New Year honours 2019

  • 04
  • Aug

When you next visit one of Islington’s libraries look out for Tony Brown who has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Tony, who is Islington Council’s library stock and reader development manager, is being recognised for his services to public libraries and the local community after almost 40 years working in Islington’s libraries.

“I couldn’t believe it when I opened the letter,” said Tony. “It’s such an honour to be nominated, I love my job and being 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 learning, development and a safe space for residents from all walks of life. We support children and young people, provide IT literacy guidance to older folks and we’re about to launch a LGBTQ reading list.

“It really has something to offer everyone and I’m personally proud of the contribution the library makes to resident’s lives, particularly those who are vulnerable.”

Tony started in the inter-loans department at the former John Barnes Library (now replaced with the Cat and Mouse library) 38 years ago. He oversees stock and book lists, online learning 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 11 libraries welcome over 1 million people every year and Tony ensures that all users are 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.

Find out more about Islington’s libraries here

Imam Mohammed Mahmoud at Islington Town Hall steps on the first anniversary of the attack

Imam Mohammed Mahmoud who showed extreme bravery during the Finsbury Park terror attack in June 2017 is to be made an OBE in recognition of his service to the community.

Mr Mahmoud, who formerly led the congregation at Muslim Welfare House, prevented people harming a terrorist who had driven his car into worshippers, killing 51-year-old grandfather Makram Ali.

Mr Mahmoud is now based at the East London Mosque in Whitechapel.

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