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New ways to inspire reading and writing on World Literacy Day

Schools, Libraries and Learning
15:31, Tuesday, 8th September 2020

North Lincolnshire Council has thanked a local charity for helping mark the importance of reading and writing on World Literacy Day.

The Scunthorpe Lunchtime Rotary Club have used their skills to create story sacks, helping bring books to life for the under-fives.

The new story sacks are themed around three Imagination Library books – Where’s Spot, Mr Gumpy’s Outing and The Great Jumperee.

The Imagination Library sends a free book every month to pre-school children, and the North Lincolnshire scheme is one of the most successful in the UK.

As well as turning characters from the books into toys, the sacks also contain idea sheets and templates.

The sacks will be used by the library service and community and family learning teams in Library Explorer and Book Chatter sessions, once restrictions are lifted.

More information on library activities is available on their Facebook page.

The Rotary club also joined other charities, community groups and businesses in donating £500 towards more than 500 literacy packs that were provided to local families during the height of lockdown.

It was part of a successful project run by The North Lincolnshire Children’s Literacy Trust.

The Trust is currently involved in a scheme delivering book packs to families on the neonatal unit at Scunthorpe General Hospital and in setting up Little Free Libraries at schools and other centres.

To help, click the donate button on their website.

The Action Station is also supporting World Literacy Day by urging all jobseekers to take a look at their literacy skills.

Communication is one of the key factors employers look for in a potential employee.

Adult Education courses are available to help you brush up on your skills. Contact Action Station on 01724 296969 for more information.