Ann is the manager at ELS. She represents the service at local and regional meetings. She is responsible for providing the service to secondary schools. This includes organising our annual Cheshire Schools’ Book Award and regular training for all of our secondary school librarians. Her favourite books as a child were 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis.
Helen's role is to support primary schools with their project requests. She has a special responsibility for Cheshire West and Chester schools. Helen enjoys having the opportunity to meet with school staff and help them with their library corners. Her favourite book as a child was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. Her favourite book now is The Boy at the Back of the Classroom by Onjali Q. Rauf.
Alex is responsible for providing a service to the Cheshire East schools. She particularly enjoys visiting schools and helping them with their school libraries. When not out and about at schools, she looks after the ELS website and Library Management System. She is also an enthusiastic member of the North West Youth Libraries Group Committee. As a child she loved reading anything by Enid Blyton. More recently she has enjoyed reading No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton and The Star Outside my Window by Onjali Q. Rauf.
Samantha is responsible for overseeing provision of the service to primary schools in Warrington, as well as editing the ELS blog and Twitter account. She is particularly interested in devising and promoting reading for pleasure activities across primary and secondary school age groups, and can regularly be found compiling ‘What to read next?’ lists. She is a keen reader of children’s books and Young Adult fiction and has named every pet she has ever had after a literary character. Her favourite book series is His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. One day, she will name a cat Iorek Byrnison.
Helena is responsible for keeping in touch with the primary schools in Halton. She also enjoys interpreting teachers’ topic requests and finding just the right books for their classes. One of her favourite books is The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson.
Bev's main responsibilities at ELS are budget control, orders, invoices, all building maintenance issues and staffing. Bev also processes the fiction book requests alongside other staff members. Her favourite children’s book is Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae.
Aimee is responsible for the object and story sack collections at ELS. This includes sourcing new stock, adding new items on the catalogue and ensuring that items are returned in one piece. She enjoys reading young adult fantasy books and her favourite author is Sarah J Maas.
Stella's main role is to look after the secondary stock. This includes issuing and returning books and adding all of the lovely new stock on to the catalogue. She also ensures that all the requests from secondary schools are fulfilled. Her favourite book is Elmer by David McKee and her favourite picture book character is Percy the Park Keeper. Growing up, she loved The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. She also enjoyed the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.
Veronica describes herself as the grandma of ELS. After spending many years working on the mobile library, she has an incredible knowledge of children's books. Her current responsibilities include processing the DVDs and audiobooks. She particularly enjoys reading picture books including One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab by April Pulley Sayre and The Whale by Ethan Murrow. She also loves the illustrations of Helen Ward and David Wiesner.
Sarah's role includes ensuring our records are kept up to date. She is also responsible for creating all of the displays at ELS, so can often be found on a kick-stool somewhere hanging things up. She loves being creative and working in a library, inspiration is never hard to find. Her favourite book as a child was The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. Recently she enjoyed reading The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson.
Shirley's role includes reception duties and issuing and returning books. She enjoys dealing with all the teachers who visit ELS, helping them find what they need. Her favourite book is Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce.
Gina's role includes reception duties and issuing and returning books. She also helps with all the fiction requests. She enjoys organising craft sessions and story times for class visits. Gina's favourite children’s book is Tidy by Emily Gravett as she likes the witty way the book is written about protecting the environment.
Lesley enjoys going out to schools on the book bus, greeting children and helping them choose books for themselves and their classmates. She loves to see the children gain the confidence to try authors or genres that they hadn’t considered before.
Book Bus Driver