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Herne Bay High School has been shadowing the Carnegie Book Award since 2002. This year our readers have included 20 pupils and 7 members of staff. We meet in small groups once a week to talk about our reading and enjoy our biscuits. When the winner is announced we hold a finale party in the LRC.
From an early age I’ve always enjoyed reading and have fond memories of regular trips with my parents and sisters to the local library. Childhood favourites were Watership Down, The Borrowers, Tom’s Midnight Garden and poetry by A.A.Milne. I have always been passionate about children’s literature and children’s library services and promoting books to children and parents.
I started working in libraries when I left school in the 1980s with Southwark Libraries and helped run under-fives sessions and storytelling events, which I loved. After qualifying I spent a number of years as a trade union librarian but, whilst chartering I decided I wanted to go back into public libraries. During chartership I joined the YLG and went to a number of events and training activities and also set up a school library. I have now worked for Bromley Libraries for over eight years and have set up and run a number of children’s reading groups within my own branch which have catered for all ages from young children up to teens. With all these groups we have shadowed the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals.
Meeting authors, illustrators, publishers and other librarians has enthused and inspired me. I am committed to developing the reading skills and habits of children and young people and have thoroughly enjoyed my first year as a judge and am looking forward to the second year in this position, which I see as an honour and a privilege.