Mulit-award winning New Zealand author Mandy Hager is best known as a writer for young adults, though her published work also includes novels for adults, non-fiction resources for youth, scripts and short stories. She has won numerous awards, including being awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award, and the Best Young Adult fiction Award from the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults for her novel Singing Home the Whale in 2015.
Listen to this wonderful story here.
Mandy supports school libraries and librarians with this cool shelfie. We treasure her!
October is International School Library Month (ISLM), an annual celebration of school libraries worldwide. Find ways you can lead the celebration, participate and advocate for the importance of school libraries, library professionals, and the students that make them great!
The 2020 theme for ISLM is “Finding Your Way to Good Health and Well Being”. It is based on one of the UNSDG goals i.e. UN Sustainable Development Goal #3 “Good Health and Well Being”. This year we are inviting participants to think about and celebrate the link between books, reading, school libraries, good health and well being.
Reading changed my life
Here is another amazing children's author who is supporting our campaign.
Thank you Swapna Haddow.
Gerald Rillstone interviewed librarians from Wainuiomata and Rāroa Intermediates about the School Libraries Transform campaign. Both librarians stressed the importance of having a well supported school library at their schools but that not all schools in Aotearoa New Zealand are as lucky.
"Long time Wainuiomata Intermediate school librarian Nanette Meadows knows only too well the importance of a well resourced library."
"Rāroa Normal Intermediate School Library manager Clare Forrest is a passionate advocate for school libraries and says there is no mandate by the
Ministry of Education for a school to have a library."
Help fight for all schools in New Zealand by signing the campaign petition.
Mā te kimi ka kite, Mā te kite ka mōhio, Mā te mōhio ka mārama
Seek and discover. Discover and know. Know and become enlightened. Learning is a journey.
It starts with a conscious effort to seek knowledge.
Upon seeking, you will surely discover a brand new thing or see a familiar object in a totally new light. Eventually, the things you know will lead you to become wise beyond your years.
Seek. Discover. Know. Be enlightened.
Students from Queenstown Primary School share their love
of their school library. We think that Queenstown Primary School is lucky to be one of the 35% of schools in New Zealand Aotearoa that has a school librarian. Thank you school librarian Julia Morum for providing such a wonderful asset for her students.
SLANZA - School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa