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Midlands School Library Camp 2015

For the second year running the Midlands will host a School Library Camp.
This year we have decamped (sorry!) to the north of the region and the 2015 event will be held at the University of Derby’s main campus at Keddleston Road.

More details about the location here:
http://bit.ly/1xIw5hB

The event is taking place on Saturday 11th July. Doors open 10:00 and we expect to be finished and wiping up cake crumbs by 3:00pm.

Click here for more information and to grab your free tickets: http://bit.ly/1BMdw0l

At last year’s event we discussed all sorts of stuff from our policies towards noise to using Minecraft. What will you discuss this year?

Pitch your ideas or see what others want to talk about here: http://bit.ly/1IyvsZo

Hachette Enid Blyton’s Summer of Adventure Offer

Hachette are celebrating the May publication of five new covers for The Famous Five with Enid Blyton’s Summer of Adventure this summer and are producing a brilliant pack that will provide librarians and bookshops with everything they need to hold their own Summer of Adventure event in their library or bookshop. The call is celebrate Blyton’s birthday 11th August creating a Summer of Adventure.

The pack contains:
Detailed plan on how to hold your event;
Display poster;
When and Where fill-in-the-blanks poster;
100 x bookmarks;
6 metres bunting;
6 activity sheets (for copying);
Sticker sheets;
Certificate (for copying).

These free packs are now available for order ISBN 9781444930504 with a deadline of 30th June to ensure delivery. Orders after that date will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Get in quickly!

Hachette have set up a survey monkey order form here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BlytonSummer

2015 CILIP Carrnegie & Kate Greenaway Medal Award Ceremony

Well the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals have been awarded for 2015 and what was an amazing experience for a first-time judge is now receding rapidly in the rear-view mirror.

The selection of Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman for the Carnegie Medal and Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill for the Kate Greenaway Medal was no easy task, cutting the long-list of 20 books (for each of the awards) down to eight titles was a painful process. I will not even attempt to describe the bloody winnowing of the nominated titles that went into creating the long-list.
Tears were shed, passionate arguments were heard and many persuasive techniques were made by the judges and now looking back I can honestly say that the correct decisions were made! As a judge alongside my fellow judges we stand proudly by the titles we chose.

Attending the Awards Ceremony is a perk of being a judge and I really recommend that everyone with an interest in literature for children and young people try and attend at least once. Heck, if you are a librarian and a member of CILIP then get involved with your regional YLG Committee and put yourself forward for the position of CKG regional representative (aka a Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Judge), it really is rewarding, you get to meet reps from other regions, improve your knowledge of children’s books (including YA, MG & picture books) and get to be part of a panel that selects the most outstanding books of a year (for children & young people).

The ceremony this year was amazing! It took place in the British Library, prior to the awarding of the medals there was a mingling with coffee and biscuits in the foyer with authors & illustrators being besieged for signatures by shadowing groups and everyone else in attendance that did not write or draw. During the awards ceremony we were welcomed by CILIP CEO Nicholas Poole and entertained by MC Mel Giedroyc, host of the Great British Bake-off. Chris Riddell the Children’s Laureate was in attendance and showed how swift he is at drawing by live-sketching the ceremony, you can view his sketches on his Instagram site here: https://instagram.com/chris_riddell/

You can see what the judges thought of the Carnegie-nominated titles here:

the Greenaway-nominated titles here:

and hear Tanya and William’s acceptance speeches here:

Check out the CKG site for full details on the 2015 awards: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/2015awards/

Children and Young People’s Promise: the Public Library offer to Young People

ASCEL (The Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians) is today launching a new version of the Children and Young People’s Promise. The Promise outlines the public library offer to children and young people. It highlights the quality of the experience they should have when visiting their library or using digital services. It identifies the role the public library plays in supporting children’s literacy and reading for pleasure; their health and wellbeing; cultural activity and community participation.

The Promise also outlines the children’s library journey detailing the interactions public libraries should have with children as they grow, responding to their changing needs, from providing rhyme times for babies and toddlers, support for school transition to volunteering opportunities for young people.

