Hans Christian Andersen Award Blog

   20/11/2018 - 01:21 PM

Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!: ...

Our course Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at The Riverway Centre, Riverway, Stafford ST16 3TH on 29 November 2018.

Run many times in the past and resulting in excellent feedback on each occasion, delegates on this course will gain an overview about all aspects of managing a primary school library. They will learn about the processes and practical aspects of running a library and consider the role of the library within their schools.

The closing date is 14 November 2018. Bookings received by 5 November 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (delegates from non-SLA member schools which subscribe to Staffordshire SLS), £150 to all others.  Additional discounts available for a 2nd place delegate from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual). 

Key Audience:

Primary school staff, governors and volunteers with responsibility for the school library

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   20/11/2018 - 01:21 PM

Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting: ...


Our course Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting, run by Marie (Maz) Udall from the Self Esteem Team, will be held at EES for Schools/School Library Service, 11 Freebournes Road, Witham, Essex CM8 3UN on 27 November 2018.

This training will show school library staff how to create a culture that's conducive to good mental health, a well as looking at the challenges facing young people today and the solutions they can employ, in the space they inhabit in school, to help students struggling in these areas.  Issues covered will include anxiety, body image, exam stress, mental health and self-esteem. 

The closing date is 12 November 2018. Bookings received by 26 October 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (delegates from non-SLA member schools which subscribe to Essex School Library Service), £150 to all others.  Additional discounts available for a 2nd place delegate from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual).  Prices increase slightly after 26 October - please see SLA website for details.

Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff

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   20/11/2018 - 01:21 PM

London Branch: Branch Events

SLA members are invited to attend the Autumn meeting of the SLA London Branch starting at 2.30pm at Highgate School (N6 4AY) on 21st November.

Discussions will focus on the work of Book Trust with a representative from the Trust; BookBuzz and School Librarian Packs are mainly aimed at KS3 but the views of primary school librarians would be welcomed due to the huge overlap between the books read by KS2 and year 7 and 8 students. They will also be able to give a great insight into the reading habits of KS2 children.

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   20/11/2018 - 01:21 PM

Lancashire Branch event - Lucas Maxwell

Join Lucas Maxwell discussing: Sharing best practice; Promoting reading; Marketing the library; Book Blogging and lots more!

From bringing books to life in highly imaginative and engaging ways, to generous and bold outreach work with their respective communities, via substantial and meaningful support for staff as well as pupils, Lucas Maxwell makes a huge difference to the lives of all he works with, igniting a passion for reading. Lucas is evangelical about the role of technology in libraries. The library has a strong following on social media and he is especially proud that many of his followers are students. He organises virtual author and careers sessions through Twitter and Skype and he is interested in Makerspaces in libraries.

When: Wednesday 14th November 9.30am - 3.00pm Where: LSA Technology and Performing Arts College Worsley Road, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 4DG Map: https://www.lythamhigh.lancs.sch.uk/contact

Prices: Members £35 Non-members £40 ‘Bring A Friend’ £10

Please note, our ‘Bring A Friend’ promotion can only be used once. Therefore, for those who have taken advantage of this offer previously unfortunately, (we hope you understand) you will not be able to do so again. 

When: Wednesday 14thNovember 9.30am - 3.00pm Where: LSA Technology and Performing Arts College Worsley Road, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 4DG Map: https://www.lythamhigh.lancs.sch.uk/contact 

BOOKING Please confirm to: Mrs Emma Suffield Branch Secretary & Vice-Chair SLA Lancashire esuffield@saintwilfrids.com

For more information see the flyer:

Flyer for Lucas Maxwell 14 November 2018 SLA Lancs

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   20/11/2018 - 01:21 PM

Richmond Literature Festival

Richmond Literature Festival 1-28 November 2018- Events for Children

Enjoy a fantastic range of family activities at Richmond Literature Festival this November!

Join award-winning children’s poet Joseph Coelho for a fun-filled morning of interactive storytelling and live drawing, relax at a sensory yoga class inspired by Fearne Cotton’s Yoga Babies featuring illustrator Sheena Dempsey, and get hands-on with exciting experiments in a science workshop with Alom Shaha. We also have our first ever YA event: Suffragettes! The Girls that Changed our World- expect lively discussion, readings and live drawing celebrating a century since women first won the right to vote in the UK.

For the full list of events and tickets visit www.richmondliterature.com/children--young-people



   20/11/2018 - 01:21 PM

Yorkshire & Humberside Branch The School Library in a ...

