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04 February 2021
February 2021 Children's and Young People booklist - Express Yourself (Children's Mental Health Week)
Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is Express Yourself as expressing yourself is about finding ways to share...
04 December 2020
The Witching Stone by Danny Weston - Digital Pack
UCLan Publishing have created a spooktacular digital pack of videos and discussion points to help you and your pupils enjoy the new YA coming of age horror story from Danny Weston. For Alfie Travers, a summer away from his...
03 March 2020
The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliott - discussion guide and author video
If everything was taken from you, what would you do to get it back? Agatha patrols the sea wall with pride, despite those in her clan who question her right to be there, because of the condition she was born with. Jaime...
21 January 2020
The Monster Writing (A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness) - guide
Walker Books have an exciting creative writing challenge called THE MONSTER CHALLENGE. ‘Stories are important. Stories can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.’ Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls Are you a young person with a passion for telling...
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
29 January 2018
Fundraising for Young People's Projects
This guide is full of ideas and advice for generating funds for one-off projects and events. It can be used by young people or library staff.
23 August 2017
Keeping Young People Engaged
A guide to keeping young people involved in the library after summer volunteering
13 April 2017
Developing volunteering roles for young people
A guide to creating volunteer roles with young people, plus role descriptions to adapt for summer volunteers; year-round volunteers; older or more experienced volunteers and volunteers who can’t get to the library easily.
29 March 2017
Raising Staff Awareness
Materials and advice to help you raise awareness of young volunteers and Reading Hack in your authority. This pack includes: the Reading Hack guide, staff leaflets and posters, tips for sharing young people’s work with staff and key stakeholders
04 August 2016
Reading Hack Seminar Notes
Notes from Reading Hack seminars in York and London (June 2016), including advice for overcoming common challenges and feedback on how The Reading Agency can support Reading Hack libraries.
03 May 2016
Reading Hack projects fund
We are pleased to tell you about a local projects fund for Reading Hack in 16/17. This will support Reading Hackers in running local projects which inspire their peers to take part in creative and cultural reading and writing activity...
21 April 2016
Novel Soundtracks Hack
Create a playlist for a read (it could be a play, novel or poem) which captures its atmosphere and story.
21 April 2016
Escaped Story Stop-motion Hack
Make a story escape from the pages with Instagram
19 April 2016
Setting up a group of young planners
One of the most effective ways of engaging with young people is to set up a young person’s planning group. This gives them the chance to take on planning roles to guide creative programming and get others involved. The group...
31 March 2016
Launch Night Hack Project
A Reading Hack Launch Night can serve as both a celebration of your group and activity as well as a way to promote Reading Hack and encourage more young people to get involved. Get young people planning a launch night...
31 March 2016
Shakespeare Hack Project
Shakespeare has been hailed as the UK’s greatest cultural export, and the foremost reason why people are proud to be British.Yet many British children encounter Shakespeare only in their teens as a mandatory subject studied for exams. Many grow up...