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Thursday, 17 February 2011

Announcement: The 10pm Question Blog Tour

I am very excited to be on board The 10pm Question Blog Tour.

Here is what you can expect to enjoy from the tour:

28th Feb - Hop on over to Chicklish to read an exclusive extract

1st March - Stop on by the Book Mogul to see the wonderful Kate de Goldi answer some of Kirsty's buring questions

2nd March - Be HERE! Kate and I will be generating a discussion based on an extract from The 10pm Question

3rd March - The lovely Nayu will be hosting a guest post from Kate all about her writing life

4th March - Kate will be sharing another guest post at Once Upon a Bookcase - this time on theme of mental illness.

5th March - The final stop is over at the fabulous I Want To Read That where the lovely Sammee will be giving away copies of The 10pm Question courtesy of Templar and will be reviewing the book.

A special thank you to Templar for inviting me to be a part of this tour. That week is going to be brill!

So in the spirit of a book which involves so many questions, if there's something you've been wanting to ask me, whether it be about blogging or being a children's librarian, ask it in the comments and I'll do my best to answer.

Go on: be brave. Ask away.


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Sounds like a very exciting book tour! I will follow it.

I am brave enough to ask you questions.:)

What's it like to be a children's librarian? How did you become one?

Becky said...

Great question Irena.
Well I became a children's librarian after I tried training to be a teacher and decided that I didn't really like it. I wanted to spend more time talking to the children about great books rather than trying to get them to learn about things like the uses of a comma.

My father-in-law suggested I would be a good children's librarian so I looked into it and got myself on a graduate traineeship. The rest as they say is history.

What's it like? Brilliant most of the time. I get to enthuse children about great books, run competitions, bring authors into school, teach them how to use the library. It's lots of fun. I do a lot of admin too which is perhaps the more boring side of things. i do get to select all the books that we have in the library which is great. The children are also able to request books to be stocked. After all they are what it's all about.

Cliona said...

I wish we had a school librarian! We don't have a very good school library :(

Are you a high school or primary school librarian? Which one do you think you would prefer? (if you had the choice)

Thanks Becky! And Irena great questions :)

Christina / Book Addict said...

This sounds like a great blog tour!

I have a question for you!

Do you teach anything with regards to research and how to use the computers for gathering information for projects? Our librarian does that as well and it seems overwhelming in addition to all of her other duties. Also, do you guys lend out e-books or lend out any e-readers? We just started to lend out e-readers, but the parents must sign a waiver. It's not very popular at this point. Thanks, Becky! :)

Becky said...

Apologies for not answering these questions sooner. I have just been sooo busy. Better late than never, right?

Cliona, my students are aged 3 - 13. I really love working with such a broad range. I have worked with older teens in the past. I really enjoyed that too. If I had to decide on my favourite age group it would be 7-11. I love that they are so imaginative and ready to try new things.

Christina, funny you should mention that actually, I am going to start more of that next year. Right now most of my teaching involves the younger students and getting them confident with using the library. Research using the books and library catalogue. So definitely more information literacy to be taught and it will be by me or embedded into the curriculum.

Do remember that post about e-readers and school libraries I wrote a while ago? Well I wrote a report for Senior Management and we decided we'd wait a bit longer before going down that route. I'd be interested to hear lots more about how it is working at your school.