'Worthy' school librarians shortlisted for award

'Worthy' school librarians shortlisted for award

Librarians from Devon, Dorset, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Edinburgh are in the running for this year’s School Librarian of the Year Award, given by the School Library Association (SLA).

This year’s shortlist of five comprises: Sophie Chalmers, who runs Southbrook School’s library in a double-decker bus in Devon; Rachel Knight, the librarian at Sherborne Girls in Dorset; Amy McKay, a librarian at Corby Business Academy in Northamptonshire, who is also a member of the YLG (Youth Libraries Group) committee; Alison Tarrant from Cambourne Village College and Cambridgeshire, who set up a library Amnesty International Youth Group; and Lauren Thow, who established a literature festival at Portobello High School in Edinburgh.

Ginette Doyle, chair of the award's selection committee, said: “Every year I speak about the amazing, high-level librarians who have reached the honour list and think that they cannot be bettered.”

She said this year’s librarians were all doing “incredible work” and were “very worthy” candidates for the prize.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 3rd October. The prize will be presented by Kim Slater, author of Smart and Seven Letter Word (Macmillan Children’s Books).