As students get older and academic pressure increases, we often hear that reading for pleasure goes by the wayside. Reading fiction and for pleasure has a range of benefits which not only support learning such as vocabulary development, but also supports emotional intelligence and soft skills of empathy and being able to see the world from a range of perspectives. At Richmond Library we are creating spaces for young people to encourage a continued love of reading through our tween and teen book groups which will be kicking off the year in March.
ATLAS (At The Library After School) is designed for students in year 7 & 8 to come and share some snacks provided by us, talk about what books they are reading and take part in a quick and easy book related craft. Each month we will pick a new theme to read about so that we can keep challenging ourselves to read a variety of material.
ATLAS meets on the first Thursday of the month between 3:30 – 4:30pm, usually in the Constance Barnicoat Room. The first session will be held on the 2nd of March in the Young Adult area.
Between The Lines caters for high school students from year 9 – 13. Once again, we provide the all-important snacks, talk about what we are reading and share recommendations. This group is a bit more casual, and we tend to go wherever the conversation leads us. Based on feedback from last year’s group we will finish the catch up with a tool or resource to support our mental health and wellbeing.
Between The Lines meets on the second Thursday of the month between 3:30 – 4:30pm, in the Young Adults area of Richmond Library. The first session will be held on the 9th of March.