Shadowing in your area: Wales

YJB Library
Group Leader: Sarat Mason

Group Status: Have voted for our favourites and will be watching the award ceremony on Monday, hoping they will win! We have enjoyed visits from our local Judge, Anne Thomas and will be watching the award ceremony on Monday and eating cake!

..We are the \'Mad About Books\' reading club, we are a group of many individuals, that all have one thing in common... Our mutual love of books and reading! We are made up of year groups Year 7 up to Year 9 and we meet up in our school library every Wednesday lunch-time. We talk about the books we have been reading and give in reviews and update our Carnegie reading page.

Featured Shadowing Groups: Wales

Judge Wales: Anne Thomas

I have worked in public libraries for over 20 years, involved with children generally but for the last few years my job has involved supporting the Senior Manager for Literacy and Learning in Conwy, based in Colwyn Bay and Llandudno libraries. This has included all aspects of library work with children, including Book Start, Summer Reading Challenge, story times and author visits. I also help with stock selection and ordering for ages 0-18 and adult learning materials for the Conwy libraries.

After a refurbishment in 2008 I did some reading and reviewing for Which Book and had a short involvement as part of the team planning and reading titles for the North East Wales Book Quiz, which was great fun.

I have been the librarian at Llandudno Library since 2012, managing staff, building and customers.

Children's books have always been important to me - the Carnegie 80th Anniversary Celebrations have thrown up some old favourites which has been a lot of fun. The need for good quality children's fiction is as important as ever and so I am delighted to be taking part in the judging panel representing Wales and am very much looking forward to the experience.