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Another new Teen Librarian newsletter! This month as in many others I am sharing news, display ideas and things I have discovered in the hope that you will find them interesting and (hopefully) useful!

As a fairly long-time library advocate and activist I still get angry when I hear about library cuts and deprofessionalisation, in the UK the cutting of library services has gone beyond decimation, there are too many jaw dropping stats and stories to link to but the Save Our Libraries Essex Campaign twitter account linked to an image that raised my ire and in the US I have been reading about the loss of school librarians with Oregon and Michigan being particularly hard hit (although they are not the only ones).

As library workers we are all too aware as to how precarious a position libraries often occupy,  and are all too frequently gagged from discussing it with our patrons, so if you can help out colleagues in services outside your own without jeopardising your position it is worth doing! If you would like to get involved in some library closure protesting then you can take a look at the Protest Edition of my old Teen Librarian Monthly newsletter for a few ideas.

Fred Rogers is one of the best known and beloved television stars since the medium was first created. His popularity has not waned since his death in 2003. The news that Tom Hanks will be starring as Mr Rogers gave me an idea to create an inter-generational library display - you can find out about this below! If you would like to find out more about Mr Rogers you can do so here:

There is a lot going on in September, from from Friday the 13th to my favourite, Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th), Banned Books Week (in the UK & US) as well as the inaugural CILIP BAME Network Meeting and a whole lot more! (more details follow after this editorial!)

One of the highlights of my career as a Librarian to date was my time as a judge on the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel. The Medals have not been without controversy over the past few years, and after the discussion engendered by the 2017 long-lists, CILIP announced that a diversity panel would be set up to review the Medals and the processes behind awarding them. In 2018 wide-ranging changes were announced and recently historically under-represented library workers were encouraged to apply to join the judging panel, irrespective of CILIP membership, to open the judging panel to more diverse points of view. So if you identify as BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) and work in a Library somewhere in Britain, then I encourage you to consider applying, you will stand the chance of working alongside fellow passionate library folk and become a part of the oldest awards for books for children & young people in the UK!

If you are looking for specialist training and advice  on all aspects of school libraries and librarianship then look up Librarian Elizabeth Hutchinson, who, after a career working in school libraries has recently begun offering her services as an independent trainer and adviser specializing in all aspects of school libraries.

Quick reminder - if you would like to share work you have done or have an interesting piece of information that others may find useful, please drop me an e-mail at: 

Welcome to the Neighborhood Library

In November, the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers will be released.

Thinking about this sparked the idea for a Fred Rogers display in the library.

The idea itself is very simple, the backdrop could be an image of the set from Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood, props are optional but a folded red sweater and a pair of sneakers should suffice as well as DVDs and CDs of the show and a selection of books by and about Fred Rogers and his creations.

The sweater and sneakers can be borrowed from colleagues or sourced from a thrift store/charity shop and are not strictly speaking necessry but would be eye-catching and recognizable to fans of the show.

The set image can be downloaded by clicking on the image below:

A list of books by Fred Rogers can be seen here:

A list of current and forthcoming Daniel Tiger Books is available here:

Other books by and about Fred Rogers:

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Fred Rogers & Luke Flowers (Quirk Books)
  • The Good Neighbor: the Life and Words of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King (Harry N. Abrams Books)
  • Who Was Mister Rogers? by Diane Bailey (Penguin Workshop)
  • Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood: a Visual History by Fred Roges Productions (Clarkson Potter) published in October 2019


A list of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is available here

As with any lists these are not meant to be exhaustive and are merely examples fo what my exist in library collections.

What are Microaggressions?

A comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority) ~ Merriam Webster Dictionary

Resources to find out more from within a Library context:

Racial and LGBT Microaggressions: An Introduction for Library Leaders (ALA)
Microaggressions in Librarianship
Letters to a Young Librarian: Handling Microaggressions in the Library 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Library Diversity Committee Resources: Ouch/Stereotypes/Microaggressions 
Interrupting Microaggressions (a toolkit)

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries.

Between 22 – 28 September 2019, join in the push to raise awareness of the issues surrounding censorship and the banning of books.

