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The March Infotopia newsletter is available online at

(also available as a PDF).

Infotopia is a monthly newsletter by retired teacher / librarian team of Carole and Michael Bell and worth a look.

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Guardian: Scores of authors lobby government to act on school libraries

Report in Guardian regarding the letter to Government. This report’s findings apply to England, but all advocacy is good advocacy 🙂

Text published with permission of Alan Gibbons:

The report of the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group, entitled The Beating Heart of the School, last week concluded that “it is vital that all schools have a good library to ensure children develop essential literacy and digital literacy skills in order to fulfill their potential.”

Responding, Schools Minister David Laws said: “Reading for pleasure and study has a well-documented positive impact on children’s educational attainment across the curriculum.”

We, authors and illustrators, teachers, librarians, parents and others, are keen that this recommendation does not just become another piece of wishful thinking and call on the Department of Education to act immediately on the report’s conclusions to gather data on library provision and instruct Ofsted to include libraries in its remit. This is urgent. Schools lost 280 librarians last year. At the very least the Department should convene a working group including librarians’, authors’, head teachers’ and teachers’ representatives to draw up an action plan to realise the aim of a good library in every school.

Alan Gibbons

Campaign for the Book

Signed by  … etc

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Proven benefits of a full-time, qualified Librarian

New PA Study Shows Full-time School Librarian Boosts Student Achievement

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Adventures in reading wallchart

From the Scottish Book Trust website

We would like to encourage schools to create a reading culture throughout their school community. To help with this we’ve created an Adventures in Reading poster. It details the many Scottish Book Trust projects schools can get involved with, as well as suggesting activities to try in school throughout the year. We have also highlighted some projects from other organisations which we think schools could benefit from taking part in.

You can download an A4 PDF of the poster.

If you’d like an A2 sized copy of the poster to put in your staffroom please email your name and address to Heather Collins @ Scottish Book Trust

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