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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

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

05 July 2018

Reading Well in Wales: launch of dementia scheme

Reading Well will be launched in Wales with books and supporting materials being made available in both English and Welsh. This document provides bilingual background information on the launch of the dementia scheme in Wales.

05 June 2018

Adaptable PowerPoint presentation - Reading Well for mental health

An adaptable PowerPoint presentation for commissioning Reading Well for mental health.

05 June 2018

Booklist and format availability - Reading Well for mental health

A list of titles on the Reading Well for mental health booklist and which formats they are available in.

05 June 2018

Commissioning guide - Reading Well for mental health

This document provides information about Reading Well for mental health for health commissioners. It includes case studies showing how libraries can work with public health to deliver the scheme.

05 June 2018

Health professional letter template - Reading Well for mental health

A template letter library staff can send to health professionals to establish partnerships to deliver Reading Well for mental health.

05 June 2018

Interactive prescriber leaflet - Reading Well for mental health

A digital version of the user leaflet for Reading Well for mental health. 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 in your local...

05 June 2018

Book selection framework - Reading Well for mental health

The book selection framework for the new Reading Well for mental health list, launching in June 2018.

05 June 2018

Book selection protocol - Reading Well for mental health

A guide to the selection protocol for the 2018 Reading Well for mental health booklist.

05 June 2018

Background information - Reading Well for mental health

Background information to the Reading Well for mental health scheme.

05 June 2018

Health Information Week 2018 ideas postcard

Ideas for promoting Health Information Week 2018 from Health Education England.

05 June 2018

Summary brochure - Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021

A summary brochure of the government’s Libraries Taskforce report on public libraries. Libraries Deliver: Ambition sets out the government’s and Taskforce’s vision for, and commitment to, public libraries in England and provides a focus for joint action. The full report is available...

16 May 2018

Children's University Learning Destination Poster

The Summer Reading Challenge is a nationally validated learning activity and libraries are recognised Learning Destinations. Download this official Children’s University Learning Destination poster to display in your library.

16 May 2018

Children's University

Find out how children can earn Children’s University hours by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge and Chatterbooks groups.

01 May 2018

My Sister by Joanna Young - Teacher's Notes

My Sister This stunning picture book shows the special relationship that exists between two sisters. Soft, beautiful illustrations and simple text make this the perfect bedtime read. AGE : 2 – 6 years Download the Teacher’s Notes for some excellent guidance on how...

01 May 2018

How Many Dinosaurs Deep? by Ben Kitchin and Vicky Fieldhouse - Teacher's Notes

How Many Dinosaurs Deep? Jim is not quite sure that he’s ready to move from the baby pool to the middle-sized pool. Can a group of splashing, sploshing dinosaurs help him face his fear? AGE : 3 – 6 years Download the Teacher’s...