VISIT TO NOTTS EDUCATION LIBRARY SERVICE – OUR CHAMPIONS OF READING!
Posted on June 1, 2018 in Blog
Last week, I popped in to visit the team at Education Library Service (ELS) at the Inspire HQ. I took some of the foreign editions of my books that I know will be put to good use in Nottinghamshire schools.
My Young Adult novels have sold in nine foreign territories so far and authors always get at least one copy of the foreign edition of a book. It’s so interesting to see the story you have written in different languages, sometimes with a completely different cover. But once I place one on my bookshelf, the others often languish in a cupboard. Donating them to the ELS is a much better idea, I think!
While I was there, my husband and I were treated to an impromptu tour of the facilities at ELS. We were amazed at the range of books, both fiction and non-fiction, available to schools who ‘buy in’ to their crucial service at a time when reading is so important to both our young people and our communities. For an annual fee, the ELS service enables schools to enjoy unlimited swaps of their library books in school . . . the more they swap, the better value they get! This enables them to stretch their budget for books much further and offers students a fantastically wide choice of reading.
We were also very honoured to board the ELS mobile library, the pride and joy of driver, Chris, who has such passion and pride in his bus, enabling books to be accessible to all schools as he takes reading on the road!
Development Librarian, Rachel Marshall, and the ELS team also organise the prestigious Brillant Book Award each year, which my second novel, A Seven-Letter Word, was lucky enough to win this year. An enormous amount of work and passion goes into organising this very popular award which gets young people in local schools reading and reviewing the eclectic shortlist, often discovering new authors and genres they love.
In these sad times of continued widespread cuts to libraries and to school librarians, the Education Library Service plays a vital role in continuing to inspire the young people of Nottinghamshire to love books and reading.
Their work with schools is often undertaken quietly and behind the scenes. How lucky we are to have them.