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What a school librarian does....

If anyone ever says "Oh, so you're a librarian, what do you really do?" here's a super ready-made answer from US librarian Joyce Valenza...  If you're feeling fed up with your situation and want SLT to realise what you do all day every day, send them this link.

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KLQ World Record Set!

The Kids' Lit Quiz, is the annual event that makes sure book-loving 11 to 13-year-olds are cheered on like sporting champions.  At the Oxon and Berks heat on 16th November, Oxford High School for Girls Team 1 broke the world record (of 95 points) by winning with 97 1/2 points.  They beat 41 other teams including Oxford High School for Girls Team 2 who came second with 93 points and St Gregory the Great Team 1 who came third.   Oxford High School for Girls Team 1 have won a place in the final and a chance to travel to New Zealand next July for a 20th Birthday International Celebration Quiz.   Children's author, actor and comedian Charlie Higson, creator of the Young Bond series and new zombie thriller series The Enemy, will lead almost 30 children's authors to congratulate the winners at the national final in Oxford on November 30.

For further information about the Kids' Lit Quiz in the UK see their website. 

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Young Minds Awards

Siobhan Curham's Dear Dylan narrowly beat off tough competition from the Sun's David Yelland to be crowned winner of the YoungMinds Book Award 2010 at the Unicorn Theatre in London  on Tuesday 16 November.  The £2000 prize sponsored by the reading charity Booktrust and presented by Sue Berelowitz, YoungMinds new Chair of Trustees and Chief Executive of Office of the Children's Commissioner, was awarded to the book which most helps young people aged 12+ cope with the stresses and challenges of growing up.   See the website for full details.

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A Celebration Evening with John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury

Books for Keeps and IBBY UK invite you to join an evening of celebration of the work of two of our foremost multi-award winning illustrators and picture book creators, to mark the publication of There's Going to be a Baby, their first work together.This takes place on Tuesday 30 November 7.00-9.00 p.m.  (Refreshments 6.30 p.m.) at The Swedenborg Hall,The Swedenborg Society, 20 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH.

Tickets £10 and £7 (IBBY UK members, concessions) to include wine and nibbles.  There will be books for sale and John and Helen will be signing at the end of the session  To book tickets please email: John Dunne at j.f.dunne@btinternet.com or phone: 023 8069 3000

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Scholastic Book Fairs Launches Writing Competition with Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon

Celebrations for Scholastic Book Fairs' 21st anniversary in the UK are continuing with the launch of an exciting writing competition for primary schools, which will be judged by best-selling and award-winning author Francesca Simon.  The competition, run using the Scholastic We Are Writers school publishing project, will celebrate writing in all its forms, whether it is poetry, letter writing or storytelling, and will give all young authors the opportunity to be published in their school's own We Are Writers book. One child from every participating school is guaranteed as a finalist and will have their story printed in a celebratory Scholastic Book Fairs' 21st Birthday Yearbook in summer 2011.

Teachers can help inspire their pupils to take part in the competition by watching videos of Francesca Simon reading from her new book, Horrid Henry Rocks, and introducing We Are Writers and Scholastic Book Fairs' 21st birthday on their website.  There is a range of fantastic prizes to be won by schools that enter the competition, including a rare school visit from Francesca Simon for the overall winner, signed sets of Horrid Henry books and book vouchers. 

Scholastic Book Fairs' 21st anniversary celebrations are happening throughout the academic year and include competitions to win signed books by leading authors, including Anthony Browne and Michael Morpurgo, as well as regular competitions and special author events.  For further information, please contact John Gerrard on 020 7756 7678 or at jgerrard@scholastic.co.uk or Alyx Price on 020 7756 7777 or at aprice@scholastic.co.uk

 

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New poster in Welsh

Gan Bwyll a Daliwch ati i DdarllenA new version of our "KEEP CALM" poster in Welsh is now available on our downloadable poster page.

Inspired by an unissued British government wartime propaganda poster, it is available exclusively to SLA members as a pdf download.

GAN BWYLL A DALIWCH ATI I DDARLLEN.

Thanks to Intexta Web Services and Adran y Gymraeg, Ysgol Penfro, for providing the Welsh text.

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New poster in Welsh

GAN BWYLL A DALIWCH ATI I DDARLLENA new version of our "KEEP CALM" poster in Welsh is now available on our downloadable poster page.

Inspired by an unissued British government wartime propaganda poster, it is available exclusively to SLA members as a pdf download.

GAN BWYLL A DALIWCH ATI I DDARLLEN.

Thanks to Intexta Web Services and Adran y Gymraeg, Ysgol Penfro, for providing the Welsh text.

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We Are Writers

We Are Writers is a BETT Awards shortlisted product from Scholastic that offers your school the opportunity to run a project which can help raise literacy standards and funds for your school.

