Favourite quotes from “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard

“If there was ever a person begging for an elbow to the face, it is Evangeline Samos” p102

“You wouldn’t know hardship if it kicked you in the teeth, and believe me, it does that a lot.” p105

“Evangeline Samos is a bloodthirsty jerk.”p162

…we’re thieves, we’re rats. We know when to fight and when to run. p166

You have a bad habit of trying to save me. p166

So they’ve finally bumped you up to training…Either you’ve been very good or very bad. p170

And if I’m really lucky, Evangeline will be deathly ill and stuck in bed for the rest of her miserable life. p170

Not everyone is special. p171

I thought princes were born with the ability to dance and make idle conversation. p226

Graduated from Protocol already? Did you finally master the art of sitting with your legs crossed?

“Are you talking about the prince you’re engaged to or the one waiting in the woods.” p162

“Anyone can betray anyone.”

“If you know someone’s fear, you know them.”

“I’m a Red girl in a sea of Silvers and I can’t afford to feel sorry for anyone, least of all the son of a snake.”

“Are you going to babysit me every day or just until I learn my way around?”
“What do you think?”
“Here’s to a long and happy friendship, Officer Samos.”
“Likewise, my lady.”
“Don’t call me that.”
“Whatever you say, my lady.”

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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized


Coding for Beginners in a library Makerspace

One of the tricks with successful makerspaces activities in libraries is developing them so they are doable with limited staffing and staff preparation and can be done during a lunchtime or similar restricted time period. These activities need to be fun and engaging as students are giving up their own time, and age appropriate. One such activity is coding. This article looks at pencil coding which can be easily done by ages 10 upwards. It is user friendly for teachers and library staff to gain skills. The coding requires needs internet connected computing devices. Coding is considered so important in the UK curriculum, that it was announced in September that all students from ages 5 to 16 must learn coding at school:

“This is very much not vocationally driven,” Peyton Jones said. “It’s not motivated primarily by saying there’s a skill shortage in this country and we need to have more people who can programme. It’s motivated instead by saying: ‘What sort of education do our children need?”

The concept of removing ICT as a separate subject at lower year levels is that ICT can be included within subject areas. The problem with this notion is that teachers choose the best tool to achieve their subject learning objective and this will be influenced by their own skill set. While this debate continues, school libraries have the opportunity to offer coding, both inside and outside class time. This promotes the library as providing technology leadership, learning extension, differentiation and a safe haven for students.

 So, how to get started?

The website is engaging, easy to use and resources are provided. There is an overview video at (3 mins) and one for Getting started at (4 mins 26 secs).

Step by step instructions

Go to

Click “Let’s play.” Click the blue play button – see what happens. Look at the code that created this movement.

To create your own code, click top left on the word “blocks” located on the blue bar. Highlight the code that is there and delete it. Students can use either the blocks to code, or type their own code.

Go to Lesson 1 at The beginner activities are a good place to start, and then move through these to the more advanced activities. These activities challenge the students by providing starting code, then students need to complete the code to finish the challenge.

There are more activities at from page 9 onwards which can be printed out. These are good for student choice and practice and again progress from beginner to a more advanced level.

If students would like to save their coding, they can sign up for an account:

There are other resources for teachers at

Not only is free, but there is a worldwide group of pencil code hackers who meet at hackathons and are continually improving and developing this resource. is an easy way to introduce coding.


While technology skills, such as coding, have value for both males and females, the US government sees supporting women to move into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) areas as “an essential part of America’s strategy to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men… Increasing opportunities for women in these fields is an important step towards realizing greater economic success and equality for women across the board.” The STEM movement is widespread, but increasingly STEAM is gaining attention which highlights “Art” or design as an important future technologies skills  The following youtube clip further highlights the stereotypes that operate to discourage girls from gaining digital skills, and the opportunities and advantages for women in pursuing learning in technology:

On the ground, how did this coding happen? I just printed out some activities from, and at lunchtime in our primary library asked if any students wanted to learn coding. The interested students, ageing from 10 to 13, as in the photo, logged on to and did the 2 beginner activities, and then started choosing different activities to keep working on. We have had several meetings and the students have been exploring this at home as well. They are keen to keep meeting, so we have established Tuesday lunch as a good time, so I am looking forward to them outstripping my meagre skills and learning more from them.

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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized


Oliver user group meeting

Federated searching

Library as one stop shop

Librarylink and booking module

Genre fiction

Enhancing Catalogue  Home Page

Custom Reports – Firstclass web to picking slip, consumables billing

Setting up Federated Search


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Softlink Oliver genre fiction cataloguing

From Margaret and Loris at Hillbrook, genre fiction cataloguing method

Choice of parameter: either Resource (or Copy) classification. You do have the option to change this at any time.

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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Oliver, Softlink


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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Oliver


Oliver Softlink Librarylink and Booking Module



Self-Publishing Tools

Print and online book
Blurb Photo books, print books, blog to book, ebook and more. Works like publisher. Can be tricky when words go over pages.
CreateSpace Print and e-book publishing platform from Amazon.
Lulu Create print and e-book formats; also create calendars and other items.

Online book only
Flipboard E-zine publishing for mobile devices.
Issuu The fastest-growing digital publishing platform in the world. Online only, but easy to use.
MagCloud Print and digital including glossy print magazines – by HP.
Scribd Popular subscription book service with strong social media leverage. (images may not be as clear as desired)
Flipsnack ebooks online flipping book software that allows you to convert pdf into flip ebooks (may have 15-page limit)
ePaperFlip allows conversion of PDFs into a unique digital page flipping experience in minutes. PDFs are converted into digital flipbooks that are viewable across all digital platforms and social media.
iBooks Author Self-publishing platform from Apple

P.S. Please be aware that there are several types of pdf. Making a word document and then saving to pdf may create a pdf that is not fully compatible with some of these online publishing tools.

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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Uncategorized


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