22 April 2024

Read Easy and Library to celebrate World Book Day

The literacy charity Read Easy and Salisbury Library are joining forces to celebrate World Book Day on 7 March.

They aim to show that people can learn to read at any age.

Called Spreading the Word, there will be a Read Easy display in the library all day and at 3.30 pm in the Lounge area on the first floor, there will be short talks by Neil Beagrie of the RSA (Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), community library manager Philip Tomes and Ready Easy team leader Julia West.

At the Read Easy display in Salisbury Library are, from left: volunteer recruiter Ann Greaves, team leader Julia West, co-ordinator supporter Caroline Finch, co-ordinator Jocelyn Pannett, senior library assistant Darren Wells and publicity organiser Dickie Bellringer

Neil, who leads the RSA Salisbury network, said: “Our aims for the day are to raise awareness, to build links with other community organisations and volunteers and to help adults who have difficulty with reading and all the other social challenges that this brings.”

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a round table discussion.

Read Easy South and East Wiltshire is a volunteer organisation affiliated with the national charity Read Easy. They provide free, confidential, one-to-one reading coaching for adults.

The group has 11 people being helped with their reading, aged 25 to 79. It is thought that 11,000 people in the area may need help with their reading.

For 260 years, the RSA has been campaigning for social change. From its inception, it has supported new inventions, ideas and education and is committed to a resilient, rebalanced and regenerative world where everyone can fulfil their potential.

Salisbury Library is at the heart of the city and has a range of books to help people with their reading.

Read Easy is looking to recruit a reader coach in Tidworth, a social media organiser, an administrator/secretary, a venues organiser and a deputy literacy specialist, a role that is likely to suit someone with a teaching background.

For more information on any of these roles, get in touch with Ann at sewrecruiter@readeasy.org.uk

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Andy Munns
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Written by Andy Munns