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School library scene in Iceland by Anna Gudmundsdottir & team

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School library scene in Iceland by Anna Gudmundsdottir & team

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School library scene in Iceland by Anna Gudmundsdottir & team

  1. 1. Association of School Librarians in Iceland
  2. 2. Library day: Reading is best - for democracy
  3. 3. Our small nation (population 334.000) faces a big problem • Writing for children and young adults is not profitable because the market is small. • Official funding is little. • Relatively few book for children and young adults are published annually. • School libraries need more funding to provide new books. • The children have access to endless material on the internet and in the media. • Most of this material is in English. • Children read less and our language is becoming an endangered species!
  4. 4. What can be done?
  5. 5. What can be done? VAT Increased financial support for the school library activities and buying of books Increased official support and grants for writers who write for children and young adults Make sure that all children have good access to books they want to read. Public libraries - school libraries.
  6. 6. What can we do? Create a safe and secure atmosphere Great collection of books and other material that the children really want to read and use. Interesting reading promotion programmes. Some school libraries are preparing Makerspace in their libraries Support digital literacy and wellbeing.
  7. 7. Reading Promotion Programmes Various programmes in the schools Based on different themes There is no limit Many ideas have come from children - but the librarians are quite innovative as well! Dragons, Yule lads, vampires, horses, princesses, Harry Potter, Beast Quest etc., etc…
  8. 8. The Dragon Club - all the stories have dragons in them The children choose from different categories and read 8 - 10 books at their own choice Apprentice Specialist Dragonmaster 1st degree Dragonmaster 2nd degree Dragonmaster 3rd degree Dragonmaster 1st degree
  9. 9. Nice certificates for dragon masters
  10. 10. Library backpacks
  11. 11. Christmas club - The Icelandic Yule Lads
  12. 12. ChristmasBookFlood Jólabókaflóðið!
  13. 13. Writers´ visits and other events School librarians organize writers´visits to the schools. Usually at the beginning of the Christmas Book Flood. Both entertaining and informative visits. Increased interest in reading. The international Teddy Bear Day Banned Books Week International Childrens Book Day (April 2nd - H. C. Andersen) My favorite character day (book or film) Week of the Book World Book Day (April 23rd - Halldór Kiljan Laxness)
  14. 14. Ready, steady, read - a national game of reading Everyone reads... Miðstöð íslenskra bókmennta - Icelandic Literature Center Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature Ministry of Education, Science and Culture Félag íslenskra bókaútgefanda - Icelandic Publishers
  15. 15. The Nordic Library Week The Nordic Library Week is a read aloud event, where the same Nordic literature is read out loud at the same time across the Nordic, Baltic and other Nordic institutions around the world. Places such as libraries, schools and other cultural institutions arrange readings for children. Many school libraries use this opportunity to introduce Nordic writers and literature.
  16. 16. Young readers´ book prize
  17. 17. Ævar the Scientist has his own reading promotion programme Ævar is a writer, an actor and a radio/tv producer. He has written several books for children. Ævar´s reading programme starts in January and ends in March. Almost every school in Iceland takes part. The children put the titles of the books they read in a box in the library. At the end of the programme the names of 5 students are drawn out. These children play a role in a book that Ævar publishes in the spring. When Ævar visits schools he tells the children that he has always been a bookworm and that libraries are his favorite places. Many schools give their own awards to their little bookworms.
  18. 18. Thank you for all the books!

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