The National Acquisitions Group (NAG) Award for Excellence for 2022 has been won by North Yorkshire Libraries for their “Tough Topics” packs.

Tough Topics are packs of books and activities chosen by librarians and professionals to help children age 3 to 8 years process their emotions and open up conversations about their feelings around big life changing events. They aim to encourage children to talk to their parents, carers, grandparents and other trusted adults in a gentle and supportive way, with related practical activities to complement the stories in each pack.

Chrys Mellor, General Manager – North Yorkshire Libraries said: “We are so delighted to see the importance of our new and exciting project recognised. Tough Topics packs are already helping children and families in North Yorkshire navigate the most difficult conversations. We hope that other library authorities will also consider piloting similar packs to support families across the UK.”

The team will share their project with the wider NAG membership through a webinar or paper at the NAG Forum in London in May 2023.

The NAG Award for 2022 is generously sponsored by BDS.

“BDS is delighted to sponsor the award this year and we hope, for years to come,” says Lesley Whyte. “Excellence, original thinking and innovation are features that have made BDS successful, so we look forward to learning more about the projects that are supporting such work in libraries.”