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Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it a… library?

Oh heck! And here was me thinking I’d start 2015 off quietly. On January 1st, while nibbling away at a chocolate Santa, I idly responded to this tweet from Essex Schools Library Services on ‘Essex’s smallest library in Arkesden?’: I replied that the telephone box was a quirky use of space but that it wasn’t, […]

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Where did you get that hat? Summer Reading Challenge

Give us an ‘S’. blue phone case iphone 7 Give us an ‘R’. best iphone 6 s plus cases Give us a ‘C’. What have you got? SRC… which everyone knows stands for the Summer Reading Challenge. Yes, the Summer Reading Challenge, the Reading Agency’s simple-yet-genius idea to keep children’s reading for pleasure levels topped […]

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The Art of Silent Reading

Back in the days of yore, when whiteboards and mobile phones were the stuff of science-fiction and everyone had permed hair, I was a teacher. spigen iphone 8 case thin fit I taught in a variety of schools; secondary, middle and primary. I taught high school children from affluent towns in the south-east and tough […]

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Books Not Cuts! The big march through Lincoln

It takes a lot to get a writer to leave the comfort of their imagination and go out into the real world but on Saturday I had no choice. I joined 400 other people from Lincoln on a protest march against the council’s drastic proposals to cut their library service. I say cut – I […]

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And the winner is…

Congratulations to 10 year old Caitlin from Leeds, winner of this year’s Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge Finish the Story competition. I was delighted to be part of the judging panel and can honestly say her story, which continued Charlie Higson’s opening, ticked all the boxes. It was lively, funny and clever. disney princess phone […]

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School librarians on the march…

I missed a chance to help school librarians yesterday and I feel so bad about it. iphone 7 plus case eeyore I simply couldn’t get to London in time to do this:                   Illustrator Sarah McIntyre supporting school librarians outside parliament. Read her blog about what happened […]

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A library without a librarian is just a room

‘A library without a librarian is just a room.’ That was just one of the many memorable things children’s writer and libraries campaigner Alan Gibbons said during his talk at Lowdham Book Festival yesterday. It was the second time I’d heard Alan speak this week on the importance of libraries and literacy. iphone 7 bentoben […]

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What’s new?

As I mentioned in my previous blog I’ve been to Spain for a few days visiting my mum. iphone 6 shockproof phone case She’s lived there for about twelve years now and I can see the attraction – the weather is wonderful. I had to scrape ice off my car before I could drive to […]

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Book Week 2012, Day 3: Prestatyn Library

Wednesday, October 3rd = Prestatyn Library. iphone 8 plus case pink and sparkly I didn’t get chance to look at the ceiling in their children’s area (cunningly separated from all the boring adults’ stuff downstairs) because I was mesmerised by two things. iphone 6 plus cases with light First, the vibrant wall display left over […]

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