Young people in Aberdeenshire will be encouraged to engage with words as Teenage Reading Month opens next week.
The third-annual festival will see a range of events taking place in Aberdeenshire Libraries in March, in an effort to encourage teenagers to connect with literature of all kinds; books, e-books and audiobooks.
Teenage Reading Month has been supported by Total E&P UK since its launch in 2011. This year, young people will have an opportunity to win a Kindle Fire through a book review competition being run through the Aberdeenshire Libraries website, while there will be a range of author visits, book displays and discussions throughout the month.
All events aim to highlight the value that can come from lifelong learning through reading. Aberdeenshire Libraries service offers a range of reading materials in its 36 branches and four mobile outlets, while the addition of the e-book lending service gives users the option to borrow from the comfort of their homes.
The author visits are being supported by the Scottish Book Trust with the aim to encourage young people to read for fun, work and leisure. The book review competition is expected to be very popular, with the runner-up winning an I-Pod Shuffle.
Total E&P UK Communications Advisor Sandra McIntosh said: “TOTAL E&P UK fully supports Aberdeenshire Libraries with this fantastic reading initiative.
“We were very impressed with the quality of the entries last year – good use of language, expressive writing and imaginative plots would have been stiff competition for any well known author.
“Good reading and writing skills is the basis for lifelong learning and opens the door to many opportunities. We encourage as many teenagers in the North-east to head along to their local library, join in the discussions and start putting pen to paper – who knows where it may lead?”
Aberdeenshire Council’s Chair of Education, Learning and Leisure, Cllr Isobel Davidson, said: “Teenage Reading Month offers a diverse range of activities, allowing all young people to get involved. The author visits always provide a lot of talking points and these are invaluable for showing what can come through engagement with literature.
“Our libraries will be packed full of ideas for reading in March, and I’d encourage young people who don’t read at the moment, and those who already do, to get involved.
“While Teenage Reading Month focuses on young adults, the value of lifelong learning through reading can be followed by all.”
Vice-chair of the committee, Cllr Ron McKail, added: “The chance to write your own book review is something young people should take.
“Sharing thoughts and opinions is a good skill to have, and the book review function of the Library App and website will allow youngsters to offer their own recommendations to other library users. There is a great prize on offer too, and I am sure this will be very popular.”
In this area, Shona MacLean will visit Mearns Academy on Saturday, March 9, from 2pm. More information is available at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/libraries