How your library layout can motivate your students

Transforming your library into a welcoming and inspirational environment for your students can be tricky when you’re on a budget. Often library staff are forced to think outside the square, and if budget is an issue, it’s essential that we do so if we want our students’ eyes to light up when they walk through the doors and enter the magical world that is their library.

One source that might be willing to give generously is Continue reading

Motivating Students to Read

A hot topic for primary school library staff has been (and most likely always will be) how to motivate students to read. No doubt there are many fabulous ideas out there that people have implemented. I was fortunate enough to inherit a fantastic program from my predecessor when I took over this position in 2012. The program has stood the test of time, having first been introduced in the school over ten years ago. The former teacher librarian would see students who achieved in the classroom or on the sport’s field acknowledged with awards at assemblies and, in her own words, she wanted “readers” to have their moment in the sun and make reading cool to the school community.

And so she developed the Radical Reader program. It is aimed at fostering a love of reading Continue reading

Review of Library Blogs

Welcome to all my followers! So far, the feedback I’ve received about the blog is that it’s a great idea. I’m so happy to be creating something worthwhile and of interest to my fellow information specialists (whatever your official role may be!). Hopefully, I don’t disappoint!

So, onto my first real blog post! The first request I’ve received since promoting the blog is for a list of the other library blogs I mentioned in my initial post. So I thought it would be a great topic for this post. Below is a list of the most helpful and practical blogs with a primary school focus Continue reading

Best job in the world!

So you’re working in a primary school library? Don’t we just have the best job in the world? We get to see the faces of our little cherubs light up every time they step into the magical place they know as their school library. Watching a child excitedly show a friend a book treasure they’ve discovered is the highlight of my day.

And then there’s the little gems we get to hear throughout the day…a little Year 1 boy walked into our library one lunch time and exclaimed Continue reading