Posts Tagged primary

Maurice Sendak on Children

If you ever wanted to understand a little more about where in the imagination of Maurice Sendak books like  Where The Wild Things Are came from, this lovely video will give you an insight into the man.  100 Scope Notes


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The future of libraries is in the hands of librarians

So says R. David Lankes in the opening moments of his presentation School Librarians as Facilitators for Learning embedded below.  We represent the fundamentals of the future of libraries.  Yes!  High Five Folks!  His Atlas of  New Librarianship is a bible, a book to take so much out of.

He says:  The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities.  And he is talking to you school librarians.

I’m quite a lot in love with his messages, pretty much all of them.  Watch this presentation and take on board what he is saying.  He is going to give you lots of examples of how you can think about why you do the things you do.  Not the what you do.  Yes, it takes an hour but yes it is an hour well spent.  Great PD.  Really great PD.

It comes from here.

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25 books every child should have on their bookshelf

Fabulous Flavourwire, makers of taste and purveyors of internet good taste have posted this list.  The books are an interesting take on must read childrens classics.  Would you have chosen them?  It got me thinking, I wonder what would be on a similar list if it was made in New Zealand?  Surely there’d be a Maurice Gee or a Joy Cowley, a Jack Lasenby or a David Elliot.  There would also probably be some of the books on this list too.  I know everyone else in the country would insert a Margaret Mahey but my kids never really loved those and I didn’t much love reading her books to them.  My kids would have had Wombat Stew and Possum Magic and The Little Yellow Digger when really little and Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket and Matilda on their middle of their childhood lists.  I guess everyone would have different titles but it is nice to have a think back and remember and also to think about the books which helped form you.  Have they had an affect on your reading tastes in the long term?  I wonder.





It’s the list-iest time of the year

And I don’t mean who’s been naughty or nice, though anyone who works in a school library surely has a mental list of those…

But I digress. It’s that time of year when various book-related peeps put together lists of the best books of the year that’s nearly over.

Open in my browser tabs lately are these “Best of 2012” beauties. Why don’t you start making your own “to-read” list for the summer now! Or make notes of titles to buy for your school library in 2013.

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The Indie Next List is out

Get your buying list notebooks or apps out to take notes for when your budget is all filled up again, cos there are some things you’ll want to buy/read on this list folks.  This is a list of the new cool stuff hitting the shops in the States this winter.  Books for every level are here. Some are out already here, a couple are in my ‘I’m taking this home for the holidays box’ right now.   Here is the link to the list.  And look at that, here is a link to the downloadable shelf talkers.  Oh how I love shelf talkers.

Link from 100 Scope Notes – full of the power of awesome.


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The most enthusiastic teacher you ever saw

Just imagine being in a class with this guy!   I dare you to role model him in your library tomorrow!

(via School Library Journal A Fuse #8 Production)

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Parents & Teachers Of Boys This Is For You! (and librarians obviously)

The report of the All-Party Parliamentary Literacy Group Commission in the United Kingdom compiled by the National Literacy Trust  report is just out.  It is a large document at 28 pages but well worth the time spent browsing it.  Certainly it is worth sharing with your Senior Management Team and with your English Department and Literacy teachers whatever school you are in if you have boys (or indeed are the parent of boys).

There is much for librarians to nod and agree with, some things of course we well know already from being at the coalface of literacy, but there are some recommendations we can work with too and it is always great when they are written in a report from an authoritative body.

The Commission’s Recommendations
1. Schools should have access to an evidence framework to inform
effective practice in supporting boys’ reading.
2. Every child should be supported by their school in developing as a
reader. Crucially, schools must promote reading for enjoyment and
involve parents (overtly fathers) in their reading strategies.
3. Every teacher should have an up-to-date knowledge of reading
materials that will appeal to disengaged boys.
4. Parents need access to information on how successful schools are in
supporting boys’ literacy.
5. Libraries should target children (particularly boys) who are least likely
to be supported in their reading at home.
6. Social marketing and behavioural insight need to be deployed
to encourage parents to support the literacy of their children –
especially boys.
7. Every boy should have weekly support from a male reading role model.
8. Parenting initiatives must specifically support literacy and fathers.
9. A cross-Government approach to literacy needs to be developed and

I thought this quote interesting too “Three-quarters of schools are concerned about boys’ reading”  and the skeptic in me has the comment in return “then why are you busy chopping libraries of every kind and school librarian hours – surely there is an irony there!”  I’m fairly certain that the UK is not dissimilar to us in respect of boys reading.  Get this document out in your school and shout out the need for great books for boys.  Boys of all ages!  And maybe your school will sit up and note that school libraries are vital to getting boys interested in reading and give you a great big enormous budget next year.  (Well you can hope!)

Get the report here

Image from: Image: ‘Doctor Who’

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In my RSS reader today

Every day I read lots of blog items pulled from all over – library stuff, crafty stuff, school related blogs, miscellaneous weirdness and bits of usefulness. Thanks to Google Reader’s “J” and “K” keys and the space bar, I whip through a couple of hundred posts most days, because – shock, horror – I don’t actually read them all. Don’t tell anyone. I skim the post title and the beginning of each item to see whether it warrants a close read or further investigation. If it does, then I pop it up in another tab and get back to it later. If it doesn’t, I use space bar (page down) to have a skim read, or if I’m really not interested, I just hit “J” to move to the next post.

Here are the things that caught my eye today which could be of interest to school library people.

  • Because it helps to remind yourself sometimes not to worry about whether some reading is “worthier” than other reading:
  • Because I still have my eyes open for free iPad/iPod eBooks for the school where I used to work:
  • Because I’m reading this series at the moment – loved the first one! And I know the boys at school will be interested in this movie, even though it’s release date is a long way off yet. They have a tumblr blog for it, too:

an RSS feed I saved from a Google news search for
~child book “into a movie”


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Wise words to take into 2012

It is great when you read something early in the year which you can carry with you in your toolbox of  ‘useful stuff’ as you begin the year.  As you begin the process of indoctrinating your new students to the ways of a new library, helping them to see the value of the library, the services you offer to the school and the students, and getting new staff up to speed with what you do.  Judy O’Connell has posted on Hey Jude a wise and thoughtful writing which made me feel inspired and enthusiastic for the coming year.  I heartily recommend to all school library staff that you head over and have a read.  It is called The Time For Libraries Is Now.  The slideshare is fantastic!

There is a video embedded in the post, which I can’t get to  embed here which is a Core Video in which Lisa Oldham from the National Library Services To Schools, whom many of us have met and it is a great promotional video of the sorts of things that many school libraries in New Zealand are offering, could be offering, best get on and offer!



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School library reporting

Welcome back to school after a lovely sunny holiday (if you live in the South of NZ) or a rather soggy holiday (if you live in the North) anyway for me a holiday is a holiday is a holiday and even if the weather is disappointing, at least some books will get read, some jobs will get done, people who are important to you will have been greeted and smooched and you will have some new shoes in your wardrobe (or is that just me?).  So it is back to the seriously fun business of library, here is my (Bridget’s) first posting of the year.

This one actually comes from the end of last year on the Australian Listserv.  My friend Lisa Salter presented at the SLANZA Conference 2011 on reporting to your board and principal, and Ann Wheeler has made an Issuu with a heap of helpful ideas and links including a link to Lisa’s presentation.  If you are looking for an innovative way to present your stats and library info then this Issuu is really worth a good peruse.

You can find a link and yet more good stuff on this page at Linking for Learning.

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