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

Your School Library

Library Maintenance Visits

If you are looking for some help with your library space, we can help!

Our services include weeding, sorting and tidying books, book auditing, adding materials to the library catalogue and refurbishment work.  Our competitive daily rate includes two skilled members of the SLS team coming to your school to carry out maintenance work. 

We will give you ideas on how best to use your library space and can let you know of any gaps in your stock.  We can also help with the purchasing of new stock.

To have a chat about how we can help you and arrange an initial advisory visit please call us on 01926 413461 or email us at schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk.

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

We have recently been introduced to a very promising new system by Libresoft - you can find more information about this here

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)

 

School Librarian of the Year 2019

We have now accepted your nominations for the 2019 Warwickshire Student Librarian of the Year award. 

Nominations were invited from secondary schools in Warwickshire for students in Year 8 - 12 who have been a pupil librarian for at least 2 academic years (including the current one). 

Shortlisted applicants were asked to submit a short plan for a piece of reading promotional work at school, or three reasons why they would be a worthy winner.  We will be announcing the winner in December, so please keep a look out on this page for more details!

The award highlights how young people across Warwickshire are actively using and investing in their school libraries and is a wonderful addition to any personal statement.

As well as a goody bag, book token, badge and certificate, the winner will be invited to attend the Warwickshire Secondary Book Award and Warwickshire Year 9 Book Awards, offered a day of shadowing in a public library of their choice, invited to attend SLS training and offered the opportunity to join existing Reading Hack groups or help set up a group in a local public library.

For more information about the award and application process please contact us at schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

 

WSLY 2Ellan Fraser from Myton School being awarded Warwickshire's Student Librarian of the Year award for 2018. 

 

This award is now in its third year, launched in memory of Elaine Dodson, a charismatic and talented school librarian who worked at Myton School in Warwick. 

A Sea of Stories, Words and Picture with Keresley Newlands Primary Academy

We love Words and Pictures here at Warwickshire Schools Library Service and were lucky enough to spend a whole day creating a sea of stories with Kate's Storytree and the children at Keresley Newlands Primary Academy (See some pictures below)KNP Sea of Stories 2KNP Story Boats

'We created a group 'Sea of Words' which began which Year 5 starting on a blank canvas. We shared stories outside and talked about any stories and words and pictures that they like. We invited them to draw and write as they felt. I told a story whilst Hannah illustrated ... it was hard to hold the children back ... so we didn't! 

We had a story walk where the children talked about the words and pictures that they noticed. It grew during the day as the Year 1 and Year 3 children added to and overlapped their ideas. Year 5 and Year 3 made boats for the sea. 

The children were very engaged and engaging throughout. Confident giving ideas and contributing to the joint story. The work was very positive, lots of the children were giving compliments about each other's work, respecting each others ideas and space. It was wonderful to work with them' 

Kate's Storytree
 
If you would like to know more, or hold an event of this type at your school please do get in touch with us: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Book Awards

First Reading Adventure!

TF FRA LogoWe are really excited to be able to share our First Reading Adventure with you! This is a new initiative for September this year and we are really keen to hear your feedback.
As a reminder 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.

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 Year Nine Book Awards 2019

We are delighted to share the long list for this years, Warwickshire Year Nine Book Awards 2019

Warwickshire Year Nine Book Awards

This award is aimed specifically at Year 8 pupils who will be moving up to Year 9 in September 2019. The team at WSLS have carefully selected a longlist of 10 books which are 10 of the most exciting books published in the past year. We hope that they will inspire, challenge and leave a lasting impression on your readers.

As part of signing up to the awards, you will receive a Longlist Speed Dating Event Pack which will give you everything you need to host a book speed dating event in your school library with your invited students. At this event THEY DECIDE which 4 books will make the W9BA shortlist! They will then be given 2 months to read the shortlisted books and share their views/thoughts with fellow students, librarians, and teachers. They will then vote for their favourite book and the winner will be announced online in December 2019!

Key Dates:
Book Speed Dating Events in Schools – Week of 23rd – 27th September
Deadline for Students Longlist Votes (Shortlisting) – Friday 27th September
Deadline for Final Shortlist Votes (Final Winner) – Monday 9th December
Overall Winner Announced – Mon 16th December

If you would like to take part, or some more information please contact 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 9 Book Award Winner 2018 Announced!

