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Sheffield librarian receives national honour

15 December 2017

One of Sheffield City Council’s librarians has won a national award in BookTrust’s 25th Anniversary Awards.

Early years librarian, Anne Frost, was given the Bookstart Coordinator Award for her work to encourage families to read with very young children, especially in deprived areas.

Anne has worked for the council’s library service for the past 30 years and drives the Little Library van to visit services and families with children under five years old. This ranges from nurseries and playgroups to hearing-impaired units, and visits to homeless families, looked-after children, and newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers.

She said: “’Someone once said there are three important documents in life: your birth certificate, passport and library card.

“Introducing families to book-sharing and seeing how the children react is a gift. It’s given me a greater understanding of the power of stories and rhymes on a person’s wellbeing – not just the child but also the parent or carer as a first teacher.

“Winning this award is exciting, humbling and rewarding, and I’m over the moon to get it.”

Anne works alongside library staff and is part of the children and young people’s team committed to providing a quality library service for all children in Sheffield, and encouraging families to use the library services. She also coordinates Bookstart in Sheffield, which is a national book-gifting programme run by the children’s reading charity Booktrust, which provides packs with free books for all children under five.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure, said: “We’re really proud of the work that Anne has done over the years, and she’s a fantastic asset to our library service.

“Anne is inspiring in her ability to engage with families, and help them enjoy stories and rhymes together. Reading is an essential skill and Anne makes sure as many children as possible are set up with this skill for life.”

BookTrust is the largest children’s charity in the UK dedicated to improving children’s reading ability.

Diana Gerald, BookTrust CEO, said: “We are delighted to give Anne the Bookstart Coordinator Award winning trophy for her enthusiasm for encouraging a love of reading. Anne goes above and beyond to help families to read with very young children, especially in deprived areas.”

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries for information about libraries in Sheffield.