As ever, Reading Activists across the country have been busy doing lots of exciting things in their local libraries. Here are some spring highlights from three of the authorities.
Not only did they take part in World Book Night (see photo above), Reading Activists from the Read+ group at Ashburton Library were lucky enough to go on a book-shopping spree. Here they are showing off the new books they purchased for the library:
Reading Activists from Warrington took part in some Children's University activities. Five young people from Reading Activists groups at Birchwood and Padgate Libraries attended an event set up by the Warrington Wolves Foundation in order to further promote local Children's University activities. The Children's University is aimed at 7 to 14 year olds and seeks to provide learning activities in an exciting way, outside of those offered within the traditional school setting.
The Reading Activists were on hand to talk to an audience of primary school children and their families about LiveWire Libraries, Leisure and Lifestyles. They also discussed taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, life at secondary school and opportunities for volunteering through local libraries. Hannah, 15, said that she had "thoroughly enjoyed the event" and was glad she attended. Young people also had the opportunity to chat with friend of the Reading Activists, Curtis Jobling, and meet Grubber and Steed, official mascots for the Rugby League World Cup.
On 3 May, Reading Activists from Birtley Library organised the A Night in Wonderland event. It was the third event hosted in the library organised by the seven teens that make up the 'Our Say - Birtley' group.
From 5pm onwards, the 'Our Say' girls - all dressed as their favourite Wonderland characters - welcomed local youngsters to their evening of Alice-themed crafts and activities. Highlights on the night included games of 'Pin the Grin on the Cheshire Cat' and 'Flamingo Croquet' - played with inflatable flamingos and hedgehog croquet balls!
Later, the youngsters sat down together to enjoy a Mad Hatter's Tea Party where guests were invited to decorate cupcakes with icing pens and ready-made 'Eat Me' labels, while the Mad Hatter herself poured lemonade 'tea' into specially labelled 'Drink Me' china cups. And once the last of the jam sandwiches had been snaffled, the Queen of Hearts decreed that she be joined in the Junior Library for a special film screening of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
The 'Our Say' girls have worked hard since January to design the decorations and devise the games to help make their Night in Wonderland a success. On the night, twenty four teens turned up to the event, with one guest coming all the way from Germany! Another guest remarked that she had "never seen the library look so cool."
Reading Activists in St Helens recently welcomed comic book artist Tim Quinn into the library for a workshop. Here's what they had to say about his visit:
I found it very interesting learning about comics and I really enjoyed the drawing activities.
I love drawing and this helped me a lot with the bodies and things like that.
It was very interesting and I learnt a lot about comics as well as the history and depths of them.
Tim is a great talker and teacher.
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