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News Release

Teenage Reading Month in Aberdeenshire libraries

1st March 2012

The month of March will see more teenagers introduced to the joy of reading, thanks to an initiative led by Aberdeenshire libraries.

The service has designated March as Teenage Reading Month and throughout the coming weeks will showcase a vast array of books written especially for teenagers in Shire libraries and on Aberdeenshire Council’s website.

Young people will be able to rate their favourite books on the website, as well as entering a book review competition where they could win one of the two £50 book tokens up for grabs. 

March will also see a range of authors visiting schools in Aberdeenshire, to help motivate and inspire youngsters to read more and try their hand at writing. Barry Hutchison, Cathy Forde, Catherine MacPhail and the Metaphrog graphic novel illustrators are among those who will be talking to pupils.

All libraries in Aberdeenshire have designated Young Adult areas with both fiction and non-fiction to appeal to teenagers, as well as a selection of ebooks and audio books which can be downloaded free to mobile devices.

Fiona Gillies, Young People’s Services Librarian said: “We are keen to promote the facilities on offer in libraries across Aberdeenshire to young people.  Not only is there a fantastic range of books, audio books and DVDs for leisure time but there is also a wealth of information ranging from health matters to homework help available. 

“During Teenage Reading Month we hope to showcase the very best teenage reading material and are looking forward to hearing what young people themselves have to say about their favourite books.”

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Richard Stroud, said: “Anything which gets youngsters more interested in reading is a good thing, and I hope teenagers across the Shire take advantage of this scheme to perhaps try a new author or book they haven’t come across before.”

The initiative has been supported by Total Exploration & Production UK.

The company’s communications advisor, Sandra McIntosh, said: “TOTAL E&P UK is pleased to support another great initiative by Aberdeenshire libraries. This is a great way of encouraging young people to pick up and enjoy reading away from their school studies.
“Following the success of the Summer Reading Challenge, Teenage Reading month is a fantastic incentive for children to continue with this enjoyable and worthwhile past time."

For more information, visit www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/libraries/trm


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