Posted: Wednesday 1st March 2017
Carole Harvey writes:
Thursday 23 February saw our fantastic teenage Reading Hack volunteers organise and run a special event at Watford Central Library.
In conjunction with library staff they staged a two part event. Firstly they launched and promoted the new ‘Shelf Help’ book collection. The books have all been recommended by young people and health and social care professionals. The idea of the collection is to provide 13 to 18 year olds with information and advice about issues such as anxiety, stress and difficult experiences like bullying and exam pressure. The books are written to engage with teenagers in a positive way allowing them to explore such issues and gain support safely. The books are now available to borrow in all libraries across Hertfordshire.
Author Sita Brahmachari joined our Reading Hacks for the evening. Sita’s book ‘Kite Spirit’ is one of the Shelf Help titles and Sita ran an interactive session with a reading from her book and gave an engaging talk about thoughts, feelings and how she captured these in her writing for teenagers.
A bookseller from the local Waterstones attended to make Sita’s books available for any teenagers wanting to buy copies and get them signed by the author.
Secondly, the Reading Hacks planned stalls with organisations providing support, advice and information for all teens across Hertfordshire. They were especially keen to ensure that teenagers from all walks of life would have something for them. Organisations attending included Youth Connexions, Signpost, MIND, National Autistic Society, Healthwatch Herts, Mencap and the County Councils 0-25 Service.
Despite the very best efforts of Storm Doris to put an end to the event, teenagers from across the area attended to discuss issues, visit the stalls and hear Sita speak.
Everyone was impressed with the way the Reading Hacks had planned and organised such an inspiring event.