Warwickshire Schools Library Service Supporting reading and learning in schools
November 2019

Your School Library

Library Support Work

Library Management Systems - We can help!

At WSLS, we have a range of experience in using different systems and can provide you with help and support. We recommend a computerised library management system (LMS).

Benefits include:

  • Improves the effectiveness of your library: helps pupils and staff find books more easily and simplifies recording of loans
  • Saves you time as it can help with cataloguing books by downloading book information from a central system
  • Enables you to locate and track your stock more easily and minimise the loss of books
  • Provides you with useful information about library use and book issuing data
  • Helps develop pupils' independent library skills and greater ownership of their library

WSLS can help provide you with information about the different options available and what might best suit the needs of your school and your budget. For more information about different computerised systems please open the following link.

The Journey of a Project Box

Over the autumn the team at Warwickshire Schools Library Service were busy hand selecting resources for the green project collections for delivery at the start of term. We send out around 700 boxes a term to both primary and secondary schools.

That is as high as Mount Etna if we stacked them back to back!

A huge amount of resources to support reading and learning and we think that they have a great impact on pupils, inspiring a love of reading, learning and a very hands on approach to topic work. The following film shows you the journey of a project box and will give you a really lovely idea as to what a project collection could look like, how we put it together and the impact it can have on the classroom. 

Your SLS Fiction loan

During the summer term we'll be busy putting together fiction loans for our subscribing schools.  As part of the subscription package schools get to have a loan of fiction books to use in the school library for reading for pleasure and every year we swap half of this loan over to refresh the books.  It's a really great, easy way to get new books into the school library.  The loans vary depending on the size of the school - some loans are for 250 books, some are for 800 books!  

Did you know that if you have a fiction loan from us you can tailor it to your needs?  We hand pick every loan and send out a request form in advance of your loan been selected and delivered.  This means that if you have a specific requirement within your school you can specify that you require books to help you with this.  


We have a great range of stock here at SLS, from old favourites to the latest bestsellers, and what is great about our loans is that you will get a really varied selection of books.  We also provide recreational non fiction titles for those pupils who enjoy facts and hobbies a bit more than stories, poetry books and graphic novels.  We have a selection of dual language titles and also a selection of books for reluctant readers so do make sure you let us know if you would like any of these.  You are also welcome to visit us here at SLS and pick your own loan!

If you would like to know more and make sure you are making the most of your fiction loan please do get in touch, we're happy to help!

SLS-UK School Library Award

We are delighted to offer schools in Warwickshire the opportunity to accredit their library service via our national award scheme.SLS-UK Logo

The SLS School Library Award was initiated by Warwickshire Schools Library Service in 2012. It is now available nationally, via the Association of Senior Education and Children’s Librarians (ASCEL), administered locally by individual SLSs.  We are delighted that the School Library Association (SLA) the School Library Group (SLG) and the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) have endorsed the new Award.

 Any primary or secondary school may apply to work towards achieving the main award or the Gold version for high-achieving services.

The award is a self-assessment process conducted by the designated member of staff in charge of the library and endorsed by the Head teacher. It is an audit of 20 key activities with supporting documentation where necessary. Schools note across three levels (developing, establishing and enhancing) how their library service is operating across a range of activities and services.

An award is given to a school where the library is achieving 10 or more separate activities or services in the ‘establishing’ and/or ‘enhancing’ category. A Gold award is given for 15 or more services in the ‘enhancing’ category.

The awards are a brilliant opportunity for library staff to obtain a certificate that acknowledges the fantastic work that they do each day in the school library.

How do I apply?
There is a very small administrative cost for participation. If you would like to know more, please contact us: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Schools achieving SLS-UK School Library Award and former Warwickshire SLS School Library Award:
Abbotts Farm Junior                                     Adderley Primary (Birmingham)
Alcester Academy (revalidated)                   Alcester Grammar School
Alsager School (Cheshire)                           Aylesford
Bilton                                                            Bilton Junior
Bridgetown Primary                                     Campion
Cheney Primary (Oxon)                               Haselor Primary
Internat School Aberdeen                            James Young High (West Lothian)
Kineton                                                         King Edward VI Stratford
King’s Heath Boys (Birmingham)                 Kings High
Kings Norton Girls School (Birmingham)     Kingsley
Lillington Primary                                         Marlborough Junior (Birmingham)
Myton (revalidated)                                      Orchard Academy (Milton Keynes )
Polesworth                                                   Princethorpe College
Rugby High                                                  Stockingford Primary
Stratford upon Avon                                     Stratford Girls Grammar
Stratford Primary                                          Walsall Academy
Warwick School                                            Wyndcliffe Primary (Birmingham)

