National Shelf Service launches Monday featuring daily book recommendations for children and young people.
CILIP, the UK’s library and information association announces the launch of the “National Shelf Service”, a new daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from professional librarians. Focusing on helping children and families discover new, diverse reading experiences, the broadcast will run Monday to Friday at 11.00am each day at www.cilip.org.uk/nationalshelfservice.
Speaking about the launch, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards and children’s librarian Jake Hope said, “With some library services reporting increases in online book lending of up to 700%, there has never been a better time for the nation’s librarians to step up and help families discover great new reading experiences from home. As professional librarians, we know that it is essential to keep children motivated and enthusiastic about reading, despite being stuck indoors. The National Shelf Service will harness the reach of YouTube to help us support parents in doing exactly that.”
Alison Brumwell, Chair of the CILIP Youth Libraries Group also commented, “The launch of the National Shelf Service is a real step towards fulfilling the mission of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards to “inspire and empower the next generation to create a better world through books and reading”. Librarians have a unique ability to connect readers with unusual and diverse reading experiences that fire the imagination, build empathy and help develop their skills and confidence. This is a great opportunity for our profession to support the nation through this current crisis.”
The National Shelf Service will feature one librarian and one book recommendation each day. The books will focus on great reading experiences for children and young people, with an emphasis on helping them to discover and enjoy diverse characters and authors from diverse backgrounds. The selected titles will be available to borrow as e-books from local libraries via their websites.
The first week’s recommendations will draw on the 80-year history of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards as part of a celebration of this year’s shortlists. Thereafter, librarians will be encouraged to recommend a wide range of titles for children and young people – supporting their creativity and wellbeing as well as helping them to build literacy and confidence.
Notes for Editors
The National Shelf Service will broadcast from Monday to Friday at 11.00am each day. The broadcast will be available via CILIP’s YouTube channel at www.cilip.org.uk/nationalshelfservice and viewers will be invited to respond to the book recommendations via the comments.
CILIP is the professional association for librarians and information professionals. Our mission is to help our profession change lives through information, reading and literacy. More information about our work is available from www.cilip.org.uk.
Banner image from Luna Loves Library Day by Joseph Coelho & illustrated by Fiona Lumbers.