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Great Library .... but where is everyone?

Course Details:

Has your library got lively décor, funky furniture, brilliant books…BUT no children? 

  • Have you recently invested time and money on refurbishing or improving your school library, but need help encouraging the children to use it?

  • Are you stuck for ideas on how to enthuse your children about your school library?

  • Do all of your colleagues and pupils know how to use the library and are they aware of the resources available?

  • Would you like to set up and run a school book club?

If you would like help with any of these then come along to this course.


During the day delegates will be given straightforward, great ideas to organise and use in the library. They will explore:

  • Ways to involve children and teaching staff in promoting and using the library

  • Who uses the library? Why are others not using it and ways to change this

  • How the library supports the National Curriculum

  • Library Information Skills to help the children make better use of the resources

  • Reading for Pleasure and the available resources to support this

  • Setting up and running a book club

  • Planning and promotion - author visits and other special events


Time will be allowed for action planning and delegates will leave with a wealth of ideas to put into practice and raise the profile of their school library.

Trainer: Susan Staniforth

Susan has worked with school and public libraries for 35 years, and during that time has built up a considerable wealth of knowledge and experience. She is a Chartered Librarian with a BA (Hons) in Librarianship specialising in school and childrens services. Susan was Manager of the School Library Service in Gloucestershire for 11 years prior to becoming a school library consultant. During that time, she spent much of her time supporting schools with their libraries and running training courses to support the staff responsible for running the libraries. Susan is a Board member and Treasurer of The School Library Association and is a judge for the National Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award. She has also been a judge for Booktrust’s School Library Pack.

Key Audience:

KS2 and secondary school library staff

Venues and Dates:

  • 8 June 2016, 09:15-15:00: Cambridge Central Library, 7 Lion Yard, Grand Arcade, Cambridge CB2 3QD [Map]
  • 21 March 2017, 09:15-15:00: Newton Rigg Conference Centre, Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH [Map]
    Special attendance fee applies for delegates who are non-members of the SLA but work in schools which subscribe to Cumbria SLS.
  • 4 May 2017, 09:15-15:30: Howard of Effingham School, Lower Road, Effingham, Surrey KT24 5JR [Map]
    Limited places available - please book early to avoid disappointment.