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Reading Hack

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Reading Hack is happening in St Helens Libraries. 

What is a hack?

A hack is "a clever solution to a tricky problem. To hack is to modify or change something in an extraordinary way".

Young people hack reading by doing any activity with reading at its heart. This could be anything from a poetry-themed DJ set or novel-inspired Minecraft, to book-related film-making or helping younger children read.

What is Reading Hack?

Reading Hack is a programme led by young people aged 13 to 24 who do reading activities and volunteering, called hacks, to gain skills and experience.

The programme inspires young people to become advocates for reading and to lead the way in engaging their peers – particularly those who dislike or struggle with reading.

Why get involved in libraries?

Working alongside librarians, Reading Hacks organise creative reading and writing events, music and other great events, gaining new skills and accreditation for volunteering along the way, and meeting lots of writers, artists and other creative people. They also assist with the annual Summer Reading Challenge.

  • Great volunteering opportunity
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Meet new people
  • Take part in some great events such as gigs
  • Have the opportunity to complete an Arts Award
  • Get experience for your CV
  • Have a great time

Young people also use the Reading Hack website to create their own hacks, meet new people, build their skills and inspire others to read.

If you are interested in becoming a Reading Hack, contact Jane Rimmer on 01744 677080 or email JaneERimmer@sthelens.gov.uk.