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Magical literature exhibition

Magical Books PosterThere is a strong children's literature slant to the new free exhibition at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Magical Books: From the Middle Ages to Middle-earth features the work of five celebrated authors of children’s fantasy literature. Alongside the well known Oxford names of Lewis, Tolkien and Pullman are fascinating manuscripts by Alan Garner and Susan Cooper which are sure to reawaken interest in these authors. The displays even include one of Alan Garner's original 'owl service' plates.

The exhibition runs until 27 October 2013 and mini online version is also available.

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May 2013

I never tire of the variety that makes up my role at the SLA.  Last week started with a day in the office - just the usual planning, preparing and responses that make up the day to day tasks.  On Tuesday I was at the Duston School (their Hub was the winner of last years SLA Library Design Award) and hearing last years School Librarian of the Year winner - Adam Lancaster. It was a super day, organised by CILIP School Libraries Group and included their AGM.  A good opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues one only sees at events like this.

Wednesday I was lucky enough to be invited to an event to celebrate 75 years of Gresswell's Specialist Library Supply - this was a tour of the Hive in Worcester - Britain's first joint use University and Public Library - well worth a visit, it's a super place.  We were shown around by one of the assistants who works their everyday so we had a very knowledgeable guide.

HayThursday was Hay Festival day!  We had been hoping for, and planning this joint day with Hay Festival for some time - but due to our VIP guests all this had to be kept under wraps until the invitations went out! Our President, Kevin Crossley-Holland, was hugely influential in getting this opportunity for us - and a huge thank you to everyone at Hay for their support.  We were also very grateful for the sponsorship we received from Frank Lampard - author of Frankie's Magic Football - this covered the association's expenses incurred at an event like this.

The day dawned wet and quite chilly but the site at Hay is well adapted for the weather.  There were dramas for our royal guests as they had a technical fault in their aircraft and had to make an emergency landing - and then proceed by road - thus making the visit much later than originally planned.  Nonetheless, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived at the reception, showing no stress from an awkward journey, and were charming and interested in both the Hay Festival and the SLA.  Many members were able to chat to one or both of them for a few moments - and we were delighted to have one of the Hay Primary School children present Their Royal Highness's with selection of picture books to start their royal grandchild's library.  ITV Wales included a short report on their regional news programme where you can get a glimpse of the occasion (35 secs in).  

Friday was the start of my long bank holiday weekend!  Lots of reading to catch up on!  Happy holidays!


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BD and Comics Passion Festival

The BD & Comics Passion festival is back at the Institut français in London from 30 May to 2 June 2013! Workshops, live drawing, concerts and movies galore are on the agenda, with some of the greatest writers and illustrators.
Get ready to see Posy Simmonds, Etienne Davodeau, Hunt Emerson and François Boucq draw before your very eyes in our Drawing Duos, and to experience the magic of our Drawing Jams: concerts with live drawing by some of the best artists in the comic book genre. Not to mention our very special Drink & Draw event: when wine tasting meets live drawing!

For the full list of guests and programme, please check www.bdandcomicspassion.co.uk

[at]ifru_london #BDComicsPassion


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What's So Special About Digital Copyright? course cancelled

Unfortunately the course on 5 June 2013 at Warwickshire Schools Library Service has been cancelled. Many apologies to all those who booked to attend.

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What's So Special About Digital Copyright? - closing date soon!

Do you want an up-to-date knowledge of recent developments in digital copyright? Do you need confidence for tackling the issues in your workplace? You only need a very basic knowledge of copyright issues to get the most from this course run by Charles Oppenheim - an expert in digital copyright issues.

Previous attendees have praised the course:

'..........how helpful this session has been'
'Content very relevant for job'
'I can't imagine anyone who didn't benefit'

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CBI Winner at Weekend Course

CBI WinnerBelfast author Sheena Wilkinson has won the 23rd CBI Book of the Year Award and is the second author ever to win both the Book of The Year Award and the Children’s Choice Award for her novel Grounded. Set in a beak, contemporary Belfast, the novel follows a talented show-jumper from the wrong side of the tracks and his struggle to cope with his responsibilities as a boyfriend, son, employee and friend. The judges said ‘this powerful first person narrative is an unsentimental account of a teenager trying to cope with a series of unexpected responsibilities, and explores the effects of caring too much and of caring too little.’ Grounded is the sequel to Sheena’s previous novel Taking Flight, which won both the CBI Honour Award for Fiction and the Children’s Choice Award in 2011. From CBI Blog 8th May 2013.  Sheena is attending our weekend course - Reaching Out, New Ways to Engage on Saturday June 22nd

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Getting the best from young people - closing date extended!

Working effectively with young people and colleagues across the school is an essential part of the work of everyone who works in a school library. It can sometimes be challenging and stressful in a busy, crowded and inclusive library where support from senior and middle managers sometimes appears problematic. Don't miss your chance to learn new techniques for establishing a positive behaviour management system in your own library by attending this excellent course led by Geoff Dubber. The closing date has been extended to 15th May.

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IASL Conference 2013

Iasl2013 Org 055The International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) 2013 Conference is in beautiful Bali, Indonesia on 26 – 30 August 2013.
The conference provides wonderful opportunities for professional development, networking, renewing friendships, making new friends, experiencing a different culture, and an opportunity to visit beautiful Bali. You will also have an opportunity to meet IFLA President-Elect Sinikka Sipila who has has agreed to be our main keynote speaker. 

There will also be more than 50 professional presentations, workshops, research papers and posters being presented. In addition, there will be an exhibition, a gala dinner, and other social events.  Preliminary information on the conference is available at the web site  If you have any questions or need specific information, please do not hesitate to contact IASL.


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Puffin Virtually Live for Jacqueline Wilson

PVL J WilsonPuffin Virtually Live presents: Jacqueline Wilson's Big Picnic, hosted by Radio 2's Simon Mayo, Thursday 9 May 2013, 11.30am - 12.15pm .  Jacqueline Wilson invites school children nationwide to join in on a Big Picnic with her to celebrate 155 years since the birth of E Nesbit and all the wonderful picnics that take place in her own tribute novel to Nesbit, ‘Four Children and It’. In this very special live webcast, hosted by Simon Mayo, as well as reading from her own book, Jacqueline will talk about E Nesbit’s life, her original novel ‘Five Children and It’, as well as her love of picnics! Broadcast from the Tudor Barn in the grounds of Well Hall in Eltham, where Nesbit used to live, the webcast will end with a grand picnic and we are encouraging schools nationwide to get pupils to bring in picnic food to share with their class mates at the end of the event (indoors or outdoors!). Jacky will also answer questions from the online audience.
Teachers/ librarians can register to watch the event at www.puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk
Once registered, you can also download a special events pack (as well as picnic ideas taken from Jacqueline’s book!)

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