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The KRiB ( The Kids Review and Interview Bookclub)

The KRiB ( The Kids Review and Interview Bookclub) is the first online literature entertainment platform presented by kids for kids. Appealing to the technology, media and social media generation of kids aged 6 - 12, The KRiB TV aims to create a new type of reading community that celebrates books, authors and making reading and carrying a book, cool!

We not only create high standard video entertainment all about books, but we also have an ever expanding book resource with genre based filtration, related books by the same author, genre, and related vlogs and KRiB videos as well as a click through to Lovereading4kids to gain even more info on the book and buy (we have partnered up with them)

On top of all that, we also have an incentivised reading system in the form of our viewer vlogs that encourage kids to read a book in order to have a great subject to talk about in as formal or theatrical way on their very own vlog, where they review the book in roughly 1 minute. These vlogs, the more effort and thought they put into their review the more they have the chance to win a slot in our various KRiB vlog categories, have their video jazzed up by us with music etc and win cool competitions!

Please visit http://www.thekrib.tv and have a nosey around.

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End of term news roundup

November Events

We have added several interesting events to the calendar in November, the always popular Norfolk Children's Book Centre Conference and the Into Film Festival . A flyer about the NCBC Conference can be downloaded here , do consider going it is always an amazingly inspirational day. Do keep an eye on the events section on the SLA website, you will find many opportunities for your students and yourself there. 

CILIP Ethics Review

CILIP is undertaking a major review of professional ethics and, in particular, of the Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Practice for Library and Information Professionals it produced in 2004. In the years since they were published there have been great changes in the profession driven by technological development, changes in information governance and regulation, the growing importance of data and its management, new professional roles and responsibilities, and changing user expectations. For much of the period the financial crisis has also meant limited funding for many services and big changes in governance and service delivery. Therefore it is time to look again at the ethics of our profession.

This survey, which is one part of the review process, looks at the place of ethics in the working life of individuals today. It explores the issues that information professionals face and whether ethics has a place in helping to address them. It also looks at the Ethical Principles (set out in the survey) and their relevance for today’s practitioner.

Input from school librarians would be really valuable, you can complete the survey here.It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and the closing date is 18 August 2017. If you want more information about the review it can be found here or you can email ethics[at]cilip.org.uk.


The Children's Bookshow

The Children’s Bookshow takes the best writers and illustrators from around the world to UK theatres each autumn to share their work with children and bring back the joy to reading.There are  60 free author/illustrator workshops available for schools who attend a theatre event. Every child taking part in a school workshop will receive a free book by the author/illustrator running the workshop.Look out for the brilliant school library competition, in tandem with the Times Educational Supplement, for attending schools to win £200 of books. One lucky child winner will receive a signed copy of a book from each of the 17 writers in the tour.With writers like Michael Rosen – a patron of The Children's Bookshow – regularly in the tour, the shows certainly bring a smile to children’s faces, but the organisers  recognise how increasingly important it is too for children to read books outside of their language and culture. They want to enrich their lives with literature from around the world, and in 2017, the tour will host writers and illustrators from Japan, Estonia, Russia and Finland.The 2017 tour runs from Friday 22nd September when Michael Rosen kicks off with a hilarious gig at the Theatre Royal Newcastle, to Friday 24th November when the tour will end  with event partner, the European Commission Representation in the UK, at Europe House with Finnish, Estonian and Russian writers and a homegrown talent, Alexis Deacon, author of Beegu, who will be talking about the Moomins with Finnish friends.For further details and to book tickets please go to www.thechildrensbookshow.com

Summer Reading Challenge website makeover

The website for the Summer Reading Challenge has had an overhaul to reflect this year's theme of Animal Agents. The Book Sorter area for book recommendations is fun and you can also find competitions, a mesage board and games to keep young readers occupied in the holidays.

STEM themed storybooks have been sent out to primary schools

A pioneering project from an author and an engineer to supply free copies of STEM-themed story books to all primary schools in the UK has seen 24,000 primary schools receive three books from the “Peter’s Railway” series, with access to online educational resources.The project aimed at encouraging an early interest in STEM subjects, hopes to help foster a greater level of technical interest amongst young children.The Peter’s Railway collection, written by Scottish-based author Christopher Vine, follows Peter, a young boy with a love of trains, railways and engineering.  The traditional illustrated storybooks, named after the author’s son feature a friendly narrative and stand-alone sections exploring STEM related topics such as energy, biology and climate.The project has been funded by engineer Nick Jarmany, founder of Quixant Plc, a UK-based company engaged in development and supply of computer systems. Nick Jarmany became a fan of the Peter’s Railway books after reading them to his young children.Christopher Vine, said: “The Peter’s Railway books combine real science and engineering with true stories and adventures helping to feed inquisitive minds. Our lives are increasingly dominated by technology of all types, meaning there will be an ever-accelerating need for technical experts, innovators and entrepreneurs in the future. This represents an amazing opportunity for the youngsters of today, which is why we want to foster an early interest in STEM subjects and give more children a chance to enjoy science and engineering.” To complement the book release free STEM resources have  been made available.

Happy holidays from all at the SLA office and Board members, we hope you have many days of reading and relaxing ahead of you.


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National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day, which this year is on 28th September, is an annual celebration of poetry and all things poetical. It’s about everybody sharing poetry, reading poetry, writing poetry, and enjoying poetry! For schools this can be a chance to make more of something already enjoyed throughout the school or it can be a launch pad for new experience and enjoyment. 

