Last weekend, Worcester’s MP attended The Hive’s annual Summer Reading Challenge launch and encouraged children to join in with space-themed activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
As a keen reader, Robin enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with children and potentially ignite a lifelong passion for literature. The Hive’s launch party encouraged children aged 4 - 11 to sign-up to the ‘Space Chase’ challenge with a mission to read six books over the summer holidays.
As schools across the City are preparing to close for the summer holidays, The Hive’s Summer Reading Challenge aims to promote reading for leisure outside of term time to maintain the confidence and skills acquired in the classroom.
The Hive is one of the finest public Libraries not just in the country but in Europe. It provides fantastic facilities to the people of Worcester freely and it combines the benefit of a top of the range University Library with those of a public facility.
Robin has been a long-standing supporter of The Hive, the plans for which were years in the making, and campaigned hard to secure a VAT refund for the building in 2016.
Speaking about the event, Robin said:
“I am grateful to have such wonderful and active public libraries in the City like The Hive, and last Saturday was a fantastic display of all the important work undertaken by community hubs in Worcester. I was pleased to see an excellent turn out across all age ranges and enjoyed having the chance to read with some of the children.”
“I have always loved reading, and I think it is a very powerful tool to pass onto the next generation as reading has the ability to encourage critical thought, eloquent expression and creativity. In the technological age, I believe it is more important than ever for people to take the time to sit down with a book and unplug.”
The Hive manager, Janine Downes, said:
“Reading habits are known to slide during the summer, and this fantastic challenge is a fun way of getting children to try new books, explore new authors, and pick up rewards along the way. They can read anything from comics, joke books, non-fiction or novels! The important thing is that children learn to enjoy reading.
“We have some great tips on our Facebook page for parents who would like to know how to encourage their children to read. We also have some brilliant events during the summer holidays to give children an extra reason to return to The Hive.”