What is your role at Pinewood: My main role is the School Librarian, managing both libraries in the Pre-Prep and the Prep school. I also take weekly enrichment groups from Nursery to Year 4 and manage the Gold Programme for Years 5-7.
How long have you worked at Pinewood? I have been at Pinewood for over twenty years, having previously worked for Oxfordshire County Libraries in the Schools Library Service and later as ‘under-fives’ librarian for the county. Over the years I have seen both the school libraries grow and develop and I still have lots more plans and things I want to do. My job is interesting, exciting and rewarding. Every day I feel how lucky I am to be supporting children in their learning and helping them to become readers for life. I like to think of the libraries as the beating heart of the school!
What is the most rewarding part of your job? The most rewarding thing about my job has to be getting the right book to the right child and seeing their reading take off! Also, working with children from Nursery to Year 8 also means that no day is ever the same. The most frustrating part is when books go missing (usually the first in a series) and I have to try and track them down!
What is your most memorable moment working at Pinewood? My most memorable moment was getting a letter from a parent of a former pupil who had been a regular user of the Library when he was here. He had just graduated from university and was starting a career in librarianship. The parent wanted to let me know that the Library at Pinewood had been his ‘happy place’ and started off his interest.
What is your favourite children’s book? It is really hard to choose a favourite book. I like fantasy and enjoy lots of authors such as Alan Garner, Jonathan Stroud and Garth Nix. Of course I love Harry Potter, and Goodnight Mr Tom always makes me cry, but it is a book I like to re-read.
What do you like to do in your free time? In my free time, I like to read (of course). It tends to be lots of children’s books and although the children’s publishing is fantastic, sometimes reading an adult novel is a bit of a treat! I also like baking, swimming and doing tapestries.
Tell us something we don’t know about you! I actually studied Geology at university and am very interested in rocks and minerals. I have done lots of ‘rocks’ talks to the children over the years and always gravitate towards the ‘rocks’ section in a museum.