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Liverpool Readathon

Boy wizards, hungry caterpillars and vampires could be on the curriculum for schools across Liverpool in October as pupils in the city’s nurseries, schools and colleges join forces for the country’s first-ever mass Readathon.

The event is being organised by the Liverpool Learning Partnership with charity Read for Good,which has been running its Readathon in individual schools since 1984. More than 60,000 pupils in 170 schools across Liverpool are members of the LLP and all have been asked to participate in the mass sponsored read, with the aim of motivating whole schools to read for fun.

The event will take place during National Libraries Week (9-14 October) and schools can sign up now.

Read for Good Chief Executive, Justine Daniels said: “We know that learning to love to read as a child has benefits that last a lifetime: from educational outcomes and social mobility to emotional wellbeing. But first, you need to get reading! Motivation is an integral element of reading well, as is reading what you love. Readathon provides the motivation and encourages choice, so we’re excited to join forces with the Liverpool Learning Partnership to unleash its power on a whole city for the first time!”

Children taking part in the event will be sponsored to read whatever they like – from comics to classics – with the emphasis on reading what they love. Twenty per-cent of whatever a school raises will be used to buy books for its library, 10% is going to support Liverpool Learning Partnership’s wider work on reading for pleasure and the rest funds Read for Good’s unique programme bringing a regular supply of books and storytellers into all of the UK’s main children’s hospitals, including Alder Hey.

Alder Hey’s Patient Information Manager, Sheelaugh Greenslade said: ”Read for Good’s storyteller and bright-orange mobile bookcase are well-known at Alder Hey. We love the loop of children in our schools reading to bring stories into our hospital. Imagination is a ticket out to the wider world when you’re in hospital and the power of stories to entertain, uplift and distract is incredible and something I’ve seen first-hand at Alder Hey with Read for Good.”

Project Coordinator for the Liverpool Learning Partnership, Jenny Holder said: “We’re already known as a city of football, of music and of culture – but now Liverpool is expanding its reputation to become the country’s foremost city for reading. We’re aiming to create a real buzz about books and reading across the city in October, from Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) moments in schools during our Readathon to ensuring more families are equipped with library cards and able to access our marvellous online library collection.”

For more information and to sign-up, email liverpool[at] or visit the Read for Good website.

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Job Vacancies: School Library Association ??" Advisory Librarian (Fixed Term Post)

SLA office, Swindon

18.5 hours per week until 31st March 2018.

Salary: £25,437 - £28,221 (pro rata)

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and self-motivated Advisory Librarian to share some aspects of the role with the current post holder from September. 

This is an exciting and challenging role for an experienced librarian with the right skills and knowledge of current school library and educational issues to assist in taking the SLA forward at a pivotal time for school libraries.

Main areas of responsibility will include providing an advisory service to members, day-to-day supervision of the office, assisting with maintenance of the website and promoting the work of the SLA.

Advisory Librarian Fixed Term Post

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The successful applicant will have relevant professional qualifications, a proven track record and be capable of communicating effectively at all levels.  The ability to demonstrate a hands-on approach, prioritising work and a real desire to help grow the organisation and champion school libraries and librarians are essential.

In return we can offer an attractive working environment and a good salary for the right person.

SLA Background 2017

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For further information or an informal chat about the post please contact:

Sally Duncan on 01793 530166 or Tricia Adams on 07532 231946

For an application pack please phone 01793 530166 or email  info[at]

The closing date for this post is 30th August.

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Job Vacancies: Forest School, East London - Librarian

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Forest School, a thriving diamond structured independent day school in East London. Located at the edge of 6,000 acres of ancient woodland, London's largest green and open space, Forest School has occupied the same grounds since 1834.

Unusually for London, our 50 acre grounds lie across two London boroughs. Our School is just 20 minutes from London Liverpool Street station direct from Snaresbrook, Central Line tube station, and is just a 25 minute drive from Canary Wharf.

