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With libraries, registration & archives Making a difference through Reading and Literacy ‘To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which.

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1 with libraries, registration & archives Making a difference through Reading and Literacy ‘To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many enquiries.’ A C Grayling Sheila Golden and Lindsay Prestage – July 2012 connect

2 with libraries, registration & archives connect This presentation will cover: Why reading and literacy? - our aims and objectives Who are we and what do we do? - introductions and an outline of the work of the Reading and Literacy team Where do you fit in? - your role and how we can support you in your work

3 with libraries, registration & archives connect Why Reading and Literacy? Our objective is to help people improve their literacy and enjoy a wide range of reading experiences. ‘The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’ Dr Seuss, “I can read with my eyes shut!” ‘Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.’ Mortimer Adler ‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.’ Richard Steele

4 The Reading and Literacy Team Left to right: Karen Sillifant, Sheila Golden, Lindsay Prestage, Vandra Hemmings, Lesley Gallagher & Heather McNally

5 with libraries, registration & archives connect Who are we and what do we do? Sheila Golden and Lindsay Prestage job share the post of Reading and Literacy Manager. Their role is to ensure that reading and literacy work is embedded in everyone’s work across the whole service. They do this by leading on policies for reading and literacy and advising on issues relating to developing our services and staff. They work with other service development teams and staff in Districts to ensure effective service development and delivery in the areas relating to reading and literacy. They lead a team who work across the county and have a particular focus on services to children, young people and families. They lead for KCC on the cross sector strategy ‘Involving the Whole Community: The Kent Approach to Literacy and Reading’.

6 with libraries, registration & archives connect Focus on children, young people and families Karen Sillifant leads on the development of services for early years and children up to 10 years. The Bookstart programme gifts books to babies and starts them off on a lifetime of reading. Baby Rhyme Times and Story Times provide lots of fun in the library and encourage reading in the family. ‘Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.’ Marilyn Jager Adams School age children up to 10 years benefit from homework support as well as activities to develop their love of reading. Heather McNally leads on services for Young People 11+. Programmes like MyVoice actively engage young people in reading and creative activities in libraries.

7 with libraries, registration & archives connect The Reader Development and Promotions Team Vandra Hemmings and Lesley Gallagher develop activities to encourage wider reading and increased use of stock. Their work includes: Stock promotion: providing materials and training to promote the stock in libraries. Frontline training : an online course in reader centred skills for staff working with books and readers in the library. Support for Reading Groups: materials, advice and author visits. Summer Reading Challenge: a fun way to keep school age children reading through the long summer holidays.

8 with libraries, registration & archives connect ‘Involving the Whole Community: the Kent Approach to Literacy and Reading’ is a county wide strategy We aim to involve everyone who enjoys reading to share their experiences with others and encourage them to develop their love of reading. We are setting up a network of Reading Champions. These are volunteers who love reading and will enthuse others in their community to develop and share a passion for reading. We are working with partners to reach people who may not be readers or may not think of using a library.

9 with libraries, registration & archives connect Your role and how we can support you We want everyone in L,R & A to be a Reading Champion… Share your enthusiasm for reading and books at every opportunity Develop your knowledge and skills in reading promotion Signpost customers who ask for help with reading Contribute ideas for how we can promote a love of books and reading, especially to those who aren’t yet hooked

10 with libraries, registration & archives connect We hope you find this information helpful. We look forward to working with you. Please get in touch with us if you have any ideas, suggestions or thoughts about how we can promote the enjoyment of reading and achieve our aim of 100% literacy in Kent. Sheila Golden and Lindsay Prestage July Tel:


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