Group Status: Just started getting online!
..We are a Carnegie shadowing group. We are made up of year sevens, eights and nines. We meet every Thursday lunchtime, our amazing school librarian even buys us sweets for our meetings. We welcome everyone in all years and encourage people to come. We believe that reading is important and that people should read more often.
I can’t remember life before books and libraries. Thank you, parents. My first favourite was Peter Puffer’s Fun Book, a thrilling blend of friendly steam engine, a frontispiece map, and the rescue of ducklings from Mr Fox, told in verse. I still love stylish books that transport me to another place, adventurously.
The school library was my second home. I even worked there after A-levels. My voracious reading habit had prepared me for reading English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Later, I trained as a secondary school English teacher. I loved promoting reading, especially persuading reluctant readers to open a book. Helping run Carnegie Shadowing Groups was a summer highlight. I studied Art History, as art galleries are my second favourite public spaces.
Three years ago, as a mother-of-three and a busy vicar’s wife, I wanted a career that would give me back my evenings. No more marking! I went back to my first love, libraries, becoming an assistant school librarian in our huge, thriving local high school, and started working towards CILIP Chartership. As part of this journey, I joined the local YLG committee, and am enjoying my second year as the judge for the Eastern Region. Ironically, I lost my evenings in the process last year, but have gained so much through the honour of reading so many nominated books. I look forward again to sharing them at school – our book group relishes discussing the CKG lists and choosing favourites.