Regular posts resume on Monday, after a six week hiatus. In the meantime, catch up on some teen librarian news.
News and Relevant Reading
CILIP has revealed the full scale of the library cuts.
The Booked Up scheme has been withdrawn and replaced with a scheme that requires schools to pay.
The EDGE has taken over the March edition of Teen Librarian Monthly and provided the world with lovely gems like “Story Time for Teens,” “You Should Read This! It’s Great!: Be Wary of Telling Teens to Read,” and “Guardians of Innocence
How One Writer Feels About the Taboos of YA Fiction.”
Anne Harding makes some good points related to Ofsted’s “Moving English Forward” report and pleasure reading for secondary school pupils.
April is Script Frenzy month, during which young people (and adults) can dedicate the month to writing 50 pages of a script. Click on the link above to find more information and teaching resources.
World Poetry Day (21 March) has passed, but the Guardian’s guide to teaching poetry has good ideas for any day of the year.
My Fake Wall and Fakebook allow you to design fictional Facebook pages “for study purposes.” So you could, for example, design a “Facebook” page for a fictional character, an author, a historical figure, et cetera. Check out the Fakebook pages of Hermes and Martin Luther. I can imagine a ton of fun uses for this, especially in a school library!
Conferences and Training
YLF Scotland Spring Conference running four sessions for working with teens: http://teenlibrarian.co.uk/2012/03/22/youth-libraries-group-scotland-spring-conference/ £35 +VAT, Friday April 27th. Be there!
Lighting the Future – the joint Youth Libraries Group, School Libraries Association and School Libraries Group conference – will take place in 8-10 June. There are some panels and workshops useful for those working with young people. For those who need assistance there are several bursaries available. See the Lighting the Future website and Youth Libraries Group regional pages for more information on financial assistance.
Anne Harding is offering a one day course for secondary school librarians on cost-effective methods of promoting reading and library use to pupils. The course will take place in Sutton on 17 May and cost £89/120 (early bird/standard).
Awards and Booklists
Winners of the Carnegie Award will be announced in June. For now you can have a look at the shortlist.
Bali Rai writes about his favourite YA novels.
Action Librarian has compiled a useful list of YA books with Muslim protagonists.
Contests for Teens
Tell the Siobhan Dowd Trust how you spread a joy of reading in your school and win £1000 worth of books!
Win a Set of Eight Signed Novels from EDGE Authors! Contest ends 31 March.
And of course the YA Library UK Teen Book Giveaway is open until 2 April.