• Send out reading lists for e.g. for AR levels, year groups or key stages with a precis of the chosen books and how they can be accessed online
  • Collate a series of video links of authors talking about their books
  • Create your own genre stickers
  • Create your own stickers for attaining reading levels
  • Create a story that can be read in parts and released to students via video or text
  • Create a downloadable pack of literary pairs e.g. Romeo & Juliet, Piglet and Pooh for a pelmanism game to play at home
  • Make a word search based on a fiction book
  • Make a crossword based on a fiction book
  • Hold a short story competition and publish the best in a self published ebook
  • Get students to send you reviews of books they have read and collate
  • Compile lists of books you would like to add to stock

Non Fiction

  • Make guidance brochures for curriculum subjects 
  • Send out lists of free online databases to teachers and parents
  • Create reading lists for wider reading linking fiction reads to non fiction topics
  • Develop guides for enquiry based learning using models such as FOSIL, Big 6, 7 Pillars
  • Create a guide to help students understand critical literacy and academic writing
  • Set up a WebQuest for students
  • Create a guide showing alternatives to PowerPoint to present project results
  • Consider how digital literacy theories can be applied to projects and develop a guide
  • Investigate databases, organisations and websites/blogs that might support non fiction areas of the curriculum and compile lists
  • Create puzzles and quizzes to support non fiction curriculum areas


  • Create virtual posters using websites such as Glogster 
  • Plan displays for the future by researching the curriculum
  • Make QR codes with links to information
  • Create infographics for subject areas
  • Use Blockposters to create giant posters
  • Explore #Poundlandpedagogy on Twitter for cheap display ideas
  • Have a go at some creative book folding through video tutorial or a book
  • Look for ideas and examples of how to make creative displays online

Library Management System

  • Tidy up your authority files
  • Add keywords and subject headings to more resources
  • Add URLs to resources including fiction
  • Add summaries to resources 
  • Create edocs to upload to your database
  • Add videos to your database
  • Make the home page of your catalogue more relevant
  • Add price data to your books
  • Add see also references to your references
  • Devise templates for reports
  • Tidy up your classifications / shelf marks
  • Create reading lists
  • Add reviews from students and official ones too


  • Create or update your Twitter account
  • Create or update your Facebook account
  • Create or update your Instagram account
  • Design a library logo
  • Create a library brochure for students
  • Create a library brochure for staff
  • Create a library brochure for parents

Preparation & CPD

  • Prepare/write your annual report
  • Read the Ofsted Inspection Guidelines & prepare any evidence you might need
  • Sign up for a MOOC (Massive open online course)
  • Finish or begin your portfolio for CILIP accreditation, membership, fellowship or revalidation
  • Complete an Adult Education and Training Level 3 (AET) online
  • Complete an online course offered by the School Library Association
  • Watch TED talks related to school libraries and education
  • Begin a distance learning degree or Level 3 qualification in librarianship, information or education
  • Read back copies of professional journals
  • Read books on professional development such as The Innovative School Librarian and primary or secondary guidelines for schools
  • Read some of the publications on practice available from the School Library Association

This blog post was originally published on the CILIP School Libraries Group blog Talking Books here: