Group Status: We're reading the 09 nominations and putting together our own shortlist.
We are a group of about 20 students from Years 8 -11 and 4 staff who meet on Fridays at lunchtime. We talk informally and find that our different reading tastes and opinions can lead to some interesting discussions, although not always about the books we're reading! We're all avid readers so it's good to get new ideas and recommendations. We've been reading the nominated books and meeting every two weeks since January.
I started my library career as a volunteer during the summer of 2004 and have been working with children and young people ever since (so 12 years). I got a library assistant job in the same library at the end of that summer and enjoyed being in public libraries for the next few years, achieving my MA in Librarianship at UCL in 2007 while working, until I decided to make the move to a school library in 2009. I had my daughter in 2015 and currently, after a year's maternity leave, am working part time as Librarian in a Special School. I've been on the CILIP YLG London committee for 6 years. I find it funny that I spent my teenage years reading grown up books but, having been working in children's libraries most of my adult life, I basically only read from children's lists!