Open letter from Children’s Laureates

Current Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, along with the previous Laureates, has written an open letter to the Secretary of State for Education regarding school libraries in England and Wales.


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School libraries play a huge part in pupils’ education

Report in Coventry Telegraph, 17th October 2014

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Siobhan Dowd Trust – could your Library use £6000?

The Siobhan Dowd Trust have one grant of £6000 and two grants of £3000 for school libraries in the UK.

You need to demonstrate evidence of need, coupled with enthusiasm and a good plan for your library and how it would make a difference to pupils.

Click here to find out more. Deadline 1st May 2014

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The ‘angst canon’

Is there an ‘angst canon’ of books that teenagers read?

A BBC report discussing the reading choices of older teenagers:

At the age of 17 and 18, readers are often searching for something with a bit of existential angst. And nothing taps into teenage angst quite like the idea of exceptionalism.

It also discusses how reading choices are changed.

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Maths advantage for pupils who read for pleasure

BBC News

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Can you read and dance at the same time?

Reading and dancing ‘good for health’ of Scots

Evidence suggesting that those reading for pleasure are healthier than those that don’t. Especially if they also dance, go to museums, theatres, libraries and participate in ‘cultural activities’ in ‘cultural places’.

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Department for Education Petition

This petition will only directly affect the Department for Education, and not Scottish education, but please consider signing and sharing it far and wide.

One in 5 children have no books at home. Many more have limited access to public libraries, or to the expertise of a professional librarian. By ensuring that all schools have libraries, and that they are properly run with professional library support, either full-time in the case of scondary schools, or part-time in the case of primary schools, the government can ensure that all children have good access not only to books and information but also the support necessary to use these effectively. Making this provision statutory would stop the current uneven provision and give all children and young people access, regardless of family income or easy access to a public library. Far too many schools have either no school library, or no professional library support, with consequent lack of access for their students.

You can see the petition here.

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Speak up for libraries

In case you haven’t seen it via Facebook or Twitter, here is a link to author and campaigner Alan Gibbons’ speech at the Speak up for libraries conference from his own blog.

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Roll up! Roll up!

Nicola and I attended the CILIPS Autumn Gathering this week, a rather funky event, full of good ideas and creativity from all library sectors (and more about that later).

But the highlight of the day for me (sorry, CILIPS) was when another school librarian from Perth and Kinross asked,

“Are you anything to do with the Three Ring Circus?”

So, all fellow North Lanarkshire  LRC Managers hold your heads high and get even more examples of the brilliant and vitally important work we’re doing on here, because it’s being noticed across the country and beyond.

And if you think this was an exception, just look at our ClustrMap, which shows our visitors from around the world 🙂

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SCRAN newsletter

The autumn SCRAN newsletter is available, including news of new material on the Vikings. flags, Neil Armstrong and the Olympics.

SCRAN Autumn 2012 newsletter


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Guardian: Decline in children’s non-fiction must stop

Friday 28 September 2012

Decline in children’s non-fiction must stop, say authors

Article in the Guardian regarding the decline of non-fiction titles.

See also,

Children need exciting non-fiction books – and libraries

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