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September 17, 2020 02:23 AM PDT

In this episode, we chat about adapting to library life during COVID-19. Many school libraries have struggled with getting book borrowing back on track with so much red tape in place. We talk about all the virtual measures we have put in place to get students engaged. We mention Eclipse, setting up a click & collect, the use of Youtube and Wakelet and we mention others ideas such as libraries on wheels.

From 9.44 we mention the Booktrust school library pack and how the process has changed. It is safe to say we are devastated that this charity can no longer offer this service to every school. Hopefully, this won't be forever as we love them and have built a buzz around them.

Please get in touch and let us know your thoughts on twitter @lounge_learning.

Youtube Link -> https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSTGrqdmJKR62y5J7LzLs2HT1elivBhh-

September 10, 2020 02:20 AM PDT

In this episode, we review all the books we read over the summer.

Starting with 'Black Flamingo' by Dean Atta (45), 'Starfish' by Akemi Dawn Bowman (2.15), 'Truly Devious' by Maureen Johnson (3.58), 'You See Me' by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott (5.21), 'Yes,no,maybe so' by Becky Alberti & Aisha Saeed (7.18), 'Girl, Boy, Sea' by Chris Vick (8.34), 'A Skinful of Shadows' by Frances Hardinge (10.38) and 'Children of Virtue & Vengeance' by Tomi Adeyemi (12.33).

As always follow us on twitter @lounge_learning and subscribe!

July 16, 2020 12:51 AM PDT

In this episode, we interview school librarian Lucas Maxwell. Lucas works at Glenthorne secondary school in London. He has been the librarian there for nine years and won school librarian of the year! For the first 11 minutes of the podcast, Lucas tells us about how he became a school librarian. He then lets us know how he transformed the library into a space the students enjoyed coming to and what he plans to do with his library moving forward. Follow Lucas on twitter @lucasjmaxwell

We then chat about books and there is a lot of them this week so make sure to jot down these recommendations for the summer! ‘Blood Moon’ by Lucy Cuthew (11.30), ‘Go with the flow’ by Lily Williams (13), ‘A Kind of Spark’ by Elle McNicoll (13.30), ‘The Wolf Road’ by Richard Lambert (14.30), ‘Patron Saints of Nothing’ by Randy Ribay (15.30), ‘Bearmouth’ by Liz Hyder (16.24), ‘A Good Girls Guide to Murder’ by Holly Bourne (17.07), ‘The Black Flamingo’ by Dean Atta (18.14) and ‘Harrow Lake’ by Kat Ellis (18.30).

This is our last podcast until September but please catch up on the others if you missed any! Also, stay in touch via our twitter @lounge_learning. Happy Summer Reading!

July 09, 2020 01:03 AM PDT

In this episode, we chat with one of our English teachers. Shelley starts by telling us how she got into teaching.

Then she lets us know all about etymology and how she is helping students understand vocabulary. (starts at 7 mins).

She later lets us know what she has been reading. Review of the 'The five' by Hallie Rubenhold at 12 mins.

Remember to follow us on twitter @lounge_learning and if you want to learn more about etymology check out these links:

July 02, 2020 07:57 AM PDT

In this episode, we mention our English departments Summer Reading Challenge. Our students have to read books from certain categories, every time they complete a book they earn a raffle ticket. In September the draw will be held. To support the Summer Reading Challenge we came up with a reading list for each category to help our students get started. View our reading lists on Wakelet -> https://wke.lt/w/s/QZbE9g

We then review our books (starting from 8 mins) 'Lark' by Anthony McGowan, 'What Momma Left me' Renee Watson and 'Lampie' by Annet Schaap.

As always get in touch with us via twitter @lounge_learning.

June 25, 2020 02:10 AM PDT

In this episode, Claire & Sophie reflect on their week. Claire finished her CILIP course and is now a chartered librarian! She chats about her journey and how it feels.

They then discuss welcoming the Year 10's back and filming their welcome videos for the new Year 7. In their welcome videos, they had to play the game 2 truths and a lie. Can you guess which one is the lie?

Book reviews then begin from 7 mins with 'Strange Worlds Travel Agency' by L.D.Lapinski and 'Ascension' by Victor Dixen.

Before they say goodbye they mention the Carnegie books and the winner Lark.

Let us know which one you think is the lie over on twitter @lounge_learning.

June 18, 2020 05:02 AM PDT

In this episode, Claire & Sophie discuss some of their favourite LGBTQ+ reads. Throughout the podcast they also let you know some facts about Pride month.

So want to read more LGBTQ+ YA books then look no further. Books mentioned and in order - 'Sprout' by Dale Peck, 'Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali' by Sabina Khan, 'Alex in Wonderland' by Simon James Green, 'Leah on the Offbeat' by Becky Alberti, 'Girl Heart Girl' by Lucy Sutcliffe, 'Things a Bright Girl can do' by Sally Nicholls, 'A Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue' by Mackenzi Lee, 'Song of Achilles' by Madeline Miller, 'Heartstopper' by Alice Oseman, 'Check Please' by Ngozi Ukazu, 'Pumkinheads' by Rainbow Rowell, 'Weight of a Thousand Feathers' by Brian Conaghan, 'Boys Don't Cry' by Malorie Blackman and 'Sonny & Me' by Ross Sayers.

Let us know your LGBTQ+ reads over on twitter @lounge_learning. Happy Pride!

June 11, 2020 03:42 AM PDT

In this episode, we reveal the book we are gifting our new year 7's - Boy 87 by Ele Fountain.

We then review all the books we have read! In order: 'Farwell Tour of a Terminal Optimist' by John Young (2 mins),'This is how you lose the time war' by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (4 mins), 'A Good Girls Guide to Murder' by Holly Jackson (5.17), 'SLAY' by Brittney Morris (7.24), 'Paper Avalanche' by Lisa Williamson (11.37), 'My so called Bollywood Life' by Nisha Sharma (13.86), 'Unstoppable' by Dan Freedman (15.40) and 'Sonny & Me' by Ross Sayers (17.40)

Be sure to stay up to date with everything books by following us on twitter @lounge_learning.

June 04, 2020 02:55 AM PDT

In this episode, we interview Olena who runs a Human Library in Winchester. We ask her what the Human Library is, how to run an event, which books you can read and what she is reading at the moment.

For more information about the Human Library please check out the links below:

Blog Post about the Library -> https://www.winchester.ac.uk/news-and-events/press-centre/media-articles/we-might-seem-very-different-but-when-you-peel-back-the-labels-were-all-human-underneath.php

Twitter -> https://twitter.com/humanlibwinch

Youtube -> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSgXTMFppdKqAaeyd4amegw/featured

Facebook -> https://www.facebook.com/humanlibrarywinchesteruk/

As always keep up to date with our twitter feed @lounge_learning

May 21, 2020 02:50 AM PDT

In this episode, we chat with Jess about her books! At the beginning of this academic year, we gifted all our Year 7 students with a copy of 'Swimming Against the Storm'.

We ask Jess the following questions:
1. What came first the characters or the plot?
2. What research did you do and were the people friendly?
3. How did you find out about the Loop Garou myth?
4. Is it important to you to promote other cultures when writing?
5. What advice would you give to young writers?
6. How did you get published?
7. Which authors inspire you?
8. What are you reading right now?
9. Chat to us about your most recent project, 'Where the Wilderness lives'.

Make sure to chat to us on twitter @lounge_learning and to check out Jess's website for more book news https://www.jessbutterworth.com/

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