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NEU - 75% off new members

The National Eduation Union are offering 75% off your first year's subscription if you join before 31st December. For more information: https://neu.org.uk/join

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IBA Children's Choice Vote - only a few days left

There's only a few days until the Children's Choice Vote closes - and it's very close! 

IBA SLA Poster 2018 Front Web
IBA SLA Poster 2018 Front Web

 Peters Books and Furniture are doing a special offer on the shortlist sets for a limited time so have a look - they are fantastic books and get for getting children and young people engaged in non-fiction. As next month is Non-fiction November now is the time to make the most of this fantastic offer - and don't forget, activities for all the books are available here: https://www.sla.org.uk/information-book-award.php 

All SLA members should have received a poster with their Autumn journal - if you didn't, or you're not an SLA member but you'd like a poster, email info[at]sla.org.uk. 

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Yorkshire & Humberside Branch The School Library in a Social Media World

The School Library in a Social Media World

As the use of all social media platforms continues to increase amongst children, in particular teens, it is important to look at ways to use the technology in the classroom and wider school community

This course will outline how we can use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to promote interaction and to advertise our facilities, as well as gain access to student opinions and comments on library service.  Best practice will be demonstrated and shared during the session.

Trainer: Denise Brooks + University Staff

Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 10.00am - 3.00pm

Venue: The Arts Tower, Western Bank, University of Sheffield, S10 2TN

Cost: £10 for refreshments

Contact: sla.yorksandhumber@gmail.com for further details

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Richmond Literature Festival

Richmond Literature Festival 1-28 November 2018- Events for Children

Enjoy a fantastic range of family activities at Richmond Literature Festival this November!

Join award-winning children’s poet Joseph Coelho for a fun-filled morning of interactive storytelling and live drawing, relax at a sensory yoga class inspired by Fearne Cotton’s Yoga Babies featuring illustrator Sheena Dempsey, and get hands-on with exciting experiments in a science workshop with Alom Shaha. We also have our first ever YA event: Suffragettes! The Girls that Changed our World- expect lively discussion, readings and live drawing celebrating a century since women first won the right to vote in the UK.

For the full list of events and tickets visit www.richmondliterature.com/children--young-people

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Lancashire Branch event - Lucas Maxwell

Join Lucas Maxwell discussing: Sharing best practice; Promoting reading; Marketing the library; Book Blogging and lots more!

From bringing books to life in highly imaginative and engaging ways, to generous and bold outreach work with their respective communities, via substantial and meaningful support for staff as well as pupils, Lucas Maxwell makes a huge difference to the lives of all he works with, igniting a passion for reading. Lucas is evangelical about the role of technology in libraries. The library has a strong following on social media and he is especially proud that many of his followers are students. He organises virtual author and careers sessions through Twitter and Skype and he is interested in Makerspaces in libraries.

When: Wednesday 14th November 9.30am - 3.00pm Where: LSA Technology and Performing Arts College Worsley Road, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 4DG Map: https://www.lythamhigh.lancs.sch.uk/contact

Prices: Members £35 Non-members £40 ‘Bring A Friend’ £10

Please note, our ‘Bring A Friend’ promotion can only be used once. Therefore, for those who have taken advantage of this offer previously unfortunately, (we hope you understand) you will not be able to do so again. 

When: Wednesday 14thNovember 9.30am - 3.00pm Where: LSA Technology and Performing Arts College Worsley Road, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 4DG Map: https://www.lythamhigh.lancs.sch.uk/contact 

BOOKING Please confirm to: Mrs Emma Suffield Branch Secretary & Vice-Chair SLA Lancashire esuffield@saintwilfrids.com

For more information see the flyer:

Flyer for Lucas Maxwell 14 November 2018 SLA Lancs

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London Branch: Branch Events

SLA members are invited to attend the Autumn meeting of the SLA London Branch starting at 2.30pm at Highgate School (N6 4AY) on 21st November.

