Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Promoting reading to young people.

Fiction promotion in Thomas Rotherham College

The MLA Love Libraries award celebrates the work libraries do with young people. The winner of the award will receive a Trophy and £2,000 towards the project. I posted about this award back in May.

One of the five projects short listed for the award is from a SINTO member organisation - Derbyshire Libraries.
Derbyshire Libraries Book Pushers are teenage reading advocates trained by library staff to spread their love of reading among young people. They give presentations in schools and libraries; influence the selection of library books; produce creative displays of their recommended reads; deliver training for library staff to help improve services and encourage more people to discover all the great things libraries have to offer. Jaci Brumwell, Deputy Director Cultural and Community Services, Derbyshire County Council said: “The Book Pushers are enthusiastic advocates promoting both the love of books and reading and the use of libraries. The young people involved have grown in confidence, developed new skills and encouraged many others to experiment with their reading.”

The five finalists face a public vote to select the winner. Voting starts on Monday 13th August and closes on Friday 14th September with the winner being announced at an awards ceremony in London on Wednesday 3rd October.
You can vote on the Love Libraries website .

I wouldn't want to encourage unthinking regionalism of course but this is a great opportunity for SINTO members to show their support for this local project.

And while on the subject of promoting reading, SINTO is running a seminar on this subject in December. The seminar is delivered by Anne Harding and is on the 11th December. Further information is on the SINTO website.

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