Youngsters’ day out to stock library

Lauren Gordon, Xara Barbour, Chelsea Maddison and Caitlin Stafford.
Lauren Gordon, Xara Barbour, Chelsea Maddison and Caitlin Stafford.

A GROUP of youngsters have helped put the fun back into reading by helping to select new books for their school library.

A number of students from The Blyth School Community College, who attend the school book club, were taken on a day out to visit Waterstone’s book store and Newcastle City Library.

In the weeks leading up to the visit, pupils had researched what their fellow students wanted to see in the library, including specific authors, titles and genres.

This led to the selection of a variety of books, ranging from traditional stories from writers including Enid Blyton, to modern classics from author Michael Morpurgo and popular modern stories, including Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpey Kid.

The group then visited the city library, where staff spoke to the young readers about events and activities taking place there each week, including a range of volunteering opportunities.

Open learning centre manager Janice Wade said: “We feel that it is important to include the students in the selection of stock, to give them an insight into the process, and, so that they know we take very seriously, any suggestions our users make on author and book choice.

“The trip to Newcastle is now an annual event and marks a real highlight in our calendar.

“Our students get a real buzz out of the visit to both the book shop and the library and I would like to thank the staff at both venues for making us feel so welcome.

“Making sure we have titles for all age ranges makes it more likely that our students will make full use of the facility and will develop literacy skills which they can use both in their academic studies and when reading purely for pleasure.”