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A photo report on the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award Ceremony at Dexter House, Tower Hill, London, 1 October 2012. The award was won by Adam Lancaster of Monk's Walk School in Welwyn Garden City.
Also awarded was the School Library Design Award, on its second year. Winner was The Duston School in Northampton. The school library, known as "The Hub" was praised by the judges for giving students "ownership of their own space and their own place. Funky furnishings, a bold colour scheme, creative space planning, natural and artificial lighting, effective acoustics and ever changing, motivating signage and graphics make The Hub a destination like no other."
Kevin Crossley Holland, author and chair of the SLA, in praising the finalists for the awards said: "Make no mistake about it! School libraries and school librarians are under real pressure – political apathy, cuts in their budgets, threats of redundancy, status within their schools. But all over the country, individual librarians are doing imaginative and valiant and, frankly, quite crucial work, inspiring a love of reading within their schools and communities. They’re not only custodians of the storyhoard, the river of poems and the building blocks of information but brokers of the relationship between books as physical artefacts and the Digital Age. Now, the very best of them have been shortlisted to be the SLA School Librarian of the Year. It’s an award that matters, and it should be recognised by each and every one of us.”
Sponsored by Scholastic Children's Books, Raintree Publishing, and Demco Interiors.
Photographs/Report by Candy Gourlay www.candygourlay.com
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