To theme or not to theme

How exciting. A new library or the chance to revamp your existing library.

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Why a Spring clean can benefit your pupils

Spring is around the corner. And traditionally it’s the season to have a clear out. In a busy school, finding time to sort out doesn’t come very high up our list of priorities, well at least not until the end of the academic year.

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Kick-start children’s imaginations for creative writing

The long summer holidays were looming. I had so many plans to keep my little ones entertained yet I knew at some point over the 6 week stretch I’d still be hearing the inevitable ‘Mummy, we’re bored. What can we do..?’

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Planning a new library

Combining a school’s vision for their library with BookSpace’s understanding of how library spaces work is key to success.

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Classroom displays

At BookSpace we work hard on making libraries inviting areas in which children can develop a relationship with reading.

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Choose books independently

Guided Reading, Home Readers, Banded Books, Reading Schemes…I have lost count of the number of times I have visited primary schools where the library is dominated by books that are organised into reading levels. You know the look I mean - rows and rows of books, all with coloured stickers, stored in boxes, magazine filing boxes or adapted cereal packets.

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Are you a book hoarder?

If you’re a booklover, you will sooner or later end up at that point where you just can’t squeeze any more into your house. Shelves are overflowing, there are piles next to the bed, even the loo has a stack of books on the floor.

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The fear of the blank page

A disability has a significant impact on a child’s confidence and self-belief.

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Less is more

Portfolio and tape measure in hand, I spend my working days visiting schools and meeting staff to discuss their vision for their school library design.

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Too much choice?

We’ve all been there. By ‘there’, I mean fixated, rooted to the spot and unable to make a decision. Whether it’s which chocolate to choose in the Quality Street tin, which financial package is best for the family or which book to choose to read next. But it’s not through lack of choice. Even worse, it’s when we have too much choice!

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Supporting boy-friendly practice in your school library

It’s tough being a boy in a world dominated by women and girls who love books – classmates (achieving higher reading scores) teachers (lots more woman than men in primary schools) mums and grandmas (still the primary carer for most boys aged 10 or younger). So here are six quick fixes to support boy-friendly practice in your school library.

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