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28 February 2019

Setting up a youth volunteering offer

A guide to starting a youth volunteering offer from scratch, either during the Summer Reading Challenge or year-round. This pack will be useful to libraries that want to start working with young volunteers in a sustainable way. This pack covers the...

28 February 2019

Summer Volunteering Training Toolkit

Resources to support libraries in training young volunteers during the Summer Reading Challenge and year-round. This pack includes: a training presentation for young people, a training guide for library staff, a guide to using www.readinghack.org.uk a volunteering guide for young people, a sample volunteer agreement form

05 February 2019

Universal Offers Calendar 2019

This Universal Offers Calendar from Libraries Connected highlights some key dates that can be used as focus points for Reading Ahead displays and discussions.

05 February 2019

Using the Reading Hack Website

A simple guide to navigating our young people’s website, www.readinghack.org.uk. This guide includes how to create a profile, join a hack, log volunteering hours, and download a skills letter. It can be used by library staff or young people.

04 February 2019

Get involved in Reading Well - schools, colleges & universities

A document containing information on how to run Reading Well in school, college and university settings.

28 January 2019

Girl With a Pearl Earring Book Club Questions

Johannes Vermeer can spot exceptional beauty. When servant girl Griet catches his eye, she soon becomes both student and muse. But then he gives her his wife’s pearl earrings to wear for a portrait, and a scandal erupts that could...

28 January 2019

Time To Talk Day 2019 toolkit

A toolkit containing ideas for library displays as well as online and social media activity around Time To Talk Day 2019. It focuses on promoting the Reading Well book collections as a practical resource for helping people to understand and manage common...

07 January 2019

The Language of Kindness Reading Group Guide

Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an astounding account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness. This is...

06 December 2018

Cressida Cowell's top tips for parents

Help your child discover the magic of reading with this handy one-page guide from the award-winning children’s author.

04 December 2018

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia in Wales: Interactive prescriber leaflet (Welsh)

A Welsh-language digital version of the user leaflet for Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia. The prescriber can digitally select titles from the list, then print the leaflet. The leaflet also provides information about how the scheme works, resources available...

04 December 2018

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia in Wales: Interactive prescriber leaflet (English)

An English-language digital version of the user leaflet for Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia. The prescriber can digitally select titles from the list, then print the leaflet. The leaflet also provides information about how the scheme works, resources available...

12 November 2018

Running a Book Club Quick Guide to Chatterbooks

This handbook tells you what you need to know about setting up and running a successful Chatterbooks club

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing in prison materials pack

This is a pack of guidance for anyone wanting to run a creative writing workshop with prisoners whose first language is not English. It includes a powerpoint, notes for workshop leaders, guidance for workshop assistants and several handouts for...

07 November 2018

Creative activities for using with Reading Ahead for prisoners with ESOL

These seven documents provide a wide range of activities for using alongside Reading Ahead for prisoners with English as a Second Language or Additional Language. They have been created by David Kendall as part of a project funded by...

02 November 2018

Self Care Week 2018 library toolkit

A toolkit for library staff to promote Self Care Week 2018.

26 September 2018

Reading Ahead 2017-18 Roll of honour

Reading Ahead reached 38,500 young people and adults in 2017-18: 18,500 through learning providers such as further education and sixth form colleges, 12,000 in prisons, 6,500 through public libraries and 1500 in workplaces. This year 68 organisations have helped 50 or...

21 September 2018

The Long Take - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

21 September 2018

The Overstory - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

21 September 2018

The Mars Room - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

21 September 2018

Everything Under - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

21 September 2018

Washington Black - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

21 September 2018

Milkman - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

13 September 2018

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane - an Activity Pack

The Lost Words The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie...

07 September 2018

World Mental Health Day Libraries Week 2018 toolkit

A toolkit for library staff to promote World Mental Health Day and Libraries Week.

04 September 2018

Delivery Model: Reading Well for dementia Wales

Library delivery model for Reading Well for dementia in Wales.

22 August 2018

The Dam by David Almond and illustrated by Levi Pinfold - Teachers' Notes

The Dam When a great dam was built by the Kielder Water in Northumberland, the valley below slowly filled with water. But just before this, when the villagers had been moved out, two musicians went back to the abandoned valley. They...

18 July 2018

Social Media Guide

Reading Groups for Everyone is full of opportunities for reading groups, but publishers are often looking for feedback and reviews in return. They are also increasingly looking for groups who will share their thoughts on social media platforms. If you...

17 July 2018

Reading Well Wales: Welsh-language user leaflet for Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

Welsh-language user leaflet for the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia scheme. The leaflet provides information about how the scheme works, resources available in your local library and the full list of titles on the Reading Well Books on Prescription...

17 July 2018

Reading Well Wales: English-language user leaflet for Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

English-language user leaflet for the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia scheme. The leaflet provides information about how the scheme works, resources available in your local library and the full list of titles on the Reading Well Books on Prescription...

12 July 2018

National Poetry Day – Reading Group Guide

In the lead-up to National Poetry Day in October, we have a selection of poetry collections that have been specially chosen for reading groups with notes and questions to get you started. To download the guide, click the link below.