A librarian has been shortlisted for an award for her work in encouraging children to read for pleasure.

Jude Lynn, who works for Kirklees Libraries, has been shortlisted for the Youth Libraries Group award.  Jude was nominated for her work on multiple projects including developing and delivering Library Adventures Live! – a virtual programme of school and family events aimed at encouraging more children to read for pleasure and therefore helping to improve their long-term literacy skills.

Launched last July, the programme enabled Jude to embrace opportunities to host sessions with many authors and illustrators whilst engaging young audiences as they learned from home during the pandemic lockdown.

Jude has also worked on a partnership initiative with the University of Edinburgh about black abolitionists and their 19th century presence in what we now call ‘Kirklees.’ Her contribution to this project was instrumental in bringing history to life for future generations in the borough.

Clr Paul Davies, Cabinet Member for Corporate, said: “I am delighted to hear the news of yet another award nomination for Kirklees Libraries. The team has proven time and again how valuable their role is in helping to shape the communities they serve especially during the recent pandemic lockdowns. 

“Jude’s work will no doubt have a long-lasting effect on the children and young people she has worked with as they progress through childhood and into adult life. I wish her the best of luck for the award ceremony in September.”

Youth Libraries Group will be presenting the award in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the Schools Library Association.

The winner will be announced on September 18 by last year’s winner.