Discussions will focus on the work of Book Trust with a representative from the Trust; BookBuzz and School Librarian Packs are mainly aimed at KS3 but the views of primary school librarians would be welcomed due to the huge overlap between the books read by KS2 and year 7 and 8 students. They will also be able to give a great insight into the reading habits of KS2 children.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting: Witham, Essex, 27 November 2018


Our course Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting, run by Marie (Maz) Udall from the Self Esteem Team, will be held at EES for Schools/School Library Service, 11 Freebournes Road, Witham, Essex CM8 3UN on 27 November 2018.

This training will show school library staff how to create a culture that's conducive to good mental health, a well as looking at the challenges facing young people today and the solutions they can employ, in the space they inhabit in school, to help students struggling in these areas.  Issues covered will include anxiety, body image, exam stress, mental health and self-esteem. 

The closing date is 12 November 2018. Bookings received by 26 October 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (delegates from non-SLA member schools which subscribe to Essex School Library Service), £150 to all others.  Additional discounts available for a 2nd place delegate from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual).  Prices increase slightly after 26 October - please see SLA website for details.

Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff

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Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!: Stafford, 29 November 2018

Our course Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at The Riverway Centre, Riverway, Stafford ST16 3TH on 29 November 2018.

Run many times in the past and resulting in excellent feedback on each occasion, delegates on this course will gain an overview about all aspects of managing a primary school library. They will learn about the processes and practical aspects of running a library and consider the role of the library within their schools.

The closing date is 14 November 2018. Bookings received by 5 November 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (delegates from non-SLA member schools which subscribe to Staffordshire SLS), £150 to all others.  Additional discounts available for a 2nd place delegate from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual). 

Key Audience:

Primary school staff, governors and volunteers with responsibility for the school library

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Great School Libraries - Invitation to Tender

The School Library Data Group (SLDG), a sub-group of the Great School Libraries Campaign, has received a grant from the Foyle Foundation in order to undertake a major survey of UK school library provision. 

There is currently no authoritative independent data collected on school libraries meaning we are unable to accurately state the existing level of provision and address the issues facing the school library sector. The survey will give us this information and will be used as a benchmark to track changes and trends in provision. Alongside the survey, the SLDG will also be collecting case studies of projects and initiatives within school libraries that show qualitative evidence of their impact.

GSL Campaign ITT

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The Foyle Foundation is an independent grantmaking trust that distributes grants to UK charities via its Main Grants Scheme (covering charities whose core work deals with Arts and Learning), the Foyle School Library Scheme and the Small Grants Scheme. 

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South Ken Kids Festival is back


The South Ken Kids Festival is back in town for its 21st edition from 19-25 November at the Institut Français in London. The week-long children’s literature festival offers a fun-packed programme for families and schools and features some of the greatest writers and illustrators from the UK, France and beyond. Quentin Blake (the festival’s patron), Axel Scheffler, and Charlotte Gastaut are just some of the names who will take part in the wide range of events including workshops, films, live drawing, and more!

More details: www.southkenkidsfestival.co.uk  

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Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting: Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, 21 November 2018


Our course Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting, run by Marie (Maz) Udall, will be held at Wallsend Customer First Centre, 16 The Forum, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear NE28 8JR on 21 November 2018.

This training will show school library staff how to create a culture that's conducive to good mental health, a well as looking at the challenges facing young people today and the solutions they can employ, in the space they inhabit in school, to help students struggling in these areas.  Issues covered will include anxiety, body image, exam stress, mental health and self-esteem. 

The closing date is 6 November 2018. Bookings received by 24 October 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience:

primary and secondary school staff

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Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting: Penrith, Cumbria, 6 November 2018


Our course Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting, run by Marie (Maz) Udall, will be held at Newton Rigg Conference Centre, Newton Rigg College, Newton Rigg, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH on 6 November 2018.

This training will show school library staff how to create a culture that's conducive to good mental health, a well as looking at the challenges facing young people today and the solutions they can emply, in the space they inhabit in school, to help students struggling in these areas.  Issues covered will include anxiety, body image, exam stress, mental health and self-esteem. 

The closing date is 22 October 2018.

Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff

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Development and Discussion: Evaluating e-resources

 We've had a few enquiries about how you can evaluate the e-resources you subscribe to, so this month's Discussion and Development blog is from Polly at JCS. 


Evaluating subscription e-resources: top tips for librarians from JCS

At JCS we believe that evaluating e-resources properly is just as important as making decisions about which books to buy.

Some publishers may just want to offer a demo over the phone, but it is really important to review the resource for yourself and in your own time. And trials should be free and with no obligation to buy!

A good digital resource should be intuitive and easy to use, so evaluating it shouldn’t take you too long but make sure you have access for at least a week if not longer.

Ideally, you should be able to trial the whole resource and not a small subset.

The subscription cost is an important question to ask about at the same time as the trial. After all, it may prove to be a great resource but completely unaffordable.

After running our e-resources subscription service for almost 8 years we’ve learned a lot, so these are our top tips to help you get the most out of your trial.

What to look for in the resource:

When you evaluate an e-resource always keep in mind the reason you were attracted to it in the first place. What is it you need? What gap in your resource provision do you hope it will fill?

At the outset there are two important things to consider:

  1. the quality of the content, and the access options. (The more access options available the better!)

Some key points to check:

  • Plenty of content

  • The content is curriculum relevant

  • The content is regularly updated at no extra cost

  • The content is the appropriate level for the intended students

  • The presentation of content is clear and logical

  • The resource is easy to navigate

  • There are multiple access options

  • The resource can be used on handheld devices

Talk to your teachers and get their feedback

If the resource is subject specific or supports subjects across the curriculum you will want to involve the relevant teaching staff. All being well, you will be allowed to share the trial details with colleagues in which case you can get them involved in the evaluation.

Provide them with a summary of the resource and make sure to follow up and request feedback. An easy way of getting feedback is by giving them a short form to fill in. JCS can provide you with a ready-made one to share.

This feedback not only helps you make a decision about the resource, but also backs up your request if you need budget approval.

Sharing access with teaching staff and getting their feedback at the free trial stage is really important. If your teachers are fans of the resource from the beginning, then it is much easier to get the resource used in the classroom once you’ve subscribed.

Don’t forget to ask your students!

If your students like a resource then they will help get your teaching staff on board. And most importantly they are most likely to use the resource once you subscribe which at the end of the day is what you need, and for the investment to not be wasted!

So, make sure you share your free trial details with students too and get their feedback. Show them the resource when they’re in the library, and if they’re enthusiastic about it encourage them to tell their teachers how much they like it!

Talk to your fellow librarians

Who better to ask about a resource than a librarian who already subscribes! Why not give a fellow librarian a quick call or email and ask them about their resources? Contact fellow members of your regional SLA group or the SLA Office. And don’t forget about social media – tweet out questions or ask for recommendations on Twitter. Plus talk to other librarians at events, such as the JCS 2018 conference.

Promoting your new resource

Subscribing to a new resource mustn’t be the end of the story! You may know and love it but others need to get on board too. So, plan some promotion and make sure relevant teachers and Year groups know how to access it and how it can help their studies.

Check your usage statistics regularly — some resources such as JSTOR Secondary Schools Collection and Drama Online allow you to schedule monthly or yearly statistics. This way if usage is down over a month or two you know that the resource needs more promotion.

Some resources will also allow you to access more detailed reports showing the titles of the journals/content accessed, so you can see what content is being used and is most popular. If it is a multi-disciplinary resource you’ll know which departments to promote the resource to more.

And finally…

We hope these tips help you to evaluate subscription e-resources. At JCS we have made sure the publishers we represent offer free trials which can be shared with colleagues and used with students. You can also get a price quote at the same time as the trial via JCS and we will send information about the resource to share with teachers.

Check our brand-new website to see the full list of resources available to schools.


Polly Krabbé is the Marketing and Communications Manager at JCS Online Resources. JCS negotiates with publishers to provide schools worldwide, and UK public libraries and further education colleges with the best subscription rates for e-resources. JCS Online Resources also provides an online ordering service — My JCS— for e-resources.

