Friday, 23 January 2015

The importance of school libraries – recent articles, news and sources of inspiration

cordwallesYA author Nicola Morgan has just published an impassioned case for libraries, especially school libraries. She explains why libraries are vital even in these days when ‘it’s all online’. ‘Libraries – and, crucially, their trained librarians – create readers. It’s that simple’ she says. I totally agree.

School librarian and past CILIP President Barbara Band’s most recent blog highlights the importance of libraries in eradicating child illiteracy.

As Russell Brand famously said in his Reading Agency lecture last month, ‘Schools without libraries are a disgrace.’

If anyone harbours doubts about libraries’ value, a glance at this wonderful illustrated love letter to libraries by Chris Riddell will surely dispel them.

It’s well worth reading Guardian Teacher Network article ‘School libraries shelve tradition to create new learning spaces’ for valuable ideas on making libraries a central part of the school. I especially love the notion of a story garden.

The photo above is of the amazing library in Cordwalles Junior School. It’s from an set of inspiring photos of school libraries from the Guardian. Do take a look.

Adam Lancaster shows that inspirational libraries don’t need lots of money. The library in Adam’s school is totally embedded in literacy and other planning. Anyone interested in how libraries can support information literacy may like to read his latest blog, in which he sets out somewhat controversial ideas.

Many good school libraries have a keen cohort of pupil library assistants. Great news that the new Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award is being backed by Charlie Higson and Chris Riddell (showing his support for libraries again).

Finally, this Wake Me Up video from Elmgreen School Library is fabulous.

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