Sarah Masters of Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough produces this every year for the Library, and she has shared it with us in it’s original form so that you can download and replace any books which you don’t have in your own library. Please remember to credit her for this. Enjoy!
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.”
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!
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.
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.