Agnès Guyon, Senior Librarian with Children’s Services at East Lothian Council, won the inaugural Youth Libraries Group Public Librarian Award announced at their national conference in Manchester.
The Award has been introduced by the Youth Libraries Group UK wide organisation, affiliated to CILIP the professional body for librarians, to celebrate its 70th anniversary.
It recognises outstanding service delivery and development by a librarian working with children and young people in a public library setting.
Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, Cllr Jim Goodfellow, said: “The Youth Libraries Group Award aims to showcase best practice across the whole of the UK and it’s a tremendous achievement for Agnés to win this. Public libraries play a key role in learning, leisure and cultural opportunities for children and young people and Agnès and her colleagues arrange and promote a diverse number of events and initiatives that engage children’s interest and helps to foster an enjoyment of reading.”
Judges for the award were Nicola Davies, Anne Fine and Booktrust’s Emily Drabble. Anne Fine was the first children’s novelist to be honoured as Children’s Laureate, a multi-award winning writer and a tireless champion for children’s reading and for libraries. Emily Drabble was the editor of The Guardian’s Children’s Book website and is Head of Children’s Book Promotion and Prizes. Nicola Davies is a multi-award winning author.
Emily Drabble said: “This was an incredible application. Agnès’s energy is palpable and I’m sure totally infectious for all who encounter her. She obviously goes above and beyond her job description constantly with her author award, her literature festival and I was excited about her passion for graphic novels. I also thought the work she was doing connecting schools and libraries was important and inspiring.”
Cllr Goodfellow added: “With the East Lothian Library Service being a finalist for the UK library of the Year Bookseller Award in July and our East Lothian Literacy Festival having just happened, the library service is doing much to promote reading and creativity in children and young people.”