Annabel Jeffery, the school Librarian, writes:
‘It was National Poetry Day on Thursday 2nd October. The Library and English Department made the most of the opportunity to celebrate poetry with activities to promote this year’s theme of ‘Remember’ (which also ties in with the WW1 Centenary). A poetry competition drew over seventy entries from pupils. Many chose to respond to the theme by writing poems of Remembrance for WW1 soldiers, but we have also received many moving poems in memory of pets and loved ones. These are displayed in the Long Gallery alongside a display of classic ‘Remember’ poems, and will be judged next week.
At lunchtime the Headmaster, teachers, and Library staff read their own choice of poems in the Library. Amongst war poems (from the Illiad to Vergissmeinicht), poems that were about memory, poems that brought back memories, or were memorable to the reader for a particular reason, a highlight was Miss Lewis’s reading of one of her father’s recently published poems, about the moment when his mother heard that her husband had been killed in WW1. Dr Head also read a poem written by his grandfather, one of the founders of the Worcester Writers’ Circle. It was a delightful occasion, enjoyed by pupils and staff.”
What are you planning to do for World Book Day – March 5th 2015? This great idea from last year was sent in Shirley Greenough, Librarian at The Lancaster School in Leicester. Shirley explains:
“Each boy (I am librarian at an all-boys state school) wrote the title of their favourite book or books on a leaf. I then added these to a Book Tree Display. The staff did the same on coloured flags which formed the border of the display.
I was amazed at the amount of boys who completed the task and my tree grew and grew. Not as many staff completed their flags, but it made a wonderful display and I would recommend it for any school librarian on World Book Day.”
Have you visited the excellent IFLA blog yet? You don’t have to be a member to access their excellent information, and it gives you an international perspective as well.
If your school is teaching the EPQ this year, you may want to consider this free course from FutureLearn, which is designed specifically around the EPQ. These courses are free, online and developed by universities. There are lots of other courses on there too, which you may want to point your students towards.
It’s that exciting time of year again when the shortlist for the School Librarian of the Year is announced, and we get to read about our amazing colleagues! This year it is the amazing Helen Cleaves, Liz Millett, and Tracey Needham. Click on this link to find out more about them!
Do you want help in training your student library assistants? Would you like them to meet other student library assistants nearby and have a really good training experience? Can you easily travel to London? Then book them on to this FREE event held in Elmgreen School, in the West Norwood area of Lambeth. All details on the poster (click to enlarge) – but book quickly, as places are limited. You can ring Michael Margerison on: 020 8766 5020
I have recently been in touch through Twitter with Anabel Marsh who has written a blog featuring 23 librarians from all different disciplines, including school librarians of course! Anabel’s blog only covers Scotland, and can be found here:http://librarians23.wordpress.com/ However, there are now similar blogs being set up to cover England, Wales and Scotland. A second round for Scotland is being collected, and if you would like to contribute your story, how about contacting the various regional co-ordinators to tell your story? These are the contacts:
For England contact Virginia Power: [email protected]
For Wales contact Kristine Chapman: [email protected]
For Scotland contact Anabel Marsh: [email protected]
For Northern Ireland contact Elaine Mulholland: [email protected]
If you don’t feature on the next blog, don’t despair, as I believe that second and third rounds are being written. Alternatively, you can always send your day to me at Heart to feature in the series A Day in the Life of.. - would be pleased to have updates!
DC’s Parallel World Superhero Story Scoops First Place!
3172 Ratings Forms were returned and analysed this year and the teenagers of Great Britain have chosen their winner - Earth 2 by James Robinson and Nicola Scott (published by DC Comics) To find out which books finished 2nd and 3rd click here and visit the website. Earth 2 also won the JABBICA (Judge a Book By Its Cover Award) , becoming the first graphic novel to win this award AND finish in the top three. This stunning and intricate cover was created by Ivan Reis.
Sheffield’s Silverdale School won the True Believers Award for the second year running. This award goes to the school which returns the most rating forms. Congratulations to them too!
Congratulations to Jon Klassen for winning the Greenaway Medal with ‘This is not my hat’ and Kevin Brooks for winning the Carnegie with ‘Bunker Diaries’. You can read more about the winning books on the official page. However, you can’t have missed the controversy surrounding the Bunker Diaries, with some newspapers deeming it unfit to be read by children, too disturbing and damaging, whilst others took the completely opposing view. Here are the links, judge for yourselves.
Telegraph: ‘Why wish this book on a child?’
Also Shoo Rayner, children’s novelist, believes that the Carnegie has taken the wrong turn, and that the Carnegie Medal should be for children’s, and not young adult, books. It has caused a Twitter storm from angry YA authors and librarians – read his post here.
And finally, Barbara Band, CILIP President and school librarian made an excellent speech about school libraries on announcement day, advocating for school libraries. Read her blog post which includes the speech in full here, or watch it on Vimeo here.
Let us know what you think – at least it has got people reading the book, and commenting, if nothing else!