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New Comics Laureate announced

Award-winning author Hannah Berry, creator of the critically-acclaimed graphic novels Adamtine and Livestock, whose credits include work for New Statesman, was announced as the new Comics Laureate at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival earlier this evening, Saturday 13th October 2018.

The Comics Laureate is an ambassadorial and educational role for the comic genre and aims to raise awareness of the impact comics can have in terms of increasing literacy and creativity. The appointment is made biennially to a distinguished comics creator, writer or artist in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the genre.

More information can be foudn here: https://www.comicartfestival.com/news/new-comics-laureate-announced

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New Staff member

Some of you may remember that over the summer we were recruiting for a Member Development Librarian. We can now reveal that we are delighted to welcome Dawn Woods into the SLA Office. Dawn has a huge amount of experience and knowledge of school libraries, and her passion, calm enthusiasm and steadfastness will bring a lot to the SLA. Her main role will be working with and for the members; being the first point of contact for enquiries, developing resources for the website and making sure members have all they need to excel in their roles. 

Dawn will be starting in November, and we are very much looking forward to her joining the team. 

And that brings us to the end of Libraries Week. We hope you celebrated what you do in some way, and make sure this weekend you take some time to focus on your well-being. 

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Children's Choice vote - vote now!

There's just under a month to go of the Children's Choice Award, so if you haven't explored the amazing books on the Information Book Award Shortlist yet there's still time! 

There's some brilliant books on the shortlist in all categories: Under 7; 7-12 and 12-16 so get exploring, discussing and voting! 

If you would like to attend the ceremony at 6pm on 7th November email: info@sla.org.uk. Designated tickets will be given on a first come first served basis. 

Vote here: https://www.sla.org.uk/information-book-award.php before Saturday 27 October 2018.

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Winter Mini Challenge

With the weather turning thoughts are turning to half term and beyond...

 The Winter Mini Challenge from The Reading Agency encourages children to keep reading through those cold, winter holidays.

This year they are thrilled to be joining forces with publisher partner Nosy Crow to run a very special and seasonal "There's A Yeti In The Playground" themed Mini Challenge.

There's A Yeti In The Playground is filled with laugh-out-loud fun from Blue Peter Award winners Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham and we can't wait for children to join in with all the Yeti fun!

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CE Blog 5: Libraries Week

 So, this blog is a few weeks overdue – apologies!

Things have been moving apace at the SLA with a series of announcements and special resources being released to celebrate Libraries Week; working on the Great School Libraries campaign; developing internal things – the new website and database for starters! So all in all it’s been a busy few months, but busy is good, as it means there are potential benefits for members in the works.

Over this month I’ve been to Liverpool, Macclesfield, Preston for various meetings with partners and library staff, and as well as thoroughly enjoying my time on the train watching the countryside go by I’ve had lots of time for reflection (and reading!). I have am really enjoying this role – it’s great to meet so many partners who are keen to support school libraries and who really understand the difference a school library can make. I was on a panel about non-fiction at the Bookseller Kids Conference at the end of September, and as always at these events, there was a real recognition of the difficulties the sector is facing (publishing and school libraries) and a willingness to do something about it.

Libraries Week has been incredibly positive – both from a national point of view and an SLA one, and I think the theme of well-being has really consolidated participation. At the APPG Libraries launch for Libraries Week Nick Poole mentioned that the first day of Libraries Week saw a social media reach of about 19000 people – in one day! That’s incredibly powerful – lots of sharing and engaging with incredibly moving stories about how libraries are helping people, which are fantastic.

It has also been a very busy week for the SLA. In case you’ve missed any of it here’s a rundown of what the SLA has been up to this week:

              Monday – shared a mental health toolkit called the #HandsUp4HealthyMinds and movie display material from The Hate U Give movie; announced a reciprocal membership deal with the National Literacy Trust, and with that a competition for a primary and a secondary to win a year’s free membership to both organisations.

              Tuesday – This day was entirely given over to the announcement of the School Librarian of the Year, and celebrating the magnificent work all the Honour List librarians do. In the end, it was Emma Suffield who took the title, and it was a lovely moment when she thanked last year’s recipient – Lucas Maxwell – for playing a role in her development.

              Wednesday – Saw me travel to Preston as Chair of the Great School Libraries campaign to talk to a network of librarians there. It was great to meet them all, and really try to get across what the campaign is all about. We also released some ideas and tips of how to promote well-being in your school library – let us know if you’ve got some tried and tested ideas.

              Thursday – Saw the announcement that PSP Asset Protection have sponsored a place on the one day training courses! You can choose which one you want – but there’s only a month to enter! I also attended the BookTrust annual lecture – given by Baroness Floella Benjamin. What charisma and charm and pure understanding and care she possesses. A genuine force to be reckoned with - the persistence, playfulness and passion with which she works.

             Friday – we breathe… but not before we announce that we will have a new member of staff starting shortly. You may remember that over the summer we were advertising for a Member Development Librarian – someone who would be the first point of call for the enquiries, and who would make sure that the website is kept updated with resources to support all our members in what they do. I am delighted to announce that… sorry night owls– you’ll have to check in tomorrow to find out!

So while Libraries Week has been an unusually busy week we are all working behind the scenes to deliver you the best service we can. I can’t reveal any more at the moment, but make sure you read the next info@sla (the newsletter that comes with your journal) to stay abreast of the latest developments.

The next Development and Discussion blog will be published on Monday. 

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PSP Asset Protection sponsors place at SLA training course

This #LibrariesWeek we are pleased to announce a free place for an SLA member at the training course of your choosing for this year’s training calendar. The course can be anyone that you choose, but should be running after 9th November. 

This place has kindly be sponsored by PSP Asset Protection.

To enter simply email info[at]sla.org.uk with ‘PSP Asset Protection Training place’ in the subject line by Friday 9th November. Please include:

  • Name
  • School
  • Membership number
  • Chosen course (including date and location)
  • Why you want to attend the course.

 The writer of the best reason why will secure a place, and if it's too tight to decide a name will be picked from a hat. The successful applicant will be required to write a blog post for the SLA about the course (500 or so words). Should the chosen course be cancelled for any reason the winner will be able to attend their next choice. If you have any questions email: info[at]sla.org.uk.


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Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society: Bridgwater, Somerset, 8 November 2018


Our course Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society, run by Alec Williams, will be held at Resourses for Learning, Parkway, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 4RL on 8 November 2018.

This course looks briefly at the recent history of population change, and examines some of the terms used (‘Multiculturalism’, ‘Community Cohesion’).  It examines a range of resources: to help with language learning; to provide self-identity; and to challenge perceptions.  It advocates creating a reading culture that attracts all students; at role models, at invited guests, and at parents and volunteers. Delegates will explore ways to develop a library which welcomes all students, and at the case for specific activities to attract those from ethnic minorities.  The course will also look briefly at information literacy: at successful practice in diverse schools, and at considerations for new language learners. 

The closing date is 24 October 2018. Bookings received by 15 October 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for non-SLA members working in schools which subscribe to Somerset Resources for Learning) and £150 to all others.  Additional discounts are being offered for a second person attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying delegate). 

Key Audience:

primary and secondary school library staff

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Libraries Week Wellbeing Ideas

 The SLA and NLT combined forces to brainstorm about things school libraries provide, and activities they could run, which promote well-being. Attached is the list we came up with of things we can do throughout the school year, not just this week. To contribute your ideas use the #LibrariesWeek hashtag and quote our Twitter accounts , [at]Literacy_Trust and [at]uksla.

Making the most of your school library

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School Librarian of the Year Award: 2018 Winner Announced


The SLA is delighted to announce that this year Emma Suffield at Saint Wilfrid's C of E Academy in Blackburn has been awarded the School Librarian of the Year 2018.

Award-winning author Lauren St. John, whose books include The White Giraffe and Dead Man's Cove (Orion Children's Books) presented her with the award at a special ceremony at The Judge's Court, above Browns in St Martins Lane, London, on 9 October.

