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Posted On: 24th Apr 2013

Don't Shelve Libraries

Fixers Hilary and Vicky
Hilary enjoying National Library Day
Vicky enjoying National Library Day too

Two passionate Fixers from South London are getting young people to take pride in their local libraries by holding a writing workshop so children can develop an interest in books.

 

For their Fixers campaign, library ladies, Hilary Chittenden (24) and Victoria Foster (24), want to champion the importance of libraries in their area.

 

The Fixers do not think young people fully appreciate the importance of a library, the books and services it offers, and the space itself.

 

Through a creative writing workshop, they hope children - particularly children with reading difficulties - will be less intimidated by a location which is associated primarily with books and learning.

 

Hilary and Vicky then hope to take the stories submitted by the children and turn them into a tangible book.

 

‘By creating a tangible book, we hope this will encourage children to return to the library, as they can see the book they wrote.

 

‘And with Fixers filming the workshop, we hope we can use this film as a promotional tool to develop the project across more libraries, and secure funding to begin similar projects elsewhere.’

 

The Fixers were inspired to champion libraries after seeing a decline in the number of libraries operating in their area. A 2012 report from the Guardian claims over 200 libraries closed in the UK last year.

 

‘There are very few spaces today that are available as free access for all the community, and we want to promote and make the most of these precious spaces,’ says Hilary.

 

‘We both have a passion for improving society, and believe that creativity can be the answer to a lot of problems, especially if it means saving part of a community.’

 

The workshop date is still to be set, but if you're interested in finding out more about Hilary and Vicky’s creative writing workshop and Fixers campaign, contact us at talk2me@fixers.org.uk.

Author: Ashley Scrace

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