GWAUN cae Gurwen Library, Y Lolfa, was shortlisted in the Library or Librarian of the Year category for the Romantic Novelists Association’s annual industry awards for 2021.
The awards, which include four exciting new categories for this year, celebrate the hard work and talent of any individual, group or organization that has championed the broad genre of romantic fiction in a positive way.
Gwaun cae Gurwen Library, Y Lolfa, has been a volunteer-run library since 2014. Volunteer librarians ‘run’ the hours of operation and the Neath Port Talbot Board supports them with books.
Administrators are working behind the scenes to secure grants for things like new books, wifi, and a part-time coordinator. During the Covid-19 lockdowns, they focused on online arrangements by building a website, offering book ordering and collection, and changing events and clubs to Zoom clubs online for all ages. .
Lucy Harrison, the part-time coordinator, says they are now a “vital hub” for their community.
Lucy said: âWe are delighted to be shortlisted for this award! We all know our little volunteer library is special, but getting it recognized and talked about by an organization like yours is absolutely awesome!
Laura James, organizer of the RNA Industry Awards, added: âDespite the bottlenecks, isolation and hard times we have endured over the past eighteen months, romantic fiction has continued to entertain, to bring solace and providing an escape to our readers, and a significant part of this is due to the dedication and caliber of the nominees in the industry award categories. ”
The awards have been awarded over the past seven years and are highly respected in the UK publishing industry. Shortlisted individuals are nominated by the full and associate members of the Association of Romantic Novelists.
The new award categories recognize the best narrator, nominated cover designer, independent editor and independent champion of the year. With the best bookseller, media star, agent, publisher or publisher, library or librarian, and the inclusion award for promoting inclusiveness in romantic creation and publishing, they spotlight the many professionals who promote and support romantic fiction.
The winners of the ten awards will be announced at the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Winter Party and Industry Awards, to be held at the Leonardo Royal Hotel in London on Thursday, October 28.