Shadowing in your area: South East

Carterton Community College Carnegie Group
Group Leader: Claire Friedli

Group Status: First Meeting - Tuesday 30th April

..Our group is: Ella, Caitlin, Bethann, Callum, Josh D, Josh R, Chris, Kieran , Ruby and Eleanor Mrs F and Mrs Cox

Featured Shadowing Groups: South East

Judge South East: Carol Hales

I have been working in public libraries for more than 30 years in a variety of roles, but those that I have enjoyed most and found most rewarding have centred on working with children and young people, sharing my enthusiasm for children’s books and reading.

I have always loved reading children’s books – from my own childhood favourites, The Moomins and anything by K M Peyton, through the many books that I read to my children as they grew up, and now the great wealth of current children’s fiction. My family is always surprised if they find me reading an adult book!

For the past 5 years, I have been organising and managing the Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award, and I have seen first-hand how great books, author visits and creative opportunities can ignite a love of reading in children. I also co-ordinate the library-based Chatterbooks reading groups across Surrey and, for 3 years, organised the Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Festival.

When my children were young, I worked in their primary school library – a job that was challenging but also hugely enjoyable. One of the very best aspects was watching children enthusiastically recommending books to one another.

My current job is not a specialist children and young people’s role, but I maintain my awareness and knowledge of children’s books through active participation in the South East YLG Committee, as Treasurer for 3 years and currently as Chair. I also take every opportunity to attend conferences, training and other events related to children’s books and reading.