Children’s writer and presenter, Konnie Huq, to host family events on science, the environment and coding at Merseyside Libraries as part of British Science Week

The Reading Agency is working with celebrated children’s writer and presenter, Konnie Huq, to deliver practical workshops in Widnes Library and Halton Lea Library in Halton, Merseyside as part of the Reading Sparks programme to build confidence in STEM subjects through reading. Facilitated by Konnie and taking place on Saturday 12 March, the workshops will be run for local families and will take place on the first weekend of British Science Week, a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths taking place between 11-20 March 2022.

The workshops will draw on Konnie’s Cookie! Book series about a girl’s adventures into science, accessible reads featuring sketches and comic books with hands-on activities for children. Cookie! was one of the Summer Reading Challenge official booklist titles in 2020 and was very popular with children across the country.

Konnie will talk through her books, animating the workshops with quizzes, challenges, experiments and discussions around the science, the environment and coding. Children will also have the opportunity to ask Konnie questions and receive signed copies of her books.

Halton Libraries is one of 11 library services across England, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland which delivers Reading Sparks, The Reading Agency’s project engaging children and families with science through reading. The project is funded by Arts Council England and Science and Technology Facilities Council and delivered in partnership with public libraries, the British Science Association, and NUSTEM at the University of Northumbria.

Karen Napier, CEO, The Reading Agency said: “Our brilliant Reading Sparks programme is demonstrating the role that reading can play in sparking a passion for science in young people. We are delighted that Konnie Huq is supporting the project and spreading the joy or reading and science to local families in Halton during British Science Week. As we continue our Covid recovery, it’s vital that we continue to support learning and aspiration across the country, and we’re thrilled to be working with Konnie to make that happen.”

Jane Dowden, Education Innovations Manager at the British Science Association, said: “The power that language, books and reading can have to engage children and young people is clear, and it is fantastic to see that power being used to celebrate the role of science and engineering as part of Konnie Huq’s wonderful Cookie series. With thousands of events and activities taking place across the UK, British Science Week is a perfect time to explore young people’s passion for reading AND science, which is why I’m thrilled that Konnie Huq has agreed to take part in these workshops as part of the Week.”

12 March, 10.30am, Widnes Library. Book here.

12 March, 1pm, Halton Lea Library. Book here.

Photo by Ed Miller.

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