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Medway welcomes the National Year of Reading

Date: 21/02/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

Libraries in Medway will celebrate the National Year of Reading on Thursday, 6 March with a special launch day at Lordswood Library, as well as visits from popular authors Jane Gardam and David Donachie. The 2008 National Year of Reading is a year-long celebration of reading for both pleasure and learning. The aim is a greater national passion for reading in England, particularly for children, families and adult learners. At Lordswood Library, pupils from Kestrel Pre-School will be visiting and will be presented with book tokens by Cllr Howard Doe, Portfolio Holder for Community Services. You are invited to send reporters and/or photographers along to the library on Kestrel Road, Chatham, at 10am to cover the event. Cllr Doe said: “I’m a great fan of libraries and am giving my full backing to the National Year of Reading here in Medway. I especially hope that these book tokens will create a lifelong love of reading for these young people – a priceless gift that will enrich their lives for many years to come.” The highlight of the day’s events will be a Literary Lunch and book signing with author Jane Gardam, who will be talking about her latest book of short stories, The People of Privilege Hill. Her previous works include Old Filth, God on the Rocks and The Queen of the Tambourine. The lunch takes place from 12noon to 2pm. Tickets are free, but advanced booking is advised, as places are limited. Members of the public can contact Lordswood library on 01634 862096 for tickets and more information. Chatham Library will also be hosting an author visit by David Donachie, well-known for his naval novels, particularly his trilogy on Nelson and Emma Hamilton. David will be talking about how he became a writer and discussing his novels. He also writes as Tom Connery and has written novels about the Roman Republic under the name Jack Ludlow. His books will be on sale at the end of the evening and David will be signing copies. The event starts at 7pm. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance from Chatham library on 01634 337799. Programme of events at Lordswood Library: 9.45 – 10.45am: Kestrel Pre-School visit. Presentation of book tokens by Cllr Doe at 10am. 10.45am – 12 noon: Visit from pupils of St Benedict’s Primary School, Lordswood. 12noon – 2pm: Literary lunch. 2 – 3pm: Afternoon tea for older people. Children from Spinnens Acre school will recite poems at 2.15pm 4 – 5.30pm: Nintendo Wii tournament for teens The National Year of Reading (NYR) is led by the National Literacy Trust, the Reading Agency and a consortium that comprises Arts Council England, Booktrust, Campaign for Learning, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, ContinYou, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, the National Youth Agency, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) and Volunteer Reading Help. More information about Medway’s Libraries’ NYR events is available on the council website at www.medway.gov.uk/nyr