Reading Activists across the country have been busy doing lots of exciting things in their local libraries. Here are some highlights.
On Valentine's Night, Reading Activists in Gateshead hosted an event at Birtley Library with a Japanese flavour called 2 Kawaii 4 U?. They made cabochon jewellery and kumihimo braids, visited the 'Kawaii' nail bar and took part in an origami workshop led by a local expert.
Then it was time to eat so they munched on pizza and sampled Pobble milk shakes. Finally they sat down together to watch a couple of episodes of anime series Romeo X Juliet (12).
The group had also devised some themed competitions. There was a costume competition, a contest to design chibis and draw their favourite manga characters and they also penned haiku poems about their favourite reads.
The winning haiku, composed by Becca, aged 15, was inspired by her favourite book, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green:
We had little time,
But we had infinity
And it was OK.
In Croydon, Reading Activist, Nathan, did his first ever interview with an author. Here's what he had to say about the experience:
"I enjoyed it thoroughly although I was petrified at the start due to the fact that I had never interviewed anyone before. In some ways it didn't even feel like an interview, it just felt like a friendly conversation. This interview really helped with my confidence in public speaking and I'm now thinking of searching for a profession in interview techniques. This interview has also inspired me to read the book Innovera Yakov."
And in Warrington, the Reading Activists' latest accomplishment was an interview with author Marcus Sedgwick. They talked to him about the inspiration behind his latest book, She's Not Invisible.
Interested in building your CV through volunteering or like the idea of meeting new friends whilst helping out at your local library? Find out more about Reading Activists and what you can do for yourself and for your local community.