We're very pleased to be able to introduce February's Reading Activists of the month: Amy and Clara from the Libronauts, the Reading Activists group in Warrington. The girls were nominated by the rest of the group because of their commitment and hard work.
Amy is fifteen and has been attending meetings since she was twelve; she likes volunteering because it gives her the opportunity to meet lots of people and she especially enjoyed meeting Marvel Comics editor Tim Quinn. She is very creative and enjoys any activities that involve drawing and painting. Group leader, Chris Everett said: "Amy is a great organiser with really good ideas that make her such a valuable member of our group."
The rest of the group said: "Amy should be Reading Activist of the month because she always gets her work done and she always attends meetings and events if she can. She reads a lot - yeah go Amy!"
Clara is fourteen and has been a Reading Activist for about two years. Her dad recommended that she join the group and she has loved it ever since her first meeting. She really enjoyed creating canvases for the group's meeting space as she loves painting and drawing. She also enjoys planning for events - especially parties!
Clara said, "It's good to be in a group with other people who have the same interests. You get to mess around and have fun as well as being creative and learning new skills."
We caught up with both girls to find out more.
What do you enjoy most about Reading Activists?
Amy: Participating in the activities.
Clara: Making a change and contributing, getting new ideas and having fun
How has being a Reading Activist changed you?
Amy: I have come out of myself a lot more confidence wise and can speak to people more easily.
Clara: I'm more confident and it's brought me out of my shell. I was really nervous about meeting people, now I feel better about it.
What would you say to a friend who is thinking of becoming a Reading Activist?
Amy: Becoming a Reading Activist makes you more responsible.
Clara: It makes you more responsible and helps you contribute, Also we have lots of fun.
What have you learned/what skills have you gained?
Amy: The ability to talk to people and a greater knowledge of books and authors.
Clara: I've gained confidence and am more knowledgeable about books.
Read about some of our previous Reading Activists of the month, Katie and Natalie and Amy and Caitlin
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The Reading Activists programme for 13-24 year olds will soon become Reading Hack - watch this space for more updates.