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Penguin Platform

Penguin Random House UK today launches Penguin Platform, a new online community for 16-19 year olds to call their own where they can share and discover the stories that they love, including ‘Young Adult’, cross-over and adult books. Based on extensive research with young people and named by readers themselves, Penguin Platform is a place for Penguin Random House UK to talk directly to teens about the books they’re reading, deliver exciting experiences around authors, and build on the phenomenal success of its ‘Young Adult’ publishing.

Through branded spaces on Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, Penguin Platform gives readers access to an unrivalled list of authors and an ‘inside look’ into the publishing process; the story behind the story. Bespoke book-related content and experiences, shaped by the tastes and preferences of the teen audience, will include author interviews and Q&A, beginning with Owen Jones and Sally Green; home tours with authors including David Hofmeyr; writing advice; an Easter Reads campaign; playlists and book recommendations from authors.

The company will advertise its own products on Twitter and YouTube but there will be no advertising space. It will also link to the books pages on company websites.

The content will be linked together across the different platforms throught the hashtag #PenguinPlatform.

Links:

Tumblr: http://penguin-platform.tumblr.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/penguinplatform

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClESv5hi1S52cmNtzQUj1BQ

Instagram: https://instagram.com/penguinplatform/

PRAESA wins the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) has been around since 2003, and is the world’s biggest prize for children’s and young adult literature. It is given to authors, illustrators, story tellers and “reading promoters” around the world for their lifetime achievements.

Based in Cape Town, theProject for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) is an organisation that has worked to promote reading and literature for children and young people in South Africa since 1992.

For more than twenty years, PRAESA has made powerful, innovative moves to highlight literature as a key component of both personal and societal development, always grounded in the specific conditions of South African society and culture. Its work focuses on encouraging children to read for enjoyment, building their self-esteem, and helping them connect to their native language through reading and story.

Literacy learning can take place in any language and it is the democratic right of all South African children to use their mother tongues not only to learn the formal school curriculum, but to also access the wonders, mysteries and satisfaction of stories – told and read. PRAESA strives to help enable conditions for learning, inside and outside of school, which motivate children and adults to want to read and write – and enable them to actually do so – in African languages and in English.

To this end, PRAESA concentrates on:

    research and development programmes about bilingualism and biliteracy in early childhood education
    raising the status of the (official) African languages for oral and written language functions in society
    mentoring adults to deepen understandings and appreciation of the value of becoming reading and writing role models for children of all ages and supporting their growing understandings and strategies for achieving this
    initiating the development of materials for use with babies and children in multilingual situations, through original writing and translation.

To find out more about PRAESA and the fantastic work they do, follow this link: PRAESA

South African Library Week 2015

Libraries in South Africa are gearing up to celebrate the 2015 SA Library Week from the 14 March 2015 – 21 March 2015.

The theme Connect @ your library resonates with the belief that libraries connect people to each other, to knowledge and information, to print and electronic resources, to technology and professional support.

Libraries must take the lead in being active community partners towards developing an informed and educated nation. This means providing access to information about health & hygiene, economic empowerment, poverty eradication and education in desired spaces that foster lifelong learning and knowledge exchange. This is further enhanced by skilled and proficient library staff who connect their communities to relevant and appropriate information & knowledge resources, emerging technologies, as well as dynamic and innovative programmes & services for personal and community development.

Libraries are fast emerging as technologically enabled environments, which provide individuals the opportunity to connect to:

  • The Internet
  • Databases, online learning & research tools
  • Friends, families & colleagues via social networking sites
  • Employment opportunities
  • Digital libraries, which include institutional repositories
  • Emerging mobile technologies such as tablets, e-Readers, smartphones, etc
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    This theme also highlights the importance of library practitioners connecting with each other, across all sectors, for the sharing of skills, best practices, global trends and national priorities, so that a strong cohort of professionals emerge with a common understanding and vision for the development of an informed nation.

    South African Library Week is organised by the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA)

    Check out the Blown Away by Books Festival being celebrated by the Libraries of the South Peninsula during SALW 2015: https://www.facebook.com/BlownAwayByBooks

    YLG London Unconference 2015

    YLG London will be running a new Unconference on the 8th March in the Richmond Reference Library.

    Full details are available here:

    https://ylglondonunconference.wikispaces.com/

    The American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards

    Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.

