Library roadshow aims to attract more young people

Volunteers for the My Voice, reading and writing roadshow, Esther Doyle and Abigail Travers both from St Anthony's girl school help to launch the project at Sunderland City library with Librarian, Stephen Dodd and Executive Director of the city services, Ron Odunaiya

Volunteers for the My Voice, reading and writing roadshow, Esther Doyle and Abigail Travers both from St Anthony's girl school help to launch the project at Sunderland City library with Librarian, Stephen Dodd and Executive Director of the city services, Ron Odunaiya

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A LIBRARY has become one of only five in the UK to take part in a unique project.

Sunderland’s City Library and Arts Centre has been picked to take part in the MyVoice Roadshow, which aims to highlight the importance of all libraries.

Now budding bookworms and wannabe wordsmiths are being invited to take part in the scheme.

The first of its kind in England, the reading and writing roadshow will come to the Fawcett Street venue on July 23.

It will feature a programme of creative events, workshops, exhibitions and performances focused on reading and writing which will have been programmed and promoted by local young people.

With the support of publishers, writers and creative professionals, this one-off event aims to capture the imaginations of young people on Wearside by giving them the opportunity to meet writers and artists, explore their own creative expression and potentially unearth new local talent in the process.

The roadshow, which it is hoped will demonstrate the vital role of libraries in promoting reading and writing in local communities, is being run nationally by The Reading Agency, the independent charity working to inspire more people to read more, and is supported by Arts Council England.

Ron Odunaiya, executive director of City Services at Sunderland City Council, said: “The MyVoice Roadshow is a fantastic programme to inspire and involve young children in creative ways.

“Encouraging young people to access creative reading and writing opportunities is most important and we are delighted to have been selected as one of only five libraries across the UK to host the MyVoice Roadshow.”

The City Library and Arts Centre is on the lookout for young people aged 11 to 19 who want to get involved in promoting and programming the Sunderland MyVoice Roadshow.

Young people are being invited to become part of the youth planning group who will meet regularly to help design, develop and run the roadshow. Training will be provided and there is the potential for accreditation through volunteering.

l For more information, including inquiries from local schools, youth and arts organisations wishing to get involved in the Sunderland MyVoice Roadshow, contact Steven Dodd, on tel: 561 8489.

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