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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

Words and Memories: Creative writing by ESOL learners

This collection of writing by prisoners whose first language is not English was produced over the course of six workshops in three UK prisons – HMP Downview, HMP High Down and HMP Thameside – between May and July 2018. ...

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...

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.

07 August 2018

A First Book of the Sea by By Nicola Davies - Teachers' notes

A stunning anthology that blends poetry and information about the sea, from an award-winning team. From Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton, the multi award-winning team behind Tiny and Lots, comes a spellbinding collection of poems about the oceans of the...

06 June 2018

Mischief Makers: Guide to the core pack

This resource is for library authorities running Mischief Makers and explains how to use the core pack and collector stickers. Download this guide to share with library staff and volunteers running the Challenge. This guide is designed as a training...

25 April 2018

Reading Well delivery model

Guidelines for sites to deliver Reading Well, including information about book selection.

25 April 2018

Toolkit for setting up local health partnerships

A toolkit with template documents useful for building local health partnerships.

25 April 2018

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, download a skills letter. It can be used by library staff or young people.

15 April 2018

Summer Volunteering Training Toolkit (2018)

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

15 January 2018

Reading Hack Evaluation Guide

Evaluation is crucial to help us understand, measure and report the impact that Reading Hack has on young people and delivery partners. Please read this evaluation guide for more information about completing the Reading Hack evaluation surveys. In summary: Participating library authorities...

12 October 2017

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Ideas Pack

Working with DofE volunteers? This pack includes sample volunteer roles, an introduction to the Award and a letter template to help with recruitment

23 August 2017

Keeping Young People Engaged

A guide to keeping young people involved in the library after summer volunteering

31 July 2017

FAQs - Reading Well for long term conditions

Answers to library staff frequently asked questions about Reading Well for long term conditions, including: general information, launch support, library involvement and digital resources.

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.

14 March 2017

How to run a reading circle

Adapted from article by Angie Simms- NATECLA News, Autumn 2010 and inspired by Oxford Bookworms. With thanks to Jenny Roden. Looking to experiment with your reading group? The reading circle is an exciting new approach which could enhance your reading group...

11 January 2017

Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart - discussion questions

Download these discussion questions for Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

17 November 2016

How to promote year-round volunteering

This guide is to help you promote year-round volunteering in libraries in a way that won’t impact on existing staff responsibilities. It includes example volunteer roles, and information on how to work with and support young volunteers.

25 August 2016

World Mental Health Day Toolkit 2016

A collection of ideas for events, displays and social media activity for libraries to use around World Mental Health Day 2016.

10 August 2016

Reading Well for young people - recommended reading form

Reading Well for young people provides book-based support young people’s mental health and wellbeing. This interactive leaflet provides information about the scheme for GPs and other mental health professionals, such as psychological wellbeing practitioners, counsellors and therapists. This is a shortened version...

05 August 2016

Example Reading Hack Website Survey

An example of the survey that young people will be asked to complete when they sign up to the Reading Hack website. For reference only – please do not pass this on the Reading Hack volunteers.

05 August 2016

Example Reading Hack Skills Letter

An example of the skills letter that young people can download from the Reading Hack website. For reference only – please do not pass this on to Reading Hack volunteers.

17 May 2016

Downloadable resources and the Reading Hack brand

The Reading Hack brand The Reading Hack visual mark has been developed and designed in close collaboration with young people from all over the United Kingdom. It has always been our aim that young people feel a strong sense of ownership...

17 May 2016

Reading Hack Toolkit

Download the Reading Hack toolkit to get Reading Hack started in your authority. Don’t forget you can also get downloadable Reading Hack recruitment and staff materials to print locally. Get involved Follow us on Twitter If you have any questions about Reading Hack or...

17 May 2016

Reading Hack: Developing targeted work with young people

As you develop Reading Hack in your authority, you may be thinking about ways in which you can target your work with young people. In 2015 twelve library services were supported by funding from the Cabinet Office to engage targeted...

19 April 2016

Running a Reading Hack planning session

Design your Reading Hack programme to create an exciting programme of hack activities, events and projects to engage more young people in your library or school. You can use this session outline with two PowerPoints to plan activity to meet...

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...

14 April 2016

Commissioning guidelines - Reading Well for young people

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

14 April 2016

Introductory PowerPoint - Reading Well for young people

PowerPoint presentation on general information regarding Reading Well for young people. Can be used as a template to present the scheme locally.