There was a happy ending for Kirklees Council’s libraries – when they won one of the categories at the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence.
Kirklees took the award for “An Outstanding Library Service” which recognises a library service which has “actively promoted, encouraged and championed the art and enjoyment of oral storytelling among its workforce, in its libraries and/or within the local community both for adults and children.”
The British Awards for Storytelling Excellence (BASE) are held annually with most of the categories voted for by members of the public.
The aim is to celebrate, promote and acknowledge storytelling and the talented and highly creative people who keep this incredible tradition alive.
Eighty local authorities entered the category and Kirklees was one of just three shortlisted – alongside Hertfordshire Libraries and York Explore.
The award was presented to Diane Green, Kirklees reader development officer by Liz Weir, a storyteller and writer from Northern Ireland, who has an international reputation.
Clr Shabir Pandor, Kirklees cabinet member for libraries, said: “I am delighted that the Kirklees Library Service has received national recognition for its work in this field. This is just one of the high quality services that we endeavour to provide for local people”.