Shadowing in your area: Yorkshire & Humber

Meltham Library and CE School
Group Leader: Miss Barnden

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Featured Shadowing Groups: Yorkshire & Humber

Judge Yorkshire & Humber: Alison Cassels

I was a passionate reader from my early years but realised I could work with books as a career on a work experience placement at a primary school. To keep me busy, they asked me to sort out the library and I thought ‘I could do this all the time!’ I’ve now worked in libraries for over 35 years in Cambridgeshire, Hampshire and currently in Wakefield. I’ve done a wide variety of jobs but I’ve always loved working with children ever since the day I first read ‘Harry the Dirty Dog’ to a Storytime group. I don’t know if they were hooked on storytelling by this experience, but I was.

My job title of Senior Library Officer for Reading and Children involves everything from stock selection and promotion to reader development, programmes and events for both adults and children. I particularly love anything that involves talking about books, from author visits to readers’ groups.  

Many years ago I visited The Manor at Hemingford Grey (‘Green Knowe’) and was so excited to be allowed to hold Lucy Boston’s Carnegie Medal (1961 A Stranger at Green Knowe).Little did I guess that one day I would have the privilege of helping to choose the Carnegie and Greenaway medal winners and in their 80/60th anniversary years too. I would say it was the experience of a lifetime but now it starts again and I think it will be even more exciting in 2018!