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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.
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 from scratch, which was exhausting but incredibly rewarding. I have now worked for Bromley Libraries for seven 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.
I have always been passionate about children's literature and children's library services and promoting books to children and parents. I'm particularly interested in YA reading and helped to set up, and now regularly provide content for, the teen web page of the Bromley Libraries web site. Meeting authors, illustrators, publishers and other librarians has enthused and inspired me. Hosting author events for children who come to my children/teen groups have been very successful and enjoyable.
I am committed to developing the reading skills and habits of children and young people and believe playing an active role within the judging process will strengthen and boost this commitment. I'm very much looking forward to meeting the other judges and discussing the nominated books with them. I feel this position is an honour and a privilege and I'm very keen to get started.