Shadowing in your area: North West

St Gregory's Catholic High School
Group Leader: Janet Mason

Group Status: We are seriously reading the books!

..We are a small group of pupils and adults who are enthusiastic about reading.

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Judge North West: Karen Poolton

I feel very old when I realise that I now have over 30 years’ experience of working with children and young people in school and public libraries.

After graduating, I worked for a year as a Reference Librarian in the West Midlands before moving to the North West, where I took up a post as a school librarian in a secondary school. This gave me my first experience of working with young people and I loved it, staying there for a long time, including two maternity leave periods.

In 2000 I took up a post with Warrington Libraries managing a dual-use library. My role changed to managing staff in a group of community libraries but I always kept the dual-use library and continued to be their school librarian. This period widened my experience considerably beyond working with teenagers in school, but encouraging young people to read has always been my passion and, six years ago, when I was going to lose any direct work with children I decided to move back into a school environment. I'm now thoroughly enjoying my role as a Librarian at St Bede’s College in Manchester.

I have been involved with the North West YLG committee for over 11 years and feel really privileged (as well as excited and nervous) to be able to represent them as their Carnegie Greenaway judge.