We seek to appoint a qualified librarian to join our library team, primarily in the Secondary school. The post involves student supervision, issue and enquiry work, and organising events. The post is term time, plus two weeks.

The successful candidate will be a good team player, enthusiastic to use their skills to enhance young people’s education, and keen to participate in a programme of information skills training.

Willingness to integrate into the life of an extremely busy independent day school is required. Good IT skills are a prerequisite, as is a good knowledge of information sources, both online and hard copy. MCILIP status desirable. Registration candidates will be supported.

Click here to view the Job Description.  (PDF)

Closing Date: 8am, 18th August 2017. Interviews will be held in late August.

Please submit an application form and Employment Monitoring form to our HR team: recruitment[at]  

For more information about working at Forest School, please visit our website:

Forest School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Appointment to this position requires an enhanced DBS disclosure.

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Job Vacancies: Bootham School, York - Library Manager

We are seeking a new Library Manager for our John Bright library, which houses approximately 18,000 resources, including reference books, fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, magazines, and DVDs.


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You will manage, maintain and develop the library, its books, information technology and resources and promote the library as a welcoming place for study and learning.  For further details and an application form please visit our website at: Bootham School
You can also download a recruitment pack below:

Rec Pack

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New Reading Programme Toolkit from The Reading Agency

'Do you run reading programmes? Here is a new Toolkit that you can use to measure the impact they have: The Reading Agency and partners want it to work for you. Please tell us what you think about it here, whether you've used it or not, by 8 September 2017:' 


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Job Vacancies: The Beacon School, Banstead - Learning Resources Manager

  • Start Date: 4 September 2017
  • Salary: £24,090 per annum (pro rata), £17,111 (actual)
  • Contract: Part Time and Permanent
  • Closing date: 22 August 2017 [at] 11:59AM

We require a well organised, self-motivated person who enjoys the prospect of working with young people and teachers in a supportive role.
Your main responsibilities will be to manage the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) and take a lead role in promoting reading across the school. The post includes development of information to support the curriculum; liaison with teaching staff to support their work; and management and guidance to students while they study and research.

JD - Learning Resources Centre (LRC) Manager (jul17) beacon

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You should preferably having a teaching or librarian qualification, as well as experience of working with young people and be competent in the use of IT.

PS - Learning Resources Centre (LRC) Manager (jul17) beacon

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This position is for 30 hours a week for 39 weeks per year (i.e. term time plus 5 days) and attracts a full-time salary of £24,090 per year, pro-rata £17,111 (actual).
For more information about our school, please visit

Closing date: Noon on 22 August 2017
Pro Rata Salary: £17,111

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We reserve the right to withdraw this vacancy at any time ahead of the closing date if there is a good level of response. Therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.
References may be requested upon receipt of your application, so please state if you wish this to be delayed until shortlisting/interview date.

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The KRiB ( The Kids Review and Interview Bookclub)

The KRiB ( The Kids Review and Interview Bookclub) is the first online literature entertainment platform presented by kids for kids. Appealing to the technology, media and social media generation of kids aged 6 - 12, The KRiB TV aims to create a new type of reading community that celebrates books, authors and making reading and carrying a book, cool!

We not only create high standard video entertainment all about books, but we also have an ever expanding book resource with genre based filtration, related books by the same author, genre, and related vlogs and KRiB videos as well as a click through to Lovereading4kids to gain even more info on the book and buy (we have partnered up with them)

On top of all that, we also have an incentivised reading system in the form of our viewer vlogs that encourage kids to read a book in order to have a great subject to talk about in as formal or theatrical way on their very own vlog, where they review the book in roughly 1 minute. These vlogs, the more effort and thought they put into their review the more they have the chance to win a slot in our various KRiB vlog categories, have their video jazzed up by us with music etc and win cool competitions!

Please visit and have a nosey around.

