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International school libraries month

Resources | Published 28 September, 2012

There is no better time to convince pupils to visit the library, scan the shelves and pick up a book than this global celebration of school libraries. Make the library central to your teaching this month with lesson activities, teaching resources and games to encourage students to find a favourite book or story that will stay with them for life.

In the library

Libraries: What’s the point?

  • The Institute of Ideas asks students whether books are still the essence of libraries. Get students debating and thinking about the library of the future with this guide.

Student librarians

  • Nurture students’ love for reading by encouraging them to become library volunteers. Try this application and training scheme to get started.

Shelf markers

  • Make sure students know where to return their books with these handy library marker cards.

Skills development in the library

  • Make a trip to the library the highlight of the week with these creative ideas for a visit using maps, magnifying glasses and cameras.

Book hunt

  • Stop pupils feeling lost in the library with this quiz where they must search the shelves for clues.

Library dressing

  • Try these colourful signs to brighten up your class library.

Library induction

  • If your students haven’t made a trip to the library yet, this PowerPoint is just what you need to excite them about the experience. Easily adaptable for your school.

Class library

  • Try these top tips for getting the most out of your class library space.

I spy…

  • Use these colourful cards to help pupils spot sites in the library.

Loan forms

  • Use these simple forms to keep track of books borrowed from your class library.

Encouraging reading

Read me hearties

  • Bring the joys of treasure hunting to the school library with this pirate-themed activity.

Promoting reading

  • Inspire students to get lost in a good book with this Ofsted guide to good practice.

Hows and whys of reading

  • Encourage students to read with these picture cards – perfect for children with moderate learning difficulties.

Inspiration to read

  • These quotes and labels make up a great display for International School Libraries Month.

Reading Olympiads

  • Add a competitive edge to school reading with this fantastic challenge which encourages students to read and parents to support them.

Reading habits

  • Find out children’s thoughts on reading with this quick questionnaire – a great library-themed maths lesson.

Famous writers

  • Behind every book is an author with their own story – try this biography research project to encourage year 9s to find out about popular writers.

Creative reading-log activities

  • Use these tips and ideas to challenge young readers to engage with books in new and exciting ways.

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