Public libraries nationwide celebrate the launch of Reading Well for young people

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Reading Well for young people was launched nationally on 12 April with 90% of public library authorities delivering the scheme. Excitement about the new booklist was not only seen at the national launch and in press coverage, but countrywide as local libraries ran an array of fantastic events and promotions.

Local launch events

Local events included Essex Libraries launching the scheme on 14 April at Chelmsford Library, with The Reading Agency’s Debbie Hicks speaking. North Yorkshire Libraries also celebrated the launch at North Allerton Library on 14 April.

Walsall Libraries’ launch at Bookmark Bloxwich Library on 21 April had fantastic feedback, with poet Stephen Morrison-Burke sharing his poetry with young people.

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Social media activity

Throughout the week libraries tweeted photographs of their Reading Well for young people book list in fantastic displays. You can see all of these in our Storify roundup.

Highlights included St Helen’s Libraries with their colourful display, which is covered in the Find shelf help in your local library tag line. The most inventive photo on Twitter came from Newcastle Libraries, leaving us to work out where the young person ended and the book cover began.

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Shropshire Libraries ran lots of events including a Drumming Workshop on 15 April at Bridgnorth Library, and a Smoothie Bar and chill out zone with Young Health Champions and a choir at Shrewsbury Library on 23 April.

Get involved

Find out more about the Reading well for young people titles here.

Email us or contact your local library for more information about the scheme.

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