 

Book Awards

Warwickshire Secondary Books Awards 2020

The Warwickshire Secondary Book Awards will be fifteen this year and is as popular as ever with students. We are busy reading the longlist at the moment, ready for our shortlisting meeting in early November. We love them all for many reasons and part of the criteria for the secondary book awards is that the books must be ‘a really good read that I would recommend to others’.

Do let us know if you have any favourites on the list below:WSBA LonglistYou can get in touch via email here: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk  

First Reading Adventure!

We are really excited to be able to share our First Reading Adventure with you. This is a reading engagement package for Years 1 and 2 to promote:

  • sharing of books
  • recent and fun picture books
  • themes of well-being and empathy
  • first steps in reading

Our adventure will take children on a journey to greater understanding of themselves and the world around them as well as increasing their confidence with books and early reading.
The high quality texts, chosen by Warwickshire SLS staff, will engage children of all abilities by their attractive design, quality illustrations and exciting narratives.

What do teachers that have been using it say? 
'...a great selection of books that the children have really enjoyed listening to. We have had some lovely discussions sparked by the topics in the books, particularly when it comes to protecting our planet. Some of the children have enjoyed doing their own book reviews after they have chosen to read a book independently. 
The book activity cards with a brief overview and activity ideas have also been useful.'
Mrs Helen Everley
Head Teacher
Henley Montessori Primary

How does it work?
Warwickshire SLS arranges for the books to be delivered to your school (30 new books for you to keep), designed to be used over thirty weeks of the year (10 a term) but schools can use the books in any way they choose. The books come jacketed to make them both easy to clean and long-lasting, making bent corners and scuff marks a thing of the past. 
First Reading Adventure SamplesA pack will be sent to the named school contact electronically. It will include a quick guide for staff or volunteers, including activities and curriculum links, and ideas for parents. It will also have copiable promotional materials (pdfs) to keep the pupils engaged in a fun way, which will be emailed to you when you buy the pack. 

Why is it needed?

  • There is increasing concerns among educators and from the government to have books available that both inspire children to read more and more widely.
  • This will help them to engage in a wider understanding of the world and to develop a sense of empathy for other people.
  • Many parents and early years’ settings are asking for recommendations of appropriate texts to share with very young children around issues that might be quite difficult to discuss – loss, family changes, first experiences – as well as books that are simply a joy to read!
  • Staff in settings and schools do not always have the time to research and select these books themselves. Our team of staff at Warwickshire SLS select books for school on a daily basis and have many years of collective experience.
  • This pack from Warwickshire SLS provides your school with brand new books for your school to keep. They are there for you when you are ready to add them in to your topics with Year 1 or 2 and we are confident these titles are timeless in their appeal. They may also meet curriculum needs. 
  • The selection of books will fulfil your need for ready-to-use stock without the headache of having to select and order books yourselves.

Costs:

  • The First Reading Adventure pack price for one set of the 30 books with jackets, plus accompanying materials and pdfs is £250
  • Further sets of the 30 books may be bought for £200

If you are interested please fill out our online form and we will send you all the books and information that you will need to take part.

If you would like to get in touch with us to find out more information, please email us here: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2019 Winner!

We are delighted to announce that the winner was S.T.A.G.S by M. A. Bennett.

The majority of Warwickshire's secondary schools participate each year in the book award, seeing it as a terrific opportunity for pupils to enjoy reading and discussion together. 

Sixteen schools took part in the awards this year and fourteen of them were able to come along to the final awards ceremony last week at The Bridgehouse Theatre in Warwick.The students taking part in the awards chose the overall winner and this year all of the authors attended the final ceremony, it was very special and there was a real sense of excitement in the theatre as they waited to hear who the overall winner was.

Pictured above are all the authors (Marina Bennett holds her certificate) together with Cllr John Holland who kindly attended and gave out competition prizes and the main award, also Ayub Khan, Head of Libraries and Stella Thebridge, Manager of the SLS.

