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Siobhan Dowd Trust School Library Competition


The Siobhan Dowd Trust is delighted to announce an increased number of winners for the School Library Competition for 2014. Eight schools will get cash awards of £500, while another four will get awards of £1,500, £3,000, £3,000 and £6,000.

Kate Powling, Director of the Trust said: "We were pleased to get so many entries for our school library competition, but shocked at how much need the entries demonstrated; it seems there are lots of libraries in schools without rooms, librarians, and in some cases books."

The winners were announced at the School Library Association Weekend Course in Manchester, and a local school, Light Oaks Junior School in Salford, won the top prize. The Library at Light Oaks has suffered an arson attack and a flood so the Judges felt it was time to attempt to reverse their run of bad luck. In their winning application, teacher Hannah Burke wrote "On reading of your exciting competition, I was bursting with enthusiasm to enter as I believe our cries for help have been heard. The desperate need for money to re-establish our library has been felt by all the staff, pupils and parents of our school."

This years judges were: Tony Bradman (Author and Chairman of the Siobhan Dowd Trust), Carol Webb (the Librarian at Forest Hill School, South London & the SLA School Librarian of the Year 2011), Charlotte Hacking (Teaching and Learning Manager at the Centre of Literacy in Primary Education) and James Dawson (ex-Primary teacher, YA Author and Queen of Teen nominee).

Download the full list of winners here.

The Siobhan Dowd Trust is a charity that was set up by the author Siobhan Dowd to use the royalties from her books to fund reading projects for disadvantaged young readers.

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