Ini­tia­tives are fresh chap­ter for li­braries

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

» LI­BRARIES in Gloluces­ter­shire have been recog­nised for their in­no­va­tion - from a li­brary for food­bank users, a pop-up li­brary in a res­i­den­tial home, to fam­ily-friendly story time ses­sions.

The short­list for the David Vaisey Prize was an­nounced at a spe­cial event at Glouces­ter Cathe­dral with guests from li­braries across the county, as well as writ­ers and sup­port­ers.

The short­listed projects will now go for­ward to be con­sid­ered for the top prize of £5,000 to be an­nounced at the Times and Sun­day Times Chel­tenham Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber, with short­listed projects also each re­ceiv­ing an award of £1,000.

The David Vaisey Prize Short­list 2019 is: The Li­[email protected]­chard House, Bishop’s Cleeve Li­brary, a li­brary in a care home. The Lit­tle Li­brary, North Cotswold Li­brary Clus­ter, a mo­bile li­brary in food­banks across the North Cotswolds, Cre8e­ex­plore, Glouces­ter Li­brary, in­ter­ac­tive fam­ily sto­ry­time ses­sions, We Love Sto­ries, Lyd­ney Li­brary, story ses­sions for young chil­dren with craft, role-play and mu­sic.

A team of judges; writ­ers Rachel Joyce, Caro­line San­der­son, Jamila Gavin, as well as lit­er­a­ture ad­vo­castes Trevor Hill and Ju­lian Hasler, vis­ited the nine long-listed li­brary projects this sum­mer.

Chair­woman Rachel Joyce said: “The judges have been ex­tremely im­pressed by the diversity of en­tries. We have read sto­ries with seven to 11-year-olds, searched for bears in li­braries, and shared po­etry and mem­o­ries in a nurs­ing home.

“We have seen li­braries reach­ing out to peo­ple of all ages. While draw­ing up a short list has not been easy, the whole ex­pe­ri­ence has been im­mensely en­joy­able.”

The David Vaisey Prize awards li­brary ini­tia­tives which use creative ways to en­cour­age chil­dren and adults to read more books. The win­ning li­brary will also hold the Wil­lans Bowl for a year, given by Chel­tenham so­lic­i­tors, Wil­lans LLP. In ad­di­tion, Bodleian Li­braries will in­vite staff of the win­ning li­brary to visit Ox­ford and in­clude a tour of its li­braries.

Nikki Win­ters, team leader for North Cotswolds, Cirences­ter and Fair­ford, li­brary as­sis­tant Sue John

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