‘I had a great morning. Wonderful to meet my fellow authors and such passionate young readers…Books can make your dreams come true, and one of mine came true today.  Without libraries and readers I wouldn't have been on that stage!’ (M.A. Bennett)

We also ran three competitions for the students to enter and we had some fantastic entries this year. The winner of Competition 1 was Eve from Alcester Academy with her lovely drawing of one of the characters from 'Wolf Children'. Megan from Hartshill School won Competition 2 with her imaginative alternative ending to 'The Nearest Far Away Place' and George from Exhall Grange wrote a persuasive blog championing his favourite book 'Rook'. Thank you to all the students who entered the competitions. 

Many thanks to The Bridge House Theatre in Warwick for hosting, to Warwick Books for supporting this event and to the publishers who provided the competition prizes for students (Barrington Stoke and Hot Key Books) .

Warwickshire Year Nine Book Awards 2019

Students are currently busy reading the 4 shortlisted books that they chose for this years Warwickshire Year 9 Book Award.

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The team at WSLS carefully selected a longlist of 10 books, which are 10 of the most exciting books published in the past year. Students across Warwickshire took part in longlist speed dating events where they chose the final 4 shortlisted books.

We hope that they will inspire, challenge and leave a lasting impression on readers. Students also have the opportunity to take part in competitions alongside the Award, giving them opportunities to be creative and champion their favourite book!

Students across Warwickshire will vote for their favourite at the beginning of December and their votes alone will decide the WINNER!

If you would like more information please contact us here: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Subscriptions

Primary School Subscriptions

What does a subscription with us look like? 
A subscription with us will give you an overall loan of fiction books for your library and a number of project loans that can be used within classrooms. Our prices range from £450 upwards and to give you an idea, our most popular Primary Subscription is Young Shoots which is ideal for up to 200 pupils. This annual subscription would cost you in the region of £1,610 and give you 21 project collections (7 boxes a term) and an annual reading for pleasure loan of 350 books.
It is always worth getting in touch with us to find out what subscription options might be the best match for you and how we can work within your budgets.
Email us at: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 
Project Box Infographic
Project Collections:
These are hand picked by our team from the information that you give us about your topic, so they can be as specific as you require. A few examples of  of the project collections that we have been asked to supply recently are; Feelings, Mini-beasts, People Who Help Us and Habitats, but the list is endless. Project collections are delivered to you at the beginning of each term and collected again at the end of the term. We will often try and incorporate an artefact or photo pack into each box, alongside your book resources. We want learning to be as hands on as possible so please encourage your pupils to examine, pick up and use the artefacts that we send to you. Find out more about the journey of a project box here:

Reading For Pleasure Loans:The fiction loan is sent at the beginning of your academic year, again this is hand picked by our team to your specific requirements and we will include a percentage of non-fiction for you too. You are able to swap half of the collection back with us half way through the year, a great way to refresh your books and keep your pupils reading a wide variety of reading materials throughout the year. We also have a new Reading for Pleasure Subscription which primary schools are benefiting from.

In addition to all of that there are also 'Bolt-on' extras that you can use and take advantage of, for example our useful advisory visits, library work and reduced rates for our training programme.

We have a variety of subscription options, it is always worth getting in touch with us to find out what might be the best match for you and how we can work within your budgets.
Email us at: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Secondary School Subscriptions

What does a subscription with us look like?
A subscription with us will give you an overall loan of fiction books for your library and a number of project loans. We find that our secondary school subscribers tend to use our services slightly differently choosing very bespoke subscriptions and tailoring their choices to suit the specific needs of their school and students. Our prices range from £500 upwards and it is always worth getting in touch with us to find out what subscription options might be the best match for you and how we can help to work within your budgets.
Email us at: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk
Project Box Infographic
Project Collections:

These are all hand picked by our team from the information that you give us about your topic, so they can be as specific as you require. A few examples of the project collections that we have been asked to supply recently are; wellbeing sets to support SMSC, World War Two, Slavery and Gender Identity, but the list is endless. 
Project Collections are delivered to you at the beginning of each term and collected again at the end of the term. We will often try to incorporate an artefact or photo pack into each box, alongside your book resources. We want learning to be as hands on as possible so please encourage your students to examine, pick up and use the artefacts that we send to you. 

