Librarian Irene Peachey wins national award

Date published: 09 November 2017

Rochdale librarian Irene Peachey, who has dedicated more than 40 years to helping babies and toddlers develop a love of books and reading, has won a national award for her dedicated work.

Irene impressed the BookTrust judging panel to win the ‘Bookstart Baby Gifting Partner’ gong at their 25th anniversary awards. They said Irene stood out both for her long involvement with Bookstart and her popular personal touch with young families.

Irene’s Bookstart Bear sessions in local libraries are regularly packed out as her infectious love of reading and learning connects with and charms people of all ages.

Irene said: “Sharing books, songs and rhymes with babies and pre-schoolers has been my passion for over 44 years, so to be acknowledged with this award is amazing and quite overwhelming.

"I love my job and I am passionate about making a positive impact to the lives of families and youngsters across the borough.

"I would like to thank everyone who plays their part in making Rochdale’s library service a success story to be proud of.”

Councillor Janet Emsley, council cabinet member for libraries, said: “Irene is an absolute star who does such wonderful work across our libraries. The parents and children absolutely love her and I am not surprised her Bookstart sessions are so popular and well attended. Irene’s warmth, passion for reading and love of learning shines through and this deserved reward is long overdue.

"Well done Irene and keep up the good work.”

Irene's daughter, Rachel Florey, said: "I am so proud of my mum on winning this well-deserved award - her passion and dedication shines through in every single session she delivers.

"She is devoted to developing babies and children's literacy skills and sharing her love for books.

"My mum is a credit to the borough.”

BookTrust is a national organisation which works to get children and families reading. It is the largest children’s reading charity and each year reaches 3.4 million children across the UK with books to support and help develop a love of reading. The national Bookstart programme is this year celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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