We are delighted to announce the winner of the W9BA 2018 was Fiona Shaw with Outwalkers!

Thank you to everyone who took part in this years Award. Thank you to all the authors for sharing with us your inspirational videos, which we loved watching. 

Thank you also to Usborne Publishing and David Fickling books for your wonderful prizes for our competitions. 

Subscriptions

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

Primary School Subscriptions

What does a subscription with us look like? Primary Sub Image
A subscription with us will give you an overall loan of fiction books for your library and also a number of project loans that can be used within classrooms. We can easily tailor subscriptions to suit the specific needs of your school offering full and part subscriptions. 

Project Box InfographicProject 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. (For example, Russian Revolution, World War Two, Cultural Issues, Globalisation...) They are delivered to you at the beginning of each term and collected again at the end of the term. We will, when appropriate, try and incorporate an artefact or photo pack into each box, alongside your book resources. We want your topic 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 our project collections here:

Annual Fiction 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 incorporate recreational non-fiction (poetry, sport etc) into your selection for you. The great thing about your annual fiction loan is that you are able to swap half of the collection half way through the year to keep your books fresh! A great way to re-new your resources and perhaps try new reading material with pupils or supplement what you already have that is flying off your shelves.

In addition to all of the above there are also 'bolt-on' extras that you can use and take advantage of, for example advisory visits with us, library maintenance visits, reduced rates for training programmes, opportunities to take part in the Warwickshire's Junior Book Awards...

A subscription with us will provide you with brilliant value for money and a very financially viable way for the school to invest in your library resources.

We can put together very bespoke packages to suit your school and pupils specific needs, so it is worth getting in touch with us to find out more! Email us at: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

Secondary School Subscriptions

What does a subscription with us look like?Secondary Sub Image

A subscription with us will give you an overall loan of fiction books for your library and also a number of project loans that can be used within your classrooms. We can easily tailor subscriptions to suit the specific needs of your school offering full and part subscriptions. We find that our secondary school subscribers tend to use our services slightly differently and so our subscriptions with them do reflect this.

Project Box InfographicProject 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. (For example, Russian Revolution, World War Two, Cultural Issues, Globalisation...) They are delivered to you at the beginning of each term and collected again at the end of the term. We will, when appropriate, try and incorporate an artefact or photo pack into each box, alongside your book resources. We want your topic 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 our project collections here: http://sls.tfemagazine.co.uk/March-2016/your-school-library/the-journey-of-a-project-box

Annual Fiction 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 incorporate recreational non-fiction (poetry, sport etc) into your selection for you. The great thing about your annual fiction loan is that you are able to swap half of the collection half way through the year to keep your books fresh! A great way to re-new your resources and perhaps try new reading material with pupils or supplement what you already have that is flying off your shelves.

In addition to all of that there are also 'bolt-on' extras that you can use and take advantage of, for example advisory visits with us, library maintenance visits, reduced rates for training programmes, opportunities to take part in Warwickshire's Secondary Book Awards and the Warwickshire Year Nine Book Awards...

A subscription with us will provide you with brilliant value for money and a very financially viable way for the school to invest in your library resources.

We can put together very bespoke packages to suit your school and pupils specific needs, so it is worth getting in touch with us to find out more! Email us at: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

Training

Our Training Programme for 2019-2020

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 Free 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

 


Items to help you with your Literacy and Library Lessons:

 Logo First Steps Next Steps 

  • Six programmes for each year from Reception to Year 5/6
  • Practical modules with pupil workbooks and monitoring check-lists
  • Uses Warwickshire SLS Primary Library Card Index and Colour Classification Chart

Cost:
First Steps (KS1) £80
Next Steps (KS2) £80
First and next steps £150

Each pack comes with a CD and photocopiable plans and workbooks and a colour print out of all teaching plans.

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 (please see the dates below). Your school will need to be able to send a team to the relevant area Final Celebration Event as outlined below. 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 angelaedwards@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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Warwickshire Libraries Fantastic Fun With Words 2019!

Is your school in Warwickshire?
Then you could bring a school group to Warwickshire Libraries' eleventh Fantastic Fun With Words Festival this autumn!
Every day of the week of Monday 14th to Friday 18th October and Monday 21st to Friday 25th October 2019 seven wonderful writers will be in libraries across our county, ready to meet and inspire pupils from Years 3 to 12. 