The Children and Young People’s Promise supports the Universal Offers developed by the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and their partners.

Sarah Mears, Chair: ASCEL. “Children and public libraries need each other. We want every child to love their library. This Promise means that we’ll do everything we can to ensure that all children using libraries feel inspired, excited and valued”.

Ciara Eastell, President: Society of Chief Librarians “Regular access to a library for children is a vital ingredient of a happy childhood, and sets children up to benefit from all that public libraries offer at every stage of life. We embrace this new Promise and library journey research and look forward to seeing it used in libraries across England.”

www.ascel.org.uk
@ASCELUK

Chris Riddell the Waterstones Children’s Laureate for 2015-2017

Each Children’s Laureate brings something new and amazing to the role, my personal favourite has been Malorie Blackman due to the frankly amazing work she has done in raising the profile of teen fiction and YA engagement in general.

When Chris Riddell’s name was announced yesterday I punched the air and whispered “Yeah!” (I was in the Library), I think he is a brilliant choice and has appeal from small children to their parents and grandparents as well as everyone in between.

I am a big fan of Chris Riddell’s work and after hearing his views on libraries, reading, illustrations and how he let his chidren draw in his sketchbooks with him, I have become a fan of the man himself!

At his unveiling as Laureate he released his Five Point plan for the next two years and School Libraries feature heavily:

five point plan

Chris Riddell on Illustration:

During my term I want to use the immediacy and universality of illustration to bring people together and lead them all into the wonderful world of books and reading

On School Libraries:

It’s bizarre that it is not a requirement for the very places where children will learn how to read, draw, think and create to have a space for books…

I want to help and encourage every school to do more for readers. If they have nowhere to read, create a space with a few books; if they have a bookshelf, have two; if they have a reading room, aim for a library.

I am looking forward to following what he does as Laureate and will be sharing it with the students in my school and encouraging them to pick up pencils and paper with their books.

Find out more about Chris, his plans and previous Laureates at the Children’s Laureate site here:

http://www.childrenslaureate.org.uk/

Follow his Laureate Log here: chrisriddellblog.tumblr.com

Win a Year’s Supply of Books with Atom Books

Atom are offering readers the chance to win a year’s supply of books in anticipation of CJ Daugherty’s amazing new series, The Secret Fire!

secret fire

That’s right, CJ Daugherty – the internationally best-selling novelist of the Night School series – will be publishing her next YA series this September! The Secret Fire is about a boy in Paris and a girl England who meet as pen pals. Unbeknown to them, they are connected by an ancient curse which dictates that our Parisian hero, Sacha Winters, will die on his eighteenth birthday and an ancient prophecy will be fulfilled. Unless Taylor Montclair can save him . . .

Atom want to know what you would like to do MOST before you turn eighteen. As well as what kind of books you love reading. Take their survey and have a chance at winning that life-time supply of books!

You can follow the link to their survey here

Atom Books Reader Survey

Co-written with French author Carina Rozenfeld, The Secret Fire is the first cross-channel YA novel ever and promises to be the most anticipated book this year!

Shakescraft

shakescraft
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (http://www.shakespeare.org.uk/), the non-profit organisation that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, has launched its Shakescraft competition where budding digital architects from all over the world can, for the first time, use their imaginations to digitally design New Place, the grand family home in Stratford-upon-Avon where William Shakespeare and his family lived for 19 years.

Shakescraft is free to enter, and available in three different age categories; under 11’s, 12 – 16 year olds, and over 16’s. Judges are looking for Minecraft fans to design their very own version of Shakespeare’s home based on the footprint of New Place, with the most imaginative creations in with a chance to win some fantastic Minecraft and Shakespeare goodies worth £100.

The competition coincides with work starting on the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s project to transform the site of Shakespeare’s New Place into a contemporary heritage landmark in celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy.

Julie Crawshaw, Shakespeare’s New Place project manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said: “We recently welcomed dozens of local primary school classes to the site of New Place and it was really encouraging to see their interest and enthusiasm for Shakespeare. I know from personal experience how kids of all ages love Minecraft, so this competition is a fantastic opportunity to ignite young people’s interest in Shakespeare, and have fun at the same time.

