I know this is the most eagerly awaited and downloaded post of the year! As always, Helen Smith, Learning Resource Manager at Eckington School has produced the TV guide with a difference! All of the TV programmes or films in the schedule are based on books, which gives us a great chance to recommend the books to students. In addition, several school librarians have named their top three books based on the film schedule, so you have personal recommendations. Helen is very happy for you to share this widely, but please remember to acknowledge here when you do. Happy Christmas!
Just a couple of days late (apologies!) this is a great interactive calendar designed by Sasha Roth from Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School. She based it on one on the Teachit English website. It is too big to display, so you will need to download it to use in your library or classrooms. Enjoy!
This beautifully simple. yet effective idea was shared on the internet mailing group SLN, and I immediately asked the librarian, Gavin Jones from Melbourne Girls Grammar, if I could share this with all of you. Gavin runs the website Read it! Loved it! and tweets about his love of books at @readitlovedit
The flipguides are a beautifully simple way for pupils to be independent in finding books, yet under the remote guidance of the librarian. They are simple and cheap to put together, and easy to add and take away books from once made. Laminated, they are durable and will survive much handling. Gavin has agreed to share his template with us, so that everyone can build their own guides, and it can be found here on his website, where examples of the flipguides he has already built can be found. If you do find this useful, a shout out to Gavin on Twitter would be great!
Sarah Masters, of Thomas Deacon Academy, usually kicks off the Christmas season on Heart by sending me her powerpoint Advent calendars, which she sends round to all tutors in December. This year, we have two from her, one for seniors and one for juniors. Enjoy!
The Senior calendar is too large to show in a preview, but you can download it with this link:Advent calendar 2018
And for the Juniors – the download link is under the presentation
Librarian Rosie Pike from Bishop’s Stortford College wrote to me about the wonderful Summer Reading Challenge she ran. It attracted 25 entries from pupils between years 3 and 6. She writes:
‘It was based on We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and there were 8 different challenges to complete. Photos of the work have been displayed in the library since the beginning of the term.Photo diaries of travelling bears have seen them captured in places as far afield as the top of Ben Nevis, theatre shows in London, Lanzarote, and an unknown journey which looks remarkably like being back at school! Equally impressive are the many different versions of the Michael Rosen poem, which see them going on a ghost hunt, a person hunt or a hare hunt. All of the pupils were awarded a certificate and prize.’
If you are concerned about the rise of the far-right and fundamentalist views, and wish to point out books in your library that counter this worrying trend, or create a display around this topic, that Matt Imrie (@mattlibrarian) who writes the Teen Librarian newsletter, has crowdsourced a list of books that you can use in displays or point out to students. Find it here.
You can also read the latest copy of Teen Librarian here – it is well worth signing up to this to get Matt’s great monthly newsletter – always good value. And his website has lots of great posters for school libraries as well!
Jennifer Lees from Wolverhampton Girls’ High School tells us about her school’s obsession with Harry Potter – and how she became obsessed too!
‘The students at our school are OBSESSED with Harry Potter. When I first started 2 years ago (having never worked in a school library before) they were incredulous to hear that I had never read any of the books and from that day forth made it their mission to ‘encourage’ (or browbeat) me to get on board. I eventually did, and obviously fell in love with the whole series. A few weeks ago I ended up taking part in a Harry Potter quiz at a local arts centre. It turned out that a team of Sixth Form library ‘regulars’ from school were also taking part. I immediately knew my team was scuppered – the girls won, of course! I thought you might be interested to see how our prefect has used the series to highlight different aspects of our library collection, even though we don’t have much space.”
School Librarian Kim Davis from Fort Pitt School in Chatham recently shared her excellent lesson plan for getting pupils to think about libraries and their purpose. This is what Kim said about her innovative activity:
‘I thought that possibly some of [the students] would have only experienced one type of library and that might have formed their impression of all libraries. We did a little library history, looking a bit at the great Library in Alexandria and why it was so important, the concept of chained books and then Carnegie libraries- how books were made accessible.
We also looked at cool libraries around the world- a pop up library on Bondi beach, Biblo Toyen in Oslo and Stuttgart’s crisp white cube library. Finally we looked at an infographic of weird things some libraries loan and also a meme about what librarians do.
The students sourced their own materials, although I kept some boxes aside in case. They were allowed to present it in any way they wanted so some just drew a picture, others presented me a floor plan and one even used design software to create the library. … one of the libraries[was] made of post-its as that was all they had at home! One created an eco-friendly library using their recycling. They didn’t have any lesson time but they had a month after the presentation to complete.’
The libraries are lovely, and what a great way to get pupils really thinking about the function of a library!
Debbie Kennedy, the Librarian at Wilmington Academy wrote to tell me of an amazing event her school held for World Book Day:
So this year’s theme needed to be even bigger and better and after a lot of deliberation we chose the Harry Potter series, turning our Academy into Hogwart’s to hold a Tri-Wizard Tournament.