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Top honour for school librarian

Published Thursday, 08 November 2018

School librarian, Nicki Cleveland, has made the School Library Association’s School Librarian Of The Year Honour List for her creative approach to support pupils in reading.

Nicki is the first primary school librarian to receive the Honour since 2014.

Nicki, who works at Cannon Park Primary School as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Librarian, was praised for working in close partnership with staff around her on a minimal budget and making reading the forefront of the school ethos.

Nicki was successful in reaching a shortlist of eight from thousands of nominations and was assessed by visiting judges while she worked at school. 

Nicki said: “If you want children to fall in love with books, you can’t just tell them to read, you have to show them why they should. It’s really important to find creative ways to support pupils at different stages of falling in love with books.  In addition to the main school library stock, I invite children to borrow books from my bookcase – many of which are signed by the author or illustrator.  Lunchtimes will usually see me running a book club and I also spend a lot of time making sure our library is well stocked by using Coventry Schools Library Service and have even had generous donations from Kenilworth Books.”

“I love my job – every day is different and there is always something that makes me laugh.  It’s a privilege to be part of a child’s learning journey and an honour to help them to discover for themselves the joy that books can bring”.

Nicki attended an Awards Ceremony in London last month, with some of the school’s pupil Reading Ambassadors where she was presented with her certificate and prizes for the school library. In a video showcasing her work, shown at the awards ceremony, one of the pupils said, “Miss Cleveland can never leave! If she ever tries I’ll have keep her in a cage - I’m not thinking of myself but of future generations.”

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