Monday, February 01, 2010

News from the Reading Agency

New chance to take Chatterbooks into schools

If you work in or with primary schools how about using our Chatterbooks network of reading groups to inspire more children in their reading for pleasure? This month, building on the major success of Chatterbooks groups in public libraries, we are launching Chatterbooks into schools. The scheme supports key aspects of your school improvement plan, including attainment, SEAL, transition and creativity, as well as extended school services. It helps you offer year round book talking activities. More information and subscription details on our brand new Chatterbooks microsite at

New volunteering pilot linked to Summer Reading Challenge

We are keen to spread reading through volunteer helpers because we've seen how powerful this can be. So we are thrilled to announce that V (the national youth volunteering charity) and Laing Integrated Services have agreed to fund a pilot Summer Reading Challenge volunteering programme for 16 to 25 year olds during 2010. Our vision is to encourage all library services to offer youth volunteering through the Challenge by 2012. We've had a huge response, and will be working with a focus group of 20 pilot library services which we'll be announcing shortly. All libraries will have access to our new volunteer guidance pack, so we hope lots of them will have a go.

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