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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.

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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

Project ReMix

The competition is open to UK residents age 13-19: to enter, teenagers are asked to make their own creative work in response to a selection of books, stories, poems and graphic novels from some of the best-selling contemporary and classic authors, including: John Green, Suzanne Collins, Philip Pullman, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker.

Entries can be submitted in five categories:

Music
Book cover design
Book trailer
Creative writing
Comic strip

The aim of Project Remix is to engage young people with literature, using it as a creative springboard into other storytelling mediums, and to open doors to the arts and the creative industries. The competition was inspired by the growth of online fandom, including fan-fiction and fan art and the surge in related digital communities.

Find out more about the competition, including how to enter, at www.projectremix.co.uk

The Power of Reading: A YLG London training day

YLG London are delighted to announce that the booking period is open for this years One Day School entitled ‘The Power of Reading’. We have a great line up of authors, practitioners, librarians and speakers from across a range of organisations coming together to deliver this course. The Course aims, objectives, programme and booking form are included in the body of this email. If you would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Simon.

Friday 14th November 2014

CILIP
7 Ridgmount Street
London WC1E 7AE

COURSE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

This course is aimed at frontline library staff working with the public and Librarians with an interest in promoting stock and engaging readers. The course will provide;

· Practical advice for engaging with young people

· Ideas for reading promotion

· Raised stock awareness

· Raised awareness of the wider literary network

BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS

Course Fee

£50 + VAT CILIP Personal members

£55 + VAT Non members

£40 + VAT Unwaged

Places are limited to 40 and will be confirmed in writing or by e-mail on a first come first served basis. To book a place, please complete the enclosed booking form including your CILIP membership number if applicable and return to:

Simon Smith
YLG London
62 Belmont Road
Reading
RG30 2UU
simonsmith78@btinternet.com

COURSE OUTLINE

08:45 Registration

09:30 Welcome and Introductions

09:35 Power of Reading

Keynote speaker: Julia Eccleshare MBE

10:15 Power of Awards

Panel discussion

Fen Coles – Letterbox Library

Emily Drabble – Guardian

Clare Shanahan – Booktrust

11:10 Break

11:30 Power of Poetry – bringing poetry to life

Performance poet Joe Coelho

12:00 Power of Performance

Group discussions – using examples of books – what can you draw out of books to inspire and motivate – activities/success stories

12:55 Summary of morning

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Power of Summer

Getting the best from the Summer Reading Challenge – Sarah Mears

14:30 Group discussions – what works/doesn’t/ideas

15:00 Power of Authors

Panel discussion with:

Rob Lloyd Jones

Katie May Green

Rob Biddulph

Piers Torday

15:55 Summary of afternoon

16:00 Refreshments and Book Signing. Books on Sale Big Green Bookshop

The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway (CKG) Awards process

  • The Awards are overseen by the Youth Libraries Group (YLG) which is a special interest group within the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
  • Books can be nominated by any member of CILIP
  • Each member can nominate up to two books for each award
  • The CKG Judges as CILIP members are also allowed to nominate titles
  • Nominations for the 2015 Awards were open from the 1st September to the 6th October
  • Nominated titles are then checked for eligibility by the CKG Working Party & CILIP:

    Titles must have been first published in the UK between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014

    Books first published in another country must have been co-published in the UK within three months of the original publication date

  • When the nominations lists are made public the judges receive a full set of each of the Awards titles and start reading
  • From the nominations list a long-list of around 20 titles is selected by the judges working together under guidance from the Chair of Judges and referring to the full criteria for each award
  • The long-list is then be made public (10th February 2015)
  • The judges revisit and reread each of the books and scrutinise them even more closely before making a decision on short-listing, selecting six to eight of the titles for the short-list
  • The short-list is then made public (17th March 2015)
  • The hardest part of the judges’ task begins: selecting the most outstanding titles from the short-list
  • The winning titles are made public in June.
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    The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book for children and young people
    The Carnegie Award is a gold medal and comes with £500 worth of books that the author can donate to the library of their choice.

    The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people
    The Kate Greenaway Award is also a gold medal and comes with £500 worth of books but also the Colin Mears Award which is a £5000 bequest left to the winner of the Kate Greenaway Award by Colin Mears, this has been awarded annually since the year 2000.