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School Libraries Group National Conference 2020 'Shaping Their Futures'

This is a time of change, challenge & opportunities for school libraries, librarians and the students / teachers that they support. Thieconference will examine & discuss these issues. It will explore what the future might look like for school libraries, education, reading, learning, publishing and book-selling as well as provide opportunities for librarians to network, share experiences, learn from their peers, meet favourite authors and celebrate 40 years of the CILIP School Libraries Group.

 Export to Your Calendar 24/04/2020 to 26/04/2020
When: 24/04/2020
Where: Kents Hill Conference Centre, Milton Keynes
Timbold Drive
Kents Hill
Milton Keynes, ---  MK7 6BZ
United Kingdom
Contact: Karen Usher
01482 875208 07714 218526

Online registration is available until: 11/04/2020
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Shaping Their Futures

SLG National Conference  

Friday 24th - 26th April 2020

Kents Hill Conference Centre, Milton Keynes, MK 7 6BZ 



Friday 24th April

12.00 Registration of Residential Delegates and Friday Day Delegates and Lunch

13.30 Start of Conference

Welcome by Caroline Roche, Chair of SLG 

Every Child has the Right to………Cressida Cowell, Children’s Laureate 2019 - 2021

Meet the Author : Thomas Taylor (sponsored by Walker Books)                                            At

The Future for Education: Geoff BartonGeneral Secretary, the Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL)

Exhibitor Roadshow part 1

Opening of the Exhibition and Drinks Reception with Not Now Bernard Themed Cocktails (Sponsored by Andersen Press)

Exhibitor Roadshow part 2

40th Birthday party, buffet and performances with host Philip Ardagh, SLG Lifetime Ambassador

A musical set with Steve Cole, Jo Cotterill and John Dougherty, plus live drawing, poetry and other performers

Enjoy a birthday toast and celebrate 40 years of Walker Books (sponsored by Walker Books)

Saturday 25th April

07.45 Registration of Day Delegates

08.00 - 08.45   Early Bird Breakfast Sessions

09.00  Welcome and SLG AGM: Caroline Roche, Chair of SLG with members of the SLG National Committee

            CILIP update: Nick Poole, Chief Executive CILIP

09.30   Stories and Choices – Children’s Reading for Pleasure: Alison David, Consumer Insight Director, Egmont Publishing.

Meet the Author -  Ross Mackenzie (sponsored by Andersen Press)

Seminar 1: see note below

The Future for Children’s Publishing and Bookselling - Panel of leading publishers and booksellers 

Seminar 2: see note below

Meet the Author: Hana Tooke (sponsored by Penguin Random House)

Impact Evaluation for School Librarians: Sharon Markless, Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, Kings College London

Seminar 3: see note below

17.15 Exhibition Takedown

18.30 40th Birthday Gala Dinner and special event

Sunday 26th April

07.45  Registration of Day Delegates

08.00 - 08.45   Early Bird Breakfast

09.00   Welcome – Caroline Roche, Chair of SLG 

Reading for Information and Learning    Darryl Toerien and members of the FOSIL group

Meet the Author

Seminar 4: see note below

Creating Readers through Information Books   - panel discussion

13.00    Close of Conference – Caroline Roche, Chair of SLG 

There will be refreshment breaks, lunches and dinners plus picnic bag lunches on Sunday for those that have pre-booked them at an extra cost

A bookshop will be provided by Norfolk Children's Book Centre and all the authors at the conference will participate in Signing Sessions 

Seminar Sessions: These are some of the seminar options, others will be added shortly.

Once we receive your booking form, you will be sent a list of all the final available seminar options for you to make your choices.

1. Creating Effective Displays: Pauline Carr, Alternative Display company

2. The Treasures of Seven Stories and how to make use of them: Seven Stories staff

3. 'Hot Topics': The Importance of Discussion - CILIP School Libraries Group's themed discussion packs: Lucy Chambers and Rosalind Buckland

Programmes with full details of times can be requested from and are also available on the School Libraries Group section of the CILIP website 

Costs: All PLUS VAT

Residential Weekend : Early Bird until 29/03/2020 £400 (Members)  £450 (Non-Members)

Closing Date for Bookings 11/04/2020 after Early Bird £450 (Members)  £500 (Non Members)

Day Visitors: Friday including lunch £120 (Members)   £150  (Non Members) Saturday including lunch £145 (Members) £155 (Non Members)

Sunday    £50 (Members and Non Members) 

Saturday Gala Dinner and a Packed Lunch on Sunday can be added on Booking

Please note that the programme may be subject to change

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