Eldon Square is set to host its very own reading club, The Little Library, as a way of boosting reading opportunities for children across the North East and strengthening the culture of reading in the region.
The event, which will take place from April 1 to May 2 hopes to offer a selection of new and pre-loved children’s books.
The Little Library, in partnership with the Read North East campaign from the National Literacy Trust and the North East’s largest baby bank, Clothe and Feed, are set to offer children across the region the chance to engage with the reading and culture of the region.
The Little Library will be open at Greys Quarter seven days a week opposite Chatime tea bar from 11am to 4pm.
Pop up events aimed at children aged 0 to 12 are available, with shoppers encouraged to “read a book, donate a book and borrow a book” at the stand with attendees able to choose whether they read the books on-site or take them away to read at home.
Guest readers from Seven Stories, The North East Autism Society, Curious Arts and Read North East will all take up a storytime slot on selected Saturdays, with regular intervals throughout the day for storytime sessions.
Eldon Square marketing manager Tania Kelly said: “We are incredibly proud to be part of the vibrant North-East region, and The Little Library is an initiative that allow us to give back to the local community and provide our family visitors with a unique experience.
“We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with The National Literacy Trust with the launch of this event, and it is great to welcome an exciting range of guest storytellers to the centre as part of the event. It is sure to be popular with both children and adults alike.”
Programme manager of Read North East James Kingett said: “We are delighted to work with Eldon Square to spread excitement around books! It is brilliant to get the whole community involved and put more books into the hands of local children who need them most.
“Little Library is a great way to spark that initial joy of reading for families and encourages them to explore their local area, communicate with one another, and share stories. We hope it will inspire children to fall in love with the world of stories.”