School Librarian of the Year 2009

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Lucy Bakewell of Hill West Primary School in Sutton Coldfield was announced earlier today theSchool Librarian of the Year 2009, and presented with her award by Anne Cassidy, award-winning author of Looking for JJ. Ginette Doyle, Chair of the judging panel, who had visited many librarians around the UK shortlisted from those nominated by their colleagues this year, said: 'Primary schools are vital in inspiring children to read and reading is so important in the development of children, expanding their imagination, their knowledge, their vocabulary. They also are the places where children begin to learn to learn, where information skills are first taught, creating individuals competent in finding information. Few primary schools can afford to have a librarian and many rely on dedicated individuals, such as Lucy to run their libraries. Lucy inspires her pupils to love books and reading and she inspires the adults around her. Hill West School is an example of a marvellous school where reading and books are central to learning, much of which is down to Lucy. We feel that it is really important to raise the profile of good primary school library practice, to demonstrate that with the right person in place wonderful things can be achieved.'

Lucy responded: 'I am ecstatic and honoured to be given this award for something I love doing. I have the best job in the world and it's a joy to spend time the library. I feel passionate about making the library a space that children feel is their own and am delighted to receive the honour for the children and for the school. It is exceptionally important that a primary school has won for the first time. It is vital to enthuse and engage children in books and reading from an early age.'

The work of three other exceptional school librarians on the Honour List was also celebrated.
• Barbara Band - The Emmbrook School, Wokingham
• Lynne Varley - Sponne Community Technology College, Towcester
• Joy Wassell-Timms - Parrs Wood High School, Didsbury


From left to right
Joy Wassell-Timms - Parrs Wood High School, Didsbury
Lucy Bakewell of Hill West Primary School in Sutton Coldfield - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR 2009
Barbara Band - The Emmbrook School, Wokingham
Lynne Varley - Sponne Community Technology College, Towcester

The Award, created in 2004, aims to recognise the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day.


Photograph from left to right
Standing
Ingrid Hopson - SLA School Librarian of the Year 2007
Tricia Adams - Director School Library Association (SLA)
Geoff Dubber - Chair SLA
Anne Robinson - SLA School Librarian of the Year 2005
Alyx Price - Scholastic (sponsor)
Anne Cassidy - author and guest speaker
Nikki Heath- SLA School Librarian of the Year 2008
Elaine McQuade - Scholastic (sponsor)
Ginette Doyle - Chair SLYA Panel
Alasdair Darroch - Softlink Europe (sponsor)
Lucy Haire - Learn.co.uk, The Guardian (sponsor)
Miranda McKearney - President SLA/The Reading Agency
Seated - the four School Librarians on the SLA School Librarian of the Year 2009 Honour List
Joy Wassell-Timms - Parrs Wood High School, Didsbury
Lucy Bakewell of Hill West Primary School in Sutton Coldfield - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR 2009
Barbara Band - The Emmbrook School, Wokingham
Lynne Varley - Sponne Community Technology College, Towcester

Photo credit:
Philip Paul Photography

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