Islington library manager Tony Brown receives British Empire Medal: Tony Brown, Islington Council's library stock and reader development manager

29 Dec 2018

Islington library manager Tony Brown receives British Empire Medal

Tony Brown, Islington Council's Library and Heritage Stock and Reader Development Manager, has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Tony is being recognised for his services to public libraries and the local community after almost 40 years working in Islington's libraries.

On the announcement of his award Tony said: "I couldn't believe it when I opened the letter. It's such an honour to be nominated, I love my job which enables me to be able to interact with Islington's families and residents of all ages from babies right through to older people.

"The libraries in Islington are more than just somewhere to borrow books. They are important community hubs, serving as centres of reading, learning, development and a safe space for residents from all walks of life. Our reader development programme is ambitious and we have just launched the Arabic book collection.

"It really has something to offer everyone and I'm personally proud of the contribution the library service makes to residents' lives, particularly those who are most vulnerable."

Tony, who started in the inter-loans department and then went on to work at the former John Barnes Library (now replaced with the Cat and Mouse library) has worked for Islington Council for 38 years. He oversees all aspects of stock, reader development, online services, social media and much more - including recently welcoming the Deputy Mayor of Islington to one of the library service's new Drag Queen Story Time sessions.

Islington's 10 libraries welcome over 1 million people every year and Tony ensures that everyone is catered for while going above and beyond for the service. The borough is hugely diverse and Tony has dedicated his time to making it as inclusive as possible. The library service is always looking to work with community organisations to extend outreach programmes that enable the council to reach everyone in Islington's communities and those who are in most need of support.

The British Empire Medal was reintroduced in 2012 to shine a light on dedicated people in communities across the UK as well as retaining its historical purpose awarding military personnel. Tony becomes the second Islington Council staff member to receive the prestigious award this year, after Susanna Daus, the manager of Islington's adoption and fostering service.

Tony will be presented with his award by the Lord Lieutenant for London early next year (2019).

For more information on Islington's library services visit: https://www.islington.gov.uk/libraries-arts-and-heritage/libraries

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