Regular readers of Heart will know all about this amazing Reading Award, now in its fourth year. It is currently the only award for graphic novels in the UK, and is immensely popular. Run by Sheffield Librarian Paul Register, the numbers grow from year to year. If you wish to register, or just see which books made the shortlist this year so that you can buy them for your own library, then follow go to the website.
School Librarian Philippa Godwin from Alde Valley School in Suffolk has shared an amazing resource with us! She has created a series of mini projects around the Bookbuzz books, and has shared them with us through the Heart Files, and generously left two not in PDF so that you can adapt them yourselves. Please remember to be as generous back and acknowledge her as your source. The files are in the Box Files to the right in a folder called Bookbuzz. Enjoy this wonderful resource!
On Heart we are really pleased to announce that Lyn Hopson from a school in Doncaster is one of the top 10 Literacy Heroes named by the National Literacy Trust. Also Teaching Assistant Velda Jackson from Leeds was nominated by her school librarian, and made the list. They share the honour of being in the top ten with luminaries such as JK Rowling and Henry Winkler. Read the report on the BBC website here or on the National Literacy Trust website here. Congratulations to Lyn and Velda – and everyone else on the list who is working to show that reading – and libraries – DO make a difference!
Innovative Librarian Shaun Case of Forge Valley Community School in Sheffield strikes again!
The Catalyst Book Awards 2014 was launched on Thursday 7th November at the Chryston Cultural Centre in North Lanarkshire. In the audience were pupils from Chryston and Caldervale high schools along with visiting librarians, all excited to find out which books had made it onto the longlist. The pupils were treated to an entertaining talk from Catalyst 2013 Award winner, Elizabeth Wein. She kept the pupils enthralled talking about her book ‘Code Name Verity’ and tales of women pilots throughout history. Elizabeth then had the honour of announcing the 16 books that had made it through the committee’s criteria to be in with a chance of being voted the best read for teenagers in 2014.
Catalyst is all about discovering and promoting the most exciting and thought provoking reading for teenagers in North Lanarkshire. This year we have a larger number of books in the longlist which hopefully means we are able to cater for all tastes.
Young people from all 24 North Lanarkshire High schools are encouraged to get involved in the Catalyst experience in a number of ways; from book groups within school or public libraries, to author visits and book reviews on the blog. Young people will then vote on which books in the longlist should make it onto the Catalyst shortlist and go forward to win the Catalyst Book Award 2014. For more information visit the blog at: http://catalystnic.wordpress.com
Librarian Chigozie Nri from the East London Science School, wanted to make browsing eBooks more of a physical experience. She felt that the students missed out on the ability to browse through eBooks the way they could through physical books. All of her students have tablets with an embedded NFC reader- a form of wireless technology which allows the transfer of data between enabled devices. So Chigozie bought some NFC tags and embedded them in laminated book covers (see pictures). This way the students can tap their tablets on the covers and find out more about the books. They can also automatically download their books to the tablet – a fantastic idea! At the moment she can only use public domain books like those on Project Gutenberg, but the project has been a great success so far. It is a great innovative idea, and shows the way that school librarians are always looking for ways to promote books and reading, whatever the format. Fantastic idea Chigozie!
The School Library Group of CILIP has produced a great leaflet promoting the difference a school library run by a professional librarian, makes. This leaflet is suitable to distribute to parents, teachers, students and governors. It provides a simple set of questions for parents to ask whilst going round a school library – if there is one- and questions to ask if there isn’t. This is a fantastic resource which should be widely downloaded and distributed. If you belong to any networks, please distribute it there. The link to download the leaflet from CILIP’s website is here: http://www.cilip.org.uk/school-libraries-group/professional-librarians-leaflet
During the 2012/13 academic year seventeen schools across Britain took part in a Secret Book Circle. The aim was for each school to send two books to the next school in the circle until they received their original books back. Students in each school, boys and girls aged between 11 and 16, read and reviewed each book and gave them a mark out of ten. School Librarian Andrea Hassan, who works at Old Buckenham High School, Norfolk, co-ordinated the programme. In the Files section of Heart, to the right of this article you will find a map showing the location of all the schools who participated, and the responses to the different books from around the country. It is very interesting to see how books were received and rated by different schools. If anyone would like to run it this year, Andrea will be very happy to pass the baton on, having initiated the project last year. It looks like an inspiring project, and worthwhile doing again – anyone?