Winner of SLA Inspiration Award 2014 Announced

Not even rainy weather and travel delays could dampen spirits at Monday’s SLA School Libraries Celebration Day.

The purpose of the day? To celebrate the impact of a great school librarian and an inspiring library on learning and teaching.

Finalists from the primary and secondary categories of the School Library Inspiration Award and librarians who made the honour list for School Librarian of the Year along with supporters of school libraries and librarians all came out to see who would walk away with the top prize.

Each of the four finalists in the running for most inspirational primary school library gave their presentations showcasing their libraries and telling the story of their journey from a space once described as ‘boring’ and ‘unloved’ to libraries pupils now find ‘exciting’, ‘cool’ and ‘brilliant’.

And the winner is…….

Author and illustrator Chris Riddell announced Oak Tree Primary School in Mansfield as the winners of the primary school category.

Primary Winners of the SLA Inspiration Award 2014Pictured: Selina Dawkins, and representatives from Oak Tree Primary School

Oak Tree Primary School Doorway ArtworkOak Tree Primary School Library

Judges praised Oak Tree’s resourcefulness in transforming their library from a small space in a corridor to a dedicated room with an enchanting fairy tale forest theme. ‘The staff at Oak Tree made this a community project forging links with local businesses and the local college. Help from these external sources enabled the school to make the most of their budget. Students from the local college designed the open book surround at the library entrance, mushroom kinderboxes and artwork for the walls whilst local businesses volunteered their time to input data into the new Library Management System.’

LFC are proud to sponsor the SLA Inspiration Award to highlight the positive impact school libraries have on children’s lives. We would like to congratulate Oak Tree Primary School and encourage everyone that made the short list to continue shouting about your school libraries.

Experience the day using the official hashtag #SLAInspiration14 for live tweets and pictures from the day or take look at our twitter feed @LFCcatalogue.

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2014 SLA School Library Inspiration Award Shortlist Announced

We are delighted to announce the shortlisted entries for the SLA School Library Inspiration Award 2014.





Primary School Category, sponsored by LFC

–        Ashington Central First School, Northumberland
–        Battyeford CE (VC) Primary School, West Yorkshire
–        Oak Tree Primary School, Nottinghamshire
–        Whyteleafe School, Surrey

Secondary School Category, sponsored by Gresswell

–        Bishop Challoner Catholic College, Birmingham
–        Budmouth College, Dorset
–        Dixons Allerton Academy, West Yorkshire

The judging panel were impressed with the quality of the entries from both primary and secondary schools. We look forward to the Celebration of Libraries Day on Monday 6th October 2014 where the winning school from each category will be announced.

LFC would like to thank all who entered and wish the shortlisted schools the best of luck.