Although her official title is Learning Resources Centre Manager, Emma Suffield is seen more as a member of the family by many of the 1,400 students at Saint Wilfrid's C of E Academy in a diverse area of Blackburn, thanks to her personalised, thoughtful and supportive approach to engaging all readers across the school. Innovative, imaginative practice, frequently going the extra mile, has led to a whopping 450% increase in book borrowing rates since Emma became responsible for the library in 2014.

Read Emma's full profile here.

Download the full Press Release here [PDF file].

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Celebrate Libraries Week with new membership offer

NLT New Strapline

From today members of the School Library Association and the National Literacy Trust will be able to take advantage of a reciprocal 10% membership discount.

To celebrate the collaboration, and to mark the start of Libraries Week (8-13 October), the School Library Association and the National Literacy Trust are also offering one primary school and one secondary school the chance to win one year's free membership to both organisations. Simply enter online and the winner will be announced on Monday 15th October.

  • Membership of the School Library Association is available for everyone involved with school libraries and offers an advisory service, exclusive information and resources, training and CPD, a mentoring scheme and much more

  • Membership of the National Literacy Trust offers early years, primary and secondary education professionals inspiring resources, school improvement tools, and training and CPD to support literacy in their setting

Alison Tarrant, Chief Executive of the School Library Association, said: “I am really pleased to be able to offer this reciprocal discount as not only does it offer fantastic value to schools at a time when school budgets are under tremendous pressure, but it also offers the whole school holistic support for developing pupils’ literacy skills. It is generally understood that literacy is essential in playing a full role in society, and by becoming a member of both the School Library Association and the National Literacy Trust, staff will receive the best support for developing literacy and reading skills – and all the additional benefits that result from this.”

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the School Library Association to offer our members new opportunities to help pupils discover the joys of reading by making their school libraries and reading spaces fun, exciting and inspiring places to go. Children who enjoy reading are more likely to succeed at school and later in life, so we must continue to do everything we can to help children fall in love with reading for a lifetime.”

The discount will be effective from the point of renewal for existing members and immediately for any new members signing up from today. 


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Mental Health Toolkit

World Mental Health Day takes place on October 10th every year, with the overall objective to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilise efforts in support of mental health, and given the theme of this year's Libraries Week has a focus on well-being this seemed very well timed. 

This year’s theme is young people and mental health in a changing world and to mark the occasion Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England is launching a brand new set of free to -access resources, designed to support young people aged 8 to 24. 

The #HandsUp4HealthyMinds toolkit has been developed to empower anyone in contact with young people, including teachers, tutors and parents/carers, to better understand youth mental health and offer support. It includes guidance on self-care, stress and talking tips and further resources to support young people’s mental health

MHFA England is able to offer case studies and comment from youth mental health experts, young people and school and higher education staff from across its network. Feature ideas include top tips on how to support young people and insights on the biggest issues facing young people’s mental health today.

The facts

According to recent ONS statistics, MHFA England identifies that suicide is now the most common cause of death for both young men and women aged 10 to 34 [1]

Reinforcing the need for increased mental health literacy, recent research has found that many teachers are under pressure when trying to support young people with their personal struggles:

  • More than half of mental health issues start by age 15 and 75% develops by age 24[2]

  • Almost four in five (78%) teachers have seen a pupil struggle with a mental health issue in the past year [3]

  • One in seven teachers (14%) said these cases involved suicidal thoughts or behaviour [3]

  • Anxiety is the most common issue, with two-thirds of the 300 teachers surveyed by the mental health charity Stem4 having come across a young person at their school dealing with the condition in the past year [3]. Alongside this, almost half (45%) have witnessed a student with depression. Other common problems include eating disorders (30%), self-harm (28%) and addiction (10%) [3]

  • Between 1995 and 2014 the proportion of children and young people aged 4-24 in England reporting a long-standing mental health condition increased six-fold, meaning that by 2014 almost one in twenty children and young people in England reported having a mental health condition [4]

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Office Closure

The SLA Office will be closed tomorrow (9/10/2018) as the team will be in London for the School Librarian of the Year ceremony. Email or leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Apologies for any inconvenience. 