Reading for Pleasure Loan:
The fiction loan is sent at the beginning of your academic year, again this is hand picked by our team to your specific requirements and we will include a percentage of non-fiction for you too. You are able to swap half of the collection back with us half way through the year, a great way to refresh your books and keep your students reading a wide variety of reading material throughout the year. We also have a NEW Reading for Pleasure Subscription that many schools are benefiting from.

In addition to all of that there are also 'bolt-on' extras that you can use and take advantage of, for example our useful advisory visits, library work, reduced rates for our training programmes.
We offer a variety of subscription options, it is always worth getting in touch with us to find out what might be the best match for you and how we can help to work within your budgets.
Email us at: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Not sure whether to subscribe? Try one of our TERM TASTERS....

Our TERM TASTERS are specially tailored to meet your schools needs. These are a great way to try our service without committing to an annual subscription. Project Box Infographic

You can choose from: 

4 project boxes for the term: £240
                      OR
7 project boxes for the term: £420

 

What will your project box contain?
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  At least 20 books
-   An artefact or whiteboard resource (at no extra cost) as available and applicable.

We select each box afresh for every loan ensuring appropriateness to the topic requested and key stage.

 

To register your interest or sign up for a Term Taster please follow this link

New! Reading for Pleasure Subscriptions for Primary Schools

We have been offering our secondary school subscribers a great reading for pleasure subscription for some time now and we wanted to extend this to primary schools. This is an annual offer for just £450 and includes a loan of 100 fiction books as part of the subscription. (See leaflet below for everything that is included in the offer)

These books handpicked by our team to your specification so will meet your pupils reading habits and curriculum needs. We know, as you do just how important reading for pleasure is and the huge difference that positive reading experiences can have on pupils, this subscriptions will help in these areas whilst also providing an added breadth to your existing library resources. Get in touch with us if you would like to sign up or find out more. You can email us here: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire/gov.uk New Primary Reading For Pleasure Subscription

Training

Spring Term Training Opportunities 2020

January 2020- March 2020
Year Four Reading Adventure: In joint partnership with Warwickshire Public Libraries, enjoy reading for pleasure and your local library spaces. 
(£30 for SLS Subscribers, £40 non- subscribers)
There will be several locations available for the final reading celebrations, find out more here


Thursday 5th March 2020
An Introduction to The FOSIL Group by Darryl Toerien -
 David Deutsch* said that in a world where knowledge is growing exponentially, the tools for acquiring and interpreting that knowledge must be at least as important as the actual knowledge itself. This growing challenge for schools is an unprecedented opportunity for school librarians, provided that we are familiar with the tools for acquiring and interpreting knowledge. FOSIL is such a tool.(Framework Of Skills for Inquiry Learning)
FOSIL** is a model of the inquiry process and an underlying continuum of inquiry skills, which includes information literacy skills, stretching from Early Years through to Year 13. It was adopted in 2012 and is based on the exemplary Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (2009/2012, 2019), which serves 3.2 million students in 4,236 school libraries in New York State, and The FOSIL Group. FOSIL is at the centre of The FOSIL Group, a growing community of mainly teachers and librarians - currently 135 - adapting this particular tool to their specific needs.
* Visiting Professor of Physics and Founder Member of the Centre for Quantum Computation at Oxford University
** Framework Of Skills for Inquiry Learning

The session will provide an introduction to and overview of FOSIL and related resources, as well as a discussion of how FOSIL might be adapted to the specific needs of delegates.
(Free to our subscribers, £35 for non-subscribers)
10.00-12.00 Warwickshire SLS, Heathcote Lane, Warwick 
Please contact us to book you place: schoolsLibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk or use our online booking form


Thursday 5th March 2020
Secondary Network Meeting: An opportunity for secondary staff to hear updates from WSLS - network about library issues, curriculum support and reading for pleasure! 
(Free to our subscribers, £35 for non-subscribers)
10.00-12.00 Warwickshire SLS, Heathcote Lane, Warwick 
Please contact us to book your place: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk or use our online booking form


Tuesday 31st March 2020
Warwickshire Secondary Book Awards 2020: A reading for pleasure celebration and the announcement of the overall winner of the awards.
(Free to those participating in the awards - separate information will be circulated)
10.00-12.30pm The Bridgehouse Theatre, Warwick
You can find more information here


