Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog A library in every school, please | Schools need libraries. Full stop. // Credit AFP / Getty Images Books are to education and learning what air and water are to life. You might, therefore, be surprised to learn that many schools do not have a library or a librarian – which seems a contradiction in terms. There is no law requiring schools to have libraries either. The Society of Authors, which represents over 9,000 writers, is campaigning with other organisations for school libraries to be a legal requirement. A recent open letter from the Society to schools minister Nick Gibb asserted, among other things, that ‘Primary and secondary schools should be required by law to have a school library and a trained librarian.’ Out of the question for small schools? To Gibb’s credit he said at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in April: ‘I passionately believe that every school should have a library.’ Children need protecting from philistinism just as prisoners did thirteen years ago.
Coretta Scott King Book Award Recipients Author Award Winner Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers). “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” is an extensive volume focusing on American history as it intertwines with the lives of African Americans. The story is told from the viewpoint of an elderly woman who shares her life story while highlighting pivotal historical events including abolition, the Great Migration, World War II, and the Civil Rights movement. Illustrator Award Winner Shane W. Author Honor Eloise Greenfield, “The Great Migration: Journey to the North,” illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Patricia C. Illustrator Honor Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans,” published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. G. Victoria Bond and T. Dr. E.B.
The Daring Librarian Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer Gregory Currie, a professor of philosophy at the University of Nottingham, recently argued in the New York Times that we ought not to claim that literature improves us as people, because there is no “compelling evidence that suggests that people are morally or socially better for reading Tolstoy” or other great books. Actually, there is such evidence. Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, and Keith Oatley, a professor emeritus of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, reported in studies published in 2006 and 2009 that individuals who often read fiction appear to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them and view the world from their perspective. This link persisted even after the researchers factored in the possibility that more empathetic individuals might choose to read more novels. (MORE: Oprah as Harvard’s Commencement Speaker Is an Endorsement of Phony Science) None of this is likely to happen when we’re scrolling through TMZ.
School library blog value As a former librarian in a small independent school with a newly established library, one of my more time-consuming tasks was promoting the library to staff and students. Actually, I spent most of my time promoting the library to the staff. The kids knew about the library - it was the place that had all the computers, and the comfy chairs. Social media merits I’m sure you’re aware of all the latest social media fads, and by now may be a little tired of hearing about all of them. When you begin to consider the different forms of social media (eg Twitter and social networking sites such as Facebook, blogs etc) on their own merits, it becomes evident that, when used correctly, there can be considerable advantages associated with them. SCIS blog page Communicate more effectively Knowledge management Blogs can be more than just a virtual noticeboard or newsletter, even when they are ostensibly assigned that function. Emily Pyers Former school librarian, SCIS cataloguer and SCIS blog contributer
Welcome to the Newbery Medal Home Page! Click here for Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. 2018 Medal Winner Hello, Universe, written by Erin Entrada Kelly, published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Filipino folklore and real life converge at the bottom of a well. “This reading community celebrates the panoply of American literature for children published in 2017. 2018 Honor Books Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. A boy walks into a barbershop; a prince walks out. Long Way Down, written by Jason Reynolds and published by Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, a Caitlyn Dlouhy Book “I am learning to speak.
The Book Fairy-Goddess Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. And I am biased, obviously and enormously: I’m an author, often an author of fiction. So I’m biased as a writer. And I’m here giving this talk tonight, under the auspices of the Reading Agency: a charity whose mission is to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers. And it’s that change, and that act of reading that I’m here to talk about tonight. I was once in New York, and I listened to a talk about the building of private prisons – a huge growth industry in America. It’s not one to one: you can’t say that a literate society has no criminality. And I think some of those correlations, the simplest, come from something very simple. Fiction has two uses. I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad book for children. It’s tosh.
Why We Need School Libraries This was written by a parent in Los Angeles, who blogs as the Red Queen in LA: Disarticulating Public Schools It was a bad day 30 years ago when some business management-type decided to restructure academic departments to be fiscally self-sustaining, economically independent. In this scenario university libraries, a service-providing unit with no inherent money-generating capacity, would be held to the same standard as, say, microbiology with all its grant-overhead revenue generating potential. Faddish ideas are hard to stop, even bad ones and so this conundrum has trickled down to our primary and secondary level of schooling too. This is a really bad paradigm. And this is the true function of a library: it provides an atmosphere where ideas can be suspended long enough to permit rearrangement. Until it is clear that a library is the portal of learning, students will be without the means to accomplish their essential, lonely task. Like this: Like Loading...
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Mighty Little Librarian | Librarian Tiff's Blog Study: Good School Libraries Affect Test Scores Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A study released Tuesday by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians shows that the more emphasis is put on school libraries--and the learning that takes place there--the better scores students receive on standardized tests. University of South Carolina Professor Dr. Karen Gavigan outlined the studies five areas of importance at a press conference Tuesday morning. "The presence of librarians and library support staff, instructional collaboration between librarians and teachers, traditional and digital collections, library expenditures, and access to computers," she explained. The study found that the schools which had these five components had better performance on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards. One of third-grader Tavetria Amponsah's favorite things to do is to go to the library and read. School Librarian Debbie Cooper says the learning that takes place there is guided by collaboration between her and the teachers, but driven by the students.