Find out more about banned Books Week in the US: and in the UK:


UK: Build the Library of the Future (with LEGO)

As part of National Libraries Week (7-12 October) in the UK, CILIP will be running a competition encouraging participants to design and build the Library of the Future out of Lego. Entry to the competition will be open between 23rd September and 7th October.

Find out more about this competition, including how to enter, what you can win and other important bits of information here: 

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration recognizing the contribution Hispanic and Latinx Americans have made to the USA has been celebrated since 1968. Originally a week it was lengthened to 30 days in 1988.

September 15 of every year was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua). 
You can find out more about Hispanic Heritage Month here: and here:

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Latinx and Hispanic?

You are not alone! Fortunately cartoonist Terry Blas has got you covered with: You Say Latino: a mini comic


The BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) Network has been established to provide a forum for librarians and information professionals from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to share their experiences, support each other and network.

Working with CILIP and other partners, the Network will support the advancement of BAME professionals in the workforce and the development of diverse library, knowledge and information services.

You can join sign up to join the Network if you are a BAME Library & Information Professional here: 

Non-BAME Library & Information Professionals  are welcome to join the Allies Forum by following the same link.

CILIP BAME Network Inaugural Meeting

The inaugural meeting for the BAME Network will be held on September 12th at the University College London Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT United Kingdom

This initial meeting of the BAME Network is the first opportunity for BAME workers in the library, knowledge and information (LKI) workforce to meet in a friendly, safe and supportive space whilst also exchanging knowledge and experience with colleagues from different regions and sectors. The Allies Forum will hold a separate launch event at a later date

To find ou tmore and sign up for the meeting, please follow this link.

For full details & to apply:

Die the Comic and Tabletop Game 

Die is written by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Stephanie Hans, lettered by Clayton Cowles,designed by Rian Hughes and edited by Chrissy Williams. Together they have taken the idea of kids swallowed up by a game (think Jumanji - the original and the sequel, the 1980's Dungeons and Dragons cartoon and probably other things that I cannot recall at this moment) and skewed it darker and more intense.

Take a look at the teaser here.

Tis is more than just a comic - as compelling as that is, Mr Gillen has turned his mind into creating a tabletop game version of the first arc of the story, the beta version of which is downloadable here:

I have not played the game yet, I am trying to sell it to my library gaming group - and they are weakening but I can say that the comic is amazing! It has taken stories that I have grown up with and made me fall in love with them all over again! The first arc Fantasy Heartbreaker is available to purchase now as a trade paperback and the second arc started in August.

Die is perfect for anyone who enjoys tabletop games and dark fantasy comics!

Elizabeth Hutchinson Independent trainer and adviser 

School Librarian CPD:

Upcoming Dates for Displays


Friday 13th ideal for a display around superstition, it is also Roald Dahl's birthday
Thursday 19th International Talk Like a Pirate Day Arrrr!
Sunday 22nd - Saturday 23rd Banned Books Week
Monday 23rd depending on what hemisphere you currently reside in, the 23rd is the first day of Spring (Southern) or the first day of Autumn/Fall (Northern) either way the seasons are turning and changing
Sunday September 15th -  Tuesday October 15th Hispanic Heritage Month


In the UK, October is Black History Month and in the US it marks LGBT History Month

The Lost Words BBC Proms

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal winning book by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris inspired an album of songs and has been celebrated in the 2019 BBC Proms (Prom 49).

We celebrate the rich musical landscape of nature in a Prom inspired by the bestselling book The Lost Words, which revives disappearing words that describe the natural world.

With a brand-new ‘spell’ by the book’s author Robert Macfarlane, and live paintings from Jackie Morris, who created the original artwork, the programme includes the nightingale, quail and cuckoo calls from Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, the Arctic bird cries of Rautavaara’s Cantus arcticus, the carefree flight of Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending, plus new commissions by Jocelyn Pook and Alissa Firsova.

For a limited time, you are able to listen to the live Proms recording of The Lost Words here:

This mix is best listened to on headphones, which will allow you to experience the full spatial effect:

If this is your first encounter with The Lost Words, then listen to the magic of the music, songs and sounds & continue your exploration of the book here: then order it from your local library and then purchase a copy to keep forever!

The Lost Words was created by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris
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