Booked Up books for Year 7 pupils

Booked Up is here again – that amazing scheme which gives every student in Year 7 in England’s school a free book of their own.  The book choices have already started arriving in schools, and once again the panel have chosen some great books for the students to choose from.  There is a video of the authors talking about their books, and free resources and ideas to help launch the books in school, all on the Booked Up website:   It is not too late to register your school, so if you haven’t done it, and you are a school in England – register today!

School Libraries Design awards

This is an exciting new award for school library design, sponsored by Demco Interiors, partnered by the School Library Association:

The School Library Association working with Demco Interiors has created the exciting new School Library Design Award 2011.  The Award will be made annually to the school library that shows innovation, creativity and resourcefulness in its library design. 

 Tricia Adams, Director, School Library Association said:  “We are delighted to be able to work with Demco Interiors on this exciting new Award – The School Library Design Award 2011.  This is our second Annual Award, in addition to our School Librarian of the Year, which recognises the importance of both school librarians and school library spaces in helping children and young people enjoy and love reading.”                                                        

 School libraries are invited to submit, copy, images, video or any other format that tells the story of their fabulous library.   Libraries will be judged across a set of criteria; inviting / improved library image; space planning; educational objectives; technology and engagement/consultation.  As  well as  first and runner up prizes the winning  librarian or library team will be invited to an exciting Awards event in London.  Deadline for entries for shortlisting 14 January 2011.

Demco, sponsors of the Award,  is keen to stress that budget and type and size of library is not important.  Andy Parker, Director of Sales and Marketing at Demco Interiors says:  “ What matters is not how big the school library or budget is but what is achieved with available resources and challenges that are faced.  The library can be a new build or a refurbishment and you do not have to be a member of the School Librarian Association or have used Demco products or services.  This is a great opportunity to gain some recognition for a feature that is often overlooked – the  design, layout and furnishing of the library space.”

 The Award comes at an extremely an important time on the school calendar with the publication of the long awaited   School Library Commission Report, School Libraries:  A Plan for Improvement.

 Tricia Adams adds:  “ It has been extremely revealing to read the findings of this eagerly awaited report.   I hear a strong voice from the Commissioners and from pupils that school libraries do something special and  there is no evidence that this can be delivered in any other way.  Delivering services that meet the needs of a wide group of young people in comforting, welcoming and safe environments is the narrative for the future of school libraries today. “

 More information about the Award and downloadable criteria and entry form are available from: or  or contact the SLA on 01793 791787.