Shakespeare come to life!

Shakespeare 400I 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.

Safer Internet Day inspires pupils at King’s School Worcester



P1430988Pupils 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.

6 word story competition a great success!

6 word storyboard

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.

National Share a Story Month at Bishop’s Stortford College

dragonsHave you been celebrating National Share a Story Month in your school?  If so, please send me what has been happening in your own school.  Have a look at the wonderful things that have been going on at Bishop’s Stortford College.

The Prep School Library at Bishop’s Stortford College is celebrating National Share a Story Month with a Dragon theme. The library displays have embraced this mythical theme and Library lessons have focused on how dragons have been represented in stories, poetry and in art throughout the ages. A Dragon app that revealed dragons flying around the library was especially popular.

bookshelves The Picture Book Benches, painted by Prep School pupils with the help of Hertfordshire based artist James Mayhew earlier in the year, have been ideal for sharing stories in the sunshine. (previous post) Pupils have also been challenged by the “Shh! Who’s Reading Here” competition; a selection of clues have been arranged for 24 titles and pupils have been invited to make an educated guess! Thanks to parents who helped create the literary challenge for everyone.’

Library Garden and Book Benches

Librarian Rosie Pike from Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School shared with us this inspiring story.  I would love some of these beautiful benches in my school, wouldn’t you?  Rosie says:

IMG_1922“This project has been achieved with the help of a donation from the Friends, allowing the acquisition of book benches and colourful exterior bean bags and seating. Inspired by the National Literacy Trust’s book bench project in London we were able to buy two blank book benches. Author and illustrator of the Katie books, James Mayhew, who also created a ‘Katie in London’ bench for the ‘Books about Town’, joined Prep School pupils in the art room to help create a special ‘Katie in Bishop’s Stortford’ bench, painted by the pupils, and another inspired by the theme of gardens in children’s books. Pupils had previously engaged in a competition to design the two benches and the winners of this competition contributed toIMG_1915the final painting of them.


The College is extremely grateful to the Prep School Friends and James for making this fantastic project possible. The Prep School Librarian Rosie Pike said, “It was a thrilling day for all involved. Seeing how the benches developed during the course of the day was amazing, and an idea of the fun that was had can be seen in this time lapse video.

 The benches are now a focal part of our new library garden, and as you can see are well used by the children!”

(All photos of pupils used with full permissions)



If you would like to purchase one of these book benches, they can be backordered from the Wild in Art website.  Contact Joy Young, and she will be able to help you.


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Hogwarts Express to Old Buckenham

Andrea Hassan, Librarian at Old Buckenham High School in Norfolk, shares this wonderful event with us.  Sounds and looks like a wonderful time was had by everyone!  (Permission was given for all pupils shown to appear on the website.)

OBHS Harry Potter Eve 2015 Library

After months of planning it was time for Old Buckenham High School students and staff to share the magic at their first ever Harry Potter Big Event this week.

 Forty seven wizards and muggles convened after school for an evening of fun activities designed to celebrate the books. The event started in the school library with students donning the Sorting Hat to be placed into the four Houses; Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin. Once OBHS Harry Potter Eve 2015 Sorting Hatassembled they embarked on a Diagon Alley Hunt followed by a Quidditch Tournament in which the house teams received points for each Quaffle goal they scored before the Golden Snitch was thrown into the hoop – no mean feat considering everyone involved had to hold a wand during play!

 After their zealous performance refreshments were served, with drinks in potion bottles aptly labelled ‘Wolfshane Potion’, ‘Flesh-Eating Slug Repellent’ and ‘Bubotuber Pus’. Students also made wizarding name OBHS Harry Potter Eve 2015 Quidditchbadges, decorated cupcakes and had the chance to earn house points in the Harry Potter Bingo and Quiz with the winning house being announced at the end of the evening in the Prize Ceremony. There was much rejoicing as Slytherin received the title ‘House Victor 2015’ with a staggering 610 points, 130 points more than Ravenclaw in second place. Year 7 student Tilly Rawling won the best decorated cupcake competition and many more prizes were handed out in the raffle.OBHS Harry Potter Eve 2015 House Points

OBHS Harry Potter Eve 2015 cupcakes


WBD at Dulwich College, Singapore

Snip20150316_9Laura Taylor, a fantastic school librarian whom many of us know from her years working in the UK, has taken on the task of creating a new library in a new school in Singapore.  This was her first World Book Day, and she was determined to make it go with a bang!  Dulwich College Singapore is an all-through school.  This is what she shared about World Book Day in her school:

‘1000 staff and students parading around the school today ( to sounds of Gotta Keep Reading and Paperback Writer over the tannoy) in some incredible book character costumes. Highlights for me were the Year 7 boy dressed as Walliams’s The Boy in the Dress (so original – looked brilliant ) and the Wimpy Kid with a huge papier mache white head along with the teachers dressed as The Paper Bag Princess, Mary Poppins, Pippi Longstocking, Dracula, Queen of Hearts, Cats in Hats, Sherlock Holmes, Little Misses, Goldilocks and her 3 Bears , several Wallys and Harry Potters of course, plus the Heads of school dressed as the Tin Man, Wicked Witch of the West and Wizard of Oz.”

Classroom doors were also decorated for the theme of Book Week, and you can see the fantastic results on the Flikr stream.

Harry Potter Night at the Grey Coat Hospital School Library

We held a HP party for 60 girls, with decorations and activities.
Librarian Penny (aka Madam Trelawney) and her assistant (Tonks) had a wonderful time in the library on Harry Potter Night. This is her account of the time, along with some wonderful pictures.  Penny reports:


Harry frame

“We sorted them as they arrived, with a hat and badges in a bag, then they were photographed in a ‘Have you seen this wizard’ frame.
Then 4 prefects each took their house to a different lesson which were:
Charms with floating rings
Transfiguration with card tricks
Care of magical creatures with a bring-your-own creature competition
Divination making paper fortune tellers

As each 10 minute lesson ended, I cried “finite incantatem!”, and the moved on.
We finished with a magical creatures final, and party bags with re-packaged sweets, and very special bookmarks designed by my brilliant assistant.

We were totally exhausted, but it was such fun!   Already planning next year’s!”

Harry CauldronDementor chocolate 1 Hufflepuff Bookmark copy