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Uplifting days!

PORSome days really lift the spirits don’t they?  Yesterday was one such.  I had the pleasure of attending the first ever Patron of Reading conference – a real opportunity for those patrons that were in the forefront of this growing movement to share their ideas and practice.  As you can imagine with a whole room full of writers and librarians there was a real buzz about reading (and writing).  There were some great stories about how the scheme had changed some pupil’s lives – by making them readers!  As librarians we have known this for a long time – but it’s how to get the message across in a new way, to a new audience – and this scheme is having some very positive results – and the Patron works very closely with the librarian in their school. 

We all know the impact having an author in makes on pupils – well imagine the excitement of a school having its own author, committed to the school for a period of a year or more.  If you haven’t heard about the Patrons then check out their website – there are lots of authors waiting for schools to find them, and each school works with their author in a way that is mutually beneficial.  Delegates at our weekend course will have the option to hear about this scheme at the Weekend Course in Manchester – June 20th & 21st – watch out for the programme in the next School Librarian.

Then I attended the launch of the Schools Funding Network – an initiative that started in London and has now gone nationwide.  This is a way for schools to be put in touch with philanthropists or businesses willing to fund challenges in school, or offer other opportunities.  Check it out and mention it to SLT – it may be a way forward for your school.

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