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QUIRK BOOKS PRESENTS BOOK POP!

In honour of its 15 year anniversary, Quirk Books is launching a year-long celebration of books and pop culture, called Book Pop!

Quirk has not forgotten their many fans in Britain and have launched UK versions of their reading guides! Also on offer are downloadable posters and other resources to celebrate their amazing and quirky books!

So if you are searching for activities to run with your teen groups or classes in the coming months drop by Quirk Books Book Pop! and see what is on offer!

The Reading Olympics

I have been racking my brains lately for a reading event for the new school year and then it hit me, the Reading Olympics!

It will be a mix of reading stories based on Olympic sports, endurance reading and reading books of different genres for the triathlon and decathlon

I only have a skeleton of an idea at the moment so will be using this post to flesh it out as I go along. If anyone has an idea they would like to suggest – either books for olympic events or how to organise it please feel free to put it in the comments below. Everyone who puts an idea forward will be credited!

Events:

Athletics:

Reading 100 metres:
this will consist of Barrington Stoke titles as well as A&CB Wired Up books and books from the Franklin Watts Edge collection

Reading 1500:
The reader will have to complete a trilogy in a set amount of time

Hurdles:
The reader will have to read a section of a newspaper every day for a week

Triathlon:
The reader will have to read three books, each one has to be a different genre, e.g. Romance, Horror, Science Fiction
the reader may change one book but any more changes will cause the reader to lose points

Decathlon:
The reader will have to read 10 books, each one has to be form a different genre – a mix of fiction and non-fiction

Football:
Zombie XI by Pete Kalu
Death Match by Andy Croft
The Foul Play series by Tom Palmer
Girls FC by Helena Pielichaty
Keeper Mal Peet

Archery:
Longbow girl by Linda Davies
Robin Hood

Equestrian Events:
Heartland series by Lauren Brooke
Horses of Half Moon ranch by Jenny Oldfield
The Glory Lauren St John

World Book Day 2016 Quiz

Download the Quiz from Dropbox here

Quiz Answers

Book Review Bunting

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Over the past few years of being a school librarian I have been using reading passports/diaries to help students keep track of their reading. These schemes were all relatively successful but did not really work well when it came to encouraging students to pick up books that others had read.

This year I have started an ongoing project to create book review bunting. I have asked every student in years 7,8 & 9 to write a short review on the back of an image of a library book that they have enjoyed and use it to create bunting to decorate the library. The bunting will be hung low enough for students to reach & read what others think about the book, I am hoping that this will encourage them to hunt down and read the book itself.

At the end of the year I am hoping to have introduced as many students as possible to new books via peer review and also decorate the library with bunting that mirrors the collection. It will also be interesting to see what the most popularly reviewed books are.

Holocaust Memorial Day Pack

I got back to my library today to find that the Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) Pack that I ordered from the HMD Trust had arrived while I was away.

The theme for this years memorial is Keep the Memory Alive

As with the 2014 pack it contains a lapel pin, posters commemorating the Holocaust, the Genocides in Darfur, Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, Nazi persecution of minority groups, a sticker set, a leaflet detailing the importance of remembering what has happened and ideas and tips on organising activities centred around HMD as well as how to publicise them.

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia

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Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on the 27th January, there is still time to order or download a pack here http://hmd.org.uk/campaign-pack

Neil Gaiman Reads The Graveyard Book

If you run a teen group in a library you can have Neil Gaiman himself read your teens The Graveyard Book over nine weeks or even nine days if they are keen.

With each chapter coming in at between 45 minutes to just over an hour they will fit in to most teen group sessions.

Return to the sprawling graveyard in this classic novel or discover Bod’s boyhood adventures anew, read by master storyteller Neil Gaiman himself one chapter at a time.

Watch his tour readings to hear the captivating book in its entirety

If they cannot wait for a weekly fix of the greatness that is Gaiman you can push physical copies of The Graveyard Book into their hands (or any of his other amazing titles if they have already read it).

Group Idea: STEM Cell

I had this idea ages ago and I promptly wrote down then got on with doing other things and it soon faded into the low murmur at the back of my mind. It popped up again this morning as I was reading an article about building Lego robots and I thought that it be a fantastic basis for an engineering club, that jogged my memory and the STEM Cell idea bubbled up again but with new pieces added to the mental framework.

A cell can be many things, two of which are:

the functional basic unit of life

&

a unit of a clandestine cell system, a penetration-resistant form of a secret or outlawed organization

Wikipedia

A stem cell has the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. In addition, in many tissues they serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.

http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/pages/basics1.aspx

STEM stands for Science, Technology Engineering Maths

The STEM Cell will be a group dedicated to experimenting with each of the four disciplines by using practical and creative activities and experiments to create or enhance an interest in one or more of the subjects. Much like a covert cell the can be copied and used anywhere and the experience enhanced by communication with other cells and information exchanged about experiments that have been conducted. Similar to stem cells themselves, a group such as this will allow its members to use what they learn to become anything as they grow and develop.

This type of group would by its very nature be cross-curricular and run in conjunction with the Science, Mathematics, ICT and Design & Technology Departments but organised by the Library.

Activities can include:

The Mentos and Diet Coke experiment

Raspberry Pi & programming

Code making & breaking – this one can be used for intergroup competitions

Mathematical Origami

Building Robots from Lego

Activities can be set up to run on a termly or half-termly basis depending on the length & complexity of the activity and the capability of the young people involved in the group.

