As a school librarian, I like to read YA and children’s fiction from time to time. I had not heard of Sam Gayton prior to winning my copy of His Royal Whiskers in a Goodreads giveaway, but I will now seek out his other books for our shelves. This is a sweet tale for youngers … More His Royal Whiskers – A Review
I’ve worked in my current school for nearly twelve years, albeit in different roles. The pupils in Year Eleven when I began my career are now in their mid-twenties. It is the general rule of secondary school that your pupils leave at 16 and you never hear from most of them again. In some ways … More University….or prison?
I was lucky enough to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It’s difficult to really give my opinion on this book because I can’t decide if I liked it or not. So maybe a list would help: Things I liked: -The book is set in, and describes the exploration of, Alaska. Previous to reading … More To the Bright Edge of the World
I’ve been considering how lucky I am lately, it never hurts in a new year to count your blessings. Firstly, I’m lucky to be working with young people. Not a lot of people would agree with me when I say that working with teenagers is great, but I love it. I’m doubly lucky because … More The Future of Libraries…Is There One?
I recently read this article which discusses the importance of speaking to children and how reading aloud can have massive benefits to literacy development. I find it sad but not shocking to read the statistics that parents on benefits speak on average 621 words per hour to their children, compared with the 2150 per hour … More Reading to children, a dying art?
I haven’t had too much time to blog since school restarted two weeks ago but now would be a good time to reflect on what has happened since then. Last year was incredibly difficult, with the school going into special measures after failing the Ofsted inspection; all the upheaval of a massive staffing restructure and … More Back to school
I came across this article today on the front-man of the band Elbow. Turns out he’s a big supporter of libraries and there are some magnificent quotes in that article. I particularly love the comment about libraries being somewhere we go to better ourselves, in whatever way that may be. I do think that we … More Libraries….So rock ‘n’ roll