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Library wellbeing photo competition

To celebrate National Libraries Week we are launching a photographic competition, we want to know how your library supports wellbeing. Take a photo on the theme, add an explanatory sentence then upload it to either Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #SLALibWellbeing. Closing date for entries is the 31st October and there is an exciting prize to be won! We're looking forward to seeing all the ways that your libraries promote good health and relaxation, so please do get snapping!

The small print

  • Judges’ decisions are final.
  • Photographs must be digital in format and can only be submitted by the photographer 
  • Photos to be taken during the competition run dates, please do not use photos from before these dates.
  • Permission for use by the SLA on their website, in publications and other promotional material is granted and assumed by entry into the competition. Entrants to ensure all relevant permissions are sought before entering the photo in the competition.
  • Entrants don’t have to be a member of SLA to enter.

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50 word story competition

Storytime, the UK’s first and favourite monthly story magazine for children celebrates its 50th issue and four years of publication with a new 50-word story writing competition for children aged 3 to 9, giving the winning entry an opportunity to be published in Storytime. 

Of the 50-word story competition, Storytime’s Marketing Director Leslie Coathup said, “What better way to engage and inspire young readers than to give them the chance to read their own story in Storytime? We felt that a 50-Word Story Competition was the perfect way to mark our 50th issue and four years of success as a children’s publisher. We can’t wait to read the entries.”

Schools and families interested in entering Storytime’s 50-word story competition can download a helpful pack for their children, which is full of writing tips and activities: https://www.storytimemagazine.com/50wordstory

The winning entry will be published in Storytime and receive a bundle of Storytime issues from 1 to 50, along with a winner’s certificate. The deadline for entry is 30 November 2018.

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Job Vacancies - Senior Librarian: Senior Librarian - Schools Services Officer - Cumbria

Senior Librarian - Schools Services Officer 

Salary: £29,909–£30,756

Hours: Full time- 37 hours per week

Workbase: Carlisle - travel throughout Cumbria required

Contract Details: Permanent

Cumbria Library Services for Schools is looking to appoint an enthusiastic, experienced librarian to work with schools around the county.

Are you passionate about helping children learn, enjoy and develop their love for reading and literacy? Would you like to work in a varied and rewarding role?

An exciting opportunity has arisen to make a direct and positive difference to children's reading and library experiences within schools across the county.

The primary aim of Library Services for Schools is to support literacy and learning and to encourage reading for pleasure. The team provide a specialist library advisory service to primary, secondary and other educational establishments across Cumbria.

The Role

As a Senior Officer within the service, you will work closely with both school staff and pupils and be responsible for choosing the best resources needed to support the National Curriculum, school projects and reading for pleasure. You will be required to buy books, advise on library layout and stock in school, and be instrumental in promoting a love of books and reading at both primary and secondary school level. You will also be responsible for managing our 3 school Book Buses and overseeing our annual secondary school book award. 

Who we are looking for:

The ideal candidate will be a qualified librarian, teacher or have substantial experience and knowledge of the national curriculum and the library service. Experience of working at secondary school level would be desirable. We are looking for someone that is confident, enjoys working with children and has the ability to build strong working relationships at all levels within the school setting. 

If this sounds like you and you share our passion for the service then apply today.

Interview date: Monday 12th November 2018

Closing date for applications: Friday 26th October 2018

If you would like to find out more about the role, please visit our webpages www.cumbria.gov.uk/jobsandcareers , view the attached information or call Sue Cochrane (Mon-Wed) on 01228 227273.

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Event Invitation - Reaching New Audiences

Reaching New Audiences: Sharing Strategies

A one day seminar organised by EUROLIS, the consortium of librarians of European Cultural Institutes in London and the International group of CILIP/ILIG. The seminar will be chaired by a specialist in the area from CILIP. Leading experts from various European countries will share their experience and ideas on the best strategies to reach new audiences.

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eurolis-2018-reaching-new-audiences-tickets-50636386796

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