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The SLA Resources Blog is designed to highlight new resources which we at the SLA think may be of interest to school librarians and to others working in related fields. The blog is available at https://www.sla.org.uk/resources-blog.php and can also be read via an RSS feed at https://www.sla.org.uk/sla-resources-rss.php.

Older blog posts are still available, though archived, on the website, but please check the date at the top of the post to make sure the offer or information is likely to be valid.

Browns are Bringing Literacy Resources to You!

Feedback from customers has found the decline in showrooms, reduced resources and time restraints a challenge for literacy co-ordinators sourcing educational content for students.

Browns Books for Students have endeavoured to find a solution to provide as many physical books as possible, including our handpicked collections and newly published titles directly to our customers.

Browns Books for Students have created a Mobile Educational Book Showroom in a double decker bus! Stocked with over 4000 books for the educational sectors.

Our Book Bus is an Alexander ALX400 low-floor Double Decker with a 2002 Dennis Trident 2 chassis that has been completely refurbished and customised to our unique requirements. Measuring 10.5metres long, 2.55metres wide and 4.4metres tall and fitted with an external awning, creating an amazing 50 sq. metre mobile experience.

The lower level of the bus is fitted with two electronic meeting spaces, with live terminals to research titles or receive demonstrations on our online ordering platform or our eBook platform, VLeBooks.

The top deck has been transformed into a mobile showroom with 17 bespoke shelves displaying over 4000 physical books.  We also have 8 electronic displays providing additional information on the content and educational resources.

With mobile stock scanners, users can enjoy browsing the books and scan titles to create selections. Utilise the ordering terminals to review selections and place orders, which are available to be dispatched the same day, or serviced to your bespoke requirements and arrive shelf ready for your library.


Getting Everyone Involved!

Why not have students or library representatives on our Book Bus to put together selections that both themselves and their peers consider of interest; and would like to see in their library?

We strongly believe that if patrons of their libraries feel connected and involved in selecting the content for the libraries, they will utilise the library service even more.

Anyone can use a stock scanner to create their selections for you to review and decide whether to purchase.

On board collections will provide Department Heads and Literacy co-ordinators an effective resource to compare and review teaching resources in one place. No need to see multiple reps, no travel, or biased heavy selling.


Bringing Literacy Resources to You!

We believe that accessibility to books is crucial and our Book Bus will give the opportunity not only to major cities, but to assist rural communities and educational establishments who are not fortunate to have a static bookstore/showroom.

Our Book Bus will give access to content on site, creating an exciting and unique experience whereby everyone can get involved in viewing titles and adding new stock into schools and community libraries.


For more information:

THE BOOK BUS Browns Books for Students, 22-28 George Street, Hull HU1 3AP, Marketing Manager: Nic Hales Tel 01482 384660 - Email nic.hales[at]brownsbfs.co.uk - brownsbfs.co.uk

Read Write Inc Open Days

On 19 March a selection of 'Model Schools' in the UK are inviting headteachers and literacy leads to attend an open day to see the Read Write Inc. education programme in practice. Attendees can find out how the programme, published by Oxford University Press, can improve literacy and help to decrease the 'word gap' between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.  


The open day will take place on Monday 19 March in Caerphilly, Cornwall, Derby, Norfolk, Romford, Wokingham, Birmingham and East Sussex at 'Model Schools' for Read Write Inc., and will be open to all headteachers and literacy leads in the local area. At the open day visitors can expect to find out how the Read Write Inc. programme is implemented in their schools and see the benefits of the programme and it is improving literacy. During the day, visitors will be able to observe lessons, meet other schools in the area, get advice on how to implement the programme and see the positive impact on behaviour across the school. 


One of the highlight factors of Read Write Inc. schools is that they are talk-a-lot schools where speaking and listening skills are developed through partner work. By developing children’s vocabulary, Read Write Inchelps to address problems associated with the ‘word gap’, recently highlighted by the government’s Department for Education single departmental plan. 


The ‘word gap’ has been identified in children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who by the age of 3 are on average almost a full year and a half behind their more affluent peers in language development. In the report the DoE make recommendations on how to eliminate the 'word gap' through education in order to improve social mobility and equality of opportunity, the Read Write Inc. programme is in line with this.


 “Our Model Schools demonstrate an inspirational passion and excitement for teaching. Their attention to detail and focus on continuous professional development
marks them out and is the key to their success in getting every child to read by 6. No child should get left behind and with the right teaching and assessments we can ensure

every child is understood and the gaps in their knowledge identified and addressed.”

Ruth Miskin, Creator of Read Write Inc.


For more information on which schools are taking part and to book a place at one of the schools teachers can visit this webpage: https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/rwi/model-schools-open-morning/?region=uk


Or for booking enquiries please email oxfordprimaryevents[at]oup.com  



For more information, images or to speak to one of the experts at OUP Education please contact publicist: Laura Smythe m: 07881555530 or email: laurasmythecontact[at]gmail.com


Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP t: 01865 354579

www.oxfordprimary.co.uk/readwriteinc Twitter: [at]OUPPrimary Facebook: [at]oxfordeducationuk

Australian School Library Report 2011

School libraries and teacher librarians in 21st century Australia, the full report by House of Representatives Education and Employment Committee has been made available here.  Full of advocacy and evidence on the state of school libraries and teacher librarians in Australia with many echoes of the situation here in the UK.

