Warwickshire Schools Library Service Supporting reading and learning in schools
September 2020


Making the Best of Recovery in School Libraries - Free Webinar!

Warwickshire Schools Library Services hosted a free webinar on Monday 28th September 2020. We were delighted to welcome school library colleagues from Warwickshire and beyond. If you missed the session, please watch the recording below.

School libraries are important spaces, helping to support and sustain the reading and learning within your school community. Join us for a collaborative discussion to explore how school libraries are surviving and thriving through this period of uncertainty; better understanding how to adapt your school library provision and enabling safer operations day-to-day.

Leading the conversation on successes and challenges will be Stella Thebridge, manager of Warwickshire Schools Library Service, Ayub Khan, Head of Warwickshire Libraries and Thomas Bryans of IF_DO Architects, leaders of government-backed work to help libraries be as safe as possible in the Covid-19 period.  We are particularly pleased to have the insights of Thomas Bryans on this important topic. 


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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

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
Warwickshire Schools Library Service, Warwick, CV34 5LT

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

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
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?

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