August 2021 SLS Mini Newsletter

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Staffordshire School Library Service



News and Updates from Staffordshire Schools' Library Service

National Book Lovers Day 2021

National Book Lovers Day

Welcome to a Summer mini newsletter from Staffordshire SLS!

National Book Lovers Day is on Monday 9th August 2021.  This is a great day for all those who love books and reading.  The National Book Lovers website has some great ideas of activities to do on the day.  So why not explore your local library or book shop to see what exciting treats you can find?

Summer Reading Challenge 2021

Summer Reading Challenge 2021

The Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) is run annually by The Reading Agency to motivate children to read during the summer holiday.  The Challenge started in Staffordshire libraries on Saturday 10th July and finishes on 13th September 2021.  See The Reading Agency website for more details.

Creative Explorers

Creative Explorers

Staffordshire Libraries and Arts Service will be offering an online programme of creative activities this summer to complement the Summer Reading Challenge.  Families are invited to take part in fun creative activities over the summer holidays.  From 24th July families can sign up to Go Wild Zoom Workshops every Wednesday in August.  See the Creative Explorers website for more details.

The Bandit Queen

Author and Illustrator Event

On Tuesday 12 October 2021 Natalia and Lauren O'Hara will host an event at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.  Tickets are £6 per child and free for adults.

Contact Marian Keen-Downs, for more information, at or on 07572 825704

The Book Corner

The Cat and the Rat and the Hat

Written by Em Lynas and illustrated by Matt Hunt, this picture book is for 3 to 6 year olds.  Cat is sitting on his favourite mat when Rat comes along with a great hat.  Cat want Rat's hat but when Bat arrives wearing a cravat both Cat and Rat are after that!  A treat for picture book lovers.

The Cat and the Rat and the Hat

Freddy and the New Kid

Freddy and the New Kid

Written by Neill Cameron, this book is for 7 to 12 year old pupils.  Freddy loves being a robot and using his superpowers. But he's about to meet someone who doesn't think rocket boosters or lasers are the coolest thing on the playground.  When Aoife, the new kid, turns up at school the ultimate challenge begins, to decide once and for all who is superior: humans or robots?


Cast out from the clockwork island of Ironhold, where mechanical technology controls everything, Orin Crowfall finds himself adrift on a small boat in the middle of the ocean.  Orin soon realises the journey won't be easy.  It will take courage and strength, trusting in new friends and embracing the spirit of adventure, if Orin wants to save his home.


Good News

Non - Fiction

Good News: Why the World is Not as Bad as You Think was written by Rashmi Sirdeshpande and is for KS2 and KS3 aged students.  A positive look at the news, from all sources, looking at real events that are having good effects on people and the planet, as well as a guide to what fake news is and how to spot it.

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