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New IFLA Professional report - No 125

Entitled Using Research to promote literacy and reading in libraries: Guidelines for librarians by Lesley Farmer and Ivanka Stricevic. This brochure shows librarians how they can:

  • use research in their literacy and reading promotion efforts;
  • encourage other organisations that promote literacy and reading to make use of relevant research in their own promotional activities;
  • encourage librarians and other organisations to conduct action and assessment research.

This document can be downloaded or ordered from the IFLA website.  Dr Helen Boelens is in discussions with Dr. Farmer about producing a similar document that will be specifically oriented towards school libraries at international level.  If you have any references to specific, recent research about the promotion of literacy and reading in school libraries, will you please send it to Dr Boelens at boelen1[at]attglobal.net

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Branford Boase shortlist poster available

The shortlist for the Branford Boase award 2011 can be seen at the website and a new poster is available for download.

Branford Boase Award Shortlist Poster 2011 1

PDF file, 2 MB (Requires Adobe Reader)

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Stories from Around the World

Caledon Public Library would like to ask every library and school library interested in participating to create a short video depicting a folktale that may have originated within your community or culture. The video need only be approximately 2 to 5 minutes in length. Should anyone not be able to provide a video feed but merely just an audio feed (and would like to include pictures rather than a video) that would be great as well. CPL will be opening a YouTube channel that will display all of the video submissions. We will be setting up a SkyDrive for each participating library to log in and upload their respective video (or videos). Submissions will open September 1st, and close on November 1st. This way children involved in any Summer Reading Club programs may create a video, as well as any students returning to school in September. Should anyone complete a video before September, we will be able to open the channel to allow you to upload your videos early.

Video Submissions

The idea is for our Young library patrons, aged anywhere from 5-20 years old, to act out, or re-tell a folktale or legend which originated within your community or country. Videos can be done as individuals or in groups.  Therefore participating libraries can submit multiple videos if you have numerous groups of children and teens wanting to create a folktale/legend story video. Videos can be submitted to SkyDrive in any format that you are able to use, and from there Caledon Public Library will re-format all videos so that they can be uploaded to YouTube. Children and teens can use any form of photography or video recording available to them to create this video. Therefore a video made from a mobile phone is more than acceptable. If there is anyone who wants to participate but may not have the ability to create an audio video than you may simply just submit to us pictures that perhaps depict your tale as it unfolds. From here, CPL will take your photos and any words you submit with them, and create a slideshow for you, that can be uploaded onto YouTube.

Caledon think this is a great opportunity for all those children who love their library! Even if they do not have the capability to create a digital or audio file, they can send CPL their "story" or "skit" of their story, and we can work with them to bring it to life on YouTube.  If anyone is interested please contact Leo Scardicchio : lscardicchio@caledon.library.on.ca

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Competition - Shelterbox

Award-winning author and illustrator, Michael Foreman, is fronting the second annual Young ShelterBox 2011 Illustration Competition which launched last month.

Young ShelterBox is the children’s arm of international disaster relief charity, ShelterBox. Each year they invite children in primary schools across the UK to enter a competition and illustrate a page in a book. The books are part of a series examining what it’s like to be a part of a disaster such as an earthquake, tsunami or a flood.  This year’s book, The Day the Rain Came, is due to be published in October 2011 and will be on sale nationally. Michael will provide an illustration for the book and advice for children entering the competition.

Michael says ‘A ShelterBox contains everything a family would need to survive in the aftermath of a disaster including a tent, stove, blankets and tools.  What I really like is that, amid the devastation of a major disaster, there is also a little rainbow for children - crayons and colouring book.  A simple gesture like that can mean so much to a child who has lost everything.  Young ShelterBox has the aim of explaining disasters and disaster relief to children from a children's perspective.  It is a brilliant project with which I am delighted to be involved.’

For more information or to enter the competition visit the website.

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New International Poster

Read PosterThis poster is a gift from Dr. Helen Boelens to all those people who helped her with her doctoral research ( http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/7329/ ) by providing data and information.  The posters come in different sizes: A4and A3and can be downloaded from the ENSIL website http://www.ensil.eu   They can be used either digitally, or can be printed off at a local print shop.  The poster is designed by Toon Joosen from TOON concept, art direction & design in Breda.

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Harriet Goodwin - new competition

If you could give Gravenhunger a new title, what would it be and why? Just leave your entry on the website, making sure you include your name and you could win a National Geographic digital metal detector. Closing Date is September 30th 2011

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Out of this World

Science Fiction but not as you know it - Workshops for Primary, Secondary and FE students.  Free workshops exploring the British Library's forthcoming exhibition Out of this World: Science Fiction but not as you know it are available for Primary, Secondary and FE students. Workshops support and enrich the curriculum by helping participants to develop skills in research, critical thinking and visual literacy.

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