National Libraries Day: a record attempt

National Libraries Day is coming up!National Libraries Day takes place on Saturday the 9th of February this year, and it’s just been announced that school libraries around the country will be marking the event by attempting a Guinness World Record.

Parallel Universes, as the project has been called, will involve over 50 schools attempting to create a record for the world’s largest simultaneous story writing workshop. The children involved, all from school years 6 and 9, will try to finish a story begun by the author Matt Haig. I think it’s a great way to bring libraries into the spotlight at a fragile time.

You can find out more about the events planned for the week leading up to National Libraries Day by visiting their website:  www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk/

Check out the events section for other upcoming events that may be of interest.

The Where’s Wally? fun run for the National Literacy Trust

I’m about to sign up to do the Where’s Wally fun run, which takes place on March 23rd, 2013. It’s a 5k or 10k run (depending on how fit you feel) to raise money for the National Literacy Trust. With such shocking revelations as the fact that one in six people in the UK have poor literacy, it’s a worthy cause…

Where's Wally?The NLT run community projects, provide support to schools and practitioners and fund extensive research projects to do with literacy. Having used many of their research sources for my dissertation last year, I’m aware of just how much a contribution the NLT make to understanding literacy problems and working out the best ways to tackle them.  And who can resist the lure of a free Where’s Wally? costume?

It’s a £20 registration fee and you’re then asked to aim to raise a target of £100 in sponsorship. For more details, visit the National Literacy Trust website.