Through poetry we get to read for meaning, to explore different ways in which words can work together, and find out more about feelings. By celebrating National Poetry Day schools can give their pupils opportunities to find their own connections with poetry, as well as inspiration for their imaginations and creativity. And, as poet Joseph Coelho, one of National Poetry Day's Ambassadors says: ‘Poetry literally breaks reading and writing into bite-sized chunks. It is a fun, non-threatening way for children to become more literate. In poetry sessions I’ve seen elective mutes stand up at the front of their class and read, been told by countless teachers that ‘that student never normally puts pen to paper’, watched children cry and laugh and think together.’ 

There are a wealth of special resources around this year’s National Poetry Day theme, Freedom, available free for librarians and teachers on the National Poetry Day website: a range of inspiring lesson plans for key stages 1 – 5 and a useful toolkit full of hints and tips to get your school celebrations started.

There are also wonderful posters created by Sophie Herxheimer, the National Poetry Day artist/poet. Sophie’s posters will brighten up your walls and form great centrepieces for poetry displays. Sign up via the National Poetry Day website to be sent free display packs, or to download them. Participants are encouraged to post photos of your displays online #nationalpoetryday so that everyone can admire them.


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Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!: Sutton, Surrey, 11 October 2017


Have you been given the responsibility of looking after your school library in 2017/18? 

Our course Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at Heath Educational Books, Willow House, Willow Walk, off Whittaker Road, Sutton, Surrey SM3 9QQ on 11 October 2017. The closing date is 29 September 2017. Bookings received by 19 September 2017 are eligible for a £15.00 discount. Places will be limited so we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.

This is an essential course for anyone new to running or managing a primary school library.  Topics covered will include creating an inspiring library environment, library organisation and maintenance (including an introduction to Dewey and the benefits of a range of Library Management systems), selecting and buying books, library promotion, budgeting and writing a library policy/development plan. Delegates will leave with the confidence to move the library forward and ensure it is used to maximum effect within their schools.

Key Audience: Primary school staff, governors and volunteers with responsibility for the school library

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Information Book Award 2017 - Tickets

IBA Illus CmykThere will be a quantity of Librarian tickets available for the SLA’s Information Book Award Celebration on Wednesday 22nd November at 6.00pm at the Rooftop Café of Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ.  The tickets will be allocated on a 'first come first served' basis, so check your diaries and email tricia.adams[at]sla.org.uk if you want to attend.  Formal invitations will be sent nearer the date.

To find out more about the award, or to shadow the award and take part in the Children’s Choice voting with your reading groups, look at the website for details of the shortlist. www.sla.org.uk/information-book-award.php

We look forward to seeing you at the event!  Remember – get your request for a ticket in early – limited numbers available!

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National Book Tokens schools competition 2017

Book Token Win 2017There is still a month to go in the big school library competition run by National Book Tokens.

The prize is a massive £5,000 of National Book Tokens, allowing the winner the chance to buy hundreds of new books for their school's library.

The winners of last year's prize - Camperdown Primary School in Dundee - transformed their library and filled their bookshelves with new books. Could it be your school's turn this year?

The competition doesn't close until 31 July 2017, so get your entry in! Full details and sign up form are available at https://www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools

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Essay Writing Prize for GCSE & Post 16 Students

This November, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (part of Orion Publishing Group) are publishing Goodbye,Europe: a collection of personal essays, anecdotes, short stories, and illustrations which explore our relationship with Europe.

Much has been made of the decision to leave Europe, with a particular focus in the debate on the difference in voting habits between the youngest in society and everyone else. Orion would like to give people of that generation a voice in this collection, and they hope that members will help us spread the word. At least one spot in this wonderful collection will be given to the winner of a nationwide essay writing competition. The winning student(s) will become a published author alongside some of the country’s most treasured writers and artists featuring novelists, journalists, poets and illustrators.

Orion would love to have entries from SLA member's schools and they  ask that you please publicise this in your classes, libraries, assemblies, newsletters and other means of communication.


- Only GCSE, IB and A-level students are eligible

- The word count is circa 1,000 words and the winning entrant will also receive £2,000 pounds

- The deadline for entries is Monday 7 th August, during the summer holidays, and should be

sent to goodbyeeurope[at]orionbooks.co.uk

- Submissions should be sent with a title of the piece and the name, age and school of the


- The finished book of Goodbye, Europe will be published this November in hardback

The pieces can be purely intimate and individual, or take a specific cultural angle – such as food, art, music, language – or a wider socio-political approach without any necessity to adopt a political stance. The pieces can be moving, funny or fascinating but in essence the organisers are looking for essays thatare engaging, and give the reader a deep insight into the writer’s personal relationship with Europe.

For further questions, comments, or guidance please email goodbyeeurope[at]orionbooks.co.uk

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Kid Lit Quiz 2017 Winner

KLQ World Final 2017Congratulations to the team from Kingston Grammar School who came third in the World Final of the Kids' Lit Quiz held in Canada. South Africa won and the USA team came second.

Find out more about the next KLQ UK quiz series.

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Schools needed to take part in TeenTech/ILG schools resource evaluation

Have you been using the information literacy school support resource developed by CILIP INformation Literacy Group and TeenTech? The resource is a very useful one, providing ten pdf leaflets with advice on information literacy and research skills, particularly of interest for students of GCSE level and above. A year after launching the resource, CILIP ILG are now hoping to undertake a review of how useful the pdfs have been. They are looking for six schools that would be willing to have a 30 - 40 minute interview on this topic with the librarian and preferably a couple of teachers and could arrange for some students to complete a short survey. If you can help please contact Stéphane Goldstein, more details on the CILIP ILG page

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