Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Library back to normal

At last I am able to get the library back to normal (what's normal!) after hosting textiles while there fabulous new rooms are refurbished. It seems so spacious again and has made me look at re-doing signage and labelling.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Visiting Author

We were lucky to have author and illustrator Chris Riddell visit to talk about his new book Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse. He kept an audience of year 7s and primary pupils entertained with stories and sketches, then everyone was able to buy the books from organisers Siverdell Bookshop.

Lancs SLA training

Our termly meeting included in house training delivered by yours truly and Rosalind from Ripley. We had the chance to experiment with survey monkey with Rosalind and I showed the group some ipad Apps which could be used by the librarians - comiclife, animoto and QR codes, after which they had a go.
Although we welcomed a new colleague, sadly we heard one of our number has lost her job following a schools merger, while our previous chair is working a new role in a primary school

Kids Lit Quiz

Our team of four did us really proud when we came 14th out of 33 teams at the North West heats held at Pendle Vale College. I found some of the questions really difficult but it would not put me off entering a team again.

Quizmaster and founder Wayne Mills asked 100 questions in ten rounds with a joker being played on the team's chosen round.  The winners of our heat were Cockermouth school who are UK champions

Monday, 7 October 2013

Order in the Library

The good news is that Vicki Almstrum, the co-ordinator of the project which created this quizzing game has found a new host for it.
why not test your knowledge?

Wednesday, 2 October 2013


Just spent 2 more days trying to be ruthless and weed out books from the stock. At least the shelves look a bit more roomy! Now all I have to do is contact the firm to come and collect the unwanted books.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

New pupil librarians

I interviewed several pupils today who are very keen to become pupil librarians.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Schools need libraries

"The last thing we need is people banging on to children about how they should read. We just need to make sure that all schools have a library." So said Anthony Horowitz in the Guardian newspaper. If only the Government would take notice!

Friday, 6 September 2013

A new term and lots to do!

Well, another year and plenty to keep me occupied. I need to recruit new pupil librarians, catalogue new books, replace signs and shelving labels and prepare for open evening in two weeks!
The library is also being partially occupied by a textiles class while their area is being refurbished.
Oh well, it staves off any thoughts of boredom.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Lancashire Librarians Network meeting

Today, nearly 30 librarians, school and County, met for the last time this academic year. I presented a workshop on the recent Ofsted report on Improving Literacy in the Secondary school: a shared approach.
I think everyone enjoyed the opportunity to share ideas and good practice.

SLA Conference

I had a fabulous (though tiring) time at the conference in Belfast last weekend. I attended several really interesting sessions on Apps, Literacy and Library Commons as well as a visit to the Titanic exhibition and a Ceilidh on Saturday night. Authors Liz Pichon and Ali Sparkes spoke to the audience and there were exhibitors from publishers and library suppliers. I came back with more than 20 books which luckily came in under the weight allowance for the flight home.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Children's Laureate

The new Children's Laureate is announced and it is...... Malorie Blackman
Previous holders of the post have been
1999–2001 Quentin Blake,
2001–2003 Anne Fine,
2003–2005 Michael Morpurgo,
2005–2007 Jacqueline Wilson,
2007–2009 Michael Rosen,
2009–2011 Anthony Browne,
2011–2013 Julia Donaldson.
The Children's Laureate is a position awarded in the UK once every two years to a distinguished writer or illustrator of children's books and Malorie is the first black representative.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Library Gremlins

I have had to say goodbye to a wonderful group of year 11 girls who came to the library almost everyday.  They were a joy to talk to even if they did write on the whiteboard and "dinged" my "like" bell.
I wish them all the best for the future.
Library Gremlins!

Pupil Librarians

The bad news is that I have had to say goodbye to a tremendous year 11 pupil librarian who is leaving, BUT the good news is I have just finished interviewing three more pupils who wish to become librarians and very good they were too.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Secret Breakers

We were thrilled when H L Dennis (or Helen as we discovered she was called) visited us to talk about the Secret Breakers series. The third book has just been published but I can't wait for the final three. She involved some pupils in codes and cipher breaking which will stand them in good stead for the L2 project which is all about codes, spies and ciphers.
look out MI5!
Secret Breakers

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Book Spinner

The new book spinner has arrived and I have used it to promote Award Winning books. What a success! The pupils have loved looking at and borrowing them yet they are the same books that were already on the fiction shelves! Just shows what good displays can do.
Like bees round a honeypot!

Monday, 29 April 2013

World Book Night update

Well I went round all the businesses near the school and handed out the books to grateful recipients. These included hairdressers, Pub, garage, physio and the Police station.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Author visit Teri Terry

We were lucky to have Teri Terry visit us to promote her new book Fractured which follows on from Slaughtered. The Dystopian novel is on the Lancashire Book of the Year shortlist which we are shadowing in year 9.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

World Book Night

I collected 20 copies of Judge Dredd to distribute next Tuesday April 23rd.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Holiday reading

I am reading my way through the 39 clues series, On to book 10 tonight. They're about a brother and sister who have to solve clues set by their dead Grandmother. (Oh and other people die too!) There is also a website to explore for further clues and games.

Friday, 15 March 2013

SLA Weekend Course

I have been chosen to represent the Lancs branch of the SLA in Belfast. I have booked my flights and chosen my optional sessions on the Saturday so can't wait. 

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

World Book Day

To celebrate WBD we took part in a reading activity called Recipe for Reading. Each progress group had a pack of recipes from Let's Get Cooking and were able to read and swap them. My favourite is the banana and mango smoothie.
When we have finished with them in class we can bind and laminate them for use in the cookery clubs.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Reading Week

This week in school all pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 will be concentrating on reading for pleasure in their English lessons and for homework.

Lunchtimes in the library, staff are reading aloud to pupils.

Monday - Mr Church reading "How the Camel Got His Hump" by Rudyard Kipling

Tuesday - Mr Marquis reading "Aliens" by Brian Keaney

Wednesday - Mrs Priest reading "How the First Letter was Written" by Roald Dahl 

Thursday - Mr Brady reading from "Touching the Void" by Joe Simpson

Friday - Mr Stockley reading "Man from the South" by Roald Dahl

New Books

I love choosing new books for the library but it's not so exciting when they arrive and I have to process them. Lots of work ahead this week!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

World Book Night

Hooray! I have been chosen to distribute books on World Book Night. I shall be giving out copies of Judge Dredd to the local community shops, offices and businesses.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Visiting author Jacqueline Harvey

A captive audience
We were fortunate to have another chance for an author to visit us at school, courtesy of Silverdell bookshop in Kirkham and publishers Random House. This time the audience was a mixture of our year 7 pupils plus guests in years 5 and 6 from Broughton, Harris and Queen's Drive partner primary schools. Jacqueline has written several books about the character Alice-Miranda and her adventures.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Anne Frank Exhibition

We were lucky to have a visit from this exhibition plus training from two lovely people for a group of Year 8 ambassadors. There was a wonderful set of panels explaining the Anne Frank story accompanied by activities. The pupils were fantastic and led their parents round the exbition after school. They also worked with a group of pupils from Broughton Primary.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

New Term, New Year Resolution

OK. Back to school with a renewed vigour. I have decided I am going to tackle the books (behind the scenes) which need cataloging, re-cataloging and spine labelling! Then I am going to start on spending the rest of my available budget on new titles which pupils have been asking for plus replacing old favourites - Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates, Vampires! etc