Monday, 24 November 2014

Kids' Lit Quiz

I took a team of 2 year 7 and 2 year 8 pupils to the North West heats at Pendle Vale College last week and they thoroughly enjoyed it. We came 9th , an improvement on last year and they actually won one round. If only we'd played our joker!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

SLA training

I have just had a most enjoyable day at Bolton School, participating in ebooks, ipads and apps - uses in the school library, run by Bev Humphrey for our Lancs branch.

Friday, 24 October 2014

School Librarians' Day at Browns

I spent a day looking and purchasing books at Browns Books for Students in Preston. I still call it Askews! In the morning we had presentations from Browns on their ebook platform, then after a lovely M&S lunch I went book buying. This is the bit I love most. Although I order online I still like to see and touch the books!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Lancs school library network

Our termly meeting proved useful again as one of our group presented on Manga and what to choose. I also did a slot on apps for the ipad

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Accelerated Reader

It's been a long time since my last post. At the end of summer we introduced AR to a small skills group which meant re-labeling all the library books! Still ongoing. This term has been "hit the ground running" and pupils in year 7 have still to sit reading and spelling tests before we can identify those for AR.
I am going book buying at the end of the month so need to weed and make lists too.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Lancashire Book of the Year

On Friday I took 3 pupils from our shadowing group to UCLAN to celebrate the winner of the award for 2014. Four authors from the shortlist were on a panel to answer questions from the audience - James Dawson, Annabel Pitcher, Imogen Howson and Rachel Ward.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Library Camp North West

I had great fun on Saturday at the first ever school library camp. It was held at MMU in Manchester and was very informal with other school librarians sharing ideas for an agenda generated by us. We were able to tweet, reaching out to other library camps up and down the country. btw my twitter handle is @broughtonlrc

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Pupil Librarian Conference 2014

Four of our pupils enjoyed themselves today at the seventh Pupil Librarian Conference. This year it was hosted by Central Lancaster High School and more than 30 students participated in speed dating a book, a murder mystery quiz and fishing game. Another successful event.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Lancs Library network

At our meeting yesterday we are toying withe idea of using padlet to keep in touch with each other and share links to resources. http://padlet.com/jackanory/lnm

Lancashire Book of the Year Winner

..................Undone by Cat Clarke.
Our group chose Ketchup Clouds as the winner, never mind

Monday, 31 March 2014

Lancashire Book of the Year

We are shadowing the Award with top set year 9 English group and I have never witnessed such a frenzie as when I gave out the shortlisted books to read. Usually there is some reluctance, but this time they raced to get a book. I must admit the list looks better than in previous years, so well done to the schools who came up with the shortlist. We will be reviewing the first tranche this week.
the shortlist ;-


The Drowning                              Rachel Ward
Ketchup Cloud                            Annabel Pitcher
Last chance Angel                       Alex Gutteridge
By any other name                       Laura Jarratt
Linked                                         Imogen Howson
Missing me                                  Sophie McKenzie
Hostage three                              Nick Lake
Cruel summer                              James Dawson
Undone                                       Cat Clarke
Anthem for Jackson Dawes         Celia Bryce

Thursday, 13 February 2014

visiting author Joseph Delaney

I have never had the pleasure of hosting Joseph Delaney in school even though he is possible one of our nearest children's authors. Silverdell bookshop in Kirkham arranged for him to speak with pupils in year 8. They were a brilliant audience, listening to Joe talking about how he started writing the Spook's Apprentice series and the film due out next year.