At present I am still working on ironing out all the details but if anyone has ideas please feel free to leave them in the comments field below.

'Doctor Who' Spanish fan film: 'El Mundo Imperfecto'

I just saw this mentioned on Twitter.

A Spanish fan-made Doctor Who episode, created to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who.

It would be perfect for a language day or for teachers of Spanish to possibly suggest to their students for homework. If anyone runs a dotor Who Club it would be perfect for a Library/Modern Foreign Language Department cross-curricular event.

Activity Idea: Stop-Motion LEGO Movie

I had been toying with the idea of making a Lego stop-motion movie for quite a while before I had the idea for a Halloween short which gave me the impetus to get started.

For the camera I used my Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone, the cast was composed of a number of Lego minifigures.
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The set was made out of a Lego baseplate and handmade scenery.
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The most intricate part of the whole endeavour was making the bookshelf and books out of cardboard.
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I was rather pleased with the finished result:

It is important to have a script, for even though it is a silent film you need to keep track of what is going to happen and where the intertitles have to be placed.

Depending on how much movement is occurring I found it best to keep scenes fairly short to prevent accidents, including fingers appearing at the wrong moment, camera and set collapse as general mishaps that would necessitate the re-shooting of an entire scene. The Lego bumps on the baseplate made it easy to keep track of where the characters are supposed to move.

Creating a Lego movie can be a good way of engaging a group of teens, you can get a group working on script development, another on set design and creation, depending on the number of scenes you want to incorporate you can have multiple phone-camera operators, Lego minifigure wranglers each controlling the movements of their character and director (or directors) who maintain overall control of the filming.

I would recommend using a mobile phone tripod to cut down on camera shake although Youtube does offer the tools to stabilise the finished movie.

Jobs for a group-made stop-motion film:

Director
Script-writers
Set designers/creators
Camera-operators
Lego-wranglers
Intertitle creators
Editors
Publicity team

19th September: International Talk Like a Pirate Day


Ahoy mateys! Hoist the colours, splice the main-brace and raise the mizzen!

Yes! International talk Like a Pirate Day is almost upon us again!

Rather than rehash the suggestions I have made in previous years I thought why not take the musical route in your libraries in 2012. Piratical types have always enjoyed a bit of a sing-song as I discovered last year when I ran an impromptu shanty session in my library – teaching a group of year 7s,8s, 9s and two 6th formers how to sing Yo-ho-ho and a Bottle of Rum was brilliant! If I manage to do it again this year I will get a video and audio recording.

If you are interested in the music and words you can see (and hear them) here:
 

 

Then there is the Disney version (made famous by the ride in Disneyland and the movie Pirates of the Caribbean)
 


 

There is also a version by amazing Steampunk band Abney Park
 


 

Staying with Abney Park (and Pirates) they also have a track called Airship Pirates
 


 

Steampunk has been growing in popularity over the past few years – I have been a fan before I knew there was Steampunk, it started when I was in my teens and started reading the works of James Blaylock and Tim Powers, then years (and years) later I came to the UK and was given a copy of Airborn by Kenneth Oppel – and it brought back my love of airships, pirates and sky-high action.

I also love the Victorian era and the whole neoVictorian world that the Steampunk genre inhabits is something wonderful!

Anyway this is supposed to be a post about International Talk like a Pirate Day – I will get back to Steampunk in another post.

So Pirates!
 

Did you know that there are only three real Pirate jokes?
 

According to Cap’n Slappy that is…
 

The biggest one is the one that ends with someone usin’ “Arrr” in the punchline. Oh, sure, thar be plenty o’ these, but they’re all the same damn joke.

  • “What’s the pirate movie rated? – Arrr!”
  • “What kind o’ socks does a pirate wear? – Arrrrgyle!”
  • “What’s the problem with the way a pirate speaks? – Arrrrticulation!”
  • …and so forth. Those jokes only work if people know their arrrrrs from their elbows!

  • The second joke is the one wear the pirate walks into the bar with a ships wheel attached to the front o’ his trousers. The bartender asks, “What the hell is that ships wheel for?” The pirate says, “I don’t know, but it’s drivin’ me nuts!”
  • And finally, a little boy is trick or treatin’ on Halloween by himself. He is dressed as a pirate. At one house, a friendly man asks him, “Where are your buccaneers?” The little boy responds, “On either side o’ me ‘buccan’ head!”
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    Potential activities include
     

  • Creating a piratical joke-book;
  • Discussing movies featuring pirates;
  • Book discussions;
  • and on a serious note comparing the romanticised view of pirates versus their reality and the re-emergence of pirates of Somalia and other places.
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    YA Piratical Novels:

  • Vampirates Justin Somper
  • Pirates Celia Rees
  • Blackbeard’s Pirates versus the Evil Mummies James Black
  • Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Curse of Captain LaFoote Eddie Jones
  • Airborn Kenneth Oppel
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    Pirate Movies:

  • Cut Throat Island
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Treasure Island
  • Master and Commander: far Side of the World (not really pirates but amazing scenes of ship-based battle)
  • For more ideas and information of this most illustrious of holidays you can look here:
     

    International Talk Like a Pirate Day