Monday, 17 December 2012

Socks Are Not Enough

We were lucky this month to have a visit from an ex pupil who is also a published author. Mark Lowery came to talk about his book - Socks Are not Enough.
Over 90 Year 8 pupils listened to him describe the writing process, how he gets his ideas and also a bit about his time at Broughton. He met up with Miss Cocker who taught him English.
Mark Lowery with some pupils after a Q&A session
After reading from his book, pupils were able to buy a signed copy. Some of the boys have already finished it in a week!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

early day motion

the early day motion in support of school libraries

That this House notes that one of the Government's priorities is for all children to read daily for pleasure; believes that every school should have a well-stocked library; further notes that research shows that children who have access to a school library and who read for pleasure reach higher levels of attainment in all subjects; further notes that the best way to encourage children to read for pleasure is by free voluntary reading; and calls on the Government to continue to take all necessary steps to encourage school libraries.

slide share presentation from lobby

Mass Lobby of School Librarians

What a fantastic turnout for the lobby of Parliament on the Monday of half term!
We met near Victoria Embankment to walk to the Houses of Parliament. Along side many librarians were authors, supporters and members from CILIP and the SLA. Carrying placards and wearing tee shirts we descended on the Palace of Westminster to meet with MPs.

me and Anne from Bury

Now we need to impress upon our MPs to sign the early day motion

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Monday, 24 September 2012

New pupil librarians

We are 3 weeks into term and ready to put our new recruits through their pupil librarian training. Once open evening is over I will have time to devote to this.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

summer reading

well, I managed to get through quite a few books on holiday. I read Woman in White by Wilkie Collins on the Kindle and boy that seemed like a long book. I also read some teenage fiction too - Trash, Perks of Being a Wallflower. Having seen Eoin Colfer I thought I would read Artemis Fowl and I enjoyed it.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Eoin Colfer at County Hall

An entertaining evening listening to him talking about the people in his family he has based his books on

Monday, 2 July 2012

Lydia loves to ask lots of questions
Mrs Harwood loves to answer questions!
What a picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is Abbie reading Danny champion of the world
This is will reading Danny champion of the world
Abbi is reading Danny champion of the world
Summer is writing some authors names down on a piece of paper

This pupil is recording the names of the authors she found the surnames of

Fiction author quiz

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Primary visits

I have three visits planned to local primary schools to talk about the school library, books and reading plus a little bit of blogging.
Last week a colleague and I visited Goosnargh Oliversons year 5 class and had a really exciting time. Within a short space of time pupils were able to take photos, upload them and blog about the activities on the BBEC school blog.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Lancs SLA pupil librarian conference

The fifth pupil librarian conference organised by the Lancashire branch of the School Library Association was held at Baines school Poulton, hosted by Anne Woodworth and Liz Lawson.

the winning quiz team
speed dating a book
fishing for a book?

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

A good time was had by all as 15 members enjoyed a literary walk around Preston, led by Blue Badge guide Mel Dod. He informed us about the history of the Guild as well as indicating places where Charles Dickens had visited and (maybe) written about in Hard Times as the fictious place Coke Town. We also stopped off at the historical Black Horse which has 3 doors opening on to 3 different streets.
At the end we retired to Grey Friars hostelry for a late meal and chat.
Lancs SLA outside the Corn Exchange
Return your overdue library books!

Saturday, 9 June 2012

for pupil librarians

All pupil librarians. Why not have a go at this exercise to see how good you are at shelving.

Copy and paste the url into your browser, then work through the levels - sorting, shelving and re-ordering

thanks to Dr. Vicki Almstrum for permission to use this.

display idea

I visited The National Media Museum in Bradford and saw this idea for a display in the library. It was part of an exhibition where visitors were invited to read a line which would be included in a compilation book.

Friday, 1 June 2012

and the winner is..............

The winner of the Lancashire Book of the year has been announced by the offical judging panel, it is  -
He's After Me by Chris Higgins. Our shadowing group put this in second place.
Our Shadowing group

We chose The Hunting Ground in first place with The Dead in third while the participating schools chose Boys Don't Cry and Shadows on the Moon in second and third respectively.
our top five readers

The award ceremony is on Saturday June 30th at County Hall Preston.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Lancashire Book of the Year

Thanks go to Sue from Lancashire libraries who visited us to tell us more about the award, the books and the voting process of the shadowing groups.
Most of the year 9 shadowing group have read at least one of the books with one pupil having read all ten of them already!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

holiday visits

During the Easter holidays I had two author themed days out in the Lake District.

I walked from Bowness to Beatrix Potter's home at Hilltop where I 'saw' Peter Rabbit, (well a rabbit anyway).

Then another day I walked from Grasmere to Rydal to visit the home of William Wordsworth (saw loads of daffodils too)

Friday, 30 March 2012

end of an era

Ms Cox left BBEC after many years teaching English to thousands of students. I am indebted to her for her support of the library. Prior to my arrival she ran the school library brilliantly. Recently she has been involved with the media team at school and is constantly looking for ways to use new technology in teaching and learning.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Will Hill

Today we had visiting author Will Hill as our guest. He came to speak to year 9 about his book Department 19 and the new sequel The Rising.
Over 100 pupils listened intently as he told them about his interests and writing before reading a few pages of the first book.

Pupils were then able to buy a signed copy from Elaine and Sue from Silverdell bookshop (Kirkham)

Monday, 26 March 2012

The Hunger Games movie

nine pupil librarians and I went to see the Hunger Games tonight and thought it was really good and true to the book. We followed the cinema with a trip to McDonalds too!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Booked up

Unfortunately the scheme that provided free books for all our pupils in year 7 is finishing. This is a shame because I know many children who enjoyed receiving the new books. BUT don't forget we have loads of books in the library for you to borrow!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012


ok, just joined twitter to follow library stuff and librarians to share good practice

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Pi Day

today (March 14th or 3.14 in USA) is Pi Day and also Einstein's birthday.
In the library we created a pi chain during break and lunch and hung it between the lights. Callum can recite the first 100 numbers of Pi

Monday, 12 March 2012

Lancashire Book of the Year

Last year we were part of the official judging panel which met at County Hall to determine the winner. Abby Betteridge and Abbie Welsh were our representatives and as part of the panel chose When I was Joe by Kerin David as the winner. This time we are shadowing the award with some year 9 pupils.
the short list is....

  • Boys Don’t Cry – Malorie Blackman
  • 0.4 – Mike Lancaster
  • Emerald – Karen Wallace
  • He’s After Me – Chris Higgins
  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher
  • People’s Republic – Robert Muchamore
  • The Dead – Charlie Higson
  • Shadows on the Moon – Zoe Marriott
  • The Hunting Ground – Cliff McNish
  • Spook’s Destiny – Joseph Delaney
  • The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games film is coming......
    I hope it's a 12A because I am taking our pupil librarians to watch it!
    Should we go to McDonalds afterwards?