Author Dan Freedman scores with QEGS!

Val Dewhurst, the librarian at QEGS, sent me this article:

Snip20150709_66“The senior school library recently received a wonderful gesture and gift from author Dan Freedman which included a copy of his prequel to the Jamie Johnson series, Born to Play to use as a prize for the most promising football player in Year 7, and to celebrate the end of the school year and football season. This was swiftly forwarded on to our PE Department where Mr Hindle took control and was quick to announce that Tom McCann 7NJP was the student who deserved this award.  The author Dan Freedman is eager to know of our student choice and has promised to include this news on his own website www.danfreedman.co.uk
 
Dan commented “over the last few weeks to celebrate the end of the school year we have been sending copies of Born to Play to some of the schools around the country, that I know well (QEGS being one of those schools) and have asked that they be presented to their most talented footballer in Year 7.  I’m sure it’s been a very difficult choice for them but I am very much looking forward to hearing their news.”
 
Dan Freedman who came to visit QEGS 2 years ago, has himself a strong passion for reading, writing and for football and loves nothing more than to encourage reading through sport and sport through reading… particularly football.”

School Library Camp, Midlands

For the second year running the Midlands will host a School Library Camp.
This year we have decamped (sorry!) to the north of the region and the 2015 event will be held at the University of Derby’s main campus at Keddleston Road.
More details about the location here:
We will be shamelessly using the same date as Darren’s Manchester event which is Saturday 11th July of course. Doors open 10:00 and we expect to be finished and wiping up cake crumbs by 3:00pm.
Click here for more information and to grab your free tickets:
At last year’s event we discussed all sorts of stuff from our policies towards noise to using Minecraft. What will you discuss this year? Pitch your ideas or see what others want to talk about here:
We look  forward to seeing you there!
Sonja, Karin and Carl – 2015 organisers.

 

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

 

Reasons to justify a visit from an Author/Illustrator

At a recent LibMeet author Chitra Soundar presented this great slideshare.  It gives lots of reasons why you should invite an author in, and ways you can justify it to your Senior Management Team.  Full of facts and quotes, this is an informative and useful piece of advocacy.  Thanks to Chitra for allowing me to share it more widely.

World Book Day with author Tom Palmer

Snip20150309_1Librarian Mrs Dewhurst from QEGS Blackburn tells us of a great World Book Day her pupils enjoyed with the author Tom Palmer:

On World Book Day, Thursday 5th March, a day full of sporty reading took place with visiting author Tom Palmer. An energetic Year 6, 7 and 8 all joined in with the reading football game which was a massive success, with prizes for all the winners. The buzz of books and reading echoed throughout school while the sound of the penalty shoot out could be heard loud and clearly from the Library Annexe.

Head of Library, Mrs Dewhurst was delighted with the week saying ” we’ve had a lot of events taking place this week – we wanted to give everyone the chance to join in, making it a whole school book week. It takes a lot of planning to put a book week together, but absolutely worth it – to see just how many students got involved this week has been fantastic. The author session was the icing on the cake and extremely touching to see the love and passion for books shine through , and the enthusiasm from Year 6 was breathtaking with over forty Tom Palmer books being sold! The lunchtime book signing session was extremely popular with students queueing with their books, footballs, sportswear – all for signing. The author really did ensure every student left happy.

More details about Tom Palmer’s books and photos of the day can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/QegsLibraryBlackburn
http://tompalmer.co.uk/

World Book Day 2015 – what did you do?

EmiWBD15 Prestonly Corley, Librarian at Lightcliffe Academy in Halifax, writes about a very special World Book Day her pupils experienced. She wrote:

On Thursday 5th March year7&8 pupils from Lightcliffe Academy in West Yorkshire celebrated books and reading in style by travelling to Preston for the flagship World Book Day event. There were 5000 students at the event and the atmosphere was electric! We saw 5 authors including Cathy Cassidy who inspired us to use our local library and told us that daydreaming is a great way to come up with stories. Cressida Cowell showed us how to DRAW a dragon and Danny Wallace made us all laugh. As a final treat, all students received a signed copy of a book by their favourite author. It was definitely worth the two-hour journey to get there!

What did you do in your school that was special?  Let me know and I will either post it here, on Facebook or tweet it. Let’s celebrate all the wonderful work we do!

Harry Potter Night at Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School

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Anita, Librarian at Merchant Taylors’ school in Liverpool, sent me her account of what they got up to on Harry Potter Night.  It sounds fantastic! She says:

“I had 80 years 3 and 4 for 90 minutes doing three of a ten activity programme. Somehow I managed to persuade eleven teachers to run an activity after school for no extra pay (lots of approval points though) and then further persuade our deputy head to be Professor McGonagall complete with sorting hat. Altogether there were 20 of us last night all gowned up, playing Quidditch,making mini Hedwigs,watching an amazing science demonstration,learning Latin spells,following a mischief map,learning about the history of magic,doing mini science ,astronomy and making wands. Even refreshments were HP themed green jelly with sour spiders,pumpkin juice and cupcakes.”

