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Walker celebrates 40th anniversary by funding 40 SLA memberships

30 April 2020 Share

The School Library Association is proud to announce that Walker has chosen to fund 40 memberships for schools to join the SLA, as part of their celebrations of their 40th anniversary.

Karen Lotz, Walker Group MD, said:  “For forty years, we at Walker have aspired to create a nurturing environment where our authors and illustrators can feel valued and inspired to create their very best work. We pride ourselves on the quality of the list our creators have produced and on the integrity of the program’s conception and execution, from editing and design to manufacturing.  The most critical step, however, is getting the right book to the right child at the right time.  We are deeply aware of the profound role that a school librarian has in building a safe environment and curating a high-quality collection where each child is able to discover a love of reading for themselves. In recognition of your invaluable partnership with Walker over the decades, and as a way of thanking the library and educator community, Walker Books are delighted to sponsor 40 free memberships to the School Library Association for one year. We really value everything you do and hope that this gesture allows 40 schools and numerous children to benefit from the many resources that this wonderful institution provides to its members.”

SLA CEO Alison Tarrant said: “It’s a wonderful birthday gift from Walker; and a lovely way for them to show their appreciation for all the brilliant work that school library staff do. We work to ensure every school is supported in their use of the school library and all the amazing work and activities which that encapsulates. This illustration of appreciation for the important work of school library staff is particularly appreciated during these uncertain times.”

The School Library Association is a membership charity supporting everyone involved in school libraries, whether they are a librarian, teacher, TA, PTA or Headteacher. We believe that every pupil is entitled to effective school library provision and the educational, emotional and developmental benefits that come with it. We are committed to supporting, promoting and sustaining high quality reading and learning opportunities for all in a diverse and changing world.

Membership covers all school staff, and includes: A quarterly journal full of best practice articles, ideas, tips, and the latest digital and book reviews; access to an advice line;  exclusive members-only resources and CPD; discounts off SLA publications, training and the weekend course; a mentoring service; exclusive member benefits including competitions, give-aways and discounts.

Applications are open to UK schools who haven’t previously been a member, and we will aim to split them evenly between primary and secondary schools. Applications will be picked at random. The deadline for applications is 12th June 2020. Schools can apply here.