Doncaster’s empty spaces transformed into literacy hubs

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 16-02-15 MC 3
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 16-02-15 MC 3

Empty spaces in Doncaster are being transformed into exciting hubs of literacy activity during the October half-term holidays.

As part of a partnership campaign to boost reading and writing levels in the town, a temporarily empty shop unit in the town centre Waterdale Shopping Centre provided by St Modwen, vacant space in the Springwell Centre, Denaby, and Re-Read Askern Community Library will be turned into pop-up book shops.

Running until Saturday, families will be able to pick up a free book, take part in fun literacy activities, get stuck into a book in the reading area and find out where to get literacy support in the town.

The scheme is supported by Doncaster Libraries, Doncaster Book Award and Children’s University. The pop-up shops aim to inspire a love of reading and raise awareness of the importance of literacy skills. Visitors will also be able to pick up free books provided by the pop-up shops organiser, Re-Read.

Judith Smith, services manager from Re-Read, said; “This is a really exciting opportunity for lots of agencies to work together to celebrate the joy of books and reading.

“We invite everyone to drop in – whether it’s to browse the free books, get involved in the activities, relax with a book, contribute to the ‘poetree’ or just have a chat about reading and literacy support available in Doncaster.”

Jonathan Emmett, author of ‘Here be Monster’, is just one of the supporters of the Doncaster Read pop-ups.

He said: “I’m delighted to be reading my swashbuckling tale of dastardly pirates and mysterious monster and to be part of Doncaster Read which is doing so much to bring books to people who need them. Books are a marvellous way of linking people, sharing ideas and building communities.”

Doncaster mayor Ros Jones said: “This is a fantastic initiative and I’d like to congratulate everyone involved.

“I hope lots of people will visit the pop-up shops with their children and take part in the great activities on offer.”

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