World Book Day takes place on the first Thursday in March – next week 5th March. Once again, we are planning a few activities around this national celebration of Reading for Pleasure. It is hoped both pupils and staff will get involved. The following is planned for 5th March. Some (or all) will hopefully be taking place.
Bookish Event in library at Lunchtime on Thursday 5th March. Snacks and drinks provided.
Book swap – swap your unwanted books with the selection available.
Peedie Book Fair – courtesy of Stromness Books & Prints. There will be a small selection of books available for sale in the library.
Shelfies Competition – Match staff to pictures of their book shelves. Easter Eggs for prizes.
Display – Classroom door posters: What teachers and other staff are reading.
Drawing Competition: There will also be a National Book Token competition running throughout the month of March and this will also be launched next week. Pupils can design a new book-themed token using the template provided . There are three categories: up to 8 years, 9–12 years, 13–16 years. An overall winner will be used on a real book token. Examples of tokens from: National Book Tokens: www.nationalbooktokens.com/
FIRST PRIZE in each age range is:
£250 National Book Tokens for the school
£100National Book Tokens for the school child
£100 National Book Tokens for the teacher
RUNNER-UP PRIZE in each age range is:
£150 National Book Tokens for the school
£50National Book Tokens for the school child
£50 National Book Tokens for the teacher
Further details can be obtained from the World Book Day website. Entry forms available here or collect one from the school library. Entries should be handed in by the end of term.
Christmas is nearly upon us again and there are a number of things to see and do in the library until the end of term on the 21st.
Pupils Librarians have been busy decorating the trees and the Christmas display is up on the wall. This year an old display has been resurrected from the archives with the centre piece being The Twelve Days of Christmas. Flanking this are a handful of old photos of Orkney and some hand made (not very many computers back then for shiny colour printouts) and illustrated information sheets about Christmas, some done by ex-pupils and some by myself.
‘Trees’ made out of stacks of books appear to be the ‘in thing’ this year with a number of pictures being circulated on the internet. Here is our attempt in a very limited space.
12 Words ofChristmas
Not long ago, on The School Librarians Network (SLN) (an online forum) someone somewhere suggested an idea for a competition within their school. This grew legs and sprinted away with it becoming a national competition with the the winning pupil receiving an iPod Touch. Many schools across the country are doing this, with the overall winners from each school being forwarded to the national competition.
In Stromness Academy, this competition is open to all pupils and staff. S1 and S2 have worked on their stories – remember, they are only 12 words long – during library periods ith some producing up to six or seven entries. Stories are shortlisted and there will be a prize for each year group as well as an overall winner.
There is still plenty of time – the closing date is Thursday 20th December. PUpils and staff can submit as many entries as they want.
Here are some examples that have been submitted so far:
A transparent snowflake falling from the deep blue whilst twinkling through starlight.
Snowball fight after rain. Hit him in the face. Bet that hurt!
The snow was whiter; the tree was brighter, when Santa was real.
Black boots touch the snow. Door opens. Lock clicks. Swiflty quickly gone.
Falling. Pale figures drifting in darkness. Winter has begun. Cold tears falling.
Rattle, bang, clunk, thud, pop, SMASH! Should not have shook that present.
Here he comes. Santa has my Dad’s brown eyes… Wait a minute…
The snowball fight has consumed the playground sending the young kids scurrying.
And from the staff:
Last Christmas I gave you my heart. Then I dropped down dead.
The Star, magi followed, Shepherds, Angels heralded, Revealing Love, In manger, born
Sledging… wheeeee. Frost stings my face. Crashing… Arrgh! Snow up my nose.
Christmas at the palace. The Duchess retches, William winces; the world watches.
Misletoe in the doorway. Her waist encircled; in love, her cheeks burn.
One horse town; open all hours. Jingle sleigh for sale. Snow down.
Christmas Reading Challenge
This challenge has been resurrected after a few years gap. A number of wrapped books have been placed under one of the trees in the library and pupils (and staff) have been invited to select a book to read over the holidays. They don’t know what they are going to get other than the chance to possibly read something completely different to their normal choices. All that is asked is that they give the books a fair chance then fill in a mini review slip giving a brief outline of the book and some comments (good or bad). Those that return their books and completed review slips after the holidays will receive a small prize.