Although his house no longer stands, we’re sure of the footprint of the site thanks to recent archaeological discoveries, so it’ll be really interesting to see people’s ideas of how Shakespeare would have lived and entertained in this grand family home.”

For details on how to enter, visit www.shakescraft.com. The competition closes on 31 August 2015, with winners announced in September.

About Shakespeare’s New Place

William Shakespeare bought New Place in 1597 at the height of his career as a successful playwright, and was considered the largest house in Stratford-upon -Avon at the time. Sadly, New Place no longer exists after it was demolished in 1759 by its then owner, Reverend Francis Gastrell, who was reputedly annoyed by visiting fans of Shakespeare, as well as a tax dispute with the local parish.

With much of its heritage hidden below ground or in the extensive archives of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, it has been difficult for many visitors to get a real sense of the site’s significance and history. But now, the £5.25million project to re-imagine the site of New Place will tell the story of the world famous playwright at the height of his success as a family man, writer and prominent citizen of Stratford-upon-Avon. This is the single most significant Shakespearian project anywhere in the world to commemorate 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy, and due to reopen on 23 April 2016, the 400th anniversary of his death.

Talk Nerdy 2 Me

Crazy about Cosplay? Starry-eyed over Star Trek or Wars? Maybe you even get dotty over the Doctor! Even if you are new to nerding, everybody is welcome to get their geek on at Talk Nerdy 2 Me (TN2M) on Friday 8th May at the Harris Library in Preston!

There will be a wide range of guests from Matt “Mecha-Man” Dickinson to Deborah Simms from the Great British Sewing Bee. It will be an evening of activities and competitions, including stalls from Game, Waterstones, the comic shop and many more.

This year there will also be sign language interpreters at all the talks and panels.

Fore the altest up to date news about guestsand events check out the Talk Nerdy 2 Me Facebook page and book a free ticket (to guarantee entrance) here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talk-nerdy-2-me-preston-tickets-16672436707 and follow them on twitter: @talknerdytwome

#Milifandom

This morning I was introduced to what is possibly the strangest and most exciting thing in politics and fandom today – the Milifandom.

Note for those that may not be aware of the term, Fandom (according to Wikipedia) is:
a portmanteau consisting of fan [fanatic] plus the suffix -dom, as in kingdom, it is a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of empathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest. Fans typically are interested in even minor details of the object(s) of their fandom and spend a significant portion of their time and energy involved with their interest, often as a part of a social network with particular practices (a fandom); this is what differentiates “fannish” (fandom-affiliated) fans from those with only a casual interest.

There is a firm belief among a number of adults that teens are not interested in politics.

I think that the #Milifandom proves them wrong; they are engaging with politics on their own terms and that is where we should meet them, not by trying to talk seriously about politics but by sharing their joy and excitement over the leader of the Labour Party. This is seriously cool and something that we should all celebrate!

In my experience nothing can turn a teenager off faster than rushing at them with something that you tell them you think they should love.

Imagine what would have happened if the Labour Party had approached the youth of the UK to form a leadership fan club?

I do not think that it would have ended well!

How did this fandom happen?

It is possible that teens identify with him, as the majority of young people at some point or other in their lives face bullying, body shaming and awkward photographs of themselves; maybe they have been won over by his earnestness and honesty in the face of bile and disdain. It could be the fact that he sometimes does not look as sleek and polished as the majority of other male politicians or they have been won over by his geeky coolness.

Whatever it is that has ignited their interest, Ed Miliband now has a grass-roots youth following that is (to my knowledge) unprecedented in modern UK politics.

So to everyone that says the youth of the UK are apathetic and uninterested in anything other than superficial pursuits I think I can safely say: think again! It may not be political engagement as you know it, but they are getting engaged and you should feel uncertain because they are bringing their views to the table!

The leader of the #Milifandom movement is on Twitter: @twcuddleston

In the interests of fairness, I will also note that there is now also a David Cameron fandom: The #Cameronettes

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/