You choose a morning or afternoon session. Either of these can be up to 90 minutes time in total and can be a whole session with one group or split into two 45-minute sessions for two groups.  A small charge of £75 per total 90-minute session is payable (£60 for schools who subscribe to Warwickshire School Library Service), although it may be possible in some cases for charges to be reduced further.

How to book
Please complete our online Booking Form by Friday 14th June 2019.
Final details of your visit will then be confirmed to you before the end of the summer term. The form will ask for your preferences for library and some options on dates. Please be as flexible as possible so that we can meet the wishes of as many schools as possible.

Watch the film below and read the details of all of the authors involved:



Ben Davis:
Suitable for: Years 3 - 12
Ben DaviesBen Davis writes funny books for older children and teenagers. His first book,The Private Blog of Joe Cowley series has been hailed as a Wimpy Kid for a new generation. Ben Davies JacketHe has also written standalone books for younger readers, like the super villain tale, Danny Dread, and the critically acclaimed My Embarrassing Dad's Gone Viral.

Here’s what Ben says about his work with schools…
I begin with a talk about how I use real life experience of my own embarrassing family members, followed by readings from my books which demonstrate that. Then, I lead an interactive activity where we create our own embarrassing family member characters as a group, and come up with story ideas for them.

What Pupils Will Take Away From The Session…
Pupils will come away with a deeper understanding of how to put together memorable characters and plots.  They will also gain insight into how they can turn their own real-life experiences into fiction.  Above all, they should come away feeling that writing can be fun.


Ann Evans:
Suitable for Years 4 - 12
FFWW Ann Evans PhotoAnn Evans is a multi-published, award-winning author and feature writer. She has over 30 books published to date. She writes for children, young adults and reluctant teenage readers, as well as books for grown-ups. She also writes non-fiction on a wide variety of topics from animals to toys for various magazines.  She is also a former feature writer for the Coventry Telegraph.
She loves to help budding writers to improve their writing skills. She runs workshops in and out of school for children and adults. Ann particularly enjoys writing thrillers and finds that the majority of her books for young people are mysteries, often with a touch of the supernatural or a ghostly element to them – or occasionally, a bit of horror! The start of 2019 saw her reluctant reader book, A Little Secret, published by Badger Learning winning the Rapid Reads category in the 2019 Coventry Inspiration Book Awards. The book is also short listed in the Reading Rampage 2019 – Leicester’s Secondary School Book Award. Winners announced in June. She is a member of a number of societies: The Society of Women Writers & Journalists; The National Association of Writers in Education; The Crime Writers’ Association, The Romantic Novelists’ Association and she is vice chair of the Coventry Writers’ Group.

Here’s what Ann says about her work with schools …
I love working with school groups to talk about books, stories and writing. My talks and workshops can be geared specifically to what the class teacher wants, such as character and plot development, writing great dialogue, editing and polishing etc. I talk about my own journey to becoming a published writer – which is an exercise in perseverance! I talk about how an idea can develop into a story or even a book. My talks are interactive with the children being free to chip in with comments and questions. I tend to have a display of some of my published books with me as well as an actual manuscript. There’s an opportunity for Q & A, and I always read an exciting extract or two. Writing workshops for children 7 and upwards, focus on one particular aspect of writing, which always results in great pieces being written.

What pupils will take away from the session…
The children come away inspired to write, confident in their own abilities and loving reading and writing even more. They also come away understanding the process of writing stories and how books are made.


Liz Hyder:
Suitable for Years 8 - 9:
Liz HyderLiz Hyder’s debut young adult novel Bearmouth is published by Pushkin Press in hardback in September 2019. Winner of the 2018 Moniack Mhor Emerging Writer Award, Liz is also an experienced creative writing workshop leader. She trained with Spread the Word in London to run creative writing workshops, and has been leading Writing West Midlands’ young writers group, Spark, in Shrewsbury, since 2016  She has run workshops everywhere from schools and mosques to libraries. In 2016 Liz co-founded The Wordshoppers with poet Jean Atkin to offer a range of interactive and fun creative workshops for all ages  She is a member of NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) and of Writing West Midlands’ Room 204 development scheme for writers. A past member of the National Youth Theatre, she has a BA in Drama from the University of Bristol and is on the board of Wales Arts Review. 

