Friday, 15 December 2017

🎅Books into Film at Christmas

What are you reading over the Christmas holiday? Come and browse and borrow from our display of Christmas books in the War Memorial Library and books with a film tie-in on TV in the Discovery Library!

School Librarian, Helen Smith, has compiled her annual list of Christmas book and film tie-ins that are on TV over the Christmas period.  Please click on the link to view: Christmas TV List 2017.

The Ravensbourne School - Eden Park High 2017 Poetry Anthology

So excited about The Ravensbourne School - Eden Park High 2017 Poetry Anthology! All proceeds go to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
 for details.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Reading for Pleasure increases vocabulary regardless of background

Research by the UCL Institute of Education (IoE), has revealed that teenagers who read for pleasure on a regular basis have a better vocabulary than those who never read. 

11,000 14-year olds were given word exercises and even taking into account factors such as parents’ qualifications and profession, teenagers who read every day understood 26% more words than those who do not read in their spare time.  

According to lead author, Dr Alice Sullivan, “the link between reading for pleasure and better vocabularies suggests that if young people are encouraged to discover a love for books, it could alter the course of their lives, regardless of their background.”

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Are You Ready To Take A Risk At Christmas?

The Library’s ‘Take a Risk’ competition is back by popular demand for Christmas! 

To take part, all you need to do is borrow a mystery ‘Take A Risk Book’, fill in the short questionnaire and you will automatically win a prize, and have your name entered into a free prize draw with the chance to win more prizes. PLUS there are spot prizes to be won!  

See a Librarian in the Discovery Library for details - Everyone's a winner!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Writing Guides from Cliff McNish

Author Cliff McNish writes brilliant fantasy and supernatural novels, some of which are available to borrow in the Discovery Library.  He has created six guides to help you write amazing stories, which he normally only gives away as part of an author visit.

The six guides are entitled The 4 Basic StoriesFive Easy Steps to Creating a Great StoryCreating great Heroes/Heroines in your storiesCreating Great Villains in Your Stories How to Write a Fantasy Story and How to Write a Ghost Story.

To find out more about Cliff McNish click here.

Monday, 27 November 2017

School Library Association Information Book Awards 2017 - Winners Announced!

The Information Book awards are designed to support school libraries, reinforce the importance of non-fiction and highlight the high standard of resources available.  The winner of this year's SLA Information Book Awards are:

Survivors of the Holocaust by Kath Shackleton - overall winner.  A graphic novel telling the stories of real-life holocaust survivors. On our wish list!

Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson - Children's Choice winner.  A must have book for teenagers about their mental health.  This is available to borrow from the War Memorial Library.

In addition, the winner of the first Hachette Children's Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books 2017 is Nicola Davies.  You will find some of her books in the Discovery Library.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Save our School Libraries

A campaign to halt the continuing decline in school library provision and the number of professionally qualified librarians in state-funded schools and colleges in England has been launched by CILIP, the professional body for Library and Information Professionals. 

150 authors, including Neil Gaiman, Philip Pulman, Malorie Blackman and Chris Riddell have co-signed an open letter to Justin Greening, the Secretary of State for Education, written by Dawn Finch, past President of CILIP, urging the Government to take urgent action to “counter the loss of school and college libraries before we consign a generation to a lifetime of low attainment and mobility”.  Caroline Roche, Chair of the School Libraries Group, has written an excellent piece on her blog, The Heart of the School, about the campaign, which has also been covered by the Guardian newspaper.

In an article in The Bookseller, Jo McCrum from the Society of Authors highlights the effects that cuts to libraries have on children 'who have limited or no access to books at home or through public libraries' and the importance, in an age of 'fake news', of teaching them how to 'question, to research and seek out well-documented evidence to support assertions'.  As she puts it, "guidance from a trained librarian and access to books is vital to their learning of these skills as well as general wellbeing, mental health and, ultimately, economic success".

We are fortunate at TRS that we currently have two excellent Libraries, which are well resourced and staffed by three professionally qualified librarians who are passionate about encouraging reading for pleasure and equipping students with information literacy skills.