Trio of ‘remarkable’ school librarians to be honoured in national awards

The finalists of the School Librarian of the Year have been unveiled. Ahead of the ceremony, Emma Lee Potter speaks to these inspirational professionals

Three outstanding school librarians are in the running for the 2015 School Librarian of the Year title.

The trio – from a Dublin secondary school, a Quaker independent school, and a junior high school in the wilds of the Shetlands – have all been honoured for their commitment to creating book-loving schools and inspiring children to read.

Annie Brady runs the library at St Paul’s Secondary School in Dublin. She started working there in 2008, when she was given the task of developing a new library from scratch.

The school has 250 boys on its roll and as well as encouraging every pupil to carry a book in their bag to read if they have a spare minute during the day, she supports teachers with lesson planning, helps students to practise their mental arithmetic and vocabulary, and surveys staff and students at the start of every academic year to make sure the library has books to suit everyone’s tastes.

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