What a creative session with Liz will involve…
Liz’s sessions for Years 8-9 involve a creative writing workshop exploring the world of child miners in Britain. A fast paced workshop, it starts with an informal chat about child labour roles before using the collective imagination of the group to leap back in time to the early Victorian period when children as young as four worked six days a week down dangerous and filthy mines. With two writing exercises and one around editing, the workshop uses the past to inspire storytelling and explores ideas around censorship, bias and point of view.  All stories come from the imagination, and Liz will offer tips and tricks to get those creative juices flowing!

What pupils will take away from the session…
Pupils will get a sense of the fun of using history as inspiration for stories and an understanding of how writing can be affected by censorship. They’ll improve their ability to understand point of view, context, bias and prejudice in writing and have fun experimenting with these ideas. The workshop will also give them confidence in their imagination and storytelling abilities.


Lauren James
Suitable for Years 7 - 12:
Lauren James Lauren James is the Carnegie-nominated British Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World and The Next Together series. She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her books have sold over fifty thousand copies in the UK alone, and been translated into five languages worldwide. Her writing has been described as ‘Gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘A strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly.FFWW 2019 Lauren James Book Cover
Her other novels include The Last Beginning, named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for young adults by the Independent, and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, which was inspired by a physics calculation she was assigned at university.  Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles.  The Quiet at the End of the World considers the legacy and evolution of the human race into the far future.

Here’s what Lauren says about her work with schools…
I talk about my writing with a focus specifically on how I came to write science fiction after studying Chemistry and Physics at Masters’ level. I discuss how scientific research that I’ve done has inspired events in my novels. I also show a presentation including examples of spreadsheets used to accurately calculate the figures involved in my writing, such as spaceship travel times and time travel figures.  I include discussion of Einstein’s theory of relativity, time dilation, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and more science, talked about in an enthusiastic, easy-to-understand way. I also read from my latest novel and offer a Q&A session.


Bali Rai:
Suitable for Years 5 to 11
FFWW Bali RaiBali Rai is the multiple award-winning writer of over forty books for children, teenagers and young adults.  He is extremely popular on the school visit circuit, both UK and worldwide. Stay A Bit Longer was published by Barrington Stoke last summer, while his new book Now or never tells the poignant story of an Indian soldier at Dunkirk in word War II. His first ever novel, (un)arranged marriage has been made a Penguin Original, to sit alongside his writing hero, Sue Townsend. Bali is passionate about promoting reading and creative writing for young people, and has been involved in literacy projects since 2001.

What a creative session with Bali will involve…
For Years 5 to 7
Bali Rai's sessions will encourage pupils to use everyday items, themselves and their own world as the basis for stories, whether fantastical or realistic. Can that Store Room lead to an alternate universe?  Is the crossing guide actually a demon in disguise?  If you let your imagination roam freely, you can come up with hundreds of ideas for awesome stories.
For Years 8 to 11
Bali will look at how and why stories work, and helps the pupils to understand structure and the importance of giving your protagonist/s an emotional arc to follow.
For Years 10 or 11
All stories stem from emotional journeys undertaken by characters, whether they be Harry Potter or Private Peaceful.  Give your characters an emotional motivation, and watch the words tumble onto the page!  In addition, Bali is very happy to tailor any Year 10-11 sessions towards the GCSE English Language spec.  (He has great experience in this area).
What pupils will take away from the session…
Pupils will get a sense that writing can be fun and exciting, and that they can tell stories. They will also get an understanding that they, too, can be the main players in stories. And they’ll improve their ability to imagine, construct and follow simple story arcs, and will understand why story arcs are so important. All this comes with Increased self-confidence in their writing abilities.Bali Rai Books

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mandy Ross:
Suitable for Years 3 - 6
Mandy RossMandy Ross has written over 60 children’s books, including picture books, stories and non-fiction. Her children’s poetry book, Animal Lullabies, is currently being dramatised as a theatre piece for young children. As well as children’s books, Mandy loves writing poetry, songs and plays – and riddles and jokes too. Mandy has wide experience of helping children to find their writing inspiration in the familiar, real-life world around them, looking out for clues, seeds, memories and stories in the local environment.
“Mandy is expert at drawing little nuggets of inspiration into something special and making the children believe they can do the same.”   Headteacher, Pelsall Village School.Animal Lullabies Mandy Ross

What a creative session with Mandy will involve...
Mandy’s sessions will encourage children to gather ideas and vocabulary, and then write freely and ambitiously in a range of genres including poetry, dialogue and narrative, fostering excitement and fun in the process. Using riddles and word play to enrich their writing, children will create individual and collective work that they will feel proud of, often making miniature books, puppets or simple paper crafts to encourage creativity at home.

