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A hack is "a clever solution to a tricky problem. To hack is to modify or change something in an extraordinary
[Urban Dictionary definition, 2009].
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.
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.
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.
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 Kathryn Boothroyd on 01744 677486 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St.Helens Council is currently reviewing its library service. Have your say by visiting sthelens.gov.uk/librarysurvey2017.
Alternatively, pick up a hard copy of the survey from any of the 13 libraries in St Helens, council-run leisure centres, Town Hall reception, Contact Centre, Wesley House in Corporation Street; or Atlas House in Corporation Street.
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