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02 November 2018
A Society of Readers - executive summary
A new report that we commissioned from leading independent think tank Demos lays out the central role reading must play in helping to address many of the most pressing challenges British society will face over the next decade. Read the...
02 November 2018
A Society of Readers
A new report lays out the central role reading must play in helping to address many of the most pressing challenges British society will face over the next decade. Read the full report and share your thoughts on Twitter and...
30 October 2018
Children and Young People booklist - Non-Fiction
November is National Non-Fiction month so we have loved creating a list of some of our favourite Non-fiction books. We have picked some of the best books to help get children and young people interested or inspired to try new...
04 October 2018
Children and Young People booklist - Spine-tinglers
Children and Young People booklist for October 2018 Spine-tinglers This month we have selected our favourite Spine-tinglers and Spooky Stories. What does ‘spine-tingling’ mean to you? Often we first of all think ‘scary’ – something that will make us shiver with fear –...
04 October 2018
Spine-tinglers Chatterbooks Activity Pack
Here is our Spine-tinglers Chatterbooks pack. It is filled with activities based upon Spine-tinglers and Spooky Stories. What does ‘spine-tingling’ mean to you? Often we first of all think ‘scary’ – something that will make us shiver with fear – but...
06 September 2018
Children and Young People booklist - Perfect Poetry Picks
Children and Young People booklist for September 2018 Perfect Poetry Picks This month we have selected our Perfect Poetry Picks. We’re getting in the mood to celebrate National Poetry Day on the 4th of October! We have selected some of our favourite poems...
22 May 2018
Big Bones by Laura Dockrill - Live out loud: Secondary School resources packs and competition
This resource pack is based on Big Bones, a vibrant and bold teen novel from writer and performance poet Laura Dockrill. It is a coming-of-age story about self-appreciation, body-confidence and learning how to love yourself and others – and it will...
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
19 March 2018
Scythe by Neal Shusterman - a book trailer
In a perfect world, what is there left to fear? A chilling and thought-provoking sci-fi novel from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman. A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is...
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.
29 January 2018
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...
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
07 July 2017
5 Questions for author Alison Croggon - video
Walker Books asked Alison Croggon, author of the bestselling Books of Pellinor series, five questions, including why she chose to return to the world of Pellinor in her prequel novel, The Bone Queen. Watch the video to find out more...
15 May 2017
Volunteering Resources: Wales
Welsh translations of our most popular resources, including: a volunteering guide for young people, an empty belly poster, a volunteering certificate, publicity postcards advocacy card on the benefits of 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.
06 April 2017
'The Hate U Give' Discussion Questions
Reading guide and discussion questions for ‘The Hate U Give’, a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was...
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
09 March 2017
The Dark Days Club video trailer
Discover the world of The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman… Combining Jane Austen’s high society and Cassandra Clare’s supernatural underworld, Alison Goodman’s Lady Helen trilogy will delight fans of historical fiction and fantasy.
16 January 2017
Samantha Shannon Book Trailer Hack
Explore the supernatural underworld of The Bone Season series and create a book trailer. The Bone Season is a ground-breaking fantasy series that has been described as “part Hunger Games dystopia, part urban fantasy”. This pack is designed to help you...
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.
20 December 2016
A Monster Calls - discussion guide
Download these discussion questions for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
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.
15 September 2016
Reading Hack does #LoveToRead
Reading Hack does #LoveToRead is a way of getting young people into their local library in the two weeks leading up to the BBC #LoveToRead weekend. This toolkit has everything you need to get young people into your library from...
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.
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.
04 August 2016
Reading Hack Seminar Presentation
This is the presentation from the two Reading Hack seminars in York and London in June 2016. Includes information on how other libraries are using Reading Hack and how you can work with young volunteers during the BBC #LoveToRead weekend in...