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    Young Romantics Prize

    Young Romantics is a new prize for poems and short stories inspired by the Romantics. It gives young writers between the ages of 16 & 18 the opportunity to win a week-long Creative Writing Course with Arvon at one of their famous residential centres working with practising writers

    Entrants can submit up to 2 poems and 2 short stories.
    All entries must be on the theme of Lost Angels.
    Poems must be no more than 20 lines
    Short Stories must be no more than 1,000 words.

    The competition closes on the 13th March.

    For full details and to enter the competition follow this link:
    http://www.keats-shelley.co.uk/young-romantics-prize

    The BBC Young Writers’ Award with Booktrust launches to find the best young writers in the UK

    In 2015, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the BBC National Short Story Award, Booktrust will be extending their partnership with the BBC by launching the brand new BBC Young Writers’ Award with Booktrust to inspire and encourage the next generation of writers.

    Young people aged 14 to 18, who live in the UK, are invited from today to submit short stories of up to 1,000 words on any topic. A panel of three judges will select a shortlist of the top five stories, which will be announced in September 2015. The judges will be looking for high-quality writing, stories that demonstrate originality, imagination and creativity, and writers who can capture the reader and hold their attention.

    Further details are available here

    Make it: Technobabble

    The BBC has created a games site to allow children & teens to create their own games. It ties in with the CBBC show Technobabble.

    It’s a starter kit. It requires no technical knowledge, no download and works just as well on mobile and tablets as desktop.

    The only requirements are access to the web, a willingness to experiment and an idea. In minutes a child can create a game.

    – Martin Wilson BBC head of digital creativity for future media

    Make It: Technobabble Game Maker

    Library A to Z

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    The launch of the Library A to Z will happen during the week 17th – 22nd November. Packs including copies of books and other materials will be sent to local, national and international politicians.

    The aim of this action is to highlight the continued importance and value of library services, to encourage continued investment.

    What is the Library A to Z you may ask… well it is a campaign created by librarian Gary Green, researcher Andrew Walsh and artist Jose Filhol to highlight the breadth of services, resources and facilities available, and celebrate the importance, value and relevance of well-funded and professionally-run public libraries.

    It is this A to Z that has turned into the illustrations and promotional and advocacy material that is freely available for use on this site. The services, along with the words that have been turned into the illustrated letters, aren’t comprehensive, but are just a representative sample.

    From

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    is for access; advice; answers; archives; art (view public art and sometimes borrow it too!); astronomy (some libraries loan out telescopes for stargazing); audio books; author events.
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    to

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    is for ‘zines (magazines); zzzzz (child sleeping after being read bedtime story).
     
     
     

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    Find out all about the project here:

    http://www.libraryatoz.org/

    Dyslexia, Dictionaries, Fonts & Learning

    There is a new dictionary coming out at some point in 2015, many people may not think that this news is particularly earth-shattering as dictionaries are printed and published all over the world. The thing that makes this one special is that it is aimed squarely at people with dyslexia.

    Known as the Maple Mayes Dictionary after the school where the idea has been in development for quite some time.

    Father and son duo Dr Neville and Dr Daryl Brown have dedicated their lives to developing new methods that can help children to overcome dyslexia – a pursuit that led them to open specialist Staffordshire-based teaching and research centre, Maple Hayes Dyslexia School, in 1982.

    Now, after almost 25 years analysing the way dyslexics learn, the Browns have decided to rewrite the dictionary after identifying that its layout, which is biased towards phonetic language, proves to be a huge stumbling block for youngsters with dyslexia. The traditional dictionary – as its name indicates – was originally a tool primarily to promote the correct pronunciation of words.

    This is fantastic news; I work with a number of dyslexic students and am excited at the thought of being able to offer a new resource to help them learn.

    I found out about the dictionary while reading an article on the NPR website about dyslexic fonts and their development.

    The Dyslexie font has been around for quite some time, but reading about it and how it works has given me a new appreciation for the amount of work that has gone into its development, I was also not properly aware of how it worked, apart from the font being weighted – but that is only a part of how it makes words easier to read.

    How the font works:

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    Further information:

    Lichfield father and son re-write dictionary to help dyslexic children

    Christian Boer Designs Typeface for Students with Dyslexia

    Dyslexia Typeface

    Maple Hayes School

    Specialist Dyslexia School Rewrites the Dictionary

    Spotting Dyslexia May Be Possible Even Before Kids Learn To Read