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Weekend Course

Please note:-

The weekend course is now full. Please contact the SLA office on 01793 530166 before booking, to check if there have been any cancellations


Lightbulb Moments LogoThe 2017 Joint YLG & SLA weekend course – Lightbulb Moments: Powered by Librarians  will be held over three days from 23–25 June 2017 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

The course will celebrate the 80th anniversary of both the SLA and the CILIP Carnegie Medal, both established in 1937.

We have a few changes to the programme that you might be pleased to know about in advance -

Friday night we have Laura Dockrill (author of Lorali and Aurabel amongst many others) who is a well known performance poet and novelist giving a short talk called 'Writes, Draws, Talks' after dinner.

On Saturday Holly Bourne has had to drop out due to a personal commitment but she is replaced by Tamsin Winter (author of Being Miss Nobody). Harrogate based poet Sue Hardy-Dawson will be a part of the welcome to the day which will now begin at 13.50 in the main conference room - the Ballroom.

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Themes include self-esteem, mental health and reading; book awards and controversial books; visual literacy; e-resources; information literacy and practical reading promotions.

Special events include:

  • Chris Riddell, Children’s Laureate
  • Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Celebration Gala Dinner on Saturday night.

Plus a varied programme of optional sessions for school and public librarians.

NB We take staged payments but individual arrangements need to be made with the SLA office.

Course Fees

Fully resident early bird
£350* £439*
Fully resident
£380* £469*
Friday incl lunch only £84 incl vat £102 incl vat
Friday incl lunch and dinner £132 incl vat £150 incl vat
Saturday incl lunch £114 incl vat £132 incl vat
Saturday incl lunch & gala dinner £144 incl vat £162 incl vat
Sunday incl lunch £84 incl vat £102 incl vat


* VAT on this supply is accounted for under the Tour Operators Margin Scheme and therefore will not generate a VAT invoice



B&B rooms are available for delegates on Thursday and/or Sunday night:

  • B&B rate per night: £109 *

* VAT on this supply is accounted for under the Tour Operators Margin Scheme and therefore will not generate a VAT invoice



Weekend 2016 LogoThe SLA's 2016 weekend course - Empowerment, Empathy, Engagement: The Impact of School Libraries - was held in June 2016 at Tortworth Court Hotel, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire. Details...


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