Tuesday 19th May 2020
Supporting Sixth Form Students with trainer Sarah Pavey:
Sixth form students may be aspiring to apprenticeships, technical qualifications or higher education. However the learning environment of the sixth form is very different to the lower school and students have to learn to adopt independent learning practices and manage their time more effectively. There are new skills to develop in critical thinking, digital, media and information literacy. This transition also places pressure on the mental health and wellbeing of students. All of these changes mean that the 6th form librarian has to accommodate a different skill set and provide a service and resources more suited to individual student needs. This course will cover the issues highlighted and will enable you to:
*  Consider the range of resources needed to support teaching and learning in the sixth form with reference to the requirements of the curriculum and exam syllabi
*  Learn some exercises for supporting critical thinking, digital, media and information literacy and to understand why this is important
*  Be prepared for helping students in academic writing, personal statements and CVs
*  Be aware of behavioural issues and how to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning.
(£144 for WSLS Subscribers, £108 for SLA Members, £180 for non memebers)
9.15-16:00pm Warwickshire SLS, Heathcote Lane, Warwick 
Please book your place via the SLA link here

Please get in touch with us if you would like any further information: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk  

Autumn Term Training Opportunities 2019

We provide an annual training programme, to inspire and motivate individuals that are working within school libraries or within the literacy curriculum! 

Coming up this term…

Monday 2nd September 2019
First Reading Adventure:The launch of our 'First Reading Adventure' package which supports a year of interactive and wider reading with Year 1 and Year 2 pupils. You can find out more information here
Costs:

  • The First Reading Adventure pack price for one set of the 30 books with jackets, plus accompanying materials and pdfs is £250
  • Further sets of the 30 books may be bought for £200

Monday 16th September 2019
Running Your Library with a Reading for Pleasure Focus:This session is aimed at all who want to gain confidence in the day-day running of their school library, linking with others in similar situations and getting it on track. 
(£50 for WSLS subscribers, £75 for non-subscribers)
10.00-12.00pm Warwickshire SLS, Warwick
Please book your place via our online booking form


Week of 23rd September -27th September 2019
Warwickshire Year Nine Book Awards 2019 - Book Speed Dating events in Schools: Host your book speed dating event with invited students this week to pass on which four books your students would like to be on the overall shortlist for the awards! (Votes deadline: Friday 27th September) 
You can find out more information here


Tuesday 3rd October 2019
Young People, Mental Health and Reading: A Training Session with Nicola Morgan Highlighting the important role of reading for pleasure in wellbeing and success. Taking reading for pleasure as one strategy for wellbeing and looking at the science and evidence for choosing (and funding) this as a powerful tool for success in schools.
(£75 for WSLS subscribers, £85 for non-subscribers) This also includes a code (given to attendees on the day) for a 50% discount on Nicola Morgans teaching resources
12.30-16.45pm Northgate House Conference Centre, Warwick, CV34 5JH
Please book via our online booking form


Thursday 17th October 2019
Pupil Librarian Training: A fun introduction for your pupil librarians, including: Stock maintenance and the Dewey Decimal System, customer care, team working and the work environment. Staff will have the opportunity to discuss the management of pupil librarians.
£75 per school (1x adult, max 6 pupils) for schools subscribing to WSLS and £95 (1x adult, max 6 pupils) for non-subscribing schools. 
9.30 - 12.00pm Warwickshire SLS, Warwick
Please book via our online booking form
We can also provide individual schools sessions for pupil librarian training so do get in touch with us if this might be the best option for you


Thursday 14th November 2019
Warwickshire Secondary Book Award Shortlisting Meeting: An opportunity for secondary school librarians to join us and choose the shortlist for the WSBA!
11.00-12.00pm Warwickshire SLS, Warwick
Please book via our online booking form


Thursday 14th November 2019
Warwickshire Librarian Secondary Network Meeting:
An opportunity for staff from across Warwickshire to hear updates from WSLS - network about library issues, curriculum support and reading for pleasure! 
(Free for WSLS subscribers, £35 for non-subscribers)
13.00-15.00pm Warwickshire SLS, Warwick
Please book via our online booking form

Please get in touch with us if you would like any further information: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

Young People, Mental Health and Reading: A Training Session with Nicola Morgan

We are really pleased to announce a fantastic training opportunity with Nicola Morgan!

