Group Status: We're reading!
Welcome to Idsall! Our Carnegie group is made up of pupils from a Year 9 English class (Miss. Devey) who are following this year's Carnegie Book Award. They are: James, James, Jamie, Hannah, Katherine, Rhys, David, Jess, Tom and Nicola. The others in this Y9 English class are following previous years of Carnegie. In July, it will be our fourth annual meet up with The William Brookes school (which has a brill. librarian with an obscure name). We'll be having a picnic and our third Bashes competition (similar to the Ashes, but with more books and quiz than cricket) for our Year 9s. We've even got a cup for the winners mis-inscribed 'The Bashers'. WE AIM TO WIN THE BASHES FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A ROW!!! Our Greenaway Group are a mish-mash of pupils from different year groups who come to BookZone. From the top of my head, in the group is: James, Charlie, Daniel, Hannah, Sarah...and a few more!
I have always loved reading, and books and libraries played a huge part in my childhood. I’ll never forget the smell of my local library as a child and the feeling of excited anticipation I felt when walking in there, ready to choose my books for the next fortnight! Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl were my two favourite authors and I can remember getting my Nan to read stories from ‘The Magic Faraway Tree Collection’ over and over again. I remember taking out a copy of Esio Trot when I was 6 years old, it had just come out and I was the first person to borrow it from Shrewsbury Library, I was adamant that I would read it on my own, although the ‘tortoise language’ probably made this slightly more confusing!
During school and college my love of the classics grew and while studying for my English degree I fell in love with dystopian fiction, reading any example I could lay my hands on!
I became a qualified Librarian in 2008 and have worked as Librarian for Children and Young People for Telford and Wrekin Libraries since then. I love my job and the diversity it has, being able to promote my passion of reading and libraries to others has to be the best job in the world. I have worked closely with many local schools over the years and engaged with them in a variety of projects including ‘Telford Book Awards’, ‘Summer reading Challenge’ and ‘Carnegie Greenaway Shadowing Groups’. I have been a part of West Midlands YLG for 7 years and have been the West Midlands rep on the National YLG committee for the last 4 years. All of which have given me great pleasure. I have read all of the nominated titles for Carnegie and Greenaway for the last three years and am thrilled and honoured to be returning to the judging panel this year!