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World Book Day 2016 Quiz

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World Book Day Idea: Songs and the Books that Inspired the Musicians

WBD takes place next week Thursday, and to celebrate I have been putting together a play-list of songs based on or inspired by novels.

You can listen to a partial list on Spotify

The songs and the stories that inspired them are here:

Elton John – Rocket Man
Book: The Rocket Man by Ray Bradbury
Nirvana – Scentless Apprentice
Book: Perfume by Patrick Suskind
The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
Book: The Master And The Margarita by Mikhail Bulgarov
Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow
Book: Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Led Zeppelin – Ramble On
Book: Lord Of The Rings by JRR Tolkien
The Strokes – Soma
Book: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Gary Numan – Are Friends Electric?
Book: Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
Radiohead – Dollars & Cents
Book: No Logo by Naomi Klein
Joy Division – Atrocity Exhibition
Book: Atrocity Exhibition by JG Ballard
Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness
Book: Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand
Book: Paradise Lost by John Milton
Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Book: The Bible
Rick Wakeman – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth
Book: Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Jules Verne
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Yertle The Turtle
Book: Yertle The Turtle by Dr Seuss
Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
Book: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Leonard Nimoy The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins
Book: Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
The United States of America – Cloud Song
Book: Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Breathe – U2
Book: Ulysses by James Joyce
Frankenstein – Lenny Kravitz
Book: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
One – Metallica
Book: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
The Invisible Man – Queen
Book: The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Alt-J – Breezeblocks
Book: Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Metallica – For Whom The Bell Tolls
Book: For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Ramones – Pet Sematary
Book: Sematary by Stephen King
Wintersmith – Steeleye Span
Book: Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

The Life and Death of Amadeo Modigliani: an Exhibition

Online Safety & Internet Use: a List of Fiction

A list of books to suggest to students when discussing online safety and Internet use.

  • Chicken Clicking – Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross
  • Troll Stinks – Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross
  • Goldilocks – Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross
  • Dark Poppy’s Demise – S.A. Partridge
  • Defriended – Ruth Baron
  • Exposed – Susan Vaught
  • Followers – Anna Davies
  • Identity Theft – Anna Davies
  • Little Brother – Cory Doctorow
  • Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertali
  • Want To go Private? – Sarah Darer Littman
  • Web of Darkness – Bali Rai
  • All the Lonely People – David Owen
  • I am Thunder – Muhammad Khan
  • The Chaos of Now – Erin Jade Lange
  • Being Miss Nobody – Tamsin Winter
  • Truth or Dare – Non Pratt
  • Always Here For You – Miriam Halahmy

A General Moan about Library stuff

When I saw that Ed Vaizey was the poster boy for the 2016 National Libraries Day I wondered briefly if he had had a Road to Damascus type conversion and thrown his weight behind the Save Libraries Campaigns.

Sadly no, I did post a flippant tweet (see below) that has become one of the most popular things I have said online for ages.

I understand that CILIP has to work with the Tory Party in Government (PIG) and needs to keep lines of communication open since Vaizey is now speaking to them again after the vote of no confidence against him in 2013 but it does leave a bit of a bad taste in the mouth.

Over the years CILIP appears to have made a habit of saying and (not) doing things that have upset a lot of members, former members and those librarians that have never joined. I have been a member of CILIP for well over a decade – since I came to the UK in fact and have been a relatively loyal supporter (although not completely uncritical) and have had discussions and arguments with friends and colleagues trying to see the positives in things that CILIP has done.

I will state for the record that I am currently on the CILIP Youth Libraries Group (YLG) London Committee as the Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals Judging panel representative. Now the CILIP CKG Awards is an example of something brilliant that CILIP has run for donkeys years, as is the YLG and many of the other excellent Special Interest Groups that find a home in CILIP.

I have faith in Dawn Finch the new president of CILIP, but I do not know if one person will be enough to change things. That being said I do think that the new CEO Nicholas Poole has also been doing well!

2016 is probably going to be the year in which I decide to stay in CILIP or chuck it in and become a Library dissident.

My mood was not helped by this news:

Considering that I used to work in some of the Libraries on offer and worked with some amazing people in Enfield it was more depressing than these bits of news generally are.

Also what is up with Banks getting their claws into library users? Part of me thinks Barclays with their Digital Eagles is doing it to improve their frankly crappy image, as well as hook vulnerable people that do not know how to use computers or the internet. Plus why are is the UKSCL supporting Halifax and their Digital Friends scheme? I am not even going to mention the risk of internet banking on public computers, so there you go.

On the plus side this coming Saturday is National Libraries Day (thank you Alan Gibbons) and I have heard nothing this year about library staff members being prevented from celebrating it.

The Siobhan Dowd Trust 2016 funding opportunity for schools and groups who work with disadvantaged young people

In 2016 the Siobhan Dowd Trust is funding an opportunity for schools and groups who work with disadvantaged young people to apply for a series of small grants to be spent in local independent bookshops.

The amount awarded in each UK region will total £1000. This may go entirely to one school/group, it is possible that this amount will be broken down into several smaller grants of £750 / £500 / £250 – £250 can still buy a few nice books!

Which bookshops we use will depend on the location of the winning groups. It is expected that young people will choose the books themselves, with guidance from their librarians, teachers and booksellers.

As with other school competitions the Trust has run, this is not eligible for fee-paying schools to enter.

All they need – in a short email to their director – is the following:

* Your contact details
* Name and location of your school / group
* PP / FSM number (or equivalent to demonstrate that you work with disadvantaged or vulnerable groups)
* What it is you do to engage hard to reach young readers (we are looking to build on already existing good practise).

Please email this to

2016 Deadlines by region:

June 30:
North East
North West
Yorkshire & Humber

September 30:
West Midlands
East Midlands
East of England

November 30:
N Ireland
South West
South East

For more details visit: