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School libraries are an indispensible function in education. Adopt the school library function in your school and improve the learning results.
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Children's and Young People's Reading in 2015

Children's and Young People's Reading in 2015 | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
This report outlines findings about children’s and young people’s reading from our sixth annual literacy survey conducted in November/December 2015. 32,569 young people aged eight to 18 participated.
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"The National Literacy Trust's sixth annual survey of 32,569 children and young people reveals a gulf in reading enjoyment and attitudes between primary and secondary school pupils. The report shows that just 40.2% of Key Stage 4 pupils (age 14 to 16) say they enjoy reading, compared with 72.6% of Key Stage 2 pupils (age 8 to 11). Older students are also less likely to say reading is cool, or see the link between reading attainment and employment." With thanks to Sarah McNicol.
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The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten

The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
One of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. Nowhere is this misplaced emphasis more apparent, and more damaging, than in kindergarten. A new University of Virginia study found that kindergarten changed in disturbing ways from 1999-2006. There was a…
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Learning to read is important to fight illiteracy and to support further development. However, children need to develop other skills as well. This blogpost discusses the challenges in Kindergarten.
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School libraries face a bleak future as leaders try to balance the books

School libraries face a bleak future as leaders try to balance the books | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Libraries are suffering at the hands of budget, curriculum and digital demands. But we must not underestimate this vital resource
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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages

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Interesting article. It could explain why students retain less when reading from a screen. They scan rather than read the whole thing. Have to say that I have found myself doing the same thing! 

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At libraries, children find delight in reading to dogs

At libraries, children find delight in reading to dogs | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Programs in which children read to dogs aim to calm struggling readers and excite those bored with books.
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Kids read aloud to dogs: Some libraries and schools are inviting volunteers to bring dogs in, hoping the pets will calm young readers who are struggling, excite those who are bored, give a nonjudgmental place to practice reading and help children equate reading with fun.

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Home of the Book Genome Project

Home of the Book Genome Project | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
BookLamp is a book analytic engine powered by the Book Genome Project. BookLamp's technology has applications in book discovery, reader advisory, and book suggestions similar to how Pandora.com analyzes music.
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School libraries: using data to boost student literacy

School libraries: using data to boost student literacy | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Librarian Adam Lancaster explains how his school used tracking data and reading quizzes to support reluctant readers...
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Jessica Wise: How fiction can change reality

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/jessica-wise-how-fiction-can-change-reality

 

Reading and stories can be an escape from real life, a window into another world -- but have you ever considered how new fictional experiences might change your perspective on real, everyday life? From Pride and Prejudice to Harry Potter, learn how popular fiction can spark public dialogue and shape culture.

Lesson by Jessica Wise, narration by Emilie Soffe, animation by Augenblick Studios.
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Let’s read them a story! Helping your children succeed in school

Let’s read them a story! Helping your children succeed in school | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Today’s post is from Anne-Lise Prigent, the editor in charge of education publications at OECD Publishing “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education” said Mark Twain. Well, wa...
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Book week in Australia introduces special song

In Australia, Book Week 2012 is approaching. The theme is "Champions Read".

Nathan Cahill has written a special song for this occassion - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFnuBB7GAyQ&feature=youtu.be

 

Please watch the video and share this with your patrons / pupils. As you can see from the comments from students and teachers, a great way to promote books and reading:
What the students say:

"Can we sing it again?"

"I love the beat!"

"Can we do this for assembly?"

What the teachers say:

"Sounds amazingly wonderful"

"What a great song!! And what great resources!!"

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Programme Outline - IBBY Congress - London 2012

Programme Outline - IBBY Congress - London 2012 | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

PRESS  RELEASE  JUNE  21st  2012

 

Registration Opens on July 2nd for Day Delegates to IBBY 2012 World Congress

 

IBBY UK is pleased to announce that registration for day delegates to this amazing International Conference will open on Monday July 2nd, online at www.ibbycongress2012.org

 

Hundreds of international delegates have already signed up to enjoy the brilliant line-up of speakers and events.  We already have registrations from as far afield as Mongolia, Japan, Tunisia, Argentina, Lebanon, Mexico, Malaysia, China, Korea, the United States, Azerbaijan, India, Canada  and of course most European counties too.  This incredible conference on Children's and young adult literature has not been held in the UK for 30 years, so don't miss this wonderful opportunity.

 

The programme will be a mix of keynote addresses, panel discussions, professional papers, poster sessions as well as presentations of the illustrious Hans Christian Andersen Awards and the IBBY Asahi Reading Promotion Awards.  Lots of authors and illustrators will speak in lunchbreaks and breakfast sessions - in fact the programme is packed so full you'll have to remind yourself to eat!!  Three UK Laureates, Julia Donaldson, Anthony Browne and Michael Morpurgo, get us off to a great start, and it just goes on and on.  The only problem with day registration is
choosing which day to come.

 

There are limited numbers of places each day, so book your place as soon as you can to be sure of your first choice.

 

For full details of the programme see http://www.ibbycongress2012.org/programme-outline.php and mark July 2nd in your dairy!

 

Kathy Lemaire OBE

Ann Lazim

Co-Directors, Crossing Boundaries: translations and migrations

IBBY33rd World Congress

kathy@ibbycongress2012.org

ann@ibbycongress2012.org

 

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Creating a reading culture and love for knowledge in Indian schools

Creating a reading culture and love for knowledge in Indian schools | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Building a vision for school libraries in India - this program demonstrates the establishment of these school libraries is contributing to student learning and building a reading culture in schools...

 

"In 2006, Akshara started setting up libraries in government primary schools across the city after studies conducted by it showed that most children in these schools were reading much below their age-appropriate levels.The organization approached the education department, which gave it the go-ahead to create the libraries.

"We couldn't have done it without the cooperation of the schools, though. They gave us the space to operate a library out of their premises, they ensured the cooperation of their teachers and they created a library period each week for all classes," says Ashok Kamath, chairman, Akshara Foundation.

The libraries were created to function in a hub-and-spoke fashion: each physical library served not just the students in the school in which it was housed, it would also serve other schools in the neighbourhood. "Our librarians - each hub library has one and some of the larger ones have two - take books from the library and travel to the 'spoke' schools, where they conduct a library period for the students in those schools," explains Arvind Venkatadri, head of Akshara's library programme.

After creating the programme and running it for five years, today Akshara is ready to gradually hand it over, along with the infrastructure and assets created around it, to the state education department and individual schools."


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Libraries help to make Australia a nation of readers but literacy levels are still startling low

Libraries help to make Australia a nation of readers but literacy levels are still startling low | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

The alarming 2006 ABS statistic that just under half (46%) of adult Australians cannot confidently read newspapers, follow a recipe, make sense of timetables, or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle, was a motivator for Australian libraries to found the National Year of Reading.

 


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Finnish Kids Don't Learn To Read In Kindergarten. They Turn Out Great Anyway.

Finnish Kids Don't Learn To Read In Kindergarten. They Turn Out Great Anyway. | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Schools in the Nordic country prioritize play in early education.
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Another post about learning to read or not in kindergarten. Here the Finnish experience.
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Getting Them Reading..

Getting Them Reading.. | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Some children take to books like ducks to water. Others need more encouragement.  Here are ways to encourage your child to read more... Be a role model.  Make time to read for your own enjoyment.  Last summer's public library reading program included a program for adults.  Many people were eager to sign up their children…
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C.S. Lewis on Why We Read

C.S. Lewis on Why We Read | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another,” Rebecca Solnit wrote in her gorgeous contemplation on reading. A century earlier, Kafka asserted in a memorable letter to his childhood friend that “a book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” Indeed, the question of what books do for the human soul and spirit stretches from ancient meditations to contemporary theories about the four psychological functions of reading. But hardly anyone has articulated the enchantment of literature more succinctly yet beautifully than C.S. Lewis, a man deeply invested in the authenticity of the written word.

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CS Lewis: Those of us who have been true readers all our life seldom fully realize the enormous extension of our being which we owe to authors.

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March 6, 2013 - World Read Aloud Day

March 6, 2013 - World Read Aloud Day | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
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Celebrate by reading aloud, giving away a book, or taking action in any way you can to Read It Forward on behalf of the 793 million people who cannot read. - See more at: http://litworld.org/worldreadaloudday/#sthash.6OUcc24U.dpuf

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How to promote literacy skills in the digital age

How to promote literacy skills in the digital age | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Digital apps that claim to teach children important reading and literacy skills do not always impart higher-level abilities that children need to develop strong reading skills, according to a report from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
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Digital apps that claim to teach children important reading and literacy skills do not always impart higher-level abilities that children need to develop strong reading skills, according to a report from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

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Intergenerational Literacies: texto techno

Intergenerational Literacies: texto  techno | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

The IFLA Literacy and Reading and Information Literacy Sections are seeking proposals for a joint programme to be held at the IFLA Conference in Singapore in August 2013.

The challenge of new information and learning landscape can lead to all sorts of information gaps. One of them is a gap between texto and techno generations which can cause intergenerational isolation and separation. The program will showcase innovative and effective library programmes that intend to bridge this gap.

Proposals are requested for as many as ten tabletop presentations which will be given simultaneously. After an opening plenary keynote address, audience members will rotate to three different fifteen-minute presentations of their choice. Presenters will therefore be asked to repeat their presentation three times for three different sets of people.

Proposals chosen for presentation will be specific about how libraries and/or associations have tackled issues related to texto and techno literacies in their particular setting, thus developing intergenerational literacies, dialogue, digital inclusion and social cohesion. They should be grounded in theory, research, and/or practical applications. Because these projects will be presented in an informal, small group setting, speakers should plan some visual accompaniment such as a poster that can be set up on the table. Presenters may also want to bring brochures or flyers to hand out. People submitting successful proposals will be asked to write a brief paper summarizing their library programme or project for publication in the IFLA Proceedings. All chosen presenters will be listed in the official Conference programme.

Proposals in English are required, and should provide the following information:

Name and institution of speaker(s)

Brief biographical information

Proposal title

Brief (300 to 500 word) description of project and presentation format

Language of presentation

Proposals should be sent to Elena Corradini (Secretary of the Literacy and Reading Section) at ecorradini67@gmail.com by November 30, 2012. Please indicate "IFLA Proposal WLIC 2013" on the subject line. Finalists will be notified by December 15, 2012, and will be expected to submit final versions of their papers in one of the official IFLA languages by May 15, 2013.

For more information, please contact Leikny Haga Indergaard (Chair of Literacy and Reading Section) at: Leikny.Indergaard@bergen.kommune.no

Please note that it is the speakers’ responsibility to find funding for their participation.

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Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading

Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Curating eclectic interestingness from culture's collective brain...some vintage ads and posters for all books. Delightfully colorful and brimming with endearingly bad copywriting, these mid-century gems will bring back memories.


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Digital Spaces. Redefining reading and the role of the teacher-librarian ...

Digital Spaces. Redefining reading and the role of the teacher-librarian ... | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Similarly, having access to these resources everywhere, through implementations like online teacher content spaces and wireless internet connections, would be beneficial. An answer to developing rich online content will ...

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How the e-book revolution is changing our reading habits

How the e-book revolution is changing our reading habits | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
The UK’s first literary event celebrating the e-book revolution is to be launched in West Wales next month.

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Education column: Ebooks expand school libraries

Confucius said,..."No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance."

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Changes in the reading skills of 15-yr olds between 2000-2009

Changes in the reading skills of 15-yr olds between 2000-2009 | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Graphic on Changes in the reading skills of 15-year-old students between 2000 and 2009, as measured by PISA (OECD)

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Make books part of kids’ summer - Omaha.com

Make books part of kids’ summer - Omaha.com | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Schoolchildren see summer vacation as a time to have fun. It’s a parent’s job to make sure reading is part of the daily equation.
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