material both online and traditionally, and maintaining display areas and noticeboards.
  • 5. Processing new resources as directed.
  • 6. Taking reading classes as directed and updating online reader profiles.

Candidates will have excellent administrative skills with previous experience of working within a library desirable. You must be a competent user of MS office applications; have the ability to work independently; have outstanding interpersonal skills; and be committed to high personal standards of work and attention to detail.

This is a term time only position. We offer an excellent salary and benefits package, dependent on qualifications and experience.
Further details and an application form can be downloaded from our website: www.rbcs.org.uk or contact the Human Resources Manager, Tel: 0118 933 5813 email: recruitment[at]rbcs.org.uk
Closing date for applications: 30 January 2017
Interviews will be held on week commencing 13 February 2017
Applications must be submitted electronically on a Support Staff application form and may be accompanied by your CV and covering letter.
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced check.

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Teaching Skills for School Library Staff: Derby, 8 March 2017

Our course Teaching Skills for School Library Staff, run by Chris Powis, will be held at Derbyshire and Derby School Library Service, Kedleston Road Training Centre, Derby on 8 March 2017. During the day participants will look firstly at the nature of teaching and learning before considering each step of the process - planning, delivering, assessing and receiving feedback. 

Run many times in the past, this course has received excellent feedback on each occasion.  Testimonials include -

'Fantastic course from an inspiring and practical trainer (librarian)'

'Excellent trainer, interesting and practical content - thank you'

The closing date is 22 February 2017. Bookings received by 8 February 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: KS2 and secondary school librarians / library staff - experienced and new to teaching and learning skills

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Harry Potter Book Night Packs and Posters reserved for members

SLA and YLG Member exclusive! HPBN2017

Full colour printed Harry Potter Book Night Kits- no downloading or printing for the first 50 to respond!

Run your own fun HARRY POTTER QUIZ on HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT! 

Fire up fans of all ages with the first Official Harry Potter Book Night Quiz – an opportunity for fans to test their encyclopaedic knowledge of the series against one another.

Packed with fun and brain-tingling questions including a special round based on this year’s theme, The Professors of Hogwarts, there’s something for everyone. 

PLUS there are two versions available – one for superfans and a simpler one, perfectly pitched at families and newer or younger fans. It’s the perfect event to celebrate Harry Potter Book Night in schools, bookshops, libraries, community settings – or at home.

The kit contains the quiz (and answers!) plus everything you need to run a magical quiz on the night, including:
Tips on running your quiz
Team name card template

Team answer sheet

Poster to promote your event 
Certificate
s for particpants to take home after the event

 Plus beautiful posters to advertise your event

 email: childrensmarketing@bloomsbury.com.with SLA/YLG kits in the subject line

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Giving Children Books

Hachette  Childrens Group have announced the launch of a new digital initiative aimed at primary schools, Giving Children Books.

Giving Children Books provides schools with a unique way to crowd-source funding for the books they need for their school library or classroom. It takes just five minutes to set up an appeal, choose from a wide range of pre-selected packs tailored to curriculum or reading for pleasure needs and publish the appeal on the Giving Children Books site. The appeal for funding is promoted by sharing via email or social media.The preselected packs include popular brands such as Charlie and Lola, Horrid Henry, How to Train Your Dragon, Enid Blyton, Rainbow Magic and Beast Quest. 

Hilary Murray Hill, CEO, Hachette Children’s Group said “There is increasing pressure on school budgets and we felt that there was a real need for Hachette to respond in a practical way. The site acts like a gift list and will connect schools directly to donors: it is perfect for PTAs, parent gifting and fundraising.”

For further information on the scheme visit the website

https://www.givingchildrenbooks.com/

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Win copies of Whitaker’s 2017 and Chronologica

Chronologica CoverThe Whitaker’s Almanac is the definitive reference guide and ultimate single-volume reference source, packed with thousands of facts, figures, overviews and statistics relating to the UK and the world. Chronologica is a global journey with events and people from every continent. Highly accessible and with an easy to dip into format, it will appeal to people interested in popular culture and landmark historical events. Both are brilliant assets for any school library, saving hours of research and cross-referencing between different sources.

Fully updated for this year, there are 3 copies each of Whitaker’s 2017 (RRP £85) AND Chronologica (RRP £16.99) to give away, courtesy of the Whitaker’s team!

Simply send an email to whitakerscomp@bloomsbury.com including your name and postal address, and 3 winners will be drawn at random on 30th January 2017

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Training session: Making the most of your CLA Licences

CLAJoin us for a webinar on Feb 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM GMT.

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8839008440313362690

In this free webinar, we offer you a refresher on the key elements of your licence(s) from the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) - which give blanket cover to institution staff to copy published materials. We'll take you through the benefits of holding a licence, how best to administer them, and highlight our key support materials - all of which will help your institution make the most of the licences you've purchased.

CLA1While those new to the CLA Licence(s) will benefit most, any individual involved in copyright and lesson resources is welcome to join the session. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and also get practical tips on licence administration. All you need to do is register for the webinar above and follow the joining instructions.

The session will be recorded and forwarded to all registrants. So if you'd like to hear the webinar, but the time of the live session is not convenient for you, just register anyway and you'll receive the recording and a write up of the Q&A.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Central & East Berks branch meeting

The  Central and East Berks branch committee, and Tina Marshall, would like to invite you to their next SLA branch meeting at Sandhurst School, (GU47 OSD), on Tuesday 24th January, 4pm for refreshments/networking. 

The meeting will close by 5:45pm.

The theme of the meeting is: What do you do to promote Reading for Pleasure? How can you excite students and switch them on to reading?

The meeting is an opportunity to network and share best practice, covering R4P activities and reading programmes. Please bring a book title to recommend.

There will also be the opportunity to purchase a selection of recent titles  from the Federation of Children’s Book Groups local branch. As New £2, Used 50p - schools can be invoiced.

RSVP please for catering purposes to E-Mail: gjc0898[at]gillotts.oxon.sch.uk

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Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society: Ilford, Essex, 23 February 2017

Our course Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society, run by Alec Williams, will be held at Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1EA on 23 February 2017.

This course looks at the recent pattern of population change, and examines the implications for resources, the library environment, promoting reading and information literacy.

The closing date is 9 February 2017. Bookings received by 26 January 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for delegates who are non-members of the SLA but work in schools which subscribe to Redbridge Schools' Library Service), £150 (non-members of either group).  Further 'second place' discounts are available - please see SLA website for information.

Key Audience: teachers, librarians and support staff working in primary and secondary schools

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Award winning school library?

Inspiration LogoWith clear proven links between focused library programmes and academic achievement, many school librarians seek to build a lifelong love of reading, which, in turn, can boost vocabulary, increase empathy and reduce stress.

If this is your library, or you aspire for it to be, you could be an award winner!

The School Library Association’s Inspiration Award recognises the best schools in the country for their library provision, programmes and pupil engagement. Gresswell is proud to sponsor this inspirational award and recognise the good work of librarians.

To be entered to the award, please complete the nomination form at www.slainspirationaward.wix.com/enter by 10th February.

Some tips for a great library

  • Review your space and layout and consider more engaging and accessible book storage options
  • Create topical displays or themes to involve students
  • Integrate high-tech media into your learning space
  • Start a book club
  • Engage pupils with reading posters and bookmarks
  • Reward good reading withstickerspencils and bags
  • Build up your storytelling collection with books, puppets and Storysacks®to inspire a love of stories from a young age

Enter now

Complete the nomination form at www.slainspirationaward.wix.com/enter by 10th February for your chance to win £500 library supplies voucher from Gresswell.

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Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive: Witham, Essex, 7 February 2017

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE!

Our course Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive, run by Angie Curran, will be held at EES for Schools/School Library Service, 11 Freebournes Road, Witham, Essex CM8 3UN on 7 February 2017. The closing date is 24 January 2017. Bookings received by 12 January 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.

This course is for secondary school library staff wishing to spearhead programmes that excite young people and switch them on to reading for pleasure.  Having received excellent feedback from previous 'outings' of  this course, we are confident participants (and their schools) will benefit hugely from attending this event. 

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SLARead80 - Photographic Competition:

New prizes for all the age groups generously supplied by publisher and book suppliers!  Huge thank you's to all concerned.

Dorling Kindersley

Hot Key

Macmillan Children's

OUP Children's

Peter's Books

Simon and Schuster

Walker Books UK

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