Meet the staff

Ann Cowsill                                               
Lead Librarian   

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.                    

Sarah Merison 
Senior Librarian

Janet Mason
Senior Librarian

Janet is responsible, along with her job-share partner Sarah, for providing a service to Cheshire West and Chester schools. As a new member of staff, she is looking forward to visiting schools and helping them with their school libraries. She brings extensive experience as a secondary school librarian supporting literacy and promoting reading for pleasure. She loves fantasy books and is currently reading the Michael Scott series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.

Alex Bamford
Senior Librarian

Alex is responsible for overseeing the provision of service to the Cheshire East and Stockport primary 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 Lockett

Samantha is responsible for overseeing provision of the service to primary schools in Warrington. As well as editing the ELS blog and contributing to the Twitter account, she also helps to organise the Cheshire Schools' Book Award. 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 books invariably contain talking animals (ideally cats), grouchy spinsters with hidden hearts of gold, and wild, magical adventures. Lately she has been enjoying the works of Lucy Strange, Michelle Harrison and Ross Montgomery. 

Bev Kirwan
ELS Supervisor

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.

Library Assistant

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.

Library Assistant

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.

Library Assistant

Library Assistant 

As well as the daily duties of an ELS library assistant, Sue is responsible for the audio visual collection, including audiobooks and DVDs. The first proper book she read at primary school was The Otterbury Incident by Cecil Day-Lewis. Her favourite authors as an adult include Agatha Christie and Anne Tyler. 

Library Assistant

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. 

Library Assistant

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.

Library Assistant

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.

Library Assistant

As well as shelving, adding stock, and fulfilling fiction requests, Rosie visits schools on the Book Bus to help children choose books for themselves and their classmates. She enjoys reading the books on the bus so she can recommend ones she liked, and her favourite series as a child was Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart.

Library Assistant

Jason helps with some of the main tasks around the ELS library, including returning stock, ordering and logging new stock, fulfilling book requests from schools and teachers, helping out on delivery runs, and shelving throughout the library. His favourite author and book series is Darren Shan’s Demonata.

Delivery Driver

Book Bus Driver

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Woodford Park Industrial Estate

Phone: 01606 275801
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