Pupils at the King’s School, Worcester took part in an interactive display in the Library, led by Librarian Annabel Jeffery. The UK Safer Internet Centre wanted to promote respect and kindness online with a campaign to encourage young people to share positive messages in specially designed heart signs which were printed off and made available to pupils. Gold DofE volunteers kicked the whole thing off by volunteering to be poster boys which inspired other pupils from all years to take part. Pupils wrote some lovely messages such as “I only tweet positive messages” and “I will only be kind and considerate on social media”. These were added to a display in the library throughout the day. The main focus however was sharing these messages with the online community by uploading photos of the pupils with their messages on the Library Twitter feed (@KSWLibrary) which is where the unfolding picture of the day can best be appreciated. Another display in the library highlighted online safety issues such as trolling, grooming, cyberbullying, and staying safe on social media. Pupils had great fun and hopefully gained a better awareness of how positive behaviour online can make the internet a better (and safer) place.
School Librarians across the UK have always looked to Scotland as an example of best practice. In Scotland, for years, all school libraries had to be overseen by a chartered school librarian, and were well stocked. Unlike England, where professional qualifications were less and less valued, and the cheapest option often held sway – often with libraries closing altogether. Well, no longer. Argyll and Bute have now decided to do away with ALL of their school librarian posts – but not to worry, they have decided to keep their hanging baskets and municipal flower beds instead. The towns will carry on looking pretty whilst the children lose a valuable educational resource – so that’s all right then, isn’t it? Children in Argyll and Bute will now be educationally disadvantaged compared to their peers in the rest of Scotland. If like me, you think this is certainly NOT all right, please protest. Write to the council, and please do sign this petition to Save Scotland’s School Libraries.
I love this 6 word story competition noticeboard, and the idea behind it! Gloria Clarke from Gillotts School sent me this photo from a competition she ran in the library on Open Evening. There were over 100 entries from parents and prospective students viewing the school! The English teachers saw it, loved it, and got the pupils involved as well, so that over the 3 days the competition ran there were 130 entries. The English Staff judged the winning entries, which were:
Year 7 (1st place): Beneath the ground, her father moved.
Year 9 : Without my Sensai, I am lost.
and a honourable mention to a Year 11 entrant: Burnt the haystack, found the needle!
What a fantastic way to promote the Library to parents and prospective students – and what a great competition to run.
This beautiful mood board was created by Librarian Sarah Seddon of the Piggot School. Most of the posters she found on Pinterest. Doesn’t it get you itching to start your own one right now? Fantastic way to brighten up a dull winter’s day!
The CILIP School Libraries Group have produced another excellent book pack, following on from the World War One resource pack. This time the theme is ‘Being Me’, and it centres around difference and disability. The books cover a wide range of subjects, with questions and exercises suitable for all reading groups. Primary as well as secondary books are included, as well as poetry. SLG members can download the pack for free from the CILIPSLG website here; non members (and members) can buy a beautifully produced pack at a very reasonable price. Details on the flyer here. Please contact Sarah Masters for more details.
Michael Hughes, who is an English teacher has set up Alive Poets Society site for pupils to publish their own poetry. Schools can request access for their own area of the site. It looks like a wonderful idea to me! Great for encouraging pupils to write poetry, especially leading up to National Poetry Day (October 16th). For further details please contact Michael on firstname.lastname@example.org
There is some fantastic new material available if you are involved in teaching information literacy in your libraries. Members of the CILIP Information Literacy group and the School Libraries Group have been collaborating on documents to support the Teen Tech Awards, and they have produced some excellent sheets which are free to download which you can use in order to support teaching this subject. You can find the sheets here and more information about how to enter the Teen Tech Award here.
Lenny Dutton (@missedutton), a school librarian in the UK for quite a few years, and a Google Certified Teacher, has now moved to the States. However, she is still creating and sharing wonderful stuff, as this slideshow, which she has allowed me to share via my Slideshare (so that I could embed it) shows.
George Dunbar contacted me on Heart with a great infographic he created. Have a look – there is certainly food for thought here! (this is just a snapshot, click on the link to see the full infographic)
This is a great new video from MLS. It is not about advertising their product though, it is about promoting reading for pleasure. I was one of the people who helped with the ideas. Enjoy! You have permission to show it wherever you need it. Apply to MLS for any other permissions.