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Celebrating 1 Year of SNSL

Celebrating 1 Year of the Students Need School Libraries Campaign   It’s our birthday!! The Students Need School Libraries campaign is turning one. It’s been a big year since our launch in October 2018. Here are some of the highlights: SNAP for SNSL photo competition – thanks to the sponsors and congratulations to the winners. … Continue reading Celebrating 1 Year of SNSL

International School Library Day 2019

International School Library Day 2019 October 22, 2019 is International School Library Day. What an exciting way to celebrate school libraries and everything they do for school students and school communities. School libraries may provide the only place a child has access to books. Or maybe the school library is a place of refuge for … Continue reading International School Library Day 2019

Practical Steps for Action

My Library Needs Help: Practical Steps for Action Sadly, for those in the know about the state of many school libraries across Australia-and indeed the world- it comes as no surprise to hear of a school library being so unaccessible and unattractive that teachers are using their personal funds to buy books just to get … Continue reading Practical Steps for Action

The mystery of shrinking school libraries

The mystery of shrinking school libraries Written by Debra Tidball My friend has just retired from her teacher librarian position at a local primary school in a disadvantaged area in Sydney. I don’t think the school has plans to replace her. Last year the library was culled mercilessly of books which were then shrunk into … Continue reading The mystery of shrinking school libraries

Why the school library is a vital space for student learning and wellbeing

Why the school library is a vital space for student learning and wellbeing Written by Dr Hilary Hughes Associate Professor Faculty of Education, QUT The school library is a vital space for student learning and wellbeing. It is generally the only place at school that inclusively welcomes students of differing ages and abilities. For students moving … Continue reading Why the school library is a vital space for student learning and wellbeing

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A New Tim Harris Short Story

A New Tim Harris Short Story Featuring Students need school libraries In this blog post we’re thrilled to reveal a brand new “Mr Bambuckle approved” short story by award winning author Tim Harris. Polar Experiences explores the role of school libraries in fostering lifelong learners. Tim is a former primary school teacher of 15 years, and … Continue reading A New Tim Harris Short Story

Appreciation for Librarians

Appreciation for Librarians Jackie French must be a most fascinating person. She’s the much-loved author of books for children and adults. She is a tremendous advocate for school libraries, and offers insights into their value during her recent interviews for the SNSL campaign’s films. Jackie is also an honorary wombat – I suspect that mark of … Continue reading Appreciation for Librarians

SNAP – Photo Competition

SNAP for SNSL Photo Competition Have you heard the latest? The Students Need School Libraries campaign is running a photo competition for Australian school libraries! There are great prizes up for grabs, from our supporters – Wheelers, WebLinks, Australianplays.org, Softlink and Bloomsbury. But of course you’re not doing it for the prizes, or not entirely, … Continue reading SNAP – Photo Competition

Try this…

Author Hazel Edwards

Try this… Hazel Edwards OAM is an author, educator and grandmother who reads on Facetime nightly with her 7 year old grandson. Librarians and Antarctic expeditioners are her heroes. In that order. It makes economic sense investing in teacher-librarians. If we don’t, the later prison costs and loss from the entrepreneurial businesses NOT started, will … Continue reading Try this…

It’s Not About Shelving The Books and Keeping Kids Quiet

Author Nick Earl

It’s Not About Shelving The Books and Keeping Kids Quiet This post was originally published on Nick Earls’ blog on 21/09/2015. Some schools no longer have teacher-librarians and, the more I see of teacher-librarians, the less sense that makes to me. What’s next? No teachers? Kids turning up to the classroom each morning and inventing … Continue reading It’s Not About Shelving The Books and Keeping Kids Quiet

Campaign Launch Date Announcement

Campaign Launch Date Announced Mark your calendars!  The date and time for the launch of the Students Need School Libraries campaign is Tuesday, 16 October at 7:00pm (AEDT) on the dot. We will mark the start of the campaign with a social media takeover. Our goal is to get #StudentsNeedSchoolLibraries trending on the evening of the 16th, with other media … Continue reading Campaign Launch Date Announcement

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