We'd like to introduce you to our Reading Activists of the month, four enthusiastic and committed young people from Hebburn.
Molly, Kate, Lucy and James have volunteered for the Summer Reading Challenge and have been active members of Hebburn Reading Activists for the last two years. They have been involved in planning and delivering a rock night, a Hobbit Games Workshop and Minecraft sessions. They also help select books for libraries, and help with other events across the borough.
We caught up with them to find out what they enjoy about being part of the group.
What do you enjoy most about Reading Activists?
Kate: I enjoy creating events at the library and spreading the word that libraries are not a boring place!
Lucy: I enjoy helping the community and learning new skills such as how to work with young children and how to organise events.
How has being a Reading Activist changed you?
Molly: I've become more confident with talking to others.
James: Being a Reading Activist has given me skills I will need in later life and I am able to communicate better now.
What would you say to a friend who is thinking of becoming a Reading Activist?
Kate: I would tell them it is a great opportunity and they should go for it!
Molly: I would definitely recommend them to join because it is fun and you learn new skills.
What have you learnt/what skills have you gained?
James: I have learned how to organise events and how to work with children.
Lucy: I have learned how to manage difficult situations and how to work with young children. I also have improved my communication skills and have become more confident when working with other people.
Read about some of our previous Reading Activists of the month, Katie and Natalie and Leah.
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