Literacies and Learning blog posts

World Book Night 2017

What's happening with World Book Night this year?

Rose Goddard from the Reading Agency looks at how libraries can get involved with this year's World Book Night

iPads in use with the NHS

Collaborating to use iPads as a therapeutic resource

A collaborative project to introduce iPads as a therapeutic resource at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership highlights the valuable role that library services can play alongside clinical and non-clinical departments, explain Kal Dhanda and Emily Johnson.

The Humans author Matt Haig signing a copy of his book

The Big Read: how shared reading transforms lives

Wendy Morris explains how a joint reading project at Kingston ­University to make students feel part of their new community has raised the profile of library services and is growing into partnerships in the community and with other universities.

People hold up copies of "Cell Workout" book in prison library

What once felt like the end was maybe just the beginning

I had just finished university and was looking forward to my graduation and what felt like a promising future. Suddenly, following what I can only describe as a moment of madness, I found myself in prison, I was devastated.

Thought - we all have the right to the information we need to make up our own minds. We have the right to say what we thinkg and share ideas with other people.

Freedom to think, freedom to read

From the earliest of human times, we have told stories and shared information and ideas. Cave paintings, folk tales and old songs attest to that. Stories, clearly, are integral to the human condition.

Icons representing links, funding, data, literacy, health and tech

Top 6 library and information stories from September 2016

We've collected together some of the interesting, contentious and important library and information stories that were discussed around the world last month. There were lots of interesting discussions in September, including: 

superheroes stood on a book

Banned Books Week: closing libraries is tantamount to censorship

I write children's books because I believe they're the books that shape us.  The books I read when I was young had a deeper impact on me than anything I've encountered as an adult.

International Literacy Day 2016

Positive Associations: A reading routine at bedtime for International Literacy Day

Development of reading and literacy in children (or indeed adults) relies on the right activities and opportunities that help us to experience the joy of imagination, discovery and sheer gratification that makes the world of books and stories irre

reading a book

Seven top tips for getting students reading 

As another school year begins, it is a great opportunity to look at the challenge teachers, learning support assistants and school librarians will face in getting students reading.