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Services available from the school library service
The school library service offers a comprehensive range of services to support you and your school.
A full list of services can be found below:
Our experienced and qualified staff are available to advise schools on their school libraries and resource centres. See the advice and training page for more information.
We offer a selection of objects which will enhance curriculum topics. Some of these are intended for handling and others for display.
If you have staff who would like to pursue an NVQ in library and information services then we can provide assessor support.
Author boxes provide materials to help ensure children read a range of modern fiction by significant children's authors. The box contains a selection of up to 25 titles by one author. See the Author box application form [408kb] [word] to view the list of authors and request a box. The author boxes are loaned for one half-term per year.
You can request a visit from a real life author, poet, storyteller or illustrator to inspire your pupils to want to read. See the school visits and promotions page for more details.
Bag books are multi-sensory tactile stories for people with profound learning disabilities. Please ask us about this special resource and see the Bag Bookswebsite.
A big book collection comprises one collection of six titles that is exchanged every half-term. They are available for primary and special schools.
Schools may view current titles chosen to enhance school library collections at the bookshop in our Northallerton headquarters. Additionally, all schools may visit the loan collections at our Northallerton and Starbeck offices to choose their own project or reader development collections.
We also like to bring a display and exhibition collection to conferences, training sessions and meetings. If you are interested please contact us.
For more information see the school - book exhibitions page.
The 'schoolsownbookshop' is now open at the school library service headquarters in Northallerton. Chosen by experienced and knowledgeable staff, our books are eminently suitable to support school libraries in their curriculum and reader development needs. A 20 per cent discount is available when you visit the shop.
For more information see the school - book purchase scheme page.
We provide talks of up to half a day in your school to introduce children to a wide range of books and authors and foster a love of reading and listening to stories. See the school visits and promotions page for more details.
Chatterbooks is a national scheme of reading groups developed by the Reading Agency. Chatterbooks encourages children aged four to twelve years to read adventurously, talk about books and visit libraries with their families.
We provide a wide range of themes for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. A selection of up to 25 titles can be loaned for one half-term per year. See the Genre box application form [398kb] [word] for a list of genres and to request a box.
A whole range of books are available catering for reluctant readers as well as the more able. Each guided reading set includes six books and are selected according to the school's requirements. Each package includes three guided reading sets that are exchanged every term. Multiples of three sets can be purchased. See the guided reading sets book lists below for details of the titles available.
You can loan interactive whiteboards for one term.
We publish several newsletters each year. They are designed to keep schools informed about developments with the service throughout the year. They also feature news of promotional offers and special deals if available. The latest edition can be found below.
The project loans service provides individual teachers with specially selected resources for all subjects and key stages to support all aspects of the curriculum. See the Schools library service - loans page for more information.
Use the reading books package to maintain a constantly refreshed set of books in your school. For primary and special schools units of 60 books can be exchanged three times a year. For secondary schools, 200 reading books can be exchanged once a year. Your school will receive a postcard notifying you of the exchange date at least two weeks prior to the exchange.
The books are selected according to the school's specification, for example reading ability or interest.
We offer support and advice in setting up and running reading groups and can support them with the loan of books. We offer the Chatterbookspackage but other packages can be developed to the school's own specification.
Our storysacks are on well known stories and from commercial producers. They are available as a one term loan.
Our taster box comprises a maximum of 24 books for a one term loan per year. See the Taster box application form [388kb] [word] for a list of types of resources to choose from and to request the box.
Themed collections comprise up to 25 books and associated display materials on a particular theme. They are loaned for a single term. See the Themed and special collections application form [409kb] [word] for a list of themes and to apply for a collection.
Training courses are provided throughout the year on a variety of subjects, including library management; reader development; and computerised library systems. See the Schools library service - advice and training page for more information.