Friday, 13 May 2016

Be Our Guest

Today we have a guest post about the CILIP Carnegie Medal from one of our Student Librarians, Beckie Lees;

"The Carnegie Award was established in 1936 in memory of the philanthropist Robert Carnegie, he was a self made industrialist and after his great experience of using libraries as a child made him resolve to the solution if he ever came into money he'd use it to establish free libraries. Carnegie set up 2800 libraries across the English speaking world and by the time he died over half the libraries in Britain were Carnegie libraries.

Every year a new Carnegie shortlist is announced to the writer of the outstanding book for children. This year in the LRC book Club, 'South Sefton Reads', we decided to each have a cheeky read of the books shortlisted. I chose to read 'The Lie Tree' by Frances Hardinge; it's such an amazing story, I wouldn't know how to describe it. The story is so unbelievable (in a good way) and full of adventure. I'd definitely be happy if it won.

There are quite a few brilliant books up for this years award, with authors such as Patrick Ness, Marcus Sedgwick and Jenny Valentine. All the books look really appealing! The Carnegie award always picks several books that can be tailored to all different people as they are a number of genres. All the shortlisted books are available in the LRC, if you're interested come and take a look."