We Are Writers gives every child the opportunity to have a chapter published in a REAL professional-looking book. We Are Writers gets children excited about writing because it gives them a purpose and a goal. The thought of having a chapter published in a proper book, which they can share with their family and friends, provides a focus for children to produce their best pieces of writing.

Cheryl Havelot, Library Assistant, Wolfreton High School, Hull said "Many children who do not normally write have contributed to the book and the sample copy has been well read in the library, even by pupils who would not generally read poetry, because they know the authors they are interested."

We Are Writers is very simple to setup and run because the books are created entirely online through an easy-to-use website.  Pupils can add stories, poems, letters and recipes - in fact, any form of writing to the book. Children enter their own writing into the website overseen by an adult. Once finished Scholastic will publish the book and send it to your school free of charge along with the tools to help promote it. We Are Writers is also a great way to fundraise for your school. It is completely free to take part and the only cost involved is if teachers or parents wish to purchase final copies of the book. The set price is only £5.00 (£5.99 if run as part of a Scholastic Book Fair) however if you sell your book at a higher price you can use the money raised to buy new resources for your school or library. If you run We Are Writers with a Book Fair you'll earn 60% commission on every book sold.

So if you or your school are looking for a project which will generate a buzz and get children excited about reading and writing visit Scholastic's We Are Writers website to find out how you can start your book today!

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We Are Writers

We Are Writers is a BETT Awards shortlisted product from Scholastic that offers your school the opportunity to run a project which can help raise literacy standards and funds for your school.

We Are Writers gives every child the opportunity to have a chapter published in a REAL professional-looking book. We Are Writers gets children excited about writing because it gives them a purpose and a goal. The thought of having a chapter published in a proper book, which they can share with their family and friends, provides a focus for children to produce their best pieces of writing.

Cheryl Havelot, Library Assistant, Wolfreton High School, Hull said "Many children who do not normally write have contributed to the book and the sample copy has been well read in the library, even by pupils who would not generally read poetry, because they know the authors they are interested."

We Are Writers is very simple to setup and run because the books are created entirely online through an easy-to-use website.  Pupils can add stories, poems, letters and recipes - in fact, any form of writing to the book. Children enter their own writing into the website overseen by an adult. Once finished Scholastic will publish the book and send it to your school free of charge along with the tools to help promote it. We Are Writers is also a great way to fundraise for your school. It is completely free to take part and the only cost involved is if teachers or parents wish to purchase final copies of the book. The set price is only £5.00 (£5.99 if run as part of a Scholastic Book Fair) however if you sell your book at a higher price you can use the money raised to buy new resources for your school or library. If you run We Are Writers with a Book Fair you'll earn 60% commission on every book sold.

So if you or your school are looking for a project which will generate a buzz and get children excited about reading and writing visit Scholastic's We Are Writers website to find out how you can start your book today!

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T S Eliot Prize Shortlist announced

The winner of the T S Eliot Prize will be announced on the evening of Monday 24 January 2011 at the award ceremony, which will be held in the Courtyard at the Wallace Collection in London.  Associated with this is the T S Eliot Prize Shadowing Scheme which reflects Eliot's own commitment to encouraging young people to enjoy poetry by engaging A Level students with the T S Eliot Prize judging process. It is run as a partnership between the PBS and the English and Media Centre, a not-for-profit educational publisher and teachers' centre providing high quality teaching materials and Continuing Professional Development for teachers of English and Media.

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T S Eliot Prize Shortlist announced

The winner of the T S Eliot Prize will be announced on the evening of Monday 24 January 2011 at the award ceremony, which will be held in the Courtyard at the Wallace Collection in London.  Associated with this is the T S Eliot Prize Shadowing Scheme which reflects Eliot's own commitment to encouraging young people to enjoy poetry by engaging A Level students with the T S Eliot Prize judging process. It is run as a partnership between the PBS and the English and Media Centre, a not-for-profit educational publisher and teachers' centre providing high quality teaching materials and Continuing Professional Development for teachers of English and Media.

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SLAM

Or SLA Manchester - it was my pleasure On Wednesday to be at the Geoffrey Manton building at Manchester Metropolitan University to help launch the newest SLA Branch - which covers Greater Manchester.  It was in a lovely atrium where the generous supporters of the group had tables displaying their services and were able to chat to the delegates.   The group got off to a resounding start with a good attendance of around 40, and were launched with a fantastic poem from Mancunian poet and librarian Mike Garry.  I always find it a really refreshing time to get to talk to members in a relaxed manner - it's good to touch base about what is worrying librarians, what's really working well and then also to have the chance to just chat - about reading, or new developments or even the weather (wet!)  It also gave me the chance to catch up with Dave Cryer - he's going to be speaking at our Weekend Course next year - put the dates in your diaries.

If you are working in the Manchester area do make contact with this new group - and watch out for your local events and training opportunities. 

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