Team SCBY - Angela Foster

Hi, I’m Angela and I am the Children and Young Person’s Librarian.

Prior to joining Stockton Libraries at the end of 2018, I was a Secondary School Librarian and had worked in schools in Middlesbrough and County Durham. Working on SCBY is fantastic as it keeps me in with schools. Visiting schools and chatting with pupils about what they are reading is definitely the best bit of the job, especially when I get so many fantastic book recommendations to add to my TBR list!

I am incredibly proud to be working with Stockton Libraries as I grew up vising the libraries and actually lived just across the road from one of the branches. I have been incredibly lucky in my life to have libraries play such a big role. My Primary school had a lovely library which I remember class visits to. In Secondary school I was a Student Librarian and then in college spent a lot of time studying in the library.

Being a librarian is one of the best jobs in the world, honestly! You get to read amazing books (not in work time through) and meet and speak to fantastic and inspiring authors and librarians. I have had some great opportunities as a Librarian including being the CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Judge for the North East in 2019 and 2020, chairing an author panel with Guy Bass, AF Harrold and Pete Williamson at the Youth Libraries Digital Conference and best of all, working with the children and young people in Stockton.


Reading Facts about Angela

Currently reading: Jamie McFlair vs the Boyband Generator by Luke Franks and Sean Thorne, illustrated by Davide Ortu. This is Luke and Sean’s debut book and will be published and copies available from our libraries in March 2021.

Favourite book: Such a difficult question as there are so many wonderfully amazing books that are favourites for all different reasons but if I have to choose one… My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgewick.

Favourite place to read: I have a chair in the living room that I love to snuggle up in during the winter with a throw over my legs and a hot chocolate by my side.

Favourite reading snack: ginger nut biscuits – they are perfect for dunking into cups of tea.

Top reading tip: Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Reading is not a competition and its not about how fast or slow you read, it’s about enjoying the books and finding wonder authors to read even more books.


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