Today we had a little arts event in the local Civic Hall (put on by these folks). As the blurb promised some focus on literature I dropped in so see what was going on. I am very glad I did, because I had a long and interesting chat with a community officer from the local library.
During the summer vacation the UK runs a national literacy initiative for kids called the Summer Reading Challenge. Basically the idea is to get the kids to read six books over the summer. This year the focus of of the challenge is very much on science fiction. Indeed, there is even a special animated web site called SpaceHop that is part of the project (beware, slightly annoying music – off switch is at bottom of screen).
What’s more, in two weeks time (July 24th) the local library here in Trowbridge will have a special open day for kids. The theme is a Doctor Who alien invasion. There will be Daleks, Cybermen and even K-9. Also Imperial Stormtroopers. The kids will be encouraged to come in costume and vote for their favorite bad guys. Obviously it is very short notice, and I’ll be away much of the time between now and then, but I’ll see if I can rustle up a few freebies for the kids.
This does sound very promising. Peter, the Librarian, was enthusing to me about Michael Moorcock and China Miéville. That’s the sort of person we need encouraging kids to read. Hopefully we can give him some help. Let me know if you have any ideas.