The School Library in a Social Media World

As the use of all social media platforms continues to increase amongst children, in particular teens, it is important to look at ways to use the technology in the classroom and wider school community

This course will outline how we can use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to promote interaction and to advertise our facilities, as well as gain access to student opinions and comments on library service.  Best practice will be demonstrated and shared during the session.

Trainer: Denise Brooks + University Staff

Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 10.00am - 3.00pm

Venue: The Arts Tower, Western Bank, University of Sheffield, S10 2TN

Cost: £10 for refreshments

Contact: sla.yorksandhumber@gmail.com for further details



   20/11/2018 - 01:21 PM

IBA Children's Choice Vote - only a few days left

There's only a few days until the Children's Choice Vote closes - and it's very close! 

IBA SLA Poster 2018 Front Web
IBA SLA Poster 2018 Front Web

 Peters Books and Furniture are doing a special offer on the shortlist sets for a limited time so have a look - they are fantastic books and get for getting children and young people engaged in non-fiction. As next month is Non-fiction November now is the time to make the most of this fantastic offer - and don't forget, activities for all the books are available here: https://www.sla.org.uk/information-book-award.php 

All SLA members should have received a poster with their Autumn journal - if you didn't, or you're not an SLA member but you'd like a poster, email info[at]sla.org.uk. 



   20/11/2018 - 01:21 PM

NEU - 75% off new members

The National Eduation Union are offering 75% off your first year's subscription if you join before 31st December. For more information: https://neu.org.uk/join



   20/11/2018 - 01:21 PM

SLYA - closing date extended

The closing date for the School Librarian of the Year has been extended to the end of November. Nomination forms can be found here: https://www.sla.org.uk/slya.php

It's a brilliant way of developing your practice, and inviting new opportunities in. For more information have a look at this Qand A session with some previous winners: https://www.sla.org.uk/q-and-a-with-slya-winners.php



   20/11/2018 - 01:21 PM

CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Awards announced

Nominations have been published for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards, recognising outstanding writing and illustrations in children's books. 

Visit the CKG website for the full list.



   20/11/2018 - 01:21 PM

Hertfordshire SLA CPD Meeting

Hertfordshire SLA CPD Meeting

DATE: Wednesday 14th November 2018.

TIME: 9am to 12noon.

VENUE: Sandringham School, The Ridgeway, St Albans, AL4 9NX. www.sandringham.herts.sch.uk

Herts SLA are delighted to announce our next CPD morning, on Wednesday 14th November at Sandringham School, St Albans. The focus of our meeting is a workshop on Social Media in the School Library, led by Barbara Band (www.sla.org.uk/barbara-band.php).  Barbara has over 25 years’ experience as a school librarian and is a former President of CILIP and is an engaging and inspiring presenter with a real passion for school libraries.


9-9.30. Arrival. Coffee/tea. Networking.

9-30-11. Barbara Band: Social Media in the School Library.

11-11.30. Break for coffee/tea.

11.30-12. AOB. Book Exchange. Networking.


Cost - FREE to SLA members, £5 non-members (payable by invoice).  All welcome.

RSVP jvance@st-albans.herts.sch.uk by Wednesday 7th November, together with any items for AOB.



   20/11/2018 - 01:21 PM

Information Book Award 2018: 2018 Winners Announced

The winners of the Information Book Award 2018 were announced on 7 November 2018 at Carmelite House in London.

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   20/11/2018 - 01:21 PM

Job Vacancies, Senior Librarian, Manchester: Manchester ...

Senior Librarian   

The Manchester Grammar School

We are seeking to appoint a Senior Librarian to join the School's Library.

For details of the post and the application procedure please see our website at  www.mgs.org/vacancies or phone us on 0161 224 7201 ext. 800.

Applications must be made by MGS application form, CV's will not be accepted on their own.

The closing date is Monday 26 November 2018.

MGS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.  All applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening.

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   20/11/2018 - 01:21 PM

Unknown Reader

North Bridge House School in North London has an unknown reader outside their school library this weekend. This has provoked discussion among staff and enhanced respect from pupils for commemorations around the centenary of the Armistice this weekend. Thank you to their librarian Susan Hill and their Head Teacher for allowing us to share this powerful image.

Unknown Reader 1



   20/11/2018 - 01:21 PM

Free financial education textbook for schools

All 3,400 state-funded secondary schools in England will get 100 free copies of Your Money Matters, the first-ever curriculum-mapped financial education textbook, aimed at students aged 15 to 16, to teach them about topics such as savings, budgeting, borrowing, student loans and identity theft. It was written by the financial education charity Young Money with guidance from MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis and has been made possible thanks to a £325,000 donation from Martin.