Category Archives: Libraries

Anti Bullying Week and the Role of the School Library + links to book lists

Anti-Bullying Week takes place in schools across England each November. This year’s Anti-Bullying Week has the theme Change Starts With Us and is happening from Monday 11th November – Friday 15th November 2019. Bullying in all its forms may have … Continue reading

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The Copy and Paste Generation and The School Librarian

Each term the Surrey branch of the School Library Association holds a meeting where members have the opportunity both to network and to gain some CPD in the form of visiting speakers offering training, advice or new ideas. Our Spring … Continue reading

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For the Love of Libraries

On Sunday 10th March I battled my way through gales, engineering works on Southwest Trains and fallen trees on Southern Rail to attend an event at the British Library. It was definitely worth it.  The afternoon brought together three wonderful … Continue reading

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Creating a Primary School Library

“School libraries should be a focal point for a school. In a school library there should be resources to support every aspect of school life: every project, books to support sport, dancing, art, music; and it should also be the … Continue reading

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The S.L.A. Information Book Award – a celebration of nonfiction for children

The eighth School Library Association Information Book Award ceremony took place at Carmelite House London, the home of Hachette Children’s Publishers on Wednesday 7th November. This annual event shines a light on the very best information books for children from … Continue reading

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The School Librarian of the Year Award – a celebration of superheroes

On Tuesday 9th October the School Librarian of the Year award ceremony took place in the Judge’s Court above Brown’s Restaurant, Covent Garden. Librarians, authors and members of the children’s books community gathered together to celebrate the wonderful work carried … Continue reading

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Perfect Picture Books for Libraries Week

Libraries Week takes place between the 8–13 October to celebrate the nation’s much-loved libraries. This year, with a focus on well being libraries across the country will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and … Continue reading

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Why Author Visits to Schools Matter

  In 2013 the Society of Authors published a survey on the impact of author visits to schools. At that time I contributed to the survey and that author visits have a positive effect on promoting reading for pleasure amongst … Continue reading

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Why Great School Libraries Should Start in Primary Schools

Something very important happened at this year’s Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) School Libraries Group Conference. A brand new campaign was launched by CEO Nick Poole in his opening speech. The Great School Libraries Campaign sees CILIP … Continue reading

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Why School Librarians Are Educators Too and Why School Libraries Matter

  ‘’We are all educators…….accompanying young people in their efforts to build their lives for today and tomorrow.’’ For seventeen years I worked as a librarian in a school at which the words above formed part of the mission statement. … Continue reading

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