Young people urged to take part in Reading Month

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 in the area’s 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. The 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: “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.”

Chair of Education, Learning and Leisure, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “Teenage Reading Month offers a diverse range of activities, allowing all young people to get involved.”