Congratulations to the winning authors of the prestigious Carnegie and Greenaway Awards this year. Patrick Ness won the Carnegie Medal for the last brilliant book in his trilogy ‘Chaos Walking’, and Grahame Baker-Smith won the Greenaway Medal for the beautiful picture book ‘FArTHER’. An interview with Patrick Ness in the Independent questions why he puts violence into his teenage books, to which Patrick has some very interesting answers. Patrick Ness’s acceptance speech can be found in this article in the Guardian, in which he makes an amazing, passionate defence of libraries, and school libraries in particular. Patrick refers to himself as ‘the child that libraries built’ and says ‘That’s what librarians do. They open up the world. Because knowledge is useless if you don’t know how to find it, if you don’t even know where to begin to look’. The speech is well worth reading, and passing on to everyone who matters in your school. It’s been a year where authors are speaking out for school libraries – Michael Morpurgo, then Julia Donaldson, and now Patrick Ness. Lets hope Ed Vaizey and Michael Gove are listening!