Libraries are a fantastic place to encourage writers of any age. At Prestwich Library children were invited to enter a World Book Day Story Writing Competition. In excess of 40 entries were submitted for consideration by Rona Barbour – international storyteller and former director of The Society for Storytellers.
An awards ceremony was hosted by Prestwich Library and staff, which saw approximately sixty people attend. All the winning stories were read on the morning of the presentation and everyone had a great time. The winners received a certificate and a book each.
The winning stories are in a scrapbook displayed in Prestwich Library, so that people can come in and read them. Most of the entrants have requested further events in story-writing and the following feedback submitted to Jean – Assistant Children’s Librarian – helps to highlight the importance of our fantastic library initiatives:
Thank you so much for organising the competition. The prize-giving was a lovely celebration of children’s writing and we really enjoyed hearing the other stories. Jack has been a member of Prestwich Library since he was a baby and he has always loved books. He reads several books a week so we are frequent visitors to the library and we always have to stock up when we go on holiday. As an infant Jack attended ‘Story Time’ at Prestwich Library each week. He has always been made to feel welcome by David, Claire, yourself and all the other staff, who go out of their way to help Jack get the books he wants. I believe this has encouraged Jack’s love of reading and I am grateful to you all, for it is essential to show a child how much literacy is valued, because literacy is the bedrock for all other learning, in my opinion. Too many children experience difficulty in accessing learning because of poor literacy – just ask a headteacher or a prison governor! Thank you again for all that you do.