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Young bookworms get volunteer help

Volunteers Rosie (left) and Lorna are on hand to help young readers choose their next book.

Volunteers Rosie (left) and Lorna are on hand to help young readers choose their next book.

Volunteers are helping young readers get more out of their library this school holiday.

The young volunteers are in libraries in Whitley Bay, Wallsend and Killingworth’s White Swan Centre to run the Summer Reading Challenge.

Children aged four to 11 are inspired to read six books of their choice over the holidays.

Shiremoor-based VODA is providing the volunteers, who include Rosie and Lorna, both aged 17, and who attend Whitley Bay High School.

Lorna said: “It’s good to see young children so interested in reading and to have programmes like this encouraging people to read.”

Rosie added: “We enjoy talking to people about reading and joining in with the craft sessions too.”

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “It’s wonderful to see people like Rosie and Lorna volunteering during their own school holiday to support younger readers.”

The annual challenge is run in partnership with the Reading Agency and this year is themed on ‘Mythical Maze’, with creatures designed by children’s illustrator and writer Sarah McIntyre.

As part of the challenge, children are encouraged to read six library books of their choice, with rewards offered along the way and everyone completing the challenge receiving a medal.

There is still time to take part in this year’s challenge, contact any North Tyneside library for details or email library.events@northtyneside.gov.uk

 

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