I am proud to announce that Heart of the School has been nominated as one of the best Educational Blogs in 2016! This is in UKEd Magazine, and the blog is featured alongside teacher’s blogs. Thank you to everyone who has contributed stories to Heart – all your hard work has been acknowledged! Please do keep your contributions coming in – everything from lessons you teach on information literacy to displays you put up. It is really important to show the breadth of things that school librarians do – we don’t just stamp books, we have a vital role to play in educating children. If you wish to read the UKEd magazine with the nomination in, then you can download it from here. Thank you everyone – and keep it coming! We passionately want to show that school librarians make a difference to every school!
This great advent calendar was created by Sarah Masters from the Thomas Deacon Academy. She is using it to send to tutors to advertise books in the library. As you click each star for each day, a different page opens with a book and a link to a book trailer. Sarah has been generous in allowing people to adapt the powerpoint to their own needs, therefore this will download in powerpoint and not pdf as usual. You can download it from the Box Files to the right of the posts. Thanks Sarah!
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!
This year, in my school, we plan to take part in NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. There is a Young Writer’s Programme for the under-18’s. So I have created my Virtual Classroom, added in the participating students and their teacher, and await November 1st to see how it all pans out. Has anyone else taken part in this with their students? How did it go for you? Leave a comment!
Here’s the website if you want to join in too: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/
The Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award is a joint venture between the School Library Association and the CILIP School Libraries Group. As well as promoting the work and achievements of pupils within their school libraries, work which involves dedication and commitment but which often goes unnoticed and unrewarded, it also highlights the benefits and values of the school librarian.
Do you have a pupil librarian who could become the Pupil Librarian of the Year 2017?
Someone who is reliable, volunteers regularly and who has made a difference to the library, being a role model for others?
Someone who is an example of the synergy between a school library and the pupils?
Why not nominate them?
Watch out for more details when the award opens on September 19th
The award is supported by a number of leading children’s books publishers and the company, Authors Aloud UK, and judged by a panel of leading figures from the children’s book world and school library community.
For further information including nomination forms, contact details and sponsorship: http://libpupilaward.wixsite.com/home
About the CILIP School Libraries Group
The School Libraries Group (SLG) of CILIP affirms that school libraries and school library services are fundamental to the development of a literate population able to participate fully in a thriving democracy, culture, civilization and economy. www.cilip.org.uk/slg
About the School Library Association
The School Library Association is an independent charity that believes that every pupil is entitled to effective school library provision. The SLA is committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all. Website: www.sla.org.uk
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.
I absolutely LOVE this display that Senior School Librarian Terence Chan has created in North London Collegiate School! He told me that Year 7 pupils got a shock when they entered the Library only to be confronted with a life sized Shakespeare staring back at them! “It is amazing what you can do with a mannequin and a plastic skull from the Science Department” he told me.
Terence is known for his creative displays using mannequins; you may remember his beautiful dress made out of book pages for his ‘Strike a pose’ writing competition a year ago.