Looking for an exciting and interesting way to engage young people in reading activity in libraries? Well why not try a Minecraft session using this handy session plan.
In the February half term South Tyneside's Central Library hosted its first ever Minecraft session. The session was part of the Dulverton digital reading clubs project in which Reading Activists have been equipping 200 young people with new skills by making digital content around books and reading.The Minecraft session was fully booked in a matter of hours, and the places were taken by twelve boys, all extremely keen to visit the library during their school holiday.
So what's Minecraft?
For anyone who doesn't know about Minecraft, it's a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things. Still confused? Check out this video of South Tyneside young people playing live.
The two hour session saw Narnia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, pirate ships and rollercoasters all come to 3D life as well as a few chickens and pigs for good measure! There were plenty of Minecraft books and guides available to help with building skills, and several of the boys spent time re-reading passages from their favourite books before deciding what to build.
The young people all agreed that it was a great day and told organisers they would love to come back for another session. So, South Tyneside are going to make it happen. There are two more sessions planned, and yes, you guessed it, they're already fully booked!
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