Re­ally lead­ing the read­ing...

Sam scoops Li­brar­ian of the Year ti­tle

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

BORIS John­son says Hilling­don li­braries are the best in the coun­try, af­ter pre­sent­ing an em­ployee with a ‘Li­brar­ian of the Year’ award.

Sam Everett, group man­ager for Manor Farm, Ick­en­ham and Oak Farm Li­braries was voted Li­brar­ian of the Year by the Pub­lish­ers’ Pub­lic­ity Cir­cle.

She was one of five li­brar­i­ans short­listed by the Cir­cle’s com­mit­tee and scooped the award jointly with Ste­wart Bain of the Orkney Li­brary, re­ceiv­ing her prize from the Mayor of Lon­don, on Fri­day, March 11.

Mr John­son, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip, said: “It’s won­der­ful see a Hilling­don li­brar­ian streak to the front, show­ing that Hilling­don li­braries are the best in the coun­try.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions Sam and all the team.”

Sam has worked for Hilling­don Coun­cil’s Li­brary Ser­vices for eleven years and was nom­i­nated for her part­ner­ship work with pub­li­cists and event or­gan­is­ing.

She re­cently played a lead role in set­ting up the coun­cil’s first Cul­ture Bite Fes­ti­val which was held in Oc­to­ber.

The month-long fes­ti­val was her­alded a suc­cess, with more than 3,000 peo­ple at­tend­ing the 120plus events and ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer in li­braries and other venues across Hilling­don.

Sam per­son­ally made


to many of the con­nec­tions with au­thors, pub­lish­ers and agents, which meant that Hilling­don was able to bring best­selling writ­ers to the fes­ti­val.

The crowned Li­brar­ian of the Year said: “I’m to­tally gob­s­macked and ex­tremely proud to have even been nom­i­nated for the award let alone win­ning it.

“It’s so amaz­ing to have been able to put Hilling­don Li­braries on the map.

I am to­tally gob­s­macked. It’s so amaz­ing to have been able to

put Hilling­don Li­braries on the


“I do feel I can’t take all the credit though, as I’ve been sup­ported by a fan­tas­tic team of staff and sup­port­ive man­ager.”

Sam also co-or­di­nates the an­nual Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge, which en­cour­ages chil­dren to con­tinue read­ing through­out the hol­i­day pe­riod.

Hilling­don had the high­est rate of com­pleters – chil­dren who vis­ited the li­brary six times dur­ing the hol­i­days and bor­rowed books – in Lon­don last year.

Cllr Dou­glas Mills, Hilling­don Coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity, com­merce and re­gen­er­a­tion, said: “This is an ex­cel­lent achieve­ment for Sam and I’d like to con­grat­u­late her on her hard work for Hilling­don li­braries.

“Our 17 li­braries, which were all re­built or re­fur­bished, of­fer ex­tended open­ing hours, a first class book stock, com­puter fa­cil­i­ties, help­ful in­formed staff, a range of ser­vices and pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties for res­i­dents and are re­ally flour­ish­ing as com­mu­nity hubs.”

The Cir­cle are a net­work of book pub­li­cists, who ev­ery year vote for their jour­nal­ist, event or­gan­iser and li­brar­ian of the year.

The awards cer­e­mony was held on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 29.

For in­for­ma­tion about what’s on at Hilling­don’s li­braries visit www. hilling­­braries.

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