East Riding Libraries has been given a fantastic opportunity to work in partnership with the Rugby League World Cup as part of the TRY Reading initiative, created by the Reading Agency, and top stars from local teams, Hull FC and Hull KR, will offer their time to read stories to children in the area’s libraries.
The Storytimes are aimed at children aged four plus and will be a mixture of children’s books with a sporty theme, with the first session at Hornsea Library, on Saturday, 14 September, being attended by Josh Guzdeck and Connor Robinson of Hull KR.
All those who attend will have the chance to win a limited edition, Hull-themed World Cup Rugby Ball.
Councillor Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “These events are a great opportunity for our children to develop a passion for reading and listen to some of their favourite stories being told by some of their rugby league heroes.
The following libraries have Sporty Stories events with professional first team players from the local rugby league teams:
Date Time Library Team Contact Number
Saturday, 5 October 10.30am Beverley Hull FC (01482) 392750
Saturday, 19 October 10.30am North Bridlington Hull FC (01262) 671468
Saturday, 14 September 10.30am Hornsea Hull KR (01964) 532561
Saturday, 21 September 10.30am Cottingham Hull FC (01482) 392762
Saturday, 28 September 10.30am Hedon Hull KR (01482) 897651
Places are limited and customers will need to call the numbers above to book a place for each event.
Try Reading is a new project for public libraries. It celebrates and promotes the sporting event of the year, the Rugby League World Cup 2013. At the same time East Riding Libraries wants more people to read more and to have a go at writing and drama.
The project is being funded with an award from the National Lottery, supported by £6 million of grants from the arts libraries fund by Arts Council England.