Have you had a change to look at the Carnegie and Greenaway shortlists yet? They look really exciting, with a wide range of themes and issues, as usual. The Bunker Diary is already causing some controversy, with some librarians feeling that they are unable to let their Year 7 and 8 pupils read it. All the Truth is controversial too – looking forward to reading them all myself, looks like I have a busy weekend reading ahead of me! What are your thoughts?
Carnegie Award shortlist
Greenaway Award shortlist
At LVS Ascot, the Librarian Sue Bastone ran the theme of Banned Books for the week, which she said really got staff and students thinking and talking about books. On World Book Day itself Sue says: ‘Staff and students dressed up and we raised nearly £500 for Book Aid. At lunchtime we had a World book Day party with a parade and student prizes and a fabulous cake with our logo on it. We had a banned books balloon debate with Yr 11s making fantastic speeches in defence of their books. Our highlight of the day was the unveiling of an amazing “Otherworlds signpost” made by our Technology Department. The man in the picture is the DT technician who made it dressed as the Wizard of Oz which was the department’s theme for the day! ‘
Tayo Agboola, Librarian at St. Peter’s School in Huntingdon, transformed the School Library into a Starbooks Cafe for World Book Day. What an original idea! This is what went on:
‘This year the school library wanted to give students a chance to redeem their World Book Day book tokens within the school – so the school library was transformed into the Starbooks Café for World Book Day, 6th March 2014. The school library was redecorated with colour-coordinated table runners, flowers, low lighting, and flameless tea lights to create a sophisticated and relaxed ambience – a cross between a book shop and a coffee shop. Students and staff could browse and buy books in a cosy atmosphere while being served free hot chocolates, cappuccinos, cakes, and biscuits. Scholastic Book Fairs supplied the paperback and hardback books, while a local business (Niche Comics) supplied comic books and graphic novels. Cakes and biscuits were generously donated by St Peter’s staff. The event was hugely successful with approximately 500 students and staff visiting the Starbooks Café throughout the school day. The best aspect of the event was that it gave students a huge buzz and thrill about the school library. Students experienced the library in a way that they hadn’t before, which greatly excited our regular readers and piqued the interest of our less regular readers. Based on its success, Starbooks Café will return on World Book Day 2015.’
Well, my previous post had not been up on the site more than 10 minutes when school librarian Chris Routh at Leighton Park School, an independent school in Reading, sent me pictures and info about their World Book Day. These pictures were so beautiful that I had to share them with you all as well! This is what Chris told me: ‘WBD celebrations were part of our annual Book Festival, which also featured author visits and a day conference local school book groups about Writing for Teenagers. We celebrated World Book Day with the help of our fabulous catering team this year, who rose to the challenge of creating a book-themed menu for lunch-time. Each item on the menu was inspired by a book or book title. We supplied bunting and balloons and copies of our #caughtreading posters to decorate the serving area. We were all surprised by the magnificent ‘enormous crocodile’ which greeted us at the entrance. During lunch students and staff enjoyed the challenge of an international-themed ( points mean prizes!) WBD Quiz. The event involved everyone in the school and created a great buzz of excitement.’ The photos are amazing, and the crocodile is fantastic! Looks like a great day!
On World Book Day, Eleanor Parker, the Librarian at St. James Senior Girls’ School in London launched an Inter-Form competition called ‘Judging a book by it’s door’. The challenge was to transform form room doors with a Harry Potter theme. This is what she told me: ‘I was amazed at the effort, creativity, detail and talent that had been put in to each door, it was truly awe-inspiring. Incredibly each one was totally different from the others. Doors included Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, a 3D shop set up with bottles and jars; Spider Surprise with huge hanging papier mache spiders; our very own St James’ Marauder’s Map; a brilliant 3D flying car and a 3D serpent; quizzes and riddles to solve, and heaps of genuine Harry Potter props! The pupils had so much fun setting up their doors and there was a real buzz as they all went around school looking at the other entries. I was so pleased that actually the whole school took part, including the Year 11s (with a bit of prompting from their form teachers!) AND the Sixth Form! Deciding the winners was one of the most difficult tasks I’ve faced so far as a School Librarian!’ Eleanor sent me lots of lovely photos, but sadly I had to choose between them and these are three of my favourites. What a wonderful way to celebrate books – what did you do? Send me in stories and pics – would love to feature them!
Are you working, or living near the Midlands? If so, this event may be for you. LibCamp Midlands is on the 14th June, from 10.30 – 3.30 at Malvern St. James. To book, or to find out more about the event, click here. Please also go on the wiki to suggest ideas for the camp. If you haven’t been on a Library Camp before – do go, they are really great, user run events. Tickets are free, but you will have to register for a ticket on the site to gain admission, to help with venue numbers.
What are you doing in your school today? Do you have anything exciting to share with other Heart users – please send photos and stories to me, I would love to feature them here. I love the World Book Day site, there is so much on there! Or did you take part in the Robert Muchamore live webcast? How did that go? Share all of your World Book Day news with other users of the site – hope you have a wonderful day!
LILAC – Librarians Information Literacy Conference is on in Sheffield between 25th and 28th of April. Are you planning on going this year? This is what the organisers say: ’LILAC is organised by CILIP’s Information Literacy Group and aimed at librarians and information professionals who teach information literacy skills, are interested in digital literacies and want to improve the information seeking and evaluation skills of all our library users whoever they may be.’
More information can be found about this very interesting conference, including how to book, here.
Are you going to a school Library Camp this summer? This is a fantastic opportunity to network with other school librarians in your area, and best of all – they are free! They also take place on a Saturday so you don’t have to worry if you are a solo librarian, or worry if you are not allowed out. All it will cost is your travel to and from the venues – what a bargain! The four camps all take place on June 14th, in Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and London. There are plans to link all four camps during the day with social media – Skype, Twitter, Blogs etc. You need to get a ticket to the event, for number purposes, although, as I said, the tickets are free. Tickets to the four events are available via Eventbrite here:
North West (Manchester); http://tinyurl.com/p7q48t9
Yorkshire (Leeds); http://tinyurl.com/q4vnted
Scotland (Glasgow); http://tinyurl.com/o89yux4
Book your place today to avoid disappointment!
Have you heard of the Libraries Change Lives Award? This is for UK libraries, and the criteria specifically mention that school libraries are welcome to enter. The website states that ‘The CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award highlights and rewards partnership work that changes lives, brings people together and demonstrates innovation and creativity. Our judges, from the CILIP Community, Diversity and Equality Group, are keen to promote social justice through the use of library, information and knowledge services to empower people and improve their quality of life.’
This is the very thing that school libraries are good at, and I think that it is time that we considered putting school libraries forward for this award. I know that many of you run reading schemes to help pupils who have difficulty reading, we use differentiation, we include and encourage Looked After Children and EAL pupils; and some of you even run Adult Literacy classes, or Computer Literacy classes. Our main work usually consists of promoting social justice through our libraries. So have a think – entries have to be in by the end of April. If you would like to discuss this further, CILIP President and School Librarian Barbara Band is very keen to include a school library in this year’s submissions, and is happy for you to contact her to discuss your eligibility further. Contact Barbara on: [email protected] Or use the contact button on Heart to contact me. Please do think seriously about this – what better way to promote school libraries and the reason we desperately need them in schools, than to win a national award like this!