Here’s a chance to reflect on my ongoing involvement with Bookrapt, the Bay of Plenty Children’s Literature Association.
For two years from October 2011 to October 2013, I held the role of President of Bookrapt.
As well as supporting committee members with their tasks, chairing meetings and writing annual reports my activities included helping organise the judging panels for the regional heats of the Kids Lit Quiz, speaking at four book launches, completing a successful funding application, organising and MC-ing two seminars, coordinating our 30 year anniversary celebrations involving Dame Lynley Dodd and adopting a new Patron – Phyllis Johnston.
I found my time as President rewarding, with the most enjoyable aspect being able to acknowledge the achievements of local authors. Bookrapt gives me the opportunity to network with librarians from other sectors, writers, illustrators, teachers, parents and others who share a love of children and young adult literature.