Nicola is an internationally-acclaimed author and authority on pupil well being, how stress impacts performance, effects of screens, social media and reading for pleasure. She has spent more than 20 years studying the subjects she now writes and talks about and can make highly intelligent and perceptive connections between neuroscience, psychology, observation and the lived experience of the thousands of children, young adults, parents and professionals she has engaged with.  
“Nicola Morgan has that rare gift of being able to communicate science and make it fun.” Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, University of Cambridge

You can find out more about Nicola at www.nicolamorgan.com

This will be a popular event so please book your place ASAP using our online form here

Event Information:
Date: Thursday 3rd October 2019
Venue:
Northgate House Conference Centre, Warwick, CV34 4JH

Outline of the session:
12.30-13.30: Arrival and buffet Lunch
13.30-15.00: The science of stress, for young people and the rest of us, including the contribution of screen time. Nicola will bring you the well-researched science, going behind media headlines to find out what we do and don’t know about stress in our modern world, offline and online. At the end of the session you will understand the problems and challenges and improve your insight into how things are for many people of all ages, with a special focus on young people in your care.
15:00 – 15:30: Break   
15.30-16.45: The important role of Reading for pleasure in well being and success. This session takes reading for pleasure as one strategy for well being and looks at the fascinating science and evidence for choosing (and funding) this as a powerful tool for success in schools. How can we support young people (and the rest of us!) to read more for pleasure and why should we? Do our reading choices matter? Fiction or non- Fiction? Simple or Complex? Digital or print?

Costs:
Book by Friday 26th July to benefit from our Early Bird rate:
WSLS Subscriber: £55.00
Non Subscriber: £65.00
After the 26th July tickets will cost the following:
WSLS Subscriber: £75.00
Non Subscriber: £85.00

*Please note that a cancellation fee will apply to all tickets. If you are unable to attend the session, 50% of the ticket fee will be charged up to four weeks before the event. After this point, tickets will then become non-refundable.

This will be a popular event so please book your place ASAP using our online form here

Please get in touch with us if you would like any further information: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

Running Your Library with a Reading for Pleasure Focus

Reading for pleasure is incredibly important for the young people that we work with and this session is aimed at all who want to gain confidence in the day to day running of their school library linking with others in similar situations and getting it on track.

You can expect to learn about:

Classifying books using the Dewey Decimal System
Selecting and evaluating stock
Creating the right environment
Ensuring that your library is effectively used by staff and pupils
Promoting reading for pleasure 

Event Information:
Date: Monday 16th September
Venue:
Warwickshire Schools Library Service, Warwick, CV34 5LT

Costs:
WSLS Subscriber: £50.00
Non Subscriber: £75.00

Please use the following online booking form if you would like a place on this session
If you would like to get in touch to ask us about this event please email us at: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Kate's Storytree

We are excited to be working with Kate Coleman and learning more about storytelling!Kate Coleman

Remember the days of climbing trees? The rush of excitement you felt as you’d clamber up the trunk? The freedom to explore and sense of limitless possibility– that life was a story waiting to be told… That’s the same magical feeling that grows withthe branches of Kate’s Storytree.

The Storytree is a safe, sensory-rich space where children can come together and explore themes and feelings that are most important to them. With the aid of classic yarns – from We’re Going On A Bear Hunt to The Tempest – little ones are encouraged to tell their own tales, helping them to make sense of the world.

A creative space, The Storytree gives children the confidence to listen, engage, share their thoughts and, above all, to feel like they belong. Books come to life with the aid of imaginative play and arts and crafts, lifting the adventure from the page and into the hearts and minds of children and parents alike.

About Kate
Having grown up in Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, Kate has always appreciated the power of a good story. ‘It was a passion for stories that led me to work within the children’s bookselling industry, before moving on to the education system,’ says Kate. Montessori-trained, I’m passionate about helping young people to feel listened to, and have witnessed first-hand the gift of self-discovery and validation that group storytelling can bring. Kate is trained in Therapeutic Storywriting, a method to develop emotional literacy.Storytelling kate coleman

Kate’s clients
The branches of the Storytree extend throughout the UK, taking root at festivals, libraries, schools and theatres. Clients include: Camper Calling, Lunarfest, Warwickshire Council, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and The School Library Service.

