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Sutton school librarian wins prestigious national award

A librarian at a school in Sutton has been recognised as the best in the country after winning a prestigious national award.

Lucas Maxwell of Glenthorne High School was awarded the honour of the School Librarian of the Year 2017 in the School Library Association (SLA) awards.

The award recognises the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day, highlighting the best practice of those whose work is outstanding.

Multi-award-winning author and illustrator Chris Riddell, President of the SLA, presented Mr Maxwell with the award at a special ceremony at The Hive, Worcester on Monday.

Judges praised the sense of fun in Lucas’s library: from timed Lego competitions to interactive and engaging library lessons. The library runs virtual author and careers sessions through Twitter and Skype and organises topical and imaginative inductions for new pupils, including one last year themed around the Pokémon Go craze.

Tricia Adams, Director of the SLA, said: ‘‘Lucas is a worthy winner and shows that school libraries are successful champions of both books and technology.  His library is obviously fun to be in and his ‘Poem in my Pocket’ initiative and ‘Open Mic’ nights make the library a much loved centre in his school.”

The library in Glenthorne moved to the Hub in May 2016 and now boasts a growing collection of over 7,000 books and access to 30 PCs. The library is a light, bright space at the centre of the school. It is large enough to accommodate several zones, with space for browsing, a teaching area with a bank of computers and projector and a soft-seating area.