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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

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

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

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...

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.

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...

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...

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

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...

07 April 2016

Reading Hack Summer Volunteering training pack

This pack will help you set up a Summer Reading Challenge volunteering scheme in your local authority. The pack includes: - Volunteering Handbook - Volunteering Templates - Involving Young Volunteers staff presentation - Plasma screen presentation

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...

13 March 2016

Reading Hack Guide

Find out everything you need to know about Reading Hack and getting started in your library.

03 February 2016

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai: Quick Reads learning resource

A learning resource for readers and practitioners to accompany the Quick Read I Am Malala (abridged edition) by Malala Yousafzai