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End of term news roundup

November Events

We have added several interesting events to the calendar in November, the always popular Norfolk Children's Book Centre Conference and the Into Film Festival . A flyer about the NCBC Conference can be downloaded here , do consider going it is always an amazingly inspirational day. Do keep an eye on the events section on the SLA website, you will find many opportunities for your students and yourself there. 

CILIP Ethics Review

CILIP is undertaking a major review of professional ethics and, in particular, of the Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Practice for Library and Information Professionals it produced in 2004. In the years since they were published there have been great changes in the profession driven by technological development, changes in information governance and regulation, the growing importance of data and its management, new professional roles and responsibilities, and changing user expectations. For much of the period the financial crisis has also meant limited funding for many services and big changes in governance and service delivery. Therefore it is time to look again at the ethics of our profession.

This survey, which is one part of the review process, looks at the place of ethics in the working life of individuals today. It explores the issues that information professionals face and whether ethics has a place in helping to address them. It also looks at the Ethical Principles (set out in the survey) and their relevance for today’s practitioner.

Input from school librarians would be really valuable, you can complete the survey here.It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and the closing date is 18 August 2017. If you want more information about the review it can be found here or you can email ethics[at]


The Children's Bookshow

The Children’s Bookshow takes the best writers and illustrators from around the world to UK theatres each autumn to share their work with children and bring back the joy to reading.There are  60 free author/illustrator workshops available for schools who attend a theatre event. Every child taking part in a school workshop will receive a free book by the author/illustrator running the workshop.Look out for the brilliant school library competition, in tandem with the Times Educational Supplement, for attending schools to win £200 of books. One lucky child winner will receive a signed copy of a book from each of the 17 writers in the tour.With writers like Michael Rosen – a patron of The Children's Bookshow – regularly in the tour, the shows certainly bring a smile to children’s faces, but the organisers  recognise how increasingly important it is too for children to read books outside of their language and culture. They want to enrich their lives with literature from around the world, and in 2017, the tour will host writers and illustrators from Japan, Estonia, Russia and Finland.The 2017 tour runs from Friday 22nd September when Michael Rosen kicks off with a hilarious gig at the Theatre Royal Newcastle, to Friday 24th November when the tour will end  with event partner, the European Commission Representation in the UK, at Europe House with Finnish, Estonian and Russian writers and a homegrown talent, Alexis Deacon, author of Beegu, who will be talking about the Moomins with Finnish friends.For further details and to book tickets please go to

Summer Reading Challenge website makeover

The website for the Summer Reading Challenge has had an overhaul to reflect this year's theme of Animal Agents. The Book Sorter area for book recommendations is fun and you can also find competitions, a mesage board and games to keep young readers occupied in the holidays.

STEM themed storybooks have been sent out to primary schools

A pioneering project from an author and an engineer to supply free copies of STEM-themed story books to all primary schools in the UK has seen 24,000 primary schools receive three books from the “Peter’s Railway” series, with access to online educational resources.The project aimed at encouraging an early interest in STEM subjects, hopes to help foster a greater level of technical interest amongst young children.The Peter’s Railway collection, written by Scottish-based author Christopher Vine, follows Peter, a young boy with a love of trains, railways and engineering.  The traditional illustrated storybooks, named after the author’s son feature a friendly narrative and stand-alone sections exploring STEM related topics such as energy, biology and climate.The project has been funded by engineer Nick Jarmany, founder of Quixant Plc, a UK-based company engaged in development and supply of computer systems. Nick Jarmany became a fan of the Peter’s Railway books after reading them to his young children.Christopher Vine, said: “The Peter’s Railway books combine real science and engineering with true stories and adventures helping to feed inquisitive minds. Our lives are increasingly dominated by technology of all types, meaning there will be an ever-accelerating need for technical experts, innovators and entrepreneurs in the future. This represents an amazing opportunity for the youngsters of today, which is why we want to foster an early interest in STEM subjects and give more children a chance to enjoy science and engineering.” To complement the book release free STEM resources have  been made available.

Happy holidays from all at the SLA office and Board members, we hope you have many days of reading and relaxing ahead of you.


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