Bon voyage to our Librarian, Lexi Adams, who has left Brooke Weston for a complete career change working as a European tour director. Mrs Adams joined Brooke Weston more than ten years ago as a part-time library assistant. She took over the running of our large library, which has over 20,000 resources, as well as organising book groups, author visits and trips. She has arranged a huge number of author visits, taken part in residentials in the UK and abroad and co-tutored students during their first year at Brooke Weston.
Ms Adams said: ‘Being a librarian is very people-orientated and customer-focused so I have developed a huge range of transferable skills that will prove invaluable in my new role, including administration, planning and adaptability. I have loved supporting the work of our teachers and making sure that students are enthused about reading and have access to the latest resources. Over the years there has been a definite change in the types of books being published with a phase of misery memoirs in the early days. The focus in young adult literature is on nitty-gritty, serious issues rather than the happy-go-lucky adventures that I read at that age. It is all about making sense of the world with themes of adults being quite flawed and making mistakes.
‘I have loved running all the library clubs as the students were so enthusiastic about their niche reading and the student librarians were invaluable. I must also thank the staff as they have been awesome and I learned a great deal from them, plus Mr Jones and Ms Heron, who have both been amazing library assistants. Thanks to the senior team for their support for library activities, particularly when it involved entire year groups. They gave me a great deal of trust and autonomy from the start. I loved the author visits, particularly Chris Bradford who got his samurai sword out for a demonstration which I didn’t quite expect, that was awesome! I loved Jennifer Niven who was impossibly glamorous and the performance poet, Dreadlockalien. Other really fond memories include having a tutor group (now 10S), seeing them through their first year and being part of the trips to Fairthorne and Paris.
‘Working here and doing so many diverse things has given me the confidence to go out now and do something completely different. My advice for my successor would be to throw yourself into it and stage events to make people excited about reading. I have read a huge amount of young adult literature over the years so it will be strange going back to reading solely for pleasure rather than for professional research!’