Bolton’s Library Services have been delighted to take part in the Arts
Council sponsored Try Reading promotion for 2013.
Public library services are working together to celebrate Rugby League
World Cup and to get more people reading. Over 150 events, including author
talks, writing workshops and drama events have been taking place across the
North West, Yorkshire and Humberside to highlight this international
competition until the end of November.
In Bolton, the project kicked off in May, where
reception classes from Bolton School and Sacred Heart Primary School in
Westhoughton received a special visit from Grubber
Bear, the Rugby League World Cup 2013 Mascot. Library staff and
professional rugby players also made an appearance to launch the picture book specially commissioned for Try Reading ‘What’s
a Bear to Wear’ by Tom Palmer.
In July, Bolton library staff visited St
James (Daisy Hill) CE Primary School, whose year 4 pupils were winners of the
Try Reading “Welcome Haka” workshop.
Children took part in two workshops combining words and dance to create a
welcome Haka for the arrival of the Fijian Rugby Team to Bolton in October
We were also delighted to welcome
Children’s author Tom Palmer (author
of ‘Scrum’ and ‘What’s a Bear to Wear’) to Bolton Central Library as part of
our sports themed July Super Saturday. Families were invited to take part in a
free rugby game, which featured a quiz about reading taken from newspapers,
books and magazines about Rugby. Those who answered correctly competed in a
penalty taking competition, with the winner receiving a trophy. Tom also talked
about how he became an author and offered advice on all aspects of writing.
In late September,
drama enthusiasts from St James's C of E High School in Farnworth enjoyed a
special workshop based around the play 'Broken
Time', hosted by Three Stones Media.
The play, written and directed by Mick Martin,
is set in the 1890s and is based on the birth of rugby league. The children
watched as Jo, Matt and Dean of Three Stones Media acted out a scene from the
play and then had an opportunity to discuss the scene, as well as acting out
some role play for themselves.
The project has culminated with a
number of events that took place throughout October, including a ‘Rugby on
Paper’ panel discussion with industry writers, publishers and current and
former international Rugby players Phil
Caplan, Tony Hannan, Ray French and Dave Hadfield.
We were delighted to welcome authors
Billy Isherwood and Andy Holgate to Bolton Central Library,
and local author Geoff Lee to
Westhoughton Library who all gave inspiring and insightful talks.
This project has enabled Bolton Library
Services to develop partnerships with local schools, Rugby clubs, authors,
actors and libraries throughout the North West, Yorkshire and Humberside, and we hope to continue these relationships long after the
project has been completed.