Want to sow a creative seed?
Email: katesstorytree@gmail.com

Our Resources

Our Bespoke Book Selection Service

Use our expert knowledge to find the books that you need for your pupils. We can suggest and select resources to support many areas including: 
Accelerated Reader sets
Guided reading
Class reading sets
Books to support well-being and mental health
Reading supports for specific age groups and reading levels
Get in touch to give us an idea of what you are looking for and we will do the work for you!

 

Useful items to buy

Items to help you with your general library maintenance:

Two A3 Posters: A colour coded chart listing the main subject areas in each Dewey Decimal Class and a 'How to find a non-fiction book poster
Cost: £8 for both items
Order your posters using our on-line order form

Finding a non-fiction book posterDewey Poster Example

 

Library Spine Labels: Mainly used within primary schools, each colour represents a different Decimal Dewey Class. (We can provide you with all of the colours shown within the Decimal Dewey poster pictured above.)
Cost: 75p for each sheet (ten labels)

Order your spine labels using our on-line order form

Spine Label Example


Reading Support Pack:
Reading Support Pack Example

Full of ideas for making the most of picture books to encourage the development of reading for pleasure and related skills, such as visual literacy and creativity. This pack can be sent to you electronically or printed versions are also available - please get in touch with us if you would like further information or to see a few samples.

 Please get in touch if you would like to know more: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

 

 

Empathy, Mental Health and Well-Being

Recent studies have shown that reading for pleasure builds empathy and improves well-being.  Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another and helps us to connect to each other.   When we identify with a book character we learn to see things from other points of view.

 

Here at SLS we have been developing our resources so we can provide you with fantastic books and artefacts to promote mental health and well-being with your pupils. 

We have lots of non fiction books looking at feelings, self esteem, confidence and mental health.  We have new picture books that cover topics such as depression, being different and how we feel.  We have recently added conversation cubes and How We Feel prompt cards to our collection, and of course there is our huge range of junior and teen fiction that covers a wide range of different mental health topics.

 

For more infomation about requesting and accessing these resources please contact us on schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk or 01926 413461

  

A selection of our resources

We have a vast collection of artefacts, photo packs, whiteboard resources and story-sacks here at WSLS, here is a small selection of our favourites:
Artefacts to Support Curriculum Topics:
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White Board Resources:
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Story Sack Collections:

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Votes for Women!

This year marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act 1918 gave women over the age of 30 the right to vote.

 

We can help you celebrate here at SLS with a fantastic selection of books about Women's Suffrage, Voting and Political Systems and books about famous women past and present!

Reading Promotions

Year 4 Reading Celebration 2020!

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Following another successful Year 4 Reading Celebration in 2019, we are delighted to offer this again in 2020 in partnership with Warwickshire’s public library service (#Y4RC20).

This is a lovely way to celebrate reading and support Government objectives and your own work encouraging reading for pleasure in school. We hope to inspire young pupils to enjoy reading and to use their school and local libraries.

Participating pupils will be asked to borrow and read any four books from their local library and record their thoughts in a specially designed Reading Log, which will be sent to schools in January 2020. There will be a class challenge in response to their reading and the school will select a team of four pupils to attend the Final Celebration Event that will take place in March 2020 at a Warwickshire Library in your area.

Your school will need to be able to send a team to the relevant area Final Celebration Event. The teams will bring with them the class challenge work that the whole class has completed, and this will be part of the competition at the final event. Teams will take part in activities, such as book-related quizzes in a fun atmosphere and compete against other schools in the County. The winning team will be given a trophy to keep and display at school and each team member will receive a Star Reader medal and goody bag.  All participating Year 4 pupils will also receive a certificate.

To sign-up please fill in the online form.
Please email schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk for more information.

Year 4 Reading Celebration 2019!

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We had another successful Y4RC this year. Schools from across Warwickshire attended our Final Celebration events at Nuneaton, Lillington, Stratford and Warwick public libraries. Schools took part in fun book related quizzes and winning schools took home a trophy for their school and individual medals and goodie bags.

As part of the Y4RC19, schools were asked (as a class) to prepare a Creative Response. This year the theme was Shakespeare and the schools' team of 4 pupils brought their Creative Responses to the Final Celebrations and presented these to the other schools. We were really impressed with all the hard work that had clearly gone into this work. The pictures below show just a few of the wonderful pieces of work that were created...

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Previous Recommended Reads

For our previous book recommendations please take a look at our back issues pages.  This can be found at the bottom of this page, please select the edition you want and click go!