A fuller description and photos can be found on the school website.  Pictured here is Deputy Head Jane Tyndall in the guise of Professor McGonagall.

National Storytelling Week 2015

Storyteller Sue AllonbyQEGS were delighted to be a part of National Storytelling Week and celebrated in the Library with a wealth of stories and tales all during this special storytelling week. From our Telling Tales group sharing scary tales to Mrs Verner reading The Viper, to our key event and guest storyteller Sue Allonby who shared lots of traditional tales including working with different year groups and also presenting a lunchtime event – to Mr Hargreaves complete with his flat cap and then finally to Mrs Foxley adding her own original touch to her delightful story which included delicate bones, frogs, lashing reeds and Little Duke.

Head of Library, Mrs Dewhurst commented ” it’s been an exciting week packed with a variety of stories and different members of staff volunteering to read – for which I am extremely grateful. A web of stories was spun, exciting sessions created much interest, with all events being extremely well attended. NSW is celebrated by all ages and often includes folk tales, fairy lore, figments, phantoms, dragons, serpents, storms at sea.  A good teller will conjure intriguingly –  our storytellers did just that!  It’s good to see that NSW appears to be steadily growing each year as more and more schools now get involved and celebrate, we are very proud of our contribution. My thanks must go to all storytellers including my own Telling Tales group, and also to many of Year 7 who joined in with the celebrations. A very big thank you to the Grandmother of Ruth Brown (8RMW) and Jane Brown (7NJP) who created a beautiful handmade storyteller’s gift for our visitor/storyteller, Sue Allonby. This has been a busy, eventful and successful week, which now leads on to our annual Book Week in March when we will welcome author Tom Palmer.”

Do let me know if you also celebrate National Storytelling Week – and how you do it!

Fantasy Fashion in North London Collegiate School

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In my inbox this afternoon was one of those emails that just brightens up your day!  Jenny Bartlett from the North London Collegiate school emailed me to show off this wonderful display that her colleague Mr Chan had created in the library.  She told me that it is creating quite a buzz – as well it might!  Jenny explained the reason for the display:

‘Our school has an annual ‘Fantasy Fashion’ event, a charity fundraiser where pupils design and produce fantasy fashion outfits around a given theme, culminating in a fashion show complete with catwalk. We like to create library displays to tie in with school events, and for this year, bought some new books on fashion, design, creative textiles etc. Mr Chan, one of our librarians,  has created an incredible display that is placed right at our main entrance. We’ve extended the theme by incorporating and adapting well known book titles – so we have ‘A Streetcar named Denim’, ‘To Kilt a Mockingbird’, ‘Tender is the Nightgown’, ‘All the King’s Menswear’, amongst others!

He has also dressed a mannequin using withdrawn books, and this will be placed outside the library to publicise a competition, ‘Strike a Prose’, where pupils are invited to write a piece around the year’s theme. It will be interesting to see if extending our display beyond the library itself will bear fruit. We are hoping that the mannequin itself will take part in the fashion show, possibly on a set of wheels!

‘Fantasy Fashion is inspired in memory of a pupil. She spent part of her gap year working with the Karenni refugees in Burma, changed career direction and ended up working and living amongst them, but was sadly killed there in  a motorbike crash. Fantasy fashion each year is in her memory, and money raised goes to the refugees. Always a big thing here, and still attended by her parents.’

This is one of the most beautiful and innovative displays – especially the mannequin! – that I have seen for a while.  Don’t forget if you have a great display in your library, we would love to share it on Heart.

National Poetry Day at the King’s School, Worcester

 

Remember poemsAnnabel Jeffery, the school Librarian, writes:

It was National Poetry Day on Thursday 2nd October. The Library and English Department made the most of the opportunity to celebrate poetry with activities to promote this year’s theme of ‘Remember’ (which also ties in with the WW1 Centenary). A poetry competition drew over seventy entries from pupils. Many chose to respond to the theme by writing poems of Remembrance for WW1 soldiers, but we have also received many moving poems in memory of pets and loved ones. These are displayed in the Long Gallery alongside a display of classic ‘Remember’ poems, and will be judged next week.

 

Remember2At lunchtime the Headmaster, teachers, and Library staff read their own choice of poems in the Library. Amongst war poems (from the Illiad to Vergissmeinicht), poems that were about memory, poems that brought back memories, or were memorable to the reader for a particular reason, a highlight was Miss Lewis’s reading of one of her father’s recently published poems, about the moment when his mother heard that her husband had been killed in WW1. Dr Head also read a poem written by his grandfather, one of the founders of the Worcester Writers’ Circle. It was a delightful occasion, enjoyed by pupils and staff.”