What pupils will take away from the session…
Pupils will get a sense of the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from the creative process in writing and making. They will take pride in capturing and sharing their ideas to entertain and intrigue an audience. Their language awareness and enjoyment will be enhanced as they look out for puns and wordplay, building writing confidence in the process.


Maria Whatton:
Suitable for Years 4-8:
Maria WhattonMaria Whatton is an author and storyteller who prizes the stories that her father and grandmother passed down to her, sparking her lively imagination. She has a passion for promoting positive ways of telling stories, running training for teachers, librarians and health workers in storytelling and writing. In 2013 Maria won “Outstanding Female Storyteller of Great Britain” at the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence. She tours crafted storytelling shows with the folk musician Sarah Matthews. Maria is currently Artistic Director for the “Stars and Stories” project which creates performances with cared-for young people about astronomy and ancient legends. She is also Writer in Residence (2016 to date) at Newhall Junior School, Swadlincote, where she runs creative writing workshops for students and in-service teacher training. Her coming of age tale “Silver in the Quarter” was published by Orion alongside Stewart Lee’s memoir “In the Ape’s Shadow” in 2018.

What a creative session with Maria will involve…
For years 4-6: Storytelling into Writing – Inside the Story
Maria will tell interactive, fun, traditional tales that will engage and enthuse young writers. The session allows students to “step inside” the story, taking on roles of characters and using drama techniques to create a living story book. Students will increase understanding of the internal world of the character as well as story structure from dramatic opening, story build up, conflict/problem, resolution and ending.

For years 7 and 8: Storytelling into Writing - The Power of Perspective
Maria will read a section from “Silver in the Quarter” (first person perspective) and then tell a short, dynamic traditional tale. Students will have an opportunity to take a character from the traditional tale and be guided in writing a story opener from first person perspective that will hook the reader. Students will then scaffold the character’s emotional journey in preparation for crafting their own version of the story.

What pupils will take away from the session…
The ancient stories have survived because they contain the ingredients that grip our imaginations. Pupils will get a chance to be spellbound by the magic of story and utilise the elements that engage the listener to inform their own story making. They will take away the sense that story creation and writing can be great fun, an adventure of the imagination.


How to book:
Please complete our online Booking Form by Friday 14th June 2019.
Final details of your visit will then be confirmed to you before the end of the summer term. The form will ask for your preferences for library and some options on dates. Please be as flexible as possible so that we can meet the wishes of as many schools as possible. If you would like further information please contact: fantasticfunwithwords@warwickshire.gov.uk 

We are Reading: November 2018

A Children's Book of Mindfulness: Happy by Nicola Edwards

This lovely picture books looks at ways we can be more mindful, by stopping to listen to the sounds around us, thinking about how we feel, discovering our senses and relaxing.  A great books to have in your library or at home.

Are we all Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne

We are introduced to Olive, the main character, in the midst of a crisis; she has taken refuge in a den she’s made in her bedroom away from all the noise of the outside world. Within the first 10 pages she hits crisis point which leads to a referral to Camp Reset “The Country’s first residential camp for brain wellness”,  The story then follows Olive’s month long stay at Camp Reset with a cast of characters dealing with a host of mental health issues.  Although it tackles some serious problems, this book achieves a level of humour which doesn’t feel forced or contrived.  I found myself rooting for Olive and her fellow residents as they attempt to infect the world with compassion and kindness in an effort to combat mental health issues and it left me with the feeling that they were onto something. I think this is a thought provoking story about an issue that we need to talk about more openly.

When the Whales Walked by Dougal Dixon, illustrated by Helen Bailey

This is one of our favourite new non fiction books that takes a look at incredible evolutionary journeys from a time when crocodiles ruled the world, when elephants were tiny and birds had teeth!   It is packed full of information about different animals  and how they have evolved into the animals we are familiar with today.  Great for evolution topic boxes and also for